MyDownloadManager is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and to be specific – a browser hijacker. When installed, it will attach itself to your browser, change its homepage, the new tab page, the search engine and add a browser extension. You can be redirected to websites with potentially malicious content and shown sponsored search results.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The homepage of your browser will be changed and you can be redirected to sponsored sites from search results.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom browser homepage, search engine, new tab page and adds a browser extension.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundling, Official Site, Chrome Web Store|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss MyDownloadManager.|
MyDownloadManager – How Did I Get It?
The MyDownloadManager browser hijacker is normally spread across the Web through third-party installers. You can get your PC infected without being aware, that the hijacker is hiding in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed how they should be, and you can get deceived into installing PUPs like MyDownloadManager. Sometimes this can be avoided if you check the Advanced or Custom setting in an installation setup to see what you are getting.
Currently, there are two other ways you can get the hijacker onto your computer. One of the ways is if you manually go to the official site with the same name – MyDownloadManager(.)com, and add it to your browser. The other way is if you manually install it from Google’s Chrome Web store. The usual way you can get such PUPs onto your PC is if you visit suspicious sites, and you click on different ads and pop-ups.
MyDownloadManager – Detailed Information
MyDownloadManager is a browser hijacker. After installed on your computer, this hijacker changes the browser’s homepage, the new tab page, and the search engine. It also installs a browser add-on or an extension of some sort. Its official domain has the same name: MyDownloadManager(.)com.
Once your browsers are hijacked, whenever you do a search, the results will use the MyDownloadManager search engine. All browsers can be affected, especially the most popular ones, like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari. You can also install a related browser extension manually from the official domain at MyDownloadManager(.)com, by agreeing to terms (shown in the picture):
When you are using the MyDownloadManager search or its new tab page, they may display sponsored and sometimes even misleading results. You may also be shown advertisements like pop-ups and banners. Sites, to which you may be redirected, can make revenue on a pay-per-click basis. The sites may also contain malware. In some cases you may be redirected to a custom Yahoo search:
Here is a list of mostly what information may be collected:
- Your name
- Your email address
- Your country of origin
- Your nickname
- Your telephone number
- Your website
- Your title
- IP address
- Browser information
- Demographic information
- Personally identifying information
- Mobile telephone number
MyDownloadManager – Complete Removal
To remove MyDownloadManager manually from your system, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should search and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such software will also check if your system is safe in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall MyDownloadManager in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall MyDownloadManager.
Step 2: Remove MyDownloadManager from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select MyDownloadManager and click “Remove”
After MyDownloadManager is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select MyDownloadManager to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After MyDownloadManager has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on MyDownloadManager
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall MyDownloadManager. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the MyDownloadManager will be removed.
Step 3: Remove MyDownloadManager automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MyDownloadManager from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MyDownloadManager from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MyDownloadManager from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MyDownloadManager from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MyDownloadManager from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MyDownloadManager from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MyDownloadManager from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MyDownloadManager from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MyDownloadManager
Step 2: Uninstall MyDownloadManager and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by MyDownloadManager on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by MyDownloadManager there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MyDownloadManager from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MyDownloadManager and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove MyDownloadManager via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove MyDownloadManager from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase MyDownloadManager from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall MyDownloadManager from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove MyDownloadManager from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the MyDownloadManager will be removed.
Eliminate MyDownloadManager from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.