- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
PremierDownloadManager Toolbar sounds like a useful application that can help you manage multiple downloads at the same time. Unfortunately, this toolbar is highly intrusive, and it also comes with additional features you should avoid. If you install the full version of PremierDownloadManager Toolbar, your default homepage and search engine will be changed to Ask.com. The problem is that Ask has discontinued search engine service back in 2011, so how can an application come with such additional features? Thus, you are strongly recommended to remove PremierDownloadManager Toolbar from the system, if you wish to avoid potential computer security threats.
PremierDownloadManager Toolbar comes from an extended family of browser extensions called MindSpark Group. This family includes such potentially unwanted applications as Citysearch Toolbar, MyScrapNook Toolbar, Video Scavenger Toolbar, and many others. PremierDownloadManager Toolbar is no different from its predecessors – although it is possible to download the application directly at premierdownloadmanager.com, users also commonly complain that PremierDownloadManager Toolbar got installed on their computers surreptitiously. One thing we have to emphasize here is that this extension is NOT a dangerous infection. In order words, it does not enter your PC unless you allow it to. Users may inadvertently give PremierDownloadManager Toolbar permission to enter their systems when they download freeware apps at third-party websites.
According to our research, PremierDownloadManager Toolbar might as well come bundled with potentially unwanted software. This means that you may download this extension accidentally without even realizing it. When you initiate a third-party program installation, PremierDownloadManager Toolbar gets installed on your computer as well. The next thing you know, your default search engine gets change to search.ask.com, and your homepage is set to home.tb.ask.com. This websites might seem to be useful at first because it has multiple shortcuts to popular websites (Facebook, Gmail, Amazon, Twitter, etc.), but you should know better than to use its search engine.
PremierDownloadManager Toolbar and the search engine that comes with it are related to third-party advertising networks. This extension makes money by displaying commercial advertisements that might not be 100% safe. You should avoid using the search engine that PremierDownloadManager Toolbar offers you because in the long run it might expose you dangerous third-party websites.
If you want to avoid serious computer security issues, you will remove PremierDownloadManager Toolbar from the system right now. Open Control Panel and uninstall the extension. Then restore your browser settings to default because manual removal will not terminate Ask.com.
Afterwards, scan the computer with a reliable computer security application that will help you determine the exact state your system. Should any other unwanted applications be found on your computer, remove them all at once with an automated security tool.
How to remove PremierDownloadManager Toolbar
Windows Vista & Windows 7
Reset browser settings to default