Also Known As: FBDownloader Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
FBDownloader - how to remove search.fbdownloader.com redirect?
What is FBDownloader.com?
The FBDownloader program enables users to download photos from FaceBook. This free software is developed by Htto Group Ltd., and while the program appears legitimate, users should be aware that it modifies Internet browser settings and installs additional browser add-ons. Many computer users report that after installation of this software their browsers redirect to search.fbdownloader.com This redirect issue is not related to malware or virus infections, but is a consequence of not carefully inspecting each step during the installation phase of FBDownloader.
To avoid redirect issues such as these, uncheck each option suggesting changes to your Internet browser default search engine or to your homepage during installation. Moreover, this software installs the Yontoo client on your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox) - be aware that this browser extension is known to cause unwanted ad issues and other problems.
FBDownloader is not technically a computer virus, however, reckless installation of this free software causes redirect issues. If you feel that redirects to search.fbdownloader.com have been applied without your consent, use this removal guide to fix these problems. To avoid this type of incident in future, always pay close attention to each installation step of any free software downloaded from the Internet.
- What is FBDownloader.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall FBDownloader and Yontoo applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.fbdownloader.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove search.fbdownloader.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.fbdownloader.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
FBDownloader.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "fbdownloader and yontoo", select these entries and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling FBDownloader, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
FBDownloader.com redirect removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove FBDownloader.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Yontoo LLC related entries (Yontoo, Yontoo Api) and disable them.
To change your homepage from search.fbdownloader.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.fbdownloader.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with redirects of search.fbdownloader.com, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove FBDownloader.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Yontoo", select this entry and click on the trash can icon.
To change your homepage from search.fbdownloader.com to you preferred domain, click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.fbdownloader.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
If you continue having problems with the removal of search.fbdownloader.com browser hijacker, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove FBDownloader.com redirect from FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Yontoo".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.fbdownloader.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with redirects of search.fbdownloader.com, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in FBDownloader.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of FBDownloader.com Redirect be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
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