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Remove FlashMall (Free Instructions)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

What should you know about FlashMall virus?

First of all, we would like to tell you how computer security experts categorize this program. FlashMall is assigned to the potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) list, and it also falls into adware category. This application is deceitful, and you should not keep it installed on your computer system unless you want to experience various interruptions during your web browsing sessions. Read below to find out how FlashMall adware functions once it slithers inside victim’s computer.

FlashMall PUP aims to gather information about your browsing preferences, analyze such information and then deliver ads that would meet your expectations. It obtains information about your browsing habits via a particular browser extension, which FlashMall installs to each web browser. Bear in mind that this vague application tracks your browsing history, clicks, downloads, search queries and basically everything what you do as you browse the web. Fortunately, this program is not capable of collecting any personally identifiable information. Once the information is collected, FlashMall adware generates catchy advertisements and delivers them to your screen in a variety of different forms. “Ads by FlashMall” usually show up on the screen as pop-ups, but they can also appear as banners or in-text ads on the websites that you visit. No matter how catchy these FlashMall ads look, stay clear of them and try not to click on them by any means.

The Example of FlashMall ads

Questions about FlashMall

Despite the fact that this program sends you amazingly looking shopping deals, discount codes, price comparisons and so, it hardly provides any real deals at all. The purpose of all these ads is to draw your attention and lure you to click on them. You shouldn’t do so because these ads are created to generate pay-per-click revenue for the developer of FlashMall rather than provide any useful shopping offers for the user of it. These ads are meant to cause redirects and drive traffic to particular third-party websites, which can be untrustworthy. Some unreliable third-party websites try to promote malicious applications or computer parasites, so it goes without saying that you should bypass all offers to download and install software from untrustworthy web sources. We strongly recommend you to install a reputable computer security software to remove FlashMall from your computer and forget about its annoying ads for good. Take note that this dubious program can infiltrate Windows and Mac OS X equally, so make sure you use a program that is compatible with your operating system – Reimage Reimage Cleaner (Windows) or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (Mac OS and Windows).

How does FlashMall hijack computer systems?

As we have already mentioned, FlashMall is a PUP and like the majority of other PUPs these days, it probably has entered your computer using a deceptive software distribution technique called “bundling.” The creators of PUPs take advantage of the users’ inattentiveness, attach their untrustworthy programs to other popular freeware and hide the information about their existence in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation settings. In this way, the users who tend to rush through the installation process by choosing the “Standard” or “Default” installation settings unknowingly allow these potentially dangerous programs to enter their computers. Therefore, to prevent unwanted programs from entering your system, you should be more careful about what programs you are download and install on your PC. Also, pay close attention to all installation steps and read the Terms of Use document.

How should FlashMall be deleted?

If you want to fully remove FlashMall virus from your computer, simply uninstalling the program which you suspect it may have come bundled with will not be enough. It does not matter that FlashMall PUP has entered your computer alongside another program – to get rid of it, you need to find all of its components and eliminate them. If you are an inexperienced PC user, removing this virus manually may be a difficult task for you. Therefore, we advise you to use some trustworthy anti-spyware software to take care of this virus for you. However, if you decide to remove it manually, please take a look at the detailed step-by-step FlashMall removal guide, which is provided below.

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To remove FlashMall, follow these steps:

Get rid of FlashMall 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 FlashMall and related programs
    Here, look for FlashMall 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 FlashMall 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 FlashMall 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'

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

Uninstall FlashMall 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, FlashMall should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove FlashMall 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 FlashMall 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 FlashMall removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete FlashMall 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 FlashMall 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 FlashMall removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of FlashMall 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 FlashMall 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 FlashMall removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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  1. Milburga says:
    March 7th, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Im seeing these “brought by FlashMall” ads! Does that mean Im infected??

  2. Ptolemy99 says:
    March 7th, 2016 at 8:51 am

    OH NO, its on Mac OS X too ! Gotta be more careful out there

  3. Conan says:
    March 7th, 2016 at 8:54 am

    And they say less viruses on Macs!

  4. 8Mochán8 says:
    March 7th, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Thanks for the removal instructions. Helped me lots

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