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How to remove the Download virus

Most antivirus programs identify Download.antplugin as malware.

The Download.antplugin file is a software component of Ant.com ToolBar by Ant.com.
Download.antplugin is a plugin file for Ant.com, an online bookmarking portal. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Ant.com is an online bookmarking website that lets users save and access online resources through browser extensions created by Ant.com. Bookmarks can be accessed from anywhere and any device. The service also allows users to rate and comment on websites which may be shared through their public Ant.com profiles.

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Download.antplugin file information

The process known as Download plugin appears to belong to software Ant.com ToolBar by Ant.com (www.ant.com).

Description: Download.antplugin is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Download.antplugin is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 3,301,176 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/download.antplugin.html 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 346FDE31-DFF9-418A-90C8-BA31DC9FF2EF. The program has no visible window. The file is able to monitor web browsers. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows system file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Download.antplugin is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with Download.antplugin, you can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Ant.com (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) ask for help from Support.

Recommended: Identify Download.antplugin related errors

Important: You should check the Download.antplugin process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.

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Best practices for resolving Download issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active Download process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the Download.antplugin on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.



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