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How to Remove SocialDownloadr from Firefox/Chrome (Uninstall)

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This page aims to help you remove SocialDownloadr. These SocialDownloadr toolbar removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

More information about SocialDownloadr

SocialDownloadr is a menacing piece of software program of the Adware kind. It is seen as malicious software that will eventually cause bad thing to your computer. Valuable material is presented at  the bottom of this publication that will help you to get to know SocialDownloadr in terms of how it acts and how to uninstall it. The programs we describe here are not considered dangerous, but rather bothersome and annoying, their objective is to primarily display advertising content on your device. Nonetheless, when an enormous and out of control amount of flash advertisements, pop-up windows, banner ads, browser redirects to entirely offbeat and nonessential sites , or other forms of online advertising are being played that are absolutely useless, there is for sure something wrong going on. You are most likely experiencing the presence and effects of SocialDownloadr.

Here are answers to your two most pressing questions at the moment!

The Way SocialDownloadr Works

The pop-up ads we described above are mostly search-based ads. This actually means that they aim to deliver a more focused content, i.e., based on what you have sorted out, or what pages you most frequently visit. Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer are all browsers we use if not on daily or weekly, then on monthly basis, but they differ in vulnerability to the malware. For instance, Chrome is build in a way that makes it a likable target to hackers, but also the fact that it is the most used one, eases them even more. Adware platforms are mainly used by virus creators who design fake ads and basically attack the unsophisticated computer users. Don’t take this personally you’re not alone! They really like spreading the virus via software bundling. The bundle within the software is usually cloaked under captivating and usually bad advertisements. They tend to promote the best possible products and services that exist and to advance your computer performance, or your browsing actions. They might offer more fake free updates, video or audio plug-ins, etc. Their goal is to generate pay-per-click profit. This is known to be the most widely used practice for Adware spreading. However, these ads are very dangerous and probably do contain malicious files.

How to Avoid Installing SocialDownloadr?

Every time commercial of this type shows on your screen, its negative visages begin to perform quickly and primarily on older computer models. Regardless what type of computer you’re using and its age, we suggest that you forget the default installations and use the advanced options. Also, make sure that you carefully look through every step in the process, and deselect all additional unwanted files of suspicious source.

SocialDownloadr may be also  hiding in e-mail attachments, online storage, etc. The spam folders are usually overwhelmed with files that potentially spread the malware. Please take into consideration that all downloaded files should be scanned first through a trust worthy scanning program. Social media is also an easy target with links spreading through entire lists with contact names from Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Please note that as technology continues to evolve, so do computer security threats. SocialDownloadr will eventually reach its peak by severe exploitation of personal info stored on your computer,i.e., it will be used for criminal activities. If you use online banking services, please consider changing your passwords and usernames frequently, but only after you have removed SocialDownloadr.
Please follow the simple, but generous in information guide below and have SocialDownloadr removed quickly so you can protect your personal information from misuse and your device from bad bugs.

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Name SocialDownloadr
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms  The SocialDownloadr toolbar appears out of nowhere. Ads start appearing on your browser. Cookies and browsing habits start being recorded.
Distribution Method Freeware that comes bundled with adware and PUPs.
Detection Tool Malware and Adware are notoriously difficult to track down, since they actively try to deceive you. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

SpyHunter is a malware detection tool. To remove the infection you need to purchase the full version.


How To Remove SocialDownloadr

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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – SocialDownloadr may have hidden some of its files.

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.


Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove SocialDownloadr from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove SocialDownloadr from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove SocialDownloadr from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

  • At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.



Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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