What kind of application is Streaming Downloader?
After testing the Streaming Downloader application, our team found that it operates as an advertising-supported application - it shows annoying (intrusive) advertisements. We discovered Streaming Downloader while inspecting numerous deceptive web pages. Apps that display ads and are promoted via dubious sites should not be trusted.
Streaming Downloader in detail
Streaming Downloader is described as an app that presents streaming sources on the current page. However, it also shows advertisements that can open questionable pages and cause unwanted downloads and installations. Also, Streaming Downloader can read and change data on all web pages.
Clicking ads displayed by Streaming Downloader can open technical support scam pages, phishing sites, websites that promote shady apps, etc. Those websites can be designed to extract money or personal information from users and even to trick them into downloading malicious software.
Data read by Streaming Downloader may be used for marketing purposes or monetized in other ways. Thus, having this browser extension added to a web browser may cause issues related to online privacy.
|Name||Ads by Streaming Downloader|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about adware
In addition to generating unwanted ads, advertising-supported apps can hijack web browsers. Browser-hijacking apps change the default search engine, homepage and (or) new tab page to promote fake search engines. Moreover, they do not allow users to undo those changes while they are added/installed.
Using fake search engines can result in visiting untrustworthy websites. These search engines can generate misleading results and show shady advertisements.
How did adware install on my computer?
Streaming Downloader is promoted on several shady websites. Those pages show a message saying that a download is ready or encouraging to consider installing an extension before continuing to the page. Streaming Downloader gets added after following the instructions on those pages (screenshots of those pages are provided below).
Also, advertising-supported can often be found included as optional installations in freeware installers. Users install adware when they finish software installations without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings or unticking checkboxes. Sometimes, unwanted installations are caused by clicking deceptive advertisements.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download applications from official pages and legitimate stores only. Avoid downloads from third-party downloaders and stores, P2P networks, free file hosting sites, etc. Do not agree to receive notifications from questionable pages or trust ads on them. Always check downloaders and installers for unwanted apps and deselect them.
If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Websites (four deceptive and one official) promoting Streaming Downloader:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Streaming Downloader?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
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:
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:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove Streaming Downloader adware using Combo Cleaner:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Streaming Downloader" and recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by streaming downloader, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by streaming downloader removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by streaming downloader, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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?
Most users encounter issues such as diminished web browsing experience and slower computer performance. Sometimes, adware can cause problems related to online privacy.
What does adware do?
Applications of this type show annoying advertisements. Additionally, they can promote shady (or fake) search engines and gather various data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware is used to promote various products, websites, services, etc. Most adware developers earn money via affiliate programs.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Streaming Downloader adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and get rid of all adware-type applications. In some cases, it is difficult to remove adware manually. Files or other components remain in the system after removal. Combo Cleaner removes adware without leaving any of its data in the operating system.