Zoom Downloader Virus

Also Known As: Zoom Downloader Ads
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Moderate

Zoom Downloader removal instructions

What is Zoom Downloader?

Zoom Downloader is a potentially unwanted application distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Commonly, Internet users install this browser plugin without their consent when downloading free software. This add-on claims to speed up downloads, unify the downloading experience across browsers, and protect users from malicious sites. In fact, Zoom Downloader is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware. This add-on installs on browsers (Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox) without consent, and moreover, offers installation of various adware when users download any file from the Internet.

Zoom Downloader virus homepage

Having this plugin installed on your system can result in installation of various potentially unwanted applications including rogue system optimizers, dubious file backup solutions, etc. At time of research, this browser add-on was installed through 'Optimum installer', a small program managing the download process of free software, and offering installation of promoted browser plugins. Internet users should express caution when downloading free software, since the aforementioned download client is used by various freeware download websites, and thus, freeware download can lead to installation of adware (unless declined).

Zoom Downloader is also known to tracks users' Internet browsing habits by recording type of browser, means of connecting to the Internet, operating system type, Internet protocol (IP) address, and other information. This adware is similar to FBDownloader and many others available. To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), users should express caution when downloading freeware from free software download websites (it is safer to download directly from the developers' websites). When downloading such software, closely inspect each download step and opt-out of installation of advertised browser plugins by clicking on the 'decline' button. If you have inadvertently installed Zoom Downloader, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s.

Deceptive free software installer used in Zoom Downloader adware distribution:

zoom downloader adware installer

Screenshot of Zoom Downloader offering installation of adware:

Zoom downloader offering installation of adware

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Quick menu:

Zoom Downloader adware removal:

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.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.

Mac 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.

Zoom downloader uninstall

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

After uninstalling Zoom Downloader, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

Remove Zoom Downloader adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Zoom downloader from Internet Explorer extensions step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Zoom Downloader" and disable it.

Removing Zoom downloader from Intenret Explorer extensions step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the zoom downloader ads, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Zoom downloader from Mozilla Firefox extensions step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Zoom Downloader".

Removing Zoom downloader from Mozilla Firefox extensions step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with zoom downloader ads 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 zoom downloader ads, 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove zoom downloader ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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trainervolt

i thought that i will never delete this from my pc, thanks for the info!

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

QR Code
Zoom Downloader Ads QR code
A QR code (Quick Response Code) is a machine-readable code which stores URLs and other information. This code can be read using a camera on a smartphone or a tablet. Scan this QR code to have an easy access removal guide of Zoom Downloader Ads on your mobile device.
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