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Remove Webdown-loader.com virus (Removal Instructions) - Jun 2017 update

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Webdown-loader.com virus redirects you to Nova.rambler.ru

Webdown-loader.com virus

Webdown-loader.com is an aggressive browser hijacker that is closely related to Nova Rambler virus. Once inside the system, it adds hxxp://Webdown-loader.com/ value to each of web browsers. As a result, it changes the homepage, the default search provider and the new tab page.

Once you try using this questionable search engine, it causes redirects[1] to the previously-indicated domain every time you start your browser. Such activity is clearly annoying, and that is why we recommend you to remove Webdown-loader.com without any hesitations.

We should also add that the initial version of this hijacker was causing different redirects and tricked its victim into visiting goto.maxdealz.com site. After that, this domain then triggered another redirect to feed.snowbitt.com, and then finally ended on us.search.yahoo.com which provides customized search results brought by Safer Browser.

The Privacy Policy of Webdown-loader.com claims that this site can track your searches and collect non-personal information. So, every search query that you enter, every login detail is collected by its developers. There is no doubt that you should be very careful while entering your email address, home address or the year of your birth. If you want to protect it, make sure you initiate Webdown-loader.com removal at once you notice its domain name while surfing the web.

Can I trust search results provided by this search engine?

There no doubt that you should not trust the results displayed to you by Webdown-loader.com. No matter that they seem to be brought by Yahoo, while they actually are filled with ads from suspicious spyware-related companies. Clicking on results delivered by such vague search tools can take you to insecure websites[2], and that is likely to pose a threat to your security and privacy. For such reason, we recommend you to stay clear of such shady search tools and continue using the real Yahoo or Google search.

Browser hijackers like Webdown-loader.com virus are developed purely for monetization purposes – they generate redirects to third-party pages, and the owners of such sites pay for such promotion. Sadly, the developers of the browser hijackers hardly ever care about the reputation of sites they cause redirects to. You can easily end up on a deceptive or dangerous site and if you decide to explore the search results produced by this shady tool.

Last, but not least disadvantage of this shady search tool is that it collects user data silently. The suspicious search page doesn’t have Privacy Policy or Terms of Use page on it; therefore we couldn’t discover how it collects and stores user data. While this shady program might not be able to collect personally identifiable information, it for sure can collect non-personal details such as your search queries, IP address, browsing history and even more.

Webdown-loader.com redirectsWebdown-loader.com virus causes several redirects though dangerous domains and then finally provides modified search results to the user. These results are brought by Safer Browser and not by Yahoo as it seems to look like at the first sight.

Distribution tricks used by Webdown-loader.com developers

Spyware is distributed using software bundling – a technique that has helped many adware, browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs like Webdown-loader.com hijack computer systems without being noticed by computer users. The majority of users do not know what software bundling is; therefore they end up installing unwanted software so frequently.

Potentially unwanted software typically hides in installers that are supposed to install the software chosen by the computer user. However, they usually provide suggestions to install a couple of additional programs (usually browser add-ons, helpers, and similar content). You should always deselect these additions via installers settings – make sure you select Custom or Advanced one and not Standard/Default option.

Get rid of Webdown-loader.com with ease

There is no point of keeping this shady browser hijacker on the system, so we suggest you to remove Webdown-loader.com virus right after it shows up on your Chrome or other web browser. There are two methods that could help you fix your computer and forget about system hijack – you can either use anti-malware software or follow our manual removal guidelines. For automatic removal option, you can rely on such programs like ReimageIntego and wipe the spyware off your system in minutes. Alternatively, you can dedicate some time to study the Webdown-loader.com removal guide provided below and delete the virtual parasite manually.

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To remove Webdown-loader.com virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Webdown-loader.com from Windows systems

To remove this browser hijacker from Windows, make sure you uninstall all entries related to Webdown-loader.com virus, including Nova Rambler, Safer Browser and similar PUPs.

  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 Webdown-loader.com and related programs
    Here, look for Webdown-loader.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 Webdown-loader.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.

Get rid of Webdown-loader.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Webdown-loader.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Webdown-loader.com-related 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 Webdown-loader.com, 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 Webdown-loader.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Webdown-loader.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Webdown-loader.com 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 Webdown-loader.com 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, Google.com).
  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 Webdown-loader.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Webdown-loader.com virus 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 Webdown-loader.com-related 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

Eliminate Webdown-loader.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fix Firefox, make sure you delete all suspicious components that could be related to this redirect virus. The guide explains how to access Firefox's add-ons list and delete entries that shouldn't be in your browser.

  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 Webdown-loader.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 Webdown-loader.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Webdown-loader.com from Google Chrome

To remove Webdown-loader.com virus from Chrome, make sure you remove all suspicious extensions from it using the guide given below. You might find an extension called Webdownloader, Nova Rambler, Safer Browser, etc. make sure you delete them ASAP.

  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 Webdown-loader.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 Webdown-loader.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Webdown-loader.com 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 Webdown-loader.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 Webdown-loader.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 Webdown-loader.com 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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