Open Download Manager by Traffic Space, LLC (also known as OpenDownloadManager or Open Download Manager Pro) is a program that is known to download and install onto a machine running the Microsoft Windows operating system without user consent or knowledge. The program uses stealth and deceptive methods to access a computer; usually by bundling with other programs. Computer and Internet Security programs have flagged this program as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) in the adware category of possible computer threats. Once Open Download Manager is installed, it can observe user browsing data, which it uses to serve targeted advertisements it feels internet user are most likely to click on based off of their past and current browsing activities and habits.
Furthermore, potential Open Download Manager malware downloads and installs alongside third-party malware, malicious files, and additional potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), including Browse Pax and iTV. This means that it may be necessary to uninstall multiple programs and remove multiple browser attachments to stop all unwanted activities from occurring.
Another thing to be aware of is that some blacklisted webpages and dubious websites will promote this program through advertisements. Some users may expect to download Open Download Manager, but instead will be introduced to other unknown programs with Open Download Manager no where in sight.
Programs and browser attachments that install alongside this program have permissions set allowing them to perform tasks, schedule tasks, modify system settings, and more. Basic permissions have been listed below.
- Programs and browser attachments associated with Open Download Manager can read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
- Programs and browser attachments associated with Open Download Manager can read and change your browsing history.
- Programs and browser attachments associated with Open Download Manager can manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
- Programs and browser attachments associated with Open Download Manager can manage your downloads.
How does Open Download Manager get on a computer?
Open Download Manager adware is usually downloaded and installed without knowledge alongside free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web. Free downloadable content includes freeware, shareware, torrents, email attachments, and more.
Sometimes users may be given the choice to accept or decline an offer to install Open Download Manager adware and similar products during the installation process of third-party freeware; However, the user request to decline the program from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.
In some cases, Open Download Manager and other unwanted programs are deceptively promoted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements may be dishonest, misleading, and cause the program to automatically download and install once clicked on.
How to remove Open Download Manager
- Step 1: Remove Open Download Manager add-ons and extensions
- Step 2: Uninstall Open Download Manager
- Step 3: Scan your computer for malware
- Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings
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Step 1: Remove Open Download Manager add-ons and extensions
1. Click on the Customize icon on the menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Open Download Manager extension and other suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Open Download Manager add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.
Step 2: Uninstall Open Download Manager
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for Open Download Manager and other unwanted programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.
4. Restart your computer.
Step 3: Scan your computer for malware
1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.
2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.
Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings
1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall unwanted programs using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.