Savefrom also known as Savefrom.net is a website that promotes the SaveFrom.net helper application compatible with widely-used browsers. The application is designed to download videos directly from Youtube, Vimeo, and similar pages. It is can be indeed useful to many users who wish to watch their favorite videos at any time. However, the developers of the program have chosen to use OpenCandy – an advertising network that may have a reputation because of its third party applications module. As you probably suspect, the reason for the collaboration between any developers and OpenCandy is monetary. Continue reading to learn more.
|Type||PUP, browser add-on|
|Short Description||The application provides useful services but may have dubious third party affiliates policy.|
|Symptoms||The user’s homepage can be changed, multiple files and registry entries can be added to the system.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, its official page, other freeware pages.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss SaveFrom.net.|
SaveFrom.net (OpenCandy) – Update December 2018
There’s new information about SaveFrom.net and its related add-ons. One particular toolbar has been associated with the name YouTube Downloader. Similar to most fakeYouTube Downloaders, the SaveFrom download app advertises usefulness and easy access:
In reality however, the program shows different types of advertisements and may slow down your PC, plus it may redirect you to dangerous sites which may be either scam- or malware-infested.
SaveFrom.net (OpenCandy) – Update October 2018
The potentially unwanted application (PUA) OpenCandy is continuing to spread with SaveFrom.net Helper and similar software. It is October, 2018 and it seems that both applications are still in collaboration and are working together to plague users with advertisements. The screenshot displayed below is from the Savefrom.net website:
As you can see, there are pop-ups appearing on the site itself, even before trying to download the helper application. The ads seem to detect your country or general region and display ads in your language in order to reel you in deeper. Be careful around that site and everything connected to the applications. You can read more about them in this article.
SaveFrom.net (OpenCandy) – Update November 2017
Systems affected by SaveFrom have decreased in number, but the app itself has been developed to display new forms of advertisements. Multiple different changes have been made to the website of this unwanted application and a Facebook page of it has also been created.
What is OpenCandy?
Because of its description and offers, OpenCandy has been analyzed by several anti-virus programs. This is the description given by Sophos:
→OpenCandy is an advertising software module consisting of a Microsoft Windows library that can be incorporated in a Windows Installer. When a user installs an application that includes the OpenCandy library, it presents offers for additional third party applications that may be unwanted by the user. Such third party applications are typically installed onto users’ computers by default, but may include an option to ‘opt-out’ during or after the installation process.
Is SaveFrom.net Safe to Use?
Due to the application’s appealing description, many users have decided to download it. Some users may have chosen to use it continuously while others have opted to uninstall it.
One user has shared his concerns regarding a mandatory update issued by the company in April 2014. This is what he has written in a forum post in Yahoo Answers:
→In April 2014, SaveFrom.net, a video-download browser extension, issued a mandatory update. (If you refuse the update, the helper is disabled within your browser). That update seeks far more permissions to track your Internet browsing activities, including the sites you visit even when you are not using the video-download app. (To urge use of their browser helper, the use of their web-site to download without an app is restricted).
A question that can immediately arise from what is stated above is why the company has adopted that kind of policy. The most obvious reason is the most simple one – to monetize collected user information such as:
- Surfing habits
- Website preferences
- Browsing History
No one is really surprised by the fact that third party companies in various sectors work together for profit reasons. In the field of unwanted software and bundling, developers and advertisers tend to collaborate quite often. Data obtained from the software users is often sold to online advertising agencies to display targeted advertisements.
How to Remove Savefrom (SaveFrom.net) from My PC?
Even though you may find the application handy and user-friendly, you may want to consider uninstalling it.
This is a screenshot of the app’s installer:
When we downloaded it, the installer had the Opera browser as a recommended option. However, a PUP could have been in its place.
Security researchers have compiled a list of the files the OpenCandy installer can drop on the system. This is just a small extraction of the files:
C:\Documents and Settings\test user\Local Settings\Temp\is-8JG3T.tmp\sample.tmp
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\CDBurnerXP.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\CDBurnerXP.lnk
Additionally, new registry keys are also created such as:
Since SaveFrom.net Helper may have been accompanied by a troublesome PUP or PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), running a full system scan to clean the system is often advisory.
If you are an expert user, you can refer to the removal steps below the article.
- Guide 1: How to Remove SaveFrom.net from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SaveFrom.net from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SaveFrom.net from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SaveFrom.net from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SaveFrom.net from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SaveFrom.net from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SaveFrom.net from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove SaveFrom.net from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SaveFrom.net
Step 2: Uninstall SaveFrom.net 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 SaveFrom.net 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 SaveFrom.net there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SaveFrom.net from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SaveFrom.net 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 SaveFrom.net 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 SaveFrom.net 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 SaveFrom.net 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 SaveFrom.net 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 SaveFrom.net 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 SaveFrom.net will be removed.
Eliminate SaveFrom.net 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.