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removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser Hijackers is an application that offers automatic download of tagged Facebook photos but hijacks the browsers instead 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 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 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.

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
System optimization To make sure your computer is in its best shape, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Right away, the hijacker sparks suspicions – you cannot access its supposedly official site 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 by either scanning your machine with anti-malware or terminating the extension manually as explained below. Additionally, if you are experiencing frequent system crashes or other unwanted Windows behavior, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for a quick fix. is a potentially unwanted program that posts on your Facebook wall without permission

Besides excessive advertising techniques and fake search results, 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, 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 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 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 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. AV detectionFbDownloader 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 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 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, follow these steps:

Eliminate 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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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 from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

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

Remove 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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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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