Removing "All Image Download" adware-type browser extension
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What kind of software is All Image Download?
Our researchers discovered the "All Image Download" browser extension while investigating deceptive websites. This extension supposedly allows users to easily download all of the images displayed on a webpage.
However, our analysis revealed that All Image Download operates as adware. It delivers intrusive advertisement campaigns and collects sensitive user data.
All Image Download adware overview
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It enables the placement of ads on visited webpages and/or different interfaces. The adverts predominantly endorse online scams, unreliable/dangerous software, and even malware. Once clicked on, some intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user consent.
It must be mentioned that while legitimate products and services can be encountered via these ads – they are highly unlikely to be promoted by their developers. It is most probable that this endorsement is performed by scammers who abuse the content's affiliate programs in order to acquire illegitimate commissions.
Adware might not run intrusive ad campaigns if the browser/system specs are incompatible, specific websites are not visited, or other conditions are unsuitable. However, even if All Image Download does not display adverts – its presence on a system threatens device integrity and user safety.
What is more, this browser extension has data-tracking abilities. Targeted information may include: browsing and search engine histories, bookmarks, downloads, Internet cookies, account log-in credentials, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, etc. The gathered information can then be sold to third-parties or otherwise abused for profit.
In summary, the presence of advertising-supported software like All Image Download on devices can result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by All Image Download|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||All Image Download|
|Supposed Functionality||Tool for downloading all images displayed on a webpage.|
|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).|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
We have analyzed thousands of adware-type applications and browser extensions; LuckyWheel, Smart-browsing, and CleanTab Refresh are just a couple of our newest finds within this software category.
Advertising-supported software rarely appears suspicious; it tends to look legitimate and useful. However, the promised features are usually nonoperational. Note that even if a piece of software works as indicated by its promotional material – that is not a guarantee of legitimacy or safety.
How did All Image Download install on my computer?
We obtained All Image Download from a deceptive page. In addition to various scam sites, adware often has "official" promotional webpages. Users typically access such pages via redirects generated by websites that use rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, misspelled URLs, intrusive adverts, or installed adware (with browser force-opening capabilities).
Intrusive advertisements also proliferate advertising-supported software. When clicked on, some of these ads can execute scripts to perform stealthy downloads/installations.
The bundling marketing technique – packing regular program installation setups with unwanted/malicious supplements – is used to distribute adware as well. The risk of allowing bundled content into the device is increased by downloading from untrustworthy channels (e.g., freeware and third-party websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and by rushing through installation processes (e.g., ignoring terms, using "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.).
How to avoid installation of adware?
We highly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified sources. When installing, it is essential to read terms, inspect available options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opt out of all additional apps, extensions, tools, etc.
We advise caution while browsing since fraudulent and malicious online content usually appears legitimate and harmless. For example, intrusive adverts may look ordinary/innocuous yet redirect to unreliable/questionable sites (e.g., pornography, adult dating, gambling, etc.).
Should you keep experiencing such advertisements/redirects, inspect the device and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with All Image Download, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of a deceptive website used to promote All Image Download adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is All Image Download?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue 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 applications, 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 potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "All Image Download" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by all image download, 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 plugins 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 recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by all image download 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 all image download, 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?
The presence of adware on devices may result in decreased browsing quality and system performance. It is also considered to be a threat to user privacy – since this software usually collects vulnerable information. Additionally, adware displays ads promoting deceptive/malicious material capable of causing severe issues, such as system infections, financial losses, etc.
What does adware do?
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e., display ads on various interfaces. Furthermore, some adware-types can cause redirects and gather private data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers profit primarily through affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, apps/extensions, products, services, and other content.
Will Combo Cleaner remove All Image Download adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your system and eliminate installed adware-type applications. It must be mentioned that manual removal (unaided by security software) might be ineffective. Since even after the adware has been manually removed – various file leftovers can remain hidden within the system. What is more, the remnants may continue to run and cause problems. Therefore, it is crucial to eliminate advertising-supported software thoroughly.
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