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Is iLivid malware? If so, what is the best way to get rid of it?

Asked by 2davidc8 (7727points) August 18th, 2014

I believe iLivid is a “download manager” of some sort. Somehow, it got installed on my Windows 7 laptop. I don’t know how, but probably when I downloaded music from the internet, though I try to be careful about clicking on extraneous stuff.
Anyway, if it is a rogue program, what is the best way to get rid of it?

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snowberry's avatar

I don’t know much about computers, but here’s a start. I found it by searching for “remove ilivid malware and this is what came up. Apparently there are slightly different steps depending on which Internet provider you use.

elbanditoroso's avatar

It’s not technically Malware, but it badly behaved software and it makes changes to various settings in the browser deceptively (and without permission).

It may as well be Malware for all the danger it causes.

flip86's avatar

NEVER click on anything that says it is a “download manager”. They are always nasty. A reputable site will provide a direct link to the content. Also, start using an ad blocker. It eliminates all the clutter and fake links.

2davidc8's avatar

@flip86 Can you please recommend a good ad blocker? My AV software seems to block a few but not all.

johnpowell's avatar

What browser are you using?

I use Firefox and Ad-Block Edge.

2davidc8's avatar

I don’t think I clicked on anything labeled “download manager”. I think I clicked on something like “click here to download music”. The music downloaded fine, but it also installed iLivid. It put a shortcut to iLivid on my desktop (which I’ve never launched because I don’t know what it is), and it also created its own iLivid folder in the Program Files (x86) folder with an iLivid .exe file. I am running Win 7, and I use both IE 11 and Chrome. AFAIK, iLivid is not running as an add-on in either of these.
If it is a rogue program, I would like to get rid of all of it. I’m concerned that just running a simple uninstall won’t get all of it off. I’ve done a search on iLivid, and there are lots of complaints about it, and there is mention that it is a “download manager” of some kind that claims to boost download speed.

flip86's avatar

The best way to avoid problems from stuff like this is to remember that downloads like music and movies will never prompt you to “run” them. Never run anything unless you know for a fact what it is. Even still, when downloading any programs/apps/games that require installing, never allow them to run automatically. Always choose the “save” option and then scan the file with your virus scanner before installing it. Some legitimate program installers can be compromised if downloaded from shady websites.

Lastly, never just spam “next” when installing something. Carefully read everything and always unclick boxes for other program offers. Hit “next” when you are sure that it will install only the program you wanted.

2davidc8's avatar

Good advice, @flip86. Thank you very much!

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