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Remove Falco Software virus (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - updated Feb 2019

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Falco Software – a browser hijacker which places as the new search engine

Falco Software virus

Falco Software (also known as Falco Toolbar and Falco Downloader) is one of many widespread and very unfair applications that may hijack web browsers and initiate other system changes behind the user's back. It may set as a default homepage and search engine, install Falco Toolbar and totally take over your web browsing sessions. No matter that it may seem like a user-friendly search engine, you should draw your attention to the fact that the home page of this search site always contains suspicious looking advertisements. It's the first sign indicating that you should not rely on Falco Software. In addition to that, you should beware that it may deliver you alleged search results that may be filled with sponsored links.

Name Falco Software
Also known as  Falco Toolbar, Falco Downloader
Category Browser hijacker
Search engine
Main symptoms Changes are spotted in the web browser (homepage, search engine, new tab URL), dubious redirecting activity takes the user to odd pages, advertising posts might also start appearing frequently
Distribution Bundled freeware is the most common browser hijacker distribution source
Detection Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego is a program which can identify and detect the PUP successfully
Removal purposes Get rid of the browser-hijacking program by using special tools or by taking a look at the step-by-step guide which is presented below the article

Falco Software virus might take you to dubious-looking websites and forcibly keep you coming back there. As a consequence, you may constantly surf thru the websites that may be unsafe, i.e. filled with suspicious content, include malicious links, fake pop-up ads,[1] etc. and you may not even suspect that. In this way, your computer may be at high risk of virus or malware infiltration.

In addition, it may interfere with your privacy, track and record your browsing history, search queries, data that you have entered online, clicks that you made and so on. By collecting this type of data, Falco Downloader is capable of improving affiliate marketing and may use it for tricking you in the future. As you can see, this browser-hijacking tool brings only unwanted changes, so, you should strongly consider the worth of keeping it.

We recommend you to scan your computer with a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego if you have already started experiencing dubious redirects. Remove Falco Software virus with an automatical tool and be ensured that the potentially unwanted program left your computer system and is not returning. If you are keen on performing the elimination on your own, you can try out our manual elimination guide which is provided below the text.

Falco ToolbarFalco Toolbar is considered to be a browser-hijacking application which targets web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari

Falco Software is usually promoted as a useful search site that promises to deliver relevant search results. However, since people are warned about unfair search sites, they seldom replace Google, Bing and Yahoo search engines with unfamiliar search providers. Due to this fact, developers of search providers, such as Falco Downloader, and so on have decided to spread their programs along with other freeware and in this way reach a wider audience.

This browser-hijacking program is called Falco Downloader not for no reason. It offers users a useful feature such as downloading the Facebook application or free games from the Internet. However, note that this is a trick used by the developers to convince gullible users to keep on using this program. Even though this feature might seem very pleasant to you, keep in mind, that this PUP has much more negative sides than positive.

The Falco Sofware removal is a necessary process to perform if you want to bring your web browsers back to their previous states. Otherwise, you will be forced to browse via the search engine. If you do not want to experience such modifications anymore, you should take quick actions and proceed with the browser hijacker[2] elimination. Furthermore, take some precautionary steps while browsing to avoid similar infections in the future. 

Falco browser hijackerFalco Software virus - a browser hijacker which performs unpleasant activities such as redirecting, advertising, browsing data collecting

Browser-hijacking applications are spread by using stealth techniques

The most popular browser hijacker distribution method is called “bundling”. Since freeware[3] is spread widely throughout the Internet and no one can say which software is filled with additional components, you have to be very careful with all programs you overcome. Every time when you are about to install free software, you should read its End-User's License Agreement, Privacy Policy, users' reports, and other relevant information.

If you find something suspicious or notice that negative users' reports prevail online, you should not download such a program at all. By the way, you should avoid Basic or Quick installation methods if you seek to opt out of unwanted attachments because this method may not disclose them. In contrast, you should opt for the Advanced or Custom installation option and carefully monitor the entire process.

Specifically look for various add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions in order to opt out of them all. If you have already experienced the activities of a browser hijacker, you should not wait before you experience redirects to suspicious websites or before it forces your web browser to crash. Additionally, always keep an antivirus program on your system. According to tech specialists,[4] this tool will protect your system automatically and prevent threats from entering your machine.

Remove Falco Software virus from your Windows computer system

In order to stop unwanted redirects and reverse all changes that were performed by the browser-hijacking application, you have to eliminate this potentially unwanted program from your computer fully. We recommend performing the Falco Software removal by using specific computer programs as these tools will be able to detect all browser-hijacker related content in different locations of the affected system and make sure that the computer is safely cleaned from the PUP. 

Additionally, if you are likely to, you can remove Falco Software virus on your own. However, note that, while proceeding with this method, you will need to be extremely cautious and accurate in order to detect all suspicious-looking content in the system and web browsers. Note that, investigating all browser apps such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari is necessary if you want to get rid of the browser hijacker permanently.

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To remove Falco Software virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Falco Software from Windows systems

Make the browser hijacking application vanish from your Windows computer. You can achieve such goal with the help of these instructing steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Falco Software and related programs
    Here, look for Falco Software or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Falco Software from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Delete Falco Software from Internet Explorer (IE)

If you have spotted any rogue browser extensions or plug-ins in the computer, eliminate them by performing the below-given instructions:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Falco Software and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Falco Software removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Falco Software virus from Microsoft Edge

Spotting rogue extensions and other components in your Microsoft Edge web browser might notify you about a browser hijacker infection. You can get rid of the PUP with these steps:

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Falco Software-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove Falco Software from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You can clean Mozilla Firefox by proceeding with these guiding steps:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Falco Software and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Falco Software removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Falco Software from Google Chrome

If you have been experiencing browser hijacking activity in your Google Chrome web browser, refresh the application with this guide:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Falco Software and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Falco Software removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Falco Software from Safari

Get rid of all unwanted content from Safari with the help of these instructing steps:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Falco Software or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Falco Software, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Falco Software removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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