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Remove Search.fbdownloader.com (Removal Instructions) - updated Sep 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

FBdownloader.com is an application that offers automatic download of tagged Facebook photos but hijacks the browsers instead

Search.fbdownloader.com

Search.fbdownloader.com is a browser hijacker that is advertised as a useful tool that can help users download all the photos they are tagged on Facebook automatically. The app is known to spread as a browser extension FbDownloader, and is often promoted on third-party sites or included in software bundle packages – this allows the stealthy infiltration, and users rarely know where this potentially unwanted program came from.

Once installed, FbDownloader will automatically change the search engine, new tab address, and the homepage of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another browser to Search.fbdownloader.com without asking for direct permission first. After that, users will be forced to browse the internet via the hijacked engine, unless FbDownloader removal is performed.

While on the system, the search engine Search.fbdownloader.com will not show genuine search results but instead will present users with numerous sponsored links, display intrusive ads on all sites that they visit, secretly spy on their browsing habits and also automatically post on the Facebook wall.

Name Search.fbdownloader.com
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Extension FbDownloader
Infiltration  Software bundles, third-party sites, ads 
Risks involved  Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, money loss, data disclosure to unknown parties
Symptoms  Changes web browser settings, shows sponsored links, shows intrusive ads, etc. 
Termination You can delete the hijacker manually by following our guide below or scanning your system with security software like Reimage

Right away, the hijacker sparks suspicions – you cannot access its supposedly official site search.fbdownloader.com. Besides the mentioned feature, hijackers also tend to:

  • redirect to sponsored web pages
  • promote rogue security tools
  • bother users with annoying online surveys
  • display more advertising content beside the search tools

Such search tools, which trigger more doubts rather than evoke the impression of reliability, tend to be a part of pay-per-click advertising.[1] Thus, expecting efficiency from this tool might be too naive. Instead, we suggest you remove Search.fbdownloader.com by either scanning your machine with anti-malware tools like Reimage or terminating the extension manually as explained below.

Search.fbdownloader.com PUP
Search.fbdownloader.com is a potentially unwanted program that posts on your Facebook wall without permission

Besides excessive advertising techniques and fake search results, Search.fbdownloader.com is also known for its information tracking. Just as many other browser hijackers, this app will record your time online – data like IP address, links clicked, visited sites, technical details of your device, Cookies,[2], etc. will be sent off to unknown parties. Besides that, Search.fbdownloader.com hijacker also asks for personal data like name and email, as claimed in the Privacy Policy:

In order to download and use the Software Application, you will be asked for certain personally identifiable information such as name and email address. The information you provide may be used by us to communicate with you in the future.

The information gathered by Fbdownloader.com is then used for targeted advertising so that the displayed ads would be more relevant to you. While some of this content might be harmless, some of the sites that the PUP might link you to tech support scam (such as “VIRUS ALERT FROM MICROSOFT” or “Your PC is infected with 3 viruses“), phishing, spoofing, or even malware-laden sites.

Therefore, never click on content if you get redirected, as well as use top links that are provided at the top of your search results. Instead, get rid of Search.fbdownloader.com virus by removing the unwanted program from your system – check the bottom section of the article to see how.

Taking inspiration from social media

FbDownloader is one of the dozens of similar search tools which seemingly grant you the privilege to download large sized videos and photos. Similarly, there have been multiple Youtube video counterparts. However, only a few of them happen to be legitimate.

The information gathering, however, is not the only problem when it comes to browser hijackers like Search.fbdownloader.com. The potentially unwanted application can also greatly influence the websites that you visit, and so affecting articles you read, products you purchase and even form your views on various topics.

Also, you should not disregard FbDownloader redirect phenomenon. Since the PUP concentrates on advertising, it might direct users to unsafe domains as well.[3]Furthermore, you should not download any software promoted by this PUP as you may download a compromised app as well. Thus, you may be inclined to remove FbDownloader right away.

Search.fbdownloader.com AV detection
FbDownloader installer is detected by multiple AV engines as malicious

Preventing the installation of PUP-like programs

Installation of potentially unwanted programs is a common occurrence. What is not common, however, is the knowledge where these applications come from, as most users simply find their homepage hijacked seemingly out of nowhere. However, it could not be further from the truth, as most computer infections are initiated by users themselves, and PUPs are not an exception.

Most of the unwanted programs reach your machine during the installation of freeware or shareware applications you download from third-party sites. While there is nothing illegal about software bundling, the technique was perfected over the years to reduce the chances users will notice that additional components are offered during the installation of the desired application.

Thus, never rush the process: watch out for small print, pre-ticked boxes, misleading offers, deceptive buttons, and never pick Recommended/Quick settings. Instead, opt for Advanced/Custom mode, and you will be able to get rid of the optional programs before they manage to enter your computer.

Eliminate search.fbdownloader.com components

You can choose from two Fbdownloader removal options. Manual instructions are provided below – you need to enter the list of the installed applications and carefully check each one of them. Be aware that some PUPs hide under different names or might not even be visible under the installed program list.

If you are in a rush, let an anti-spyware tool remove search.fbdownloader.com virus for you. The software will also get rid of its cookies and web objects – simply download a reliable anti-malware and perform a full system scan. After you are sure that no unwanted programs are present on your device, make sure you reset each of the installed browsers to prevent Fbdownloader hijacker from showing you the sponsored links.

Note that the hijacker targets every country's users, be it the Netherlands[4] or Greece.

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To remove Search.fbdownloader.com, follow these steps:

Eliminate Search.fbdownloader.com from Windows systems

To terminate the unwanted program from Windows OS, follow these instructions:

  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 Search.fbdownloader.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.fbdownloader.com 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'
  5. Remove Search.fbdownloader.com from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Uninstall Search.fbdownloader.com 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 Search.fbdownloader.com 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'

Delete Search.fbdownloader.com 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 Search.fbdownloader.com 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 Search.fbdownloader.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Search.fbdownloader.com 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, Search.fbdownloader.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Search.fbdownloader.com 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 Search.fbdownloader.com 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Search.fbdownloader.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Search.fbdownloader.com 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 Search.fbdownloader.com 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Search.fbdownloader.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Search.fbdownloader.com from Safari

Safari users should be wary that the browser infection targets them as well. Follow the instructions precisely to uninstall FnDownloader and its components.

  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 Search.fbdownloader.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Search.fbdownloader.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Search.fbdownloader.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Faerien says:
    August 31st, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Mozilla Firefox also has an extension called “Simple New Tab” that is put into your add-ons after each update. If you disable and remove it, then restart Firefox, It should be back to normal.

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