DownTango

DownTango Description


DownTango is a download manager that claims to be able to ‘accelerate’ your download speeds. Unfortunately, DownTango also shows some traits that are typical of PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), such as resisting being uninstalled, installing itself without your consent and making needless changes to your browser. Changes to your browser will not remove DownTango, which should be deleted by suitable anti-malware software whenever you decide that you’re uninterested in its downloading services.

DownTango: a Virtual Waiter that Serves Your Downloads with an Excess of Bad Service


While its brand name is reminiscent of military codes and corresponding military reputations for efficiency, DownTango makes claims that no download management program could back up – such as claiming to speed up your downloads and allocate resources in ways that prevent your PC from being slowed down. Other than this unusual and impossible claims, DownTango does perform its basic functions, including downloading and managing files, but SpywareRemove.com malware researchers also have seen negative characteristics associated with DownTango. These traits include:
  • Browser hijacks that modify your search results, your homepage and your 404 error pages – all to display sites that are profitable to DownTango’s company.
  • Resisting removal by normal methods, such as the Control Panel or appropriate plugin management features.
  • Having an unresponsive support team.
  • Lastly, DownTango will monitor your basic web-browsing habits with respect to which sites are visited, how long visits last and similar statistics.
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    Although no extremely confidential information (such as passwords) is stolen, this function may use up system resources and may have an adverse aftermath on your PC’s performance.

These attributes are common symptoms of PUPs and browser hijackers, and for these reasons, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers recommend that you delete DownTango under all normal circumstances.

Giving DownTango a Thumbs Down – and Corresponding Exit


Presumably to keep its unsavory means of profit-mongering alive as long as possible, DownTango will resist being deleted by typical methods that would apply to any reputable program or browser add-on. However, malware experts haven’t seen any signs of DownTango being able to resist suitable anti-malware programs, which can delete DownTango and related PC threats during a system scan.

SpywareRemove.com malware research team also stresses that you should be careful to avoid freeware programs with unusual claims – such as claiming to be able to speed up downloads – since such fraudulent features often are used as a cover for distributing PUPs. DownTango, like many low-level threats, appears to handle its distribution mainly through bundles with unrelated freeware programs, especially games from disreputable sites.

DownTango Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with DownTango? To safely & quickly detect DownTango we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.



Posted: January 9, 2013 | By
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Detection Count: 278

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