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Removal instructions for "Downloading Files" adware-type browser extension

Also Known As: Ads by Downloading Files
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is Downloading Files?

Downloading Files is a rogue browser extension that our researchers discovered while inspecting dubious software-promoting sites. This extension is endorsed as a download management tool. After analyzing Downloading Files, we determined that it operates as advertising-supported software (adware).

Downloading Files adware asking for permissions

Downloading Files adware overview

Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content (various advertisements) on visited websites and/or other interfaces. The displayed adverts promote scams, untrustworthy/harmful sites and software, and even malware. When clicked on, some intrusive adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.

It is pertinent to mention that reputable developers do not use adware to promote their creations - yet they can be encountered through it. This endorsement is primarily undertaken by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.

It is noteworthy that advertising-supported software may require specific conditions (e.g., compatible browser/system, visits to particular sites, etc.) to run intrusive advertisement campaigns. However, whether Downloading Files (or other adware) delivers ads is irrelevant since its presence on a system endangers device/user safety regardless.

Furthermore, Downloading Files spies on users' browsing activity. Targeted data can include: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, personally identifiable details, log-in credentials, financial/banking information, and so on. The gathered data is monetized through sale to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

To summarize, the presence of software like Downloading Files on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Downloading Files
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Browser Extension(s) Downloading Files
Supposed Functionality Download managing tool
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Adware examples

Moviety, Down Assist, Ad Blocker App, and Tuning Videos are just some examples of the adware we have inspected recently. Advertising-supported software appears legitimate and harmless. Users are lured into download/installation with promises of "useful" and "advantageous" features. However, these functionalities are rarely operational.

How did Downloading Files install on my computer?

We acquired Downloading Files from its "official" promotional page. In addition to such webpages, adware is promoted through scam websites. Users typically enter these pages through redirects caused by sites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, mistyped URLs, intrusive advertisements, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).

Intrusive ads are employed to distribute advertising-supported software as well. Once clicked on, some of these adverts can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.

Adware can also be bundled with ordinary programs. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of permitting bundled content into the system.

How to avoid installation of adware?

We strongly recommend researching software products. Furthermore, all downloads must be performed from official and verified channels. It is just as important to approach installation processes with care, e.g., by reading terms, inspecting possible options, and using the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out of all additions.

We also advise being vigilant when browsing since illegitimate and malicious content typically appears harmless. For example, intrusive adverts look ordinary and innocuous, yet they redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., adult-dating, pornography, gambling, etc.).

In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, check the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Downloading Files, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of the official website used to promote Downloading Files adware:

Website promoting Downloading Files adware

Screenshot of a deceptive website used to promote Downloading Files adware:

Downloading Files adware-promoting website

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Quick menu:

Downloading Files adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

Windows 10 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

macOS (OSX) users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Downloading Files adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Downloading Files", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Downloading Files ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Downloading Files adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove Downloading Files adware using Combo Cleaner:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Downloading Files  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Downloading Files", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Downloading Files ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by downloading files, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Downloading Files ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Downloading Files".

Removing Downloading Files ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by downloading files removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by downloading files, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What harm can adware cause?

Adware can diminish the browsing experience and system performance. It is also considered to be a privacy threat since this software typically has data tracking functionalities. Adware-displayed adverts promote deceptive/malicious content that may cause serious issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).

What does adware do?

Adware operates by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns. Advertising-supported software can display ads on visited websites and/or different interfaces. Furthermore, some types can force-open webpages and gather private data.

How do adware developers generate revenue?

Adware generates most of its revenue through affiliate programs by promoting various websites, applications, products, etc. The developers may earn commission from ad clicks, site visits, file downloads, product purchases, or similar.

Will Combo Cleaner remove Downloading Files adware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning systems and eliminating detected adware-type apps. It must be mentioned that manual removal (unaided by security software) may be ineffective. In some instances, even after the adware itself has been (manually) removed - various files get left behind. What is more, such remnants might continue running and causing problems. Hence, it is essential to eliminate adware thoroughly.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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