Complete guide to delete Downloadsfreefile.com
If your web browser is constantly being redirected to the Downloadsfreefile.com website, this is the thing to be concerned as this depicts some potentially unwanted app or rogue extension existence on your system. The unwanted installation might happen together with some software download. However, it is also common with browser extensions that they are advised as some useful tools that tricked many people to download them from the internet.
After the successful installation, the unwanted app trigger unwanted changes to the browsers’ settings such as homepage and new tab page preferences to make it ensures to trigger people into visit a particular page that brings traffic to various sponsored pages. The Downloadsfreefile.com site could be the page that appears while opening any browser tab or appear as a result of redirection caused by some other questionable website.
Tons of sites are involved in this and all of them have the common function to trick people into downloading malicious program by pushing them to various sponsored pages as redirect or through unwanted advertisements. Talking about this particular website, Downloadsfreefile.com shows the following message to the users who come to this site:
Your File Is Ready To Download
By clicking the button below you will be prompted to install SevenZip. It is a free application
and will allow you to play your file.
As you see, the text suggests users that some file is ready to download. To view this, they are urged to download a free application named SevenZIP. It is not the matter of discussion if this app is legit or not, since it is distributed through this way it should not be trusted. It might include some additional components in the package installer and thus lead to some unwanted apps or even malware installation.
Therefore, you should never go with what is being said in Downloadsfreefile.com’s displayed text message to avoid system infection. However, since you are persistently visiting the rouge website all the time, it is a time you check the system for adware, browser hijacker or other potentially unwanted app for their detection and removal as they are the major suspect why does that redirection being caused.
Use some reputable antivirus tool and run a full system scan using it. The software will find and delete Downloadsfreefile.com virus and all associated components hidden inside. Remember that, most PUAs have common data tracking feature. Additionally, depending upon the type of PUAs like whether it is adware or browser hijacker, you would be triggered with various unwanted ads and shady redirects during web session. To stop all such things happening on your web browser and the system, the removal should be done without delay.
Ways to protect system in future
For this, you should know about different distribution practices used for potentially unwanted apps. These apps are often distributed bundled with regular software in a single package installer. The PUAs are deliberately hidden as additional components and when users rush the download they lead to the inadvertent installation of the unwanted apps with the regular software to their system and start experiencing various browser-based disturbances.
Deceptive ads are other common PUAS distribution channels. These ads often appear on various questionable pages. They might appear alluring and useful, but often open various sponsored and affiliated pages with malicious scripts to cause stealthy download/ installation. Fake software updaters claiming about some software urgent upgrade are also used to spread malware. They cause system infection by abusing bugs/ flaws of outdated software and/ or by directly downloading malware instead of updates.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove Downloadsfreefile.com:
Remove the related items of Downloadsfreefile.com using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing Downloadsfreefile.com issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (Downloadsfreefile.com) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to Downloadsfreefile.com removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to Downloadsfreefile.com still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove Downloadsfreefile.com plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in Downloadsfreefile.com removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete Downloadsfreefile.com (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.