How to remove OSDownloader (Virus Removal Guide)

How to remove OSDownloader (Virus Removal Guide)

OSDownloader (also searched for as OSDownloader virus) is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that will download and install without end user consent or knowledge. The OSDownloader program can automatically install in the background while you work on your computer. Once the “OSDownloader virus” has been contracted users often notice unwanted pop-up ads and fall victim browser redirects when they use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer & Edge, and Apple Safari.

OSDownloader
OSDownloader adware generates very intrusive pop-up and in-text styled ads which are defined as ‘targeted’ ads because they use your personal browsing information (including all your data on the websites you visit and your browser history) to produce advertisements it feels you are most likely to click on. The adware essentially ‘targets’ you based off your current and past browsing habits.

OSDownloader adware is not technically defined as a computer virus but this adware is still a threat to your privacy and can be the sign of a severe malware infection. The internet security community strongly recommends that you remove OSDownloader if you find it installed on your machine or attached to your internet browser as a browser add-on or extension and use reputable Antivirus or Anti-Malware software to eradicate any existing malicious files.

How did OSDownloader get on my computer?

OSDownloader and programs like it are usually contracted without knowledge. OSDownloader is often bundled inside third-party software downloaders and bundlers. It may arrive on a computer system once other programs have been introduced to the machine. Software that OSDownloader adware may bundle with includes freeware, shareware, and dubious torrent files.

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  • OSDownloader bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and malware.
  • OSDownloader is usually bundled inside installers and downloaders distributed as dubious torrents or as freeware programs distributed by websites similar to download.com and softonic.com.
  • OSDownloader injects visited webpages with pop-up and in-text advertisements.
  • OSDownloader makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings (such as Windows registry) and schedules new tasks which allow it to run every time Windows starts and check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program has been disabled it will enable itself to run.

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How to remove OSDownloader virus

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Option 1: Automatically remove OSDownloader virus with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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2. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software once it has finished installing.

3. Make sure that Malwarebytes has been updated. To ensure it is updated click Update Now on the Dashboard.

Malwarebytes scan for OSDownloader

4. Click the large Scan Now button on the dashboard to perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

5. When the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and then click the Finish button or restart your computer if Malwarebytes suggests that you do so.

[note align=”left”]If you are still having issues removing OSDownloader we suggest that use a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro 3 to locate and remove any computer infection that may be present. You may also proceed to option 2 below and view our additional tips to remove OSDownloader.[/note]

Option 2: Manually remove OSDownloader

How to uninstall OSDownloader

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. Click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove program) in the Programs section.

3. Search for OSDownloader in the list of installed programs and select it with your mouse, then click Uninstall. You can also double click OSDownloader to uninstall it.

[note align=”left”]If you do not find OSDownloader in your list of installed program you may need to uninstall additional programs that may have bundled with it. You can view our additional tips to remove OSDownloader below.[/note]

How to remove OSDownloader add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the OSDownloader extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the OSDownloader add-on and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for the OSDownloader extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

[note align=”left”]If you do not find OSDownloader in your list of add-ons and extensions you may need to remove additional attachments that may have bundled with it. You can view our additional tips to remove OSDownloader below.[/note]

OSDownloader virus removal tips
  • If you do not find OSDownloader in your list of installed programs you may need to uninstall additional programs. Additional programs may include suspicious titles that may have been contracted around the same time or after the initial infection.
  • If you are still having issues removing OSDownloader you should use a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro 3. HitmanPro 3 is the best second opinion scan and removal tool. It can be used to locate and remove remaining threats.

Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.