- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Webdown-loader.com is a browser hijacker, and it may settle in on your browser after clicking malicious pop-ups or through bundled software installers. As you continue reading our article, we will tell you more about the threat’s distribution. Additionally, we would like to discuss its working manner and ways it could put your system at risk. Provided, you do not want to risk your computer’s safety we advise you to replace Webdown-loader.com with a more reliable search engine. To do so manually users should follow the deletion instructions we placed slightly below the text as they will show how to get rid of the doubtful tool step by step. Also, if you have any questions after reading the article, feel free to leave us a message in the comments section or contact us via social media.
This search engine appears to be a clone of Search.myspeedtestxp.com, Search.mygamesxp.com, Search.MyTelevisionXp.com, and other similar browser hijackers. Same as the mentioned applications the threat is most likely distributed through suspicious pop-up advertisements, although it is possible it could travel with bundled installers too. It is important to say that the pop-ups promoting Webdown-loader.com might be displayed by another unreliable application, which might have been installed earlier. Thus, if you receive this hijacker, it is most advisable to see if there are no other threats on your PC. It would be probably easiest to get a reliable antimalware tool and perform a system scan with it. If it happens to identify any threats, you could erase them by just pressing the removal button.
Furthermore, you should know that should you decide to search the Internet through it; you might be redirected from Webdown-loader.com to search.Securefindersearch.com and eventually to seaych.yahoo.com. Our researchers think the browser hijacker needs Yahoo search engine to gather results matching the user’s inserted keyword and as for search.Securefindersearch.com, the application could redirect you through it to add advertising content from its third-party partners into the results.
Therefore, the results you receive might contain various unreliable pop-ups, banners, sponsored links, and so on. The risk is that some of the ads could further redirect you to untrustworthy web pages, e.g. sites designed to distribute malware, scam users, or trick them into installing other suspicious software like adware, potentially unwanted programs, etc. Naturally, because of this, we advise you to keep away from the browser hijacker’s shown advertising content, although the safest choice is probably to use a more reputable search tool.
Users who would like to eliminate the threat themselves should be happy to know that it might be enough to reset the hijacked browser and the doubtful search tool would be gone. Resetting the browser should not be complicated, but if you are not sure you know how to do it, you can use the deletion instructions located below this paragraph. Then, we also recommend checking the system with a reliable antimalware tool you could trust. If there are any other threats to the system, it is crucial to erase them too, or else they may again allow other unreliable applications similar to Webdown-loader.com enter the system.