Secure Downloader may be described as a potentially unwanted program that promises to scan various files and downloads with the help of more than 40 anti-malware tools for free. Needless to say, Secure Downloader makes your system more vulnerable to other risks. The bogus browser extension will also generate numerous pop-up ads and may perform other suspicious activities without your knowledge or consent.
Secure Downloader Description and Distribution Method
One way to install the mistrustful browser extension is through bundled downloads of freeware, shareware, or torrents. The Secure Downloader may be downloaded with other third-party programs, thus its uninstallation becomes more difficult. In order to clean your system of the browser extension, you may need to uninstall the programs it was bundled with.
To avoid stuffing your PC with bundled third-party programs, always opt for the the custom installation option and uncheck all unwanted content. Malware experts, however, warn us that the program may ignore your request not to install it or present the option in a blurred manner. That is why having a trustworthy and valid AV tool is the best precaution measure against malware.
Once running on your computer, users will notice Secure Downloader’s drop-down icon. The latter displays a list of last downloaded files on all currently used browsers.
The bogus extension also requests permission to:
- Read and alter data on visited websites.
- Get a hold of your browsing history.
- Control downloads.
- Open downloaded files.
Should I Remove Secure Downloader from My System?
Due to the potential risks the fraudulent browser extension brings, its uninstallation is recommended. However, its dubious character makes it manual removal a bit tricky for inexperienced users. That is why a full system scan with the assistance of a qualified AV program is advised.
In the future, it is best you download freeware from secure websites.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool. Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
- Guide 1: How to Remove Secure Downloader from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Secure Downloader from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Secure Downloader from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Secure Downloader from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Secure Downloader from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Secure Downloader from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Secure Downloader from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Secure Downloader from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Secure Downloader
Step 2: Uninstall Secure Downloader and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Secure Downloader 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 Secure Downloader there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Secure Downloader from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Secure Downloader 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.
- 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 Secure Downloader via Step 1 above:
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 Secure Downloader files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Secure Downloader, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Secure Downloader 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 Secure Downloader 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 Secure Downloader 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 Secure Downloader 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 Secure Downloader will be removed.
Eliminate Secure Downloader 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.