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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is one more application that should not be up and running on your operating system. That is so because it happens to be yet another browser hijacker. Thus, it is not surprising that we urge you to remove it if it is ever found on your operating system. The devious application in question, just like its counterparts, can make undesirable alterations to your browser's default settings without any notification or authorization. Because of that, browsing the Internet will become a much more annoying and frustrating experience, to put it lightly. If that was not enough, you should know that this hijacker could also turn out to be quite dangerous since it might expose your operating system to dangerous web content. Read our report and find out more about the dubious inner workings of this intrusive program. Below you will also find a detailed removal guide, which you should use to delete once and for all.

During the analysis of Downtoext.inf, malware researchers have noticed that it does not differ much from other browser hijackers in its functionality. Once it successfully enters your operating system, it immediately edits specific files, which are directly related to your browser's default settings. Once these modifications are in place, you will notice a change of your browser's default settings. The main alterations initiated by this browser hijacker are of your default homepage and search engine. Unfortunately, you are not notified of these modifications in any way. At first, these changes might not seem like a big deal. However, due to these alterations browsing the Internet will become a much more annoying and frustrating experience, to put it lightly. That is so because for as long as this browser hijacker will be active on your operating, you will have no choice but to use a suspicious third-party website as your default homepage. If that was not enough, you must know that virtually the same thing will happen in regards to your search engine. Each online query will go through the newly appointed search provider, whether you like that or not. What causes even more frustration is the fact that this search engine can present you with sponsored results, which might not be related to your original query. If you wish to restore your browser's default settings so you could browse the Internet the way you like, be sure to delete Downtoext.inf as soon as it is found active on your PC. Remove it in just a few simple steps by following the instructions below.

Unfortunately, annoying and frustrating functionality is not the worst thing about Upon further analysis, our research team has discovered that in some situations, this hijacker could prove to be harmful. As it turns out, this invasive program could subject your operating system to dangerous web content. That might happen if you choose to use a questionable third-party search engine. It can present some results that might host redirect links that could lead you to suspicious and even malicious websites. For example, there is a chance that you could end up on a site that runs an arbitrary code execution exploit. In such a case you could get your computer infected because the exploit in question can initiate a remote installation without requiring your consent. Also, you should know that you could come across fake online shops, which cyber crooks use to steal credit card data. As you can see, this browser hijacker could prove to be dangerous, to put it lightly. Make no mistake and remove as soon as it is found up and running on your PC.

Remove by using the instructions below. It is crucial to delete everything associated with this browser hijacker to restore your browser's default settings once and for all. Thus, quite naturally we urge you to recheck your entire operating system for anything associated with this devious application as soon as you are done with the removal guide below.. It is essential to note that just a few traces of could be used to restore it silently. Also, those leftovers might be more than enough for undesirable changes to remain intact. If you are a user that finds manual removal a bit too complicated, be sure to use a professional antimalware tool to delete this hijacker in a fully automated manner.

How to remove from your PC

  1. Open your File Explorer.
  2. Go to C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Select and remove the following files:
    a) Preferences.
    b) Secure Preferences.
    c) Web Data.
  4. Close the File Explorer.
  5. Right-click your Recycle Bin and select Empty Recycle Bin.
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