How to remove (uninstall) Downtoext.info

Have you seen annoying advertising links in your browser, tagged as “pop-ups by Downtoext.info”? Have you noticed the name Downtoext.info anywhere else in the system? If anything like that happened in later days – the system is penetrated with an advertising program, and our guide can assist you to uninstall it.

Downtoext.info

What is Downtoext.info

Downtoext.info, as you might have guessed so far, is an advertising program. Downtoext.info can do nothing useful, as it’s created to do one thing: to annoy you. Surely, the mad-driving stuff is not its direct aim, but it’s lightly achieved when adware does what it does – shows advertising banners. Right after the infection, it modifies the browser settings and shows you a heap of banners, to make sure that they've attracted your attention. Swindlers get a few cents for each click you're making, so you can see why the links are being displayed again and again: it’s a honeypot. In the sections below, we’ll tell you how Downtoext.info infected the machine and how you can protect it against suchlike viruses. If you are not interested and just want to uninstall the virus ASAP – ignore the following sections and proceed to the uninstalling tips.

As soon as the infection is done, Downtoext.info switches the settings of your browsers. That's its only aim, as the main part of this illegal system is the scammers' search engine which takes over the browser as soon as you install Downtoext.info. So, Downtoext.info alters your default start page, as well as the pre-set search and places the unreliable webpage instead of them. Now you cannot use the well-known Yahoo, Google, Bing or any other search you prefer – you will browse the Web through the crude scammers' search that displays ads pop-ups irrelevant websites of all types and colors. Downtoext.info also alters the properties of the shortcuts of your browsers in a way that even if you recover the default settings, you'll automatically open the untrusted search as a first tab.

Downtoext.info cannot be uninstalled as a usual software, and if the user attempts to do it - the virus will recover. It occurs thanks to the Downtoext.info's protective systems, and we can define their essence:

  • The easiest manner of security is to create a scheduled task for the recovery of Downtoext.info if the operator had erased it. System tasks aren’t often used by common PC users, so the adware just sets a task to inspect if it’s running, and if it’s not – to get and set it again. This task checks the Downtoext.info's status after each restart, and that’s why Downtoext.info is so hard to remove.
  • The second way is pretty much like the previous one, but it utilizes the OS's registry and not the system tasks. Fraudsters create a specific value to your registry and you should detect and delete it, which might be difficult. All other registry entries are required for the device to work, and by deleting one of them, you might bring significant injury to the system.

 

How Downtoext.info got on your computer

To clarify everything, we’ll depict the whole process from the beginning. 99% of the advertising tools are each other's clones, replicated many times and passed to various scammers after few visual improvements. One of the suchlike guys got this particular copy on an illegal auction, added their logo and put it on file-sharing services around the Web. And then, there was you, downloading it. Okay, you're saying that you didn’t search for adware to irritate you? Possibly, you wanted a perfect recipe to endanger your system, and found a useful link to Downtoext.info installer? Still no? Okay, then, you wanted to download another program that is really useful. Kind of a free tool from an unknown company, or a hacked copy of a well-known utility you didn’t want to buy.

The method is known as “sponsored installation”, and it means that swindlers unite the installation files of a few dangerous programs and a sole useful software into one package. The main peculiarity of the installer is that its composition prevents a victim from discovering the programs inside of it. On one of the middle steps, they show an offer to install other programs, with the required checkmarks filled and the mouse cursor is already hovering over “OK”. We suppose that you clicked, as you're on this page today. It could be slightly different: they might have done this via the “manners of installation”. It's pretty simple: the veteran installation way means that you can manually choose a directory for a tool to be established, and how exactly you want it to be done. In case of Downtoext.info, if you clicked the recommended installation, you let all the trash from the bundle into the workstation laptop.

Methods to remove Downtoext.info

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Downtoext.info manually

Step 1. Uninstall Downtoext.info from the operation system

Step 2. Remove Downtoext.info from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Now you know what Downtoext.info is, and you’re aware of its tricky methods of penetration. You know all you need, except the very important thing: the methods to delete Downtoext.info. Let’s fix that. You can uninstall Downtoext.info with the help of two plain manners. The first one is what you have already attempted to execute – elimination in manual mode. We know how to make it easier, and below this paragraph, you will see the guide on by-hand elimination. The crucial shortage is that you can’t remove lots of viruses through it as it'll take too much time. We present you another way: you might completely eliminate the virus in five minutes through Spyhunter anti-viral program. It has multiple benefits, and among them are 24/7 customer support, increased operation speed, wide signature database and the compatibility with other anti-viruses. It's time to stop trying to guard the PC through free software – try the proper anti-viral tool. Click the link below to download a trial scanner.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall Downtoext.info from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Downtoext.info and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\Downtoext.info
  • C:\ProgramData\Downtoext.info
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Downtoext.info

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Downtoext.info" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Downtoext.info and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete Downtoext.info from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Downtoext.info and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Remove Downtoext.info from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Downtoext.info

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove Downtoext.info

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove Downtoext.info

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose Downtoext.info and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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