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Remove FlashFree ads

removal by Alice Woods - -   Also known as Ads by FlashFree, FlashFree virus, FlashFree adware | Type: Adware

What is FlashFree?

FlashFree is yet another dubious program that is promoted as a tool for blocking Flash and Silverlight objects. However, it seems that it has been released to the Internet due to marketing purposes, such as to increase page rank or sales for affiliate websites, generate income for its developers and so on. Unfortunately, once installed, it may start displaying an unbearable amount of commercial advertisements, which may redirect you to both reliable websites and really suspicious third-party websites. If you want to prevent FlashFree redirects and do not want to expose your PC to various cyber threats, you should ignore all pop-up, pop-under, and banner ads that are marked as ‘Ads by FlashFree’, ‘FlashFree Ads’, ‘Powered by FlashFree’ and so on. In addition to that, be aware that this dubious program may also diminish your PC’s performance, increase security vulnerabilities, serve as a backdoor for other third-party apps, and may even track you and your online activities. It may collect personally non-identifiable information, such as search terms and most frequently visited websites. Unfortunately, your email address, PC’s location and email address are also considered to be non-personal and may easily be collected. Due to all these issues, FlashFree virus has been categorized as an adware that is also known as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Therefore, we highly recommend you to remove it ASAP with the help of a reliable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner . By the way, this dubious adware may also affect Mac OS. If you are one of the Mac users who suffers from FlashFree redirects, you can also try using AdwareMedic or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for fixing your machine.

How can FlashFree hijack my computer?

If you want to protect your computer from potentially unwanted programs, such as FlashFree, first of all you should chance your internet surfing habits. Always make sure that you install a reliable anti-spyware and keep it up-to-date and try to stay away from suspicious websites, various ads, links, and similar things that show up during your browsing. Besides, you have to keep in mind that potentially unwanted programs usually spread bundled with other freewares, such as various download managers and media players, so it’s very important to install them correctly. By saying ‘correctly’ we mean that you should NEVER accelerate the installation by simply clicking next-next-next…Instead of that, you should make a small research on the program you opt for installing and select Advance or Custom installation all the time. After that, you should check everything step-by-step and opt out of ‘additional components’, such as browser add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions if they are offered to you and marked by default. Otherwise, you may end up with FlashFree virus on your PC and start experiencing all inconveniences about which we have already talked in the previous paragraph.

How to remove FlashFree virus?

FlashFree commonly spreads bundled with other adware or PUPs, such as SunriseBrowse, Sendori, Project Free TV and many others. So, if FlashFree redirects have started bothering your out of nowhere, you should also look for other suspicious programs on your computer. For that, we highly recommend you to use a reliable anti-spyware.

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FlashFree virus

To remove FlashFree ads, follow these steps:

Remove FlashFree from Windows systems

  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 FlashFree and related programs
    Here, look for FlashFree 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'

Erase FlashFree 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 FlashFree 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'

Delete FlashFree from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 FlashFree 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 FlashFree removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate FlashFree ads 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, FlashFree should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of FlashFree 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 FlashFree 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 FlashFree removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall FlashFree from Google Chrome

  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 FlashFree 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 FlashFree removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove FlashFree 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 FlashFree 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 FlashFree removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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