DownTango is an annoying and questionable application that may appear on your computer after you visit suspicious file-sharing websites. In fact, we have labeled this program as a potentially unwanted program or PUP because of the traits it showed us while we were testing it. It is not enough that this may well be a totally useless application, it may also bring along a bunch of malware threats that can introduce you to unsafe third-party web content. Most users possibly have a few PUPs on their systems, and most of them may not even know about them. It is quite possible because these programs tend to crawl onto computers through questionable distribution methods. This clearly shows that you should not really trust a PUP without doing your research on it. We believe that a healthy system is free of all PUPs and malware infections, and it is regularly updated, too. If you want to aim towards such a secure PC, you should delete DownTango and identify all other infections as well.
Reports and our research show that this PUP can show up on your computer because it is mainly spread via free software packages. Bundling is a well-known distribution method that has been misused by cyber criminals to infect unsuspecting computer users. Therefore, nowadays its name has been tainted and it is considered to be a questionable method; mostly, when it comes to online piracy-related websites, such as shareware, torrent, and pornographic pages. Usually you need to click on a pop-up ad or any infected content on such a page to download a malicious bundle. However, there are malicious pages that need simply to load into your browser and they can immediately drop such a package onto your machine in the background. That is why you should be very careful when you are surfing the net and only visit well-known and reputable websites.
Even when you run a web search looking for a free program, you should know that the results will most probably contain a number of fake and malicious websites. This is how criminals make sure that their bundles spread widely enough. We have found, for example, that DownTango also installs a potentially unreliable toolbar called Certified-Toolbar. But the bundle this PUP arrives in may also contain a number of browser hijackers, adware applications, and other potentially unwanted programs. This is actually why the presence of this PUP is mainly considered a threat to your computer and your privacy. These infections can make your PC rather vulnerable and exposed to cyber criminals who can get close to you through third-party advertising, for example, as bait and entice you onto their malicious websites.
When you land on a fake website that is operated by crooks, you will not necessarily realize it. You may well believe that it is a legitimate site and you may disclose sensitive information, such as your banking details. If you do not want to lose money or get infected with more dangerous threats, we advise you to delete DownTango. Once you are done with that, you should check your whole system for other potential threats. You can try to do this manually, but we suggest that you go for an automatic solution that is way more effective and faster. If you search the web, you can find reliable malware scanners that can scan your system for free.
PUPs usually have an official site, too, even if users mostly download them through bundles. DownTango also used to have a webpage at ww1.downtango.com, but it seems to be unavailable for some time now. This is also quite suspicious. So, if you find this questionable application on your computer, you should know now what to do.
Upon installation, this tool may also set Certified-Toolbar.com as your search engine, which is indeed the promotional page for the useless toolbar this PUP promotes. The strange thing is that you cannot even download this toolbar on its website because clicking on the Download button simply reloads the page, which is, of course, quite suspicious behavior. DownTango is all about downloading files from the web, but it may not even work properly. Nevertheless, we cannot claim that this program is malicious or harmful. But it is just enough for us that it comes with a big mess and, as a matter of fact, it also leaves some behind after you try to uninstall it; thus making the removal process more complicated. This can also be listed as a suspicious and undesirable trait. Since this PUP seems to affect all major browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome, it is hard to avoid the exposure to the operation of the extensions it may install. We hope that you see now why we say that you should remove DownTango.
So let us help you resolve this situation. Since the uninstaller can leave leftovers on your system, it is obvious that it will not be enough to officially remove it through Control Panel. We have included the necessary steps in our guide below. Please follow our instructions to successfully clean this threat from your computer. If you want to make sure that your computer is safe to use and remains protected, we suggest that you download and install a decent anti-malware application.
Windows Vista/Windows 7
Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10