Remove MacDownSave

By | Posted on August 25, 2014 | Updated on April 16, 2016

MacDownSave is listed as potentially unwanted program that is installed on most computers as malicious extension or add-on. In general, this program will get inside PC and Mac systems unknown to user. It comes uninvited with a program you have intentionally downloaded. Technically speaking, MacDownSave is packed to other adware or free programs to mislead computer users. Although, the adware doesn’t live by this technique alone as it may use other ways like spreading links to social media sites and spam emails.

Most of the victims that have acquired MacDownSave are those careless Internet users. The only difference is this adware focuses more on Mac users. However, they are not the only one need to be aware of MacDownSave, because the adware also affects PC users as well.

When the adware gets inside the PC, you will notice changes on the browser made by MacDownSave. There are strange things happening while you surf online shopping sites. MacDownSave ads will appear containing a number of coupons that are relevant to your interest. Clicking on this number will expand the offer showing various links, coupons, discounts, and savings for a related product.

It appears that MacDownSave is worthy of being on the browser saving you time looking for online discounts. However, it is reported that adware authors are utilizing this service to direct web browsers to risky web sites. This leads to infection of adware once site is visited.

MacDownSave

Online Security Scanner Report for macdownsave.info:

Norton SafeWeb Not yet tested Community Rating: 0.0 Updated: March 12, 2016
MCAfee Site Advisor Not yet rated Feedback: No Data Updated: March 12, 2016
AVG Threat Labs Currently Safe Ratings: No Data Updated: March 12, 2016

How to Remove MacDownSave Adware from PC

Step 1 : Use Add/Remove program of Windows to Uninstall MacDownSave

The main cause of adware and malware presence could be software that you may have installed on the computer. We need to uninstall the culprit program.

1. Click Windows Start button. Next, select Control Panel from the list.

2. Find the ‘Programs‘ area and click on Uninstall a program. This opens up a window showing existing software installed.

uinstall-adware

3. Look for and remove MacDownSave entry. If not present, look for any suspicious labels that was installed recently.

4. Click on Uninstall to start removing the program.

Step 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to MacDownSave. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Step 3: Remove Adware Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted MacDownSave from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of MacDownSave on the affected browser.

Procedures to Remove MacDownSave Adware from Mac

Step 1: Remove Browser Extensions that belongs to MacDownSave

1. Locate the add-on or extension that is relevant to the adware. To do this, please follow the following depending on affected browser.

Safari – Choose Preferences from the Safari menu, then click the Extensions icon. This will open a window showing all installed extensions.

MacDownSave Extension on Safari

Chrome – Select Preferences from the Chrome menu, and then click the Extensions link found on the left pane.

Firefox – Choose Add-ons from the Tools menu. Look at both the Extensions and Plugins lists when it opens a new window.

2. Once you have located MacDownSave, click on Remove or Uninstall, to get rid of it.

3. Close the browser and proceed to the next steps.

Step 3: Scan the System with Adware Removal Tool for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac from this link:

Click here to download MBAM for Mac (this will open a new window)

2. Run Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac. It will check for updates and download if most recent version is available. This is necessary in finding recent malware threats including MacDownSave.

3. If it prompts to close all running web browser, please do so. Thus, we advise you to PRINT this guide for your reference before going offline.

4. Once it opens the user interface, please click on Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac

5. After the scan, Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac will display a list of identified threats, MacDownSave is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click Remove button to clean the computer.

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