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Remove Open Download Manager (Nov 2016 update)

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Do you actually need Open Download Manager?

Open Download Manager promises to accelerate download speed by up to 500%. However, there is a reason why some computer users start calling this ostensibly beneficial program as Open Download Manager virus. Although it promises to provide some beneficial features, it appears that it is actually a not-so-useful program at all. Behind all promises hides a desire to generate pay-per-click revenue, so don’t trust this program blindly!

It is not very likely that this program is capable of enhancing or improving anything. Just like we have stated before, it seems that the program is mainly used for generating income for its developers. It’s an ad-supported software that integrates browser add-ons to user’s Internet browsers to insert tracking cookies and track user’s activities on the Internet just to find out what he/she is interested in and to display loads of annoying ads later on. These ads are meant to promote third parties, increase their page rank, sales, collect clicks and similar things. Therefore, if you have been thinking to install Open Download Manager adware, we highly recommend you to take into consideration the fact that we just have said. If you have already installed it, you should start thinking about removal.

If you suspect Open Download Manager spyware to be hiding in your machine, remember that it’s non-malicious unless you click on the content that it presents. Unfortunately, that may be quite difficult to do since ‘Ads by Open Download Manager’ may be generated in such a great amount and in such pesky forms as pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links and so on. Be very careful because these ads may reroute you to really suspicious websites, which may even be involved in virus distribution. However, redirects are not the only downside of the app. It has been found that it may also collect information related to people’s browsing habits, decrease PC’s performance, initiate browser’s crashes, increase security vulnerabilities, cause infiltration of other PUPs, and similar issues. Thus, if you have a slightest suspect that Open Download Manager virus has already entered your machine, run a full system scan with a reputable anti-malware, such as Reimage. However, pay attention to the fact that you can start receiving pop-up ads even if there’s no ODM in your PC. It means that the computer is infected with a different adware that promotes this vague program via pop-up ads. In such case, you should perform a deep system scan and remove all ad-supported programs right away.

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How can it hijack my computer?

Even if you are not going to install it willingly, it may surprise you by dropping an extension on each of your web browsers right after you install another freeware. Since it tends to spread as an ‘optional’ tool attached to other freewares, people, who select Quick or Basic installation, can easily fall for installing this adware without being informed about that. As soon as Install_ODM.exe process is finished, it creates a registry key to start up as soon as the computer is launched. Besides, it constantly runs a process in Task Manager, which can be detected as ODM.exe. What is more, Updater.exe can run alongside since it’s an auto-update component. By the way, we recommend you to check your computer for Highlightly, Findwide, Coupon Buddy, and other unfamiliar apps because Open Download Manager tends to spread bundled with other potentially unwanted programs. In order to prevent installing such and similar apps in the future, keep in mind that they tend to spread in one pack with other freewares. Thus, no matter what kind of freeware are you going to install, initiate installation as carefully as possible. Always opt for Advanced or Custom installation option, read all provided information and deselect ‘additional components’ if they are offered to you. If Open Download Manager hijack already happened, read the info provided below.

Get rid of Open Download Manager

Open Download Manager removal guide is given down below. Follow instructions attentively, and remove all suspicious programs because you do not want them to bother you anymore. To remove Open Download Manager virus automatically, use tools we suggest using if you want to keep your computer safe and sound. 

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Open Download Manager, follow these steps:

Eliminate Open Download Manager from Windows systems

Although it is easier to delete this spyware-type program automatically, you can do it manually, too. Find and remove Open Download Manager using these instructions, then open each web browser that redirects you to and reset/refresh them. In case you have any questions, contact our team.

  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 Open Download Manager and related programs
    Here, look for Open Download Manager 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'

Erase Open Download Manager 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 Open Download Manager 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 Open Download Manager 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 Open Download Manager 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 Open Download Manager removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Open Download Manager 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, Open Download Manager should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Open Download Manager 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 Open Download Manager 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 Open Download Manager removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Open Download Manager from Google Chrome

  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 Open Download Manager 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 Open Download Manager removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Open Download Manager 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 Open Download Manager 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 Open Download Manager removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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