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Remove Orbit (Removal Guide) - Jun 2018 update

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Orbit – a download manager with an ulterior motive 

Orbit downloader PUP
Orbit downloader is a download manager which enters machines as a potentially unwanted program

Orbit Downloader by Innoshock is a potentially unwanted program[1] that is presented as a download manager for Windows operating systems. Its primary function is to download embedded video files from such websites as YouTube or Vimeo. Only Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Maxthon web browser users can utilize this tool. Despite it being remarkably popular due to its functionality and improved download speeds, the application turned out to be spreading malware since version

Name Orbit Downloader
Type Adware/malware
Developer Innoshock 
Compatible browsers Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Maxthon
Active since  2006
Symptoms Intrusive ads, redirects and changed system settings, slow internet speed etc.
Distribution Software bundling, official website
Elimination Scan your device with Reimage

Originally, Orbit belongs to adware[2] category, meaning that it uses pop-up ads, offers, deals, coupons, discounts, in-text links and auto-play video to display sponsored content. The developers get revenue for every click made by users (pay-per-click-scheme), and it does not matter if clicks were accidental or not. However, users often are left frustrated due to the immense amount of adverts flooding their browsers, and they rush to find Orbit removal instructions online.

Typically, free programs like Orbit Downloader come in a package with other software users obtain on the internet. Unfortunately, developers of adware do not disclose how their products are installed, and users often get tricked. This is called bundling – a marketing campaign used by freeware and PUP developers. Although this distribution strategy is legal, users should be aware of it to avoid unwanted applications being installed on their computers by picking Advanced or Custom installation modes.

Another bad trait of adware is its ability to track their users' online behavior. Spying can range from mild to severe, and typically gathered data includes:

  • IP address
  • ISP
  • Search queries
  • Links clicked
  • Websites visted
  • Bookmarks
  • System information
  • Hardware information, etc.

In some cases, PUPs can even gather personal data, like email address or full name. Security experts at[3] recommend users not to disclose sensitive information online, especially when it comes to less-known websites. In the unfortunate turn of events, data leak might cause money theft or even identity fraud. Thus, do not hesitate whether or not you need to remove Orbit Downloader virus from your computer – do it immediately. For that, you can use Reimage or any other security software you trust.

Orbit downloader virus
Orbit downloader is a virus that is capable of performing DDoS attacks

Security researchers found that Orbit was used for DDoS attacks

Orbit Downloader was around since 2006, and, considering the amount of potentially unwanted programs nowadays, it was nothing out of the ordinary – until August 2013.

Although download managers are popular tools and used by many, they can also be utilized by cybercriminals just as efficiently. Security researchers at ESET found[4] that, because the program is generating a significant amount of traffic, it can be used by hackers as a tool for Distributed Denial of Service[5] (DDoS) attacks. Cybersecurity experts identify Orbit malware as Win32/DDoS.Orbiter.A.

The DDoS Functionality was present within the program for some time, but it was used for malicious purposes only since version  

Soon after the discovery of the DDoS capability of the program, many popular software downloading websites started removing Orbit Downloader from their sites, which included:

  • BetaNews
  • DownloadCrew
  • Softpedia
  • Softsonic
  • MajorGeeks

It is unclear whether the developer made any statements about the malware component present in their product, but as of now, security experts urge users to remove Win32/DDoS.Orbiter.A from their machines and use a different file downloading program.

Potentially unwanted programs come bundled with freeware and shareware

Unwanted program developers count on the fact that users may like the product they are offering. However, the fact that they introduce their software in a deceptive manner sparks concerns. It is not surprising, as PUP developers are well aware of the fact that most users are typically rushing through installation steps as they want to be done with the installation process as soon as possible.

That's why they employ freeware and shareware developers to inject adware into their installers. Unfortunately, it does not only come from shady installers of unknown software – major brands like Adobe or Flash are known to distribute additional components within their software or its updates. Therefore, it is vital to stay vigilant to avoid various junk on your machine.

We urge users never to rush installation process and read instructions very carefully. When prompted, always pick Advanced or Custom installation settings, and avoid Recommended/Quick ones. This way, you will be able to get rid of the ticks next to add-ons, PDF creators, file converters, download managers, etc.

Orbit malware
The installation executable is recognized as malware by Virus Total

Remove Orbit malware from your computer

The fact that the program is a PUP should warrant the Orbit removal. Nevertheless, in this case, it is an absolute must, as it is being identified as malware which enables hackers to perform DDoS attacks. Even though you can get rid of Orbit Downloader manually, we also recommend scanning your computer for any traces of malware.

If you want to remove Orbit Downloader virus manually, please check our instructions below this text. Make sure you execute each step attentively and in the correct order. Do not forget that you will have to reset all of your browsers manually to make sure that to settings are left off.

Because Orbit is considered to be malware, we highly recommend scanning your machine with reputable anti-virus software if you decided to remove Orbit manually. Otherwise, the security program will take care of everything automatically.

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 Orbit, follow these steps:

Erase Orbit from Windows systems

To eliminate Orbit malware from your Windows device, follow these steps:

  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 Orbit and related programs
    Here, look for Orbit 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'

Remove Orbit 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 Orbit 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'

Eliminate Orbit 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 Orbit 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 Orbit removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall Orbit 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, Orbit should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Orbit from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

A full reset of Firefox browser is needed to make sure that no altered settings remain:

  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 Orbit 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 Orbit removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Orbit 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 Orbit 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 Orbit removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Orbit 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 Orbit 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 Orbit removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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