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Remove Fast Media Converter (Removal Instructions) - updated Dec 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Fast Media Converter virus, Fast Media Converter ads | Type: Adware

Fast Media Converter – a PUP that claims to be a handy converting app while throwing unwanted ads on the user's PC

Fast Media Converter app
Fast Media Converter is a bogus app that might throw unwanted adverts on the user's computer screen

Fast Media Converter, created and released by Applon, describes itself as a useful tool for file converting when it truly has been flagged as a PUP by many cybersecurity researchers. The app offers fast audio file converting by only clicking one button. However, everything is not that nice as it might appear to you from the first view. The bogus tool has earned the name of Fast Media Converter for a reason. Its distribution is based on deceptive tactics and it includes some adware-related features such as advertising and redirecting. Also, once the app stealthily appears on the computer system, you might see the FastMediaConverterApp.exe process running in the Task Manager location.

Name Fast Media Converter
Category Potentially unwanted program/adware
Process Once this app gets installed, it places the FastMediaConverterApp.exe file in the PC's the Task Manager section
Goal This app presents itself as an audio file converting program when it truly is categorized as an unwanted program. It seeks to benefit from users and bring income via pop-up ads
Actions Regarding the fact that this app might act as adware, you have a chance of receiving unwanted advertisements, redirecting during browsing tasks, and discovering unexpected changes in the browser's homepage/new tab URL bar
Spreading The app can be downloaded from third-party websites such as cnet.com, download.com, softonic.com, etc.
Removal You can get rid of the adware with the help of automatical software or by using step-by-step guidelines (look at the end of this website)
Fix If the PUP has compromised some system components on your machine, you can try fixing them with a system repair tool such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Fast Media Converter is not only a program that can be used for converting files. It may also become a totally annoying intruder that causes such things as pop-up ads, redirects, browser changes, and computer/program slowdowns. Even though most of these activities are only intrusive, some of them can carry the risk of potential harm.

If Fast Media Converter aims to infect some of your browsers, you might spot unexpected changes in the homepage and new tab URL sections. Also, the adware might fill your browser settings with unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons as additional components that allow the PUP[1] to perform a bigger variety of activities.

By the way, this program may also be set to track its victims and collect information about their browsing habits. No matter that it states that the only thing it is interested in is personally non-identifiable data, you can never know what information Fast Media Converter may start to collect.

Fast Media Converter virus
Fast Media Converter is a potentially unwanted program that can infiltrate the system via other third-party apps

Recording information such as the pages visited, hyperlinks accessed, adverts clicked, saved bookmarks, geographic location, IP address, and other browser-based data allows the developers of Fast Media Converter to generate targeted advertisements and provide users with misleading deals.

In some cases, Fast Media Converter might load you with various surveys, questionnaires, and reward claims. Be aware of such content as it is considered to be fake and might aim to swindle your personal information or money. DO NOT enter personally-identifiable or credential data if you are asked to by random pop-ups.

Furthermore, Fast Media Converter ads can redirect you to other places that are considered to be suspicious or even potentially dangerous. If you land on a malware-laden location, you are at a big risk of catching a malware infection, such as trojan, ransomware, or others. 

To avoid the mentioned risk, you should remove Fast Media Converter from your computer system and web browser apps. For this purpose, you can choose automatical software or complete the step-by-step guidelines that are added to the end of this article. Also, if the PUP has compromised some system objects, you can try repairing them with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego software.

Fast Media Converter removal is necessary not only to avoid the risk of malware infiltration but also to gain back full browsing quality. Intrusive advertising and redirecting sessions might require a big amount of your CPU's[2] energy that might result in struggling applications, system freezes, and so on.

Fast Media Converter

PUPs distribute by using deceptive techniques

Potentially unwanted programs can be downloaded from various download sites, including download, cnet, softonic, etc. Such programs may also infiltrate computers without being noticed in a bundle with other programs. If you do not recall installing a particular app, this might be the way how it could have ended on your machine.

If this is the case, you have to start taking your cybersecurity more seriously. For that, we recommend choosing only Custom/Advanced installation that allows checking what programs are attached to the application that you need to install on the system. Avoid all Quick modes that permit the installation of all additional products.

Continuously, be aware that PUPs might enter your system from questionable hyperlinks an advertisements that you might click while visiting secondary pages online. Keep a distance from all the websites that are flagged as unsafe to proceed with. Install reliable antivirus security software that will also alert if something deceptive is awaiting.

Removing Fast Media Converter

Technically, Fast Media Converter is not malware but it may cause lots of inconveniences and distractions when inside the system. That is the main reason why we recommend you eliminate the suspicious program from your computer.

You can accomplish Fast Media Converter removal with the help of the below-provided guidelines that are here to lead you throughout the entire computer and browser cleaning process. However, there is also another option that you have. According to Virusai.lt experts,[3] the second possibility is even a better one.

You can also remove Fast Media Converter with the help of antivirus software. These programs are safe to use and will find every suspicious product that has been added by the PUP. This way you will save some time by leaving the entire process for the antimalware tool to complete.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Fast Media Converter, follow these steps:

Get rid of Fast Media Converter from Windows systems

To clean your Windows computer system from unwanted products, you can complete the following guiding instructions

  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 Fast Media Converter and related programs
    Here, look for Fast Media Converter 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'

Eliminate Fast Media Converter from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Fast Media Converter or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Uninstall Fast Media Converter from Internet Explorer (IE)

To erase unwanted objects from Explorer, apply the instructions that are provided below

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Fast Media Converter and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Fast Media Converter removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Fast Media Converter from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Fast Media Converter should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Fast Media Converter from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Fast Media Converter 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Fast Media Converter removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Fast Media Converter from Google Chrome

To wipe out all extensions and plug-ins that you do not recall adding, use these steps

  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 Fast Media Converter 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Fast Media Converter removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Fast Media Converter from Safari

  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 Fast Media Converter or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Fast Media Converter removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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