Adware creators are getting more and more inventive. KeyDownload is one of the latest adware applications that appear to be a useful browser extension. However, the question is what it does exactly that you would allow it to remain on your computer. Adware applications are often affiliated with potentially malicious third parties which is why it is strongly recommended to stay away at all costs. Therefore, if you have this program installed on your computer, remove KeyDownload from the system, as in the long run the application might expose you to potentially harmful content.
Malware infection is the ultimate consequence of adware installation, but it is not extremely common. Nevertheless, you should take all risks into consideration. The problem is that KeyDownload is very far from being a malware infection itself. It looks rather innocent, and its main website at keydownload.com looks sophisticated and user-friendly. The application is presented to you as product developed by a group of “online technology experts with years of experience in software application development and distribution”. That would suggest that KeyDownload has been created to improve your overall web browsing experience.
However, our security research specialists have found out that KeyDownload is an adware program that belongs to the Lyrics group of adware applications. It even uses the same icon as Lyrics Monkey, Boby Lyrics, Lyrics Viewer and other similar applications. What is more, the plug-in is not available for download at the official website, so it only means that the program travels bundled with freeware applications. It is usually bundled with other adware programs that users download from third party file hosting pages. In some cases, KeyDownload can arrive with YouTubeDownloader installer; however, it is possible for the application to be bundled with any other installer or downloader.
When you install a shareware application that is bundled with KeyDownload, the adware gets installed on your computer automatically as well. For the most part, users should be able to opt out of the installing the potentially unwanted application, but more of than not people simply skip installation steps. KeyDownload installs extensions on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers, and then displays various pop-ups and other types of commercial advertisements when you browse the Internet.
The adware usually displays ads generated by third party advertising networks, which is why its pop-ups are generally labeled like ads “by Deal Finder” and so on. It shows that the application can be easily exploited by a malevolent third party for corrupted content distribution. Hence, to protect your system and yourself from dangerous intruders, you should uninstall KeyDownload immediately.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
After manual removal you should scan your computer with a reliable antimalware tool to ensure that there are no potentially unwanted programs left in your system. Acquire a computer security application if need be.