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Remove FLV Player (Removal Guide) - Aug 2019 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as FLV Player virus | Type: Adware

FLV Player – a component for watching videos that can be used for adware distribution

FLV Player adware
FLV Player is a file-viewing tool that might bring adware into your computer system if downloaded unknowingly

FLV Player,[1] developed by Somoto, is described as a tool for viewing videos on the Internet via some Adobe Flash Player versions. The tool is not a dangerous object itself but it might be carried to the system by adware[2] and you can easily end up with suspicious activities on your machine. Even though you can get this software on sofitgloo.com and software.filesfrog.com websites, FLV Player virus can appear after downloading a bundle of programs. After that, you may notice annoying redirects to websites that you don't really know, various pop-up ads and other inconveniences.

Name FLV Player
Type Video-viewing tool
Developer Somoto
Why suspicious It can be delivered by adware or even deliver PUPs/malware itself
Activities You might experience suspicious advertising and redirecting activities if the player gets installed under your own notice
Found in Software bundles, rogue networks
Removal Use Reimage to find suspicious content on your computer

FLV Player might be promoted by adware through intrusive advertisements or it can carry adware itself. If you have not opted for the download of this tool and it appeared on your machine somehow, you should be concerned about your computer's safety and perform a full system scan with reputable anti-malware to discover any possible PUPs.

Once FLV Player is installed on the system, its product might be seen in the Applications folder (if it is Mac) and it can be found in Programs and Features (if it's Windows that you are using). Nevertheless, this suspicious tool might be injected into your computer's taskbar. This way users are capable of accessing the player in a faster way.

Even though some people might find this flash player advantageous, be aware that FLV Player can bring potentially unwanted content into the system. If an adware program reaches your machine, you will supposedly be loaded with numerous annoying advertisements, receive suspicious redirects, and similar activities.

FLV Player
FLV Player might be an adware program traveling throughout the cyberspace

PUPs trigger your normal browsing and might even prevent you from carrying various computer activities in the same high quality as before. So, if you have not opted for the FLV Player download process before, you should get rid of this tool immediately. This will be the best way to prevent the possible appearance of adware and other unknown programs.

Nevertheless, there is a possibility that bad actors might try to misuse the official name of this player and inject rogue programs or even malware in the application instead! You should remove FLV Player without any hesitation to avoid such possible risk. Also, use the help of Reimage software for scanning the entire system and locating all suspicious entries.

FLV Player removal process is a good option to come to if the program was not installed by you or if you started receiving suspicious activities from it. If you are interested in the manual elimination method or if you have found some hijacked browsers, take a look at the end of the article and view instructions that are written there.

FLV Player virus

Appearance of potentially unwanted content

In most of the occasions, stealth PUP infiltration happens when users download freeware and shareware, so you should be very careful when downloading uncertified programs on your computer. You should be very careful when installing download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software, video recording software, and similar applications.

If you want to see what is hiding in your download, you should choose only Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware and avoid Quick or Basic installation. After that, you should uncheck the checkmarks that claim that you want to download a suspicious app to your computer. This way you can avoid secret infiltration of suspicious content.

According to experts from Virusai.lt,[3] you should lean not only on manual protection but also get automatical programs for ensuring computer safety. Make sure that you choose reliable anti-malware and keep the program regularly updated.

Remove FLV Player virus from OS and browsers

When trying to remove FLV Player from your computer, you should also uninstall Babylon Toolbar, isearch.babylon, and other similar content. This process can be performed with the help of manual removal guidelines or automatical software. Below you will find recommendations for anti-malware programs. Choose a tool regarding your own likings.

Also, you can see adware elimination steps for web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari which are supposed to guide you through the manual FLV Player removal process. If you are a well-experienced user, go ahead and try these steps just keep in mind that they might require more of your time.

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To remove FLV Player, follow these steps:

Get rid of FLV Player from Windows systems

Cleaning Windows from adware manually is definitely possible. What you have to do is complete the following 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 FLV Player and related programs
    Here, look for FLV Player 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'

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

Erase FLV Player 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, FLV Player should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall FLV Player from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Erase all unwanted content such as adware-added browser extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from your Mozilla Firefox web browser:

  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 FLV Player 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 FLV Player removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove FLV Player from Google Chrome

You can easily refresh and optimize Chrome to get rid of all changes that were brought to you by the adware. For help, continue by completing the following:

  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 FLV Player 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 FLV Player removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. Ridwan says:
    October 7th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Could not find FLV Player under programs when going to control panel -> uninstall a program. But I know I have FLV player.

  2. Dakotamax says:
    December 26th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Same here. I see the shortcut on my desktop and cant find teh program or extensions in any of the Search engines.

  3. floydie says:
    August 10th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    All of you say the same in a lot of pages, the program does not apear in the control panel unistall programs I installed malawarebytes anti-malawere and the fucking FLV still appeared in my notification area icons and says its not active. What now? your instruccions are unuseless.
    Thanks for nothing.

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