How to remove Secure Downloader (Virus Removal Guide)

What is Secure Downloader?

Secure Downloader is a suspicious browser extension that claims to scan context files and internet downloads with more than 40 Antivirus engines for free. However, it is known to access and manage user browsing data in for a variety of marketing purposes. Users may notice pop-up ads if Secure Downloader is installed and other unwanted activities. Secure Downloader shows as a drop-down icon with a list of “Last downloaded files” on the top bar of open internet browsers.

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The Secure Downloader extension and browser attachments that it may bundle with have ‘permissions’ set allowing them to perform tasks users may find undesirable. These permissions are listed below.

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  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Read and change your browsing history
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes
  • Manage your downloads
  • Open downloaded files

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The Secure Downloader extension often bundles with third-party unwanted programs, malware, and malicious files. In order to stop all unwanted activities it will be necessary to uninstall multiple programs and remove multiple browser attachments.

Secure Downloader adware is usually contracted without user knowledge alongside free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web. Free downloadable content includes freeware, shareware, torrents, email attachments, and more.

Users who wish to install freeware may be given a “custom installation” option to accept or decline an offer to install Secure Downloader adware and similar products during the installation; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.

In some cases, Secure Downloader 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 Secure Downloader (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove Secure Downloader add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

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2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Step 2: Uninstall unwanted programs

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

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Remove Secure Downloader malware with Malwarebytes

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.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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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.

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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.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Secure Downloader malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.