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 on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Secure Downloader in 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.
- Guide 8: Disable Secure Downloader Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
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
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 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.
- 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 Secure Downloader 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 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Secure Downloader from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".