The Image Downloader is an unwanted program from the group of ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). If you get it on your machine, this ad supported software can alter the browser’s settings like default search provider, start page and new tab and install harmful add-on that will display a huge count of undesired popup ads within the Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer screen. It is important, do not click on these ads, as they can lead you to more harmful or misleading sites. The best option is to use the instructions posted below to free your personal computer of adware and thus delete Image Downloader ads.
The Image Downloader adware that causes lots of intrusive ads, can attack your PC’s internet browsers like the Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Chrome. Maybe you approve the idea that the pop up ads from it is just a small problem. But these annoying Image Downloader advertisements eat computer resources. Even worse, it can collect your surfing history and user info, including passwords and credit card numbers. In the future, your personal info can be used for marketing purposes.
Therefore it is very important to follow the step-by-step instructions below sooner. The steps will allow you to remove ad supported software as well as clean your computer from the Image Downloader ads. What is more, the step-by-step tutorial below will help you delete other harmful applications like undesired toolbars and browser hijackers, which can be installed onto system along with the adware.
Remove Image Downloader (removal guide)
There are several steps to removing the Image Downloader ‘ad supported’ software that causes internet browsers to open undesired ads, because it installs itself so deeply into Windows. You need to delete all suspicious and unknown applications, then remove malicious add-ons from the Google Chrome, FF, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer and other internet browsers you have installed. Finally, you need to reset your web browser settings to remove any changes the adware has made, and then check your system with Zemana, MalwareBytes AntiMalware or AdwCleaner to ensure the adware is fully removed. It will take a while.
To remove Image Downloader, complete the steps below:
- Manual Image Downloader ‘ad supported’ software removal
- Use free malware removal tools to completely remove Image Downloader ad-supported software
- How to stay safe online
- How to prevent Image Downloader adware from getting inside your computer
- To sum up
Manual Image Downloader ‘ad supported’ software removal
The few simple steps will help you remove Image Downloader ‘ad supported’ software. These Image Downloader removal steps work for the FF, Chrome, MS Edge and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Microsoft Windows operating system.
Deleting the Image Downloader, check the list of installed apps first
Some of PUPs, ad supported software and browser hijacker infections can be deleted using the Add/Remove programs utility which can be found in the MS Windows Control Panel. So, if you’re using any version of Microsoft Windows and you have noticed an unwanted program, then first try to delete it through Add/Remove programs.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, click the Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click “Start” and select “Control Panel”.
It will show the Windows Control Panel as displayed on the image below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all programs installed on your system. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any dubious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort programs by date in the Control panel.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the unwanted Image Downloader ads opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all the tasks which have been created by malicious software.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will open a prompt that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the adware, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as displayed below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by unwanted applications. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Get rid of Image Downloader ad-supported software from Internet Explorer
The Microsoft Internet Explorer reset is great if your web browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your web browser, that installed by an malicious software.
First, open the Microsoft Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then press the “Internet Options” as displayed in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as shown below.
Once the process is complete, press “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s new tab page, startpage and search engine to default state.
Get rid of Image Downloader from Firefox by resetting browser settings
Resetting your Mozilla Firefox is first troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser program, including the redirect to Image Downloader ads.
First, launch the FF. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page press on “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed in the following example.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Image Downloader adware from Google Chrome
Like other modern web-browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the internet browser’s settings such as homepage, new tab page and search engine by default that have been changed by the Image Downloader adware that causes lots of undesired pop-ups.
First launch the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will open the Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then press Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed plugins. If the list has the addon signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, press the option named “Settings”.
The browser will open the settings screen. Another method to display the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown in the following example and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will show the confirmation prompt like below.
You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The web browser will launch the task of cleaning. When it’s finished, the browser’s settings including default search engine, start page and new tab page back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Use free malware removal tools to completely remove Image Downloader ad-supported software
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users may not completely delete Image Downloader adware which causes undesired popups. So, we suggest to scan your system for any remaining malicious components with free ad supported software removal software below.
Use Zemana Anti-malware to get rid of Image Downloader
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to search for and get rid of Image Downloader ‘ad supported’ software from the Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Edge and Google Chrome browsers. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on your PC.
Visit the page linked below to download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM). Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
When the download is done, close all windows on your machine. Further, launch the install file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will assist you install Zemana on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana Anti Malware will automatically start and you can see its main window as displayed in the following example.
Next, click the “Scan” button to start scanning your PC for the Image Downloader adware that causes multiple intrusive ads and pop ups. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your machine and the speed of your PC. While the tool is checking, you may see how many objects and files has already scanned.
After the system scan is finished, you can check all items found on your computer. Review the results once the utility has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will remove Image Downloader ad supported software that cause intrusive ads to appear and add items to the Quarantine. After disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to restart your computer.
How to automatically get rid of Image Downloader with Malwarebytes
Manual Image Downloader ad-supported software removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the adware can be not completely removed. We recommend that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your machine of adware. Moreover, the free application will help you to get rid of malicious software, PUPs, browser hijackers and toolbars that your machine can be infected too.
Please go to the link below to download MalwareBytes. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When downloading is done, close all apps and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the install file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes Free on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is done successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to find Image Downloader which causes annoying pop-up ads. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished.
Once finished, a list of all threats found is prepared. All found threats will be marked. You can remove them all by simply click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes will delete Image Downloader ‘ad supported’ software that designed to redirect your web-browser to various ad web-pages and move threats to the program’s quarantine. After the clean-up is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware to get rid of adware, hijacker infection and other malicious software.
Run AdwCleaner to remove Image Downloader ad-supported software
If MalwareBytes antimalware or Zemana cannot remove this adware, then we recommends to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for browser hijacker infections, PUPs, toolbars and Image Downloader which causes annoying popup ads.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of AdwCleaner for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: June 30, 2021
When the download is complete, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to run the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” . AdwCleaner program will scan through the whole PC for the Image Downloader adware which causes annoying advertisements. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your system and the speed of your machine.
After the system scan is finished, AdwCleaner will display a list of all items detected by the scan as displayed on the screen below.
Review the scan results and then click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will delete Image Downloader ad-supported software that causes lots of intrusive pop-up ads. When the cleaning procedure is complete, the tool may ask you to restart your computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stay safe online
The AdGuard is a very good ad blocking program for the Microsoft Edge, Chrome, IE and Mozilla Firefox, with active user support. It does a great job by removing certain types of undesired advertisements, popunders, pop ups, unwanted newtab pages, and even full page ads and page overlay layers. Of course, the AdGuard can stop any unwanted ads automatically or by using a custom filter rule.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking program is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the downloading process is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guidance as shown in the figure below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your system, AdGuard will start automatically and block popup ads, as well as other harmful or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which can be found on your desktop.
How to prevent Image Downloader adware from getting inside your computer
Many of the free applications out there install undesired web browser toolbars, hijackers and potentially unwanted software such as the Image Downloader that causes multiple intrusive ads and pop-ups along with them without your knowledge. One has to be attentive while installing free applications in order to avoid accidentally installing third-party programs. It’s important that you pay attention to the EULA (End User License Agreements) and choose the Custom, Manual or Advanced setup method as it will typically disclose what additional applications will also be installed.
To sum up
Now your machine should be free of the Image Downloader ‘ad supported’ software which developed to reroute your web browser to various ad web-pages. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana (to periodically scan your computer for new adwares and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop ups and harmful web-sites). Moreover, to prevent adwares, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to search for PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Image Downloader related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.