downloadsf.com Removal Instructions
Browser been taken over by an unknown search or home from downloadsf.com
? If this is true then your browser was infected by a nasty little virus that comes packaged with free software or even malware. The downloadsf.com search hijacking occurs when a virus infects your computer and drops what is known as a search virus. This will reset all your web browser URLs to an unwanted home page and search engine and will redirect any browsing you do through Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox. What's very concerning is that your homepage being downloadsf.com could be just the tip of a larger malware infection on your computer.
What does downloadsf.com do?
Once installed, this Trojan will modify the default settings of your Internet web browser, specifically it will change your search provider to downloadsf.com
as well as your homepage. In some cases depending on the distribution it may affect your DNS settings and New tabs, etc. While the fact that your pages have been changed is concerning, the bigger issues is that this is not the main problem. In fact, your computer most likely has other malware infections, most probably adware that is running hidden which is what installed downloadsf.com as your search and is also protecting it from being removed.
Why was my homepage and search changed?
Basically, its an advertising and marketing scam in which publishers or malware and adware are paid by search portals for getting as much traffic to their web site as possible. These search portal owners then get paid through on-site advertisers which buy ads through various ad channels. these ads then end up on unknown search web sites. The Publisher now gets paid to direct traffic to downloadsf.com. So they pay affiliates and software publishers to bundle and install search viruses on user's computers in order to push as much traffic to downloadsf.com as possible and share in the revenue. The major problem is that these distributors then add other malware on your computer to protect their search engine from being changed by a competitor or anti-virus software.
Delete downloadsf.com from Chrome
- Open Google Chrome.
- In the top right corner of the page, click the Chrome menu > Settings.
- In the "Appearance" section, check the box next to Show home button. When the box is checked, you'll see a web address below it.
- Click Change.
- Click Open this page and replace downloadsf.com with www.yahoo.com in the text box.
- Click OK.
Delete downloadsf.com from Internet Explorer
- In the menu bar on the top of your browser, click Tools.
- Select Internet Options.
- Click the General tab.
- In the "Home page" section, enter //www.yahoo.com in the text box and remove downloadsf.com.
Delete downloadsf.com from Edge
- Open Microsoft Edge. In the upper right corner of your browser, select More actions (...) > Settings.
- Scroll down to "Open with," select A specific page or pages.
- Open the list and select Custom. Then, select the "X" next to the downloadsf.com homepage.
- Next to "Enter a web address," type www.bing.com > select the plus sign.
Delete downloadsf.com from Firefox
- Open Firefox.
- Open your browser and visit www.yahoo.com.
- Drag and drop that tab onto the Home button and release.
- Click Yes.
downloadsf.com Removal Options
Removing downloadsf.com from your computer is an important step to making sure your computer is safe and virus free and your privacy is protected. While the removal instructions may appear overwhelming due to the amount of the steps and numerous programs that will be used, it was created this way to provide clear easy to understand instructions that anyone can use to remove this virus. All instructions and anti-virus programs suggested can be used for free to remove downloadsf.com.
Self Help Instructions
The removal instructions for downloadsf.com intended for advanced computer users. Please ensure your data is backed up before proceeding. If you’re uncomfortable making changes to your computer, consider having a professional help clean your computer or choose a vetted and recommended anti-virus product.
Before using these instructions, it is suggested that you first print it out as we may need to close your browser window or reboot your computer. Having these in print format will be easy. At the very least, if you want to save paper, copy the URL for the page. Next, before starting to remove downloadsf.com, we will want to do a full reboot of your computer.
Now that your computer has been rebooted, lets start the removal process. In order to remove downloadsf.com we will want to have access to a few anti-virus tools. Please download the following tools and save them to your computer. You do not need to install them yet.
Reason Core Security
Anti-Malware Software (Recommended)
To begin the removal process, first, reboot your computer into Safe Mode with Networking using the instructions for your version of Windows. When following the steps make sure you select Safe Mode with Networking rather than just Safe Mode. When the computer reboots into Safe Mode with Networking make sure you login with the username you normally use. When you are logged in continue with the rest of the steps.
downloadsf.com sometimes has a usable Uninstall entry that can be used to remove the software, let's try that first. To do this, click on the Start button and then select Control Panel. if you use Windows XP double-click on the Add or Remove Programs icon. If you use Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 double-click on the Uninstall Program option.
Within the Add or Remove Programs or the Uninstall Program window, scroll through the list of programs and double-click on each of the entries listed in bold below to uninstall them if you see them. The entry name should be:
When you double-click on the entries to uninstall it, follow the default prompts and allow it to remove all files and all configurations related to this program.
Locate the site setup file name reason-core-security-setup.exe
on your computer. It should be in the download folder. If you cannot find it, you can download it again by clicking here
. Follow the onscreen setup instructions. The setup will install the software and run your first scan. The first scan should detected downloadsf.com on your computer as well as any other malware or virus threats that exists. Now remove them by clicking the Removed Checked
bot to eliminate all threats. Reason Core Security will now delete all of the files and registry entries and add them to the secure quarantine. When removing the files, Reason Core Security may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer has rebooted, and you are logged in, continue with the rest of the steps.
You can now close down Reason Core Security. If you elect to keep it, it will silently run in the background protecting your computer from any reinfections of downloadsf.com as well as all viruses, Trojans, worms, malware and adware.
If your computer is still in Safe Mode with Networking, you can reboot your computer back to normal mode. Once your computer is rebooted and you are back at the desktop, you can proceed with the rest of the instructions.
This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.
virus-removal-instructions.com can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can ask for malware removal assistance in many of the online forums.