Although classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs), Downware infections are typically more complicated than your typical PUP threat. Commonly, these types of threats take the form of Web browser add-ons or extensions designed to cause problems on the user's computer. While they are often installed by the computer user's themselves, these types of infections may also be a consequence of another, more sophisticated threats. However, the most common way in which Downware enters a computer is after installing a free application that is bundled with these types of components. ESG security researchers strongly advise computer users to remove Downware if their computer is showing symptoms of this type of infection. A reliable anti-malware program should be used immediately to ensure that no distrustful content has been installed as a consequence of a Downware infection or that no preexisting threat on the user's computer is responsible for the appearance of symptoms associated with Downware.
To Perceive Downware's Presence You Need to Notice Its Symptoms
If Downware has been installed on your computer, you may not realize its presence unless your security software alerts you of its presence. However, Downware has been known to cause unmistakeable symptoms on the affected computer's Web browser. The following are common issues that have been linked to Downware infections and similar types of PUPs:
- One of the most common issues associated with Downware is the presence of browser redirects. This means that the user's Web browser may be forced to visit specific websites. Essentially, Downware may cause the computer user to lose control over the affected Web browser, which may be directed to low quality search engines and other, similar websites, designed to display advertisements, marketing material and similar content.
- Downware may also cause pop-up windows and suspicious error messages to appear on the affected Web browser. As with browser redirects, Downware pop-ups are designed to expose computer users to online marketing content.
- One of the most visible symptoms of Downware is the presence of unauthorized changes to your Web browser's default preset websites. For example, the affected Web browser's homepage and default search engine may be changed to a website associated with Downware as a way of exposing computer users to these websites' content as soon as the affected Web browser starts up.
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Security Doesn't Let You Download SpyHunter or Access the Internet?Solutions: Your computer may have malware hiding in memory that prevents any program, including SpyHunter, from executing on your computer. Follow to download SpyHunter and gain access to the Internet:
- Use an alternative browser. Malware may disable your browser. If you're using IE, for example, and having problems downloading SpyHunter, you should open Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser instead.
- Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
- Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking" and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
- IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.
This article is provided "as is" and to be used for educational information purposes only. By following any instructions on this article, you agree to be bound by the disclaimer. We make no guarantees that this article will help you completely remove the malware threats on your PC. Spyware changes regularly; therefore, it is difficult to fully clean an infected machine through manual means.