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Remove SocialDownloadr (Removal Instructions) - updated Oct 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

SocialDownloadr is a browser hijacker that alters web browser settings to monetize on pay-per-click scheme

SocialDownloadr hijack
SocialDownloadr is a potentially unwanted program that infiltrates the machines with the help of software bundling technique

SocialDownloadr is a potentially unwanted application[1] that can be downloaded on the official website and was designed to backup photos. Nevertheless, most of the users will find the app installed without their permission, right after downloading shareware or freeware from the internet.

SocialDownloadr virus is usually installed on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another browser as an extension. Right after that, users will notice that their homepage, new tab address, and the search engine are set to search.socialdownloadr.com.

Questions about SocialDownloadr

The potentially unwanted program will then prevent users from setting their homepage is the default unless SocialDownloadr removal is performed. Additionally, users might notice an increased amount of ads, popups, banners, etc. on all sites that they visit, redirects to dubious websites, as well as sponsored links at the top the search results, which are used for the pay-per-click[2] money-generating scheme.

Name SocialDownloadr
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Homepage set to search.socialdownloadr.com
Distribution Software bundling, ads, third-party sites
Symptoms Changed homepage and new tab URL
Risk factors Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, personal data disclosure to unknown parties, malware infections
Termination Delete the PUP automatically with anti-virus software or manually with the help of our guide below
Recovery For a swift recovery after the computer infection, scan it with Reimage

The main aim of SocialDownloadr is to display advertisements that are filled with third-party links, whose aim is to redirect people to predetermined sites. Beware that these links may also be used to redirect you to dangerous websites, so there is no doubt that you have to ignore SocialDownloadr ads, no matter how attractive they look.

If you have just started seeing its pop-up windows, banner ads, and similar commercial content on each of your web browsers, you should check the guide below and remove SocialDownloadr from your computer. If you need a quick solution, you can rely on anti-malware software, as well as Reimage repair tool to fix virus damage.

Unfortunately, but SocialDownloadr virus works not only by causing annoying pop-up ads on people's browsers. It also tracks its victims and collects information about their most visited websites and details that they add when visiting their favorite domains. With the help of this information, it can show people pop-up ads that are close to their interests. However, because of this ability, this program can reveal:

  • your email address,
  • IP address of the PC,
  • its location, and similar data.

If your Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome web browser is attacked by this browser hijacker,[3] you can try to avoid SocialDownloadr redirect to predetermined websites, misleading pop-up ads and similar activities. However, there is only one way to prevent tracking behind your back. If you want to avoid such activity, you have to consider SocialDownloadr removal from your computer. For that, check the guide on the second page of this post. 

SocialDownloadr
SocialDownloadr is a browser hijacker that changes the address of the homepage and new tab to search.socialdownloadr.com

Ways to get infected with a potentially unwanted program

Adware-type programs, browser hijackers and similar PUPs attack computer users by using ”software bundling”. In this case, SocialDownloadr is added to other software, which is offered for free. In most of the cases, the user is suggested to install computer performance enhancing products or services, free updates, extensions and plug-ins. However, this is a straight way to virus infiltration, so you must opt out of these suggestions.

The main way to prevent install of this virus is to select either Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. However, you should be more cautious while downloading any software to the computer. It strongly suggested to read such terms as Privacy Policy or End User's License Agreement and get more knowledge about the program before its installation.

Secondly, stay away from Quick or Recommended installation options and monitor each step of this process. Now it is time to deselect any suspicious or unwanted files, such as SocialDownloadr or Search.socialdownloadr.com, which is related to this program. Finally, make sure you have a reliable anti-spyware that could let you check each of files before opening them. If you have just become a victim of this hijack, use out step-by-step guide given on the second page.

SocialDownloadr removal instructions

It is important to note that computer security threats evolve every day. However, security software is there to counter that, and many industry experts[4] work on improving virus detection techniques constantly. Therefore, if you want to remove SocialDownloadr virus from your computer, you can scan it with reputable anti-malware software (make sure it is up to date first).

SocialDownloadr virus

You can also perform SocialDownloadr removal manually – follow our guidelines below. Nevertheless, be aware that these instructions might be quite confusing for novice computer users. If you are one of them, rather let security software perform the task for your.

After SocialDownloadr elimination, you should reset each of the installed web browsers, including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc. We also provide the guide for the procedure below.

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 SocialDownloadr, follow these steps:

Uninstall SocialDownloadr from Windows systems

To stop the activities of SocialDownloadr, perform the following steps on Windows OS:

  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 SocialDownloadr and related programs
    Here, look for SocialDownloadr 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 SocialDownloadr 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.

Erase SocialDownloadr from Mac OS X system

If you macOS is showing signs of PUP infection, follow this guide:

  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 SocialDownloadr 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'

Get rid of SocialDownloadr from Internet Explorer (IE)

Make sure to reset Internet Explorer after you eliminate the unwanted app:

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

Delete SocialDownloadr 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, SocialDownloadr should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Eliminate SocialDownloadr 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 SocialDownloadr 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 SocialDownloadr removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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    April 25th, 2016 at 7:42 am

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