iLivid Download Manager, Search-Results.com Toolbar and Searchnu.com
November 19, 2012 -
Is Bandoo Media Inc iLivid Download Manager, Search-Results.com Toolbar and website Searchnu.com malicious? Bandoo Media Inc iLivid Download Manager is considered one of the most popular media downloading managers with millions of monthly installs worldwide. Thousands of persons on the internet have complained that after installing this download manager, their browsers have been taken over by other softwares. Because of these complains, I have decided to download this software onto my test computer, study it and share the results with you.
ILivid Download Manager is located at website www.ilivid.com for download and the name of the installation file is iLividSetup.exe. The two most popular file download websites, softpedia.com and download.com offer this program for download, so it doesn't contain malware. Softwares uploaded to these websites are scanned for threats before they are made public.
I scanned the iLivid file (iLividSetup.exe) at http://www.virustotal.com and 1 out of 44 anti-virus softwares detected it as malicious. The anti-virus software ESET detected it as containing Win32/Toolbar.SearchSuite malware. All the other popular anti-virus softwares (Mcaffee, Norton, Avast and AVG) did not detect anything malicious about the ILivid Download Manager.
The problem with this softwares starts during the installation process. Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application.
The installation process will ask you to:
- change the homepage for your web browser to searchnu.com
- change the default search engine for your web browser to search-Results.com
- download and install the browser toolbar Search-Results Toolbar
- create desktop or start menu shortcuts for items unrelated to the program's functionality
The Bandoo Media Inc iLivid Download Manager is safe; it is the third-party software Search-Results Toolbar that is a threat to you, which will change your default search page and browser homepage to searchnu.com and search-Results.com. Companies like iLivid and IMesh use the "Search Results Toolbar" to monetize their free softwares. This is why the ILivid Download Manager is packaged with the third-party software, Search-Results Toolbar.
If you use the Search-Results Toolbar, searchnu.com and search-Results.com, you may end up downloading other malwares.
To prevent the installation of these components, during the installation process, select "Custom installation" and un-check the following options:
- "Set and keep Searchnu.com as my homepage and new tab page and Search-Results.com as my default web search engine"
- "Install Search-Results Toolbar to search the web from the browser."
I have been using the iLivid Download Manager without the additional components for a few days now and have not noticed any annoying or suspicious activities on my computer. I used it to download videos from YouTube and other websites, and it works flawlessly.
If you want to download the iLivid Download Manager, ensure that you download it from www.ilivid.com, download.com or softpedia.com.
If you have installed the Search-Results Toolbar, you can use the AdwCleaner software to remove this malware. Click the following link for instructions: Remove Browser Hijacker with AdwCleaner.
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