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Remove Image Downloader virus (Removal Guide) - Virus Removal Instructions

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Image Downloader loads users with ads

Image Downloader add-on sample

Image Downloader virus functions as a browser extension available on Google Chrome web store. Elaborating on its pros and cons, there are no advantages to mention, as a matter of fact, this add-on functions as adware.

After taking a closer look, one can make a full list of drawbacks this domain possesses. First of all, the very domain name which redirects users to Chrome web store bears an unclear name – It does not denote Image Downloader browser plug-in in any way.

Surprisingly, it has HTTP protocol. Nonetheless, it provides no terms of use or privacy policy or credentials about the developer. The absence of these documents is already one of the viable reasons to remove Image Downloader from the computer. Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes accelerates the elimination process.

Secondly, after you enable the extension, it loads adware scripts. At first, you may not notice any unusual behavior. For example, if you visit a news portal, the adware will foist in its active links. Clicking them launches Not set ads.

Alternatively, it redirects users through multiple fishy URL domain names before landing them to the final site which also happens to be sponsored domain.

What is more, this PUP add-on has a direct relation with the following adware sites[1]:


The first domain manifests the link to Nginx adware[2]. The latter has gained notorious popularity by rooting in users’ browser and redirecting websites to unwanted sites.

At the moment, neither of the adware domains bear real viruses. However, no adware should reside on a system. The mentioned sites might become havens for real malware.

Regarding the latest news about surfacing miners disguised as browser add-ons[3] and Google Play store apps, Image Downloader Chrome extension might serve for the misdeeds of miners’ developers.

This extension only confirms suspicions, that similar image downloaders and download accelerators often happen to be useless if not compromised with adware or malware.

No extension or app is required to boost up your PC performance. Loading your browser with ample of questionable add-ons only makes it more vulnerable to virtual assaults. Once you detect Image Downloader redirect, cancel the pop-up tabs before they load. In short, there is no advantage in this extension. Perform Image Downloader extension virus removal right away. The image displaying Image Downloader ads
Image Downloader has no value as it is simply adware.

Adware promotion ways

Though the add-on has been reported already, it is still available on Chrome web store. If you are looking for a new app assistant, you were likely to get redirected there. Alternatively, regarding the shady name of its main domain, the PUP might be promoted in sponsored sites.

You might get redirected to this site after you click on Ads by Not set, and Outbrain pop-ups. Therefore, be vigilant what you download. Develop a habit opting for “Advanced’ installation mode rather than “Recommended.”

Get rid of Image Downloader

In order to remove Image Downloader virus permanently, eliminate the extension from the browse. Later on, you will need to eliminate its web scripts. Below, manual Image Downloader removal guidelines illustrate how to reset a browser to eliminate web objects.

It is also recommended to scan the browser with malware elimination tool. It will help remove Image Downloader virus faster. On the final note, Chinese[4] uses should be wary of this extension before it gets removed from Google Play store.

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To remove Image Downloader virus, follow these steps:

Remove Image Downloader from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Image Downloader and related programs
    Here, look for Image Downloader or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Get rid of Image Downloader from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Image Downloader or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Uninstall Image Downloader from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Image Downloader and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Image Downloader removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Image Downloader virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Image Downloader should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Image Downloader from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Image Downloader and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Image Downloader removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Image Downloader from Google Chrome

if you opt for manual Image Downloader removal instructions, follow the guidelines attentively. reboot the browser and scan the  system with malware elimination too.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Image Downloader and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Image Downloader removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Image Downloader from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Image Downloader or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Image Downloader removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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