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Danger level 4
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions

Magnet Downloader

Have you scanned the operating system and discovered the suspicious Magnet Downloader? This is a suspicious browser extension which is similar to the recently reported FLV Player Addon. Both of these applications have been created using the Crossrider platform and both of them can be used for the installation of adware helpers. The publisher of Magnet Downloader is InstallDaddy, an infamous platform used by companies for the promotion of their software. According to the information on, the installers of the affiliated publishers are bundled together with the additionally promoted installers. Maybe this is how the suspicious application was installed onto your own operating system as well? Overall, we recommend that you remove Magnet Downloader.

It has been revealed that Magnet Downloader can be installed onto Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. Since there is no official download link, the developer of the application relies upon bundled software for the promotion of this suspicious extension. Once installed, Magnet Downloader is set to access your browsing history and well as your data on all websites. Even though these permissions are linked to completely secure and reliable browser extension as well, it is not clear what is the purpose of the plugin is and why it needs to access data on the websites you browse. It is quite possible that the application has been designed to collect information necessary to the affiliates of InstallDaddy. What is clear is that the application can install adware helpers and create folders and registry entries named globalUpdate. This is believed to assist the updates of installed adware.

We categorize Magnet Downloader as a PUP – potentially undesirable program. It has been revealed that the application can connect to the Internet and install adware helpers without permission. It is not exactly clear what the purpose of the suspicious browser extension is; however, you certainly should not allow unpredictable applications running on the computer. Even though you should delete Magnet Downloader without any hesitation if you reveal that it has been installed without your permission, you also should think about its removal if you have agreed to install it yourself. We also recommend the removal of software which might have been installed alongside the PUP.

Authentic security software can delete Magnet Downloader, other existing threats and ensure reliable protection in the future. If you do not want to invest your money at this moment, you can try to remove undesirable software manually. Firstly get rid of the suspicious browser extension.

Remove Magnet Downloader from Windows

Remove from Windows XP:

  1. Navigate to the Task Bar, click Start and select Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select Change or Remove Programs to find the installed software.
  4. Click and Remove the undesirable application.

Remove from Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  1. Navigate to the Task Bar and click the Start icon on the left.
  2. In the opened menu select Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Right-click the application you wish to delete from the system.
  4. Finally select Uninstall.

Remove from Windows 8:

  1. Tap the Windows key to access the Metro UI screen.
  2. Right-click and select All apps to open the Apps menu.
  3. Open the Control Panel and finally click Uninstall a program.
  4. Right-click the program you wish to remove and click Uninstall.
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