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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.
Quick menu: Quick solution to remove WeDownload Manager Ads
- 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.
- STEP 5. Remove WeDownload Manager extension from Safari.
WeDownload Manager removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "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 malicious add-ons 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 the 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions 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 to have problems with removal of the wedownload manager, 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 wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins 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".
Computer users who have problems with wedownload manager 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 the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset 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.
WeDownload Manager Ads 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. To avoid installation of adware 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 ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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