Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
WeDownload Manager removal instructions
What is WeDownload Manager?
WeDownload manager is a potentially unwanted application, which displays pop-up ads when users search the Internet using popular Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. Pop-ups generated by this application offer installation of additional programs and browser plugins. Note that while WeDownload Manager is not technically a virus or malware, the browser extensions offered by it may lead to serious privacy and computer security issues. This browser add-on is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Many computer users refer to this browser extension as a virus or malware. These negative associations are made since WeDownload Manager is promoted using a deceptive software distribution method called 'bundling'.
The majority of Internet users install WeDownload Manager inadvertently without their consent together with free software downloaded from the Internet. Internet users should be aware that, today, most free software download websites use 'download clients' to monetize their incoming web traffic. Not paying close enough attention during the installation steps of freeware may result in installation of potentially unwanted browser add-ons, which cause unwanted ads and browser redirects. WeDownload Manager is not a computer virus, however, it is a potentially unwanted application or adware. Therefore, if you observe pop-up ads generated by this plugin, do not download any programs offered. You are strongly advised to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s.
WeDownload Manager is similar to other potentially unwanted applications distributed through free software downloads, including LemurLeap or Lucky Leap. Most browser extensions bundled with free software add no real value for Internet users, and furthermore, cause pop-up ads and may lead to serious computer security and privacy issues. To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted applications, be attentive when installing free software and ensure you choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical'. This will allow you to opt-out of installation of promoted browser plugins. If you already observe WeDownload Manager pop-up ads, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware from your computer.
- What is WeDownload Manager?
- STEP 1. Uninstall WeDownload Manager application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove WeDownload Manager add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove WeDownload Manager plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove WeDownload Manager extension from Mozilla Firefox.
WeDownload Manager removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "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 "weDownload Manager", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling WeDownload Manager, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove WeDownload Manager from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove WeDownload Manager from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "weDownload Manager" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of WeDownload Manager, 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 WeDownload Manager from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "weDownload Manager" select it and click on the trash can icon.
If the WeDownload Manager extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
If you continue having problems with the removal of of weDownload Manager add-on 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 WeDownload Manager from Mozilla FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "weDownload Manager".
If you have problems with the removal of WeDownload Manager, 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.
WeDownload Manager is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in WeDownload Manager distribution:
To avoid installation of WeDownload Manager be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove WeDownload Manager from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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