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Remove Flvto Youtube Downloader (Removal Guide) - updated Nov 2019

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Flvto – a questionable application that promises to convert YouTube videos, but generates numerous ads

Flvto Youtube Downloader virus
Flvto Youtube Downloader - a suspicious application that might collect and share your personal information

Flvto is a free browser plugin[1] developed by Perspektiva LLC and can be downloaded from Windows or Google stores. The app can also be applied to Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and other browsers. The primary purpose of Flvto biz is to help users to convert YouTube videos into mp3, .avi or other formats, allowing them to upload these files into DVDs, music players, USB sticks, etc. However, the site can be used for excessive marketing campaigns and data tracking.

SUMMARY
Name Flvto Youtube Downloader
Type Adware/PUP/Potentially unwanted program
Developer Perspektiva LLC
Symptoms The most common signs of this adware program are supposed to be intrusive advertising, redirecting during browsing sessions, tracking your browsing history, changing the browser's homepage and new tab search section
Distribution You can find this product on its official website, however, it is more likely to use deceptive installation techniques such as software bundling which happens while downloading products or services from unsecured sources such as Softonic, CNET, etc.
Main dangers Redirecting tasks might lead to potentially infectious domains where different types of malware might be hidden. Bogus pop-up notifications might provide you with surveys that might try to swindle your personally-identifiable information
Elimination Download and install Reimage Reimage Cleaner to check virus damage. To remove malicious files, go to the end of this article and use our manual elimination guidelines

Despite the initial impression, our research team initiated an in-depth analysis of this tool and the results aroused suspicions. Based on Google Analytics,[2] the bulk of Internet users are typically interested in Flvto removal or if it is safe. Such queries indicate the fact that the application works questionably and cause difficulties concerning removal. 

It turned out that the Flvto virus belongs to the potentially unwanted program and adware categories since 2015 and keeps implementing suspicious activities up until now. Within three years of existence, the downloader did not change its distribution strategy in any way – its developers keep attaching it to freeware and shareware as “optional download,” and that's the main reason why it's been assigned to the PUP category. 

The rest of the traits exhibited by Flvto Downloader are typical to an adware program. If the extension is downloaded, it is automatically enabled on Google Chrome and starts running the related processes in Task Manager and Windows Startup.

Apart from unusually high CPU usage, people should notice an increment of commercial ads on most frequently visited websites. The layer of ads can cover up the content of Flvto and other sites that typically do not display pop-ups, deals, offers or similar. In some cases, users might notice the following  Some of them may be marked as:

  • Ads by XXX
  • Downloading from XXX
  • Sponsored by XXX
  • Powered by XXX
  • Etc.

There's no doubt that a continuous flood of intrusive full-page graphics, video ads, pop-up ads, interstitial ads, hyperlinks, and other forms of resist-to-go-away ads disrupt web browsing activities. Nonetheless, that's not the biggest problem. Whether or not Flvto biz providing viruses is the biggest concern. 

Flvto virus
The dubious application could bring users to suspicious or even malware-laden websites

The app is infamous for promoting suspicious products, services, surveys, software updates, and other misleading content, which features attention-grabbing headlines. However, what's behind those headlines and does Flvto connect users to virus-laden domains is still a debatable question. 

If you the previous facts are not enough for you to uninstall Flvto you still consider it useful, note that it can also track your web browsing activities. For this purpose, it installs tracking cookies and web beacons into Chrome and continuously monitors what websites you visit and what activities you perform while using them. 

Our team also took a look at the Privacy Policy of Flvto which is provided on the official website. Considering a large number of data breaches recently, as well as the release of the GDPR,[3] the data collected by the site drew our attention. According to the company, not only non-personally identifiable information is collected but also personal data can be used in the following ways: 

We may aggregate your personal information with personal information of other members and users, and disclose such information to advertisers and other third-parties for marketing and promotional purposes.

We may use your information to run promotions, contests, surveys and other features and events.

We will not use your e-mail address or other personal information to send commercial or marketing messages without your consent. We may use your e-mail without further consent for non-marketing or administrative purposes.

Bedynet.ru,[4] Russian-based team of cybersecurity researchers, prompt Internet users to remove Flvto Youtube Downloader ASAP. No matter how useful some of its offers may seem, beware that they are used for driving traffic to predetermined websites to increase their rank or sales.

Moreover, some of the ads may be linked to potentially dangerous third-party websites or even hacked domains, which initiate drive-by-download and phishing attacks. To minimize virus damage, it's advisable to run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner and get rid of damaged files. Use reputable anti-spyware if you need to remove Flvto from the system. 

Flvto Youtube Downloader app
Flvto Youtube Downloader is not a trustworthy application. Although it claims being able to convert YouTube videos into mp3 and other formats, it can display misleading content and track user's web browsing activities

Avoid installing free apps 

As we have already mentioned, volunteers can download this Youtube Downloader from its official website (flvto[.]biz). If you check this site, you must have changed your mind to install this app. The official domain is full of fishy-looking ads with catchy headlines. Besides, the website automatically generates a new Google Chrome's tab, which reports that Flash Player and Pop-Up was blocked on this website. 

Unfortunately, its developers have also added this PUP as a useful Chrome's extension to various freeware and shareware. Thus, if you have started noticing an unusual amount of ads and misleading extension injected into Chrome's extensions' list, you should check the system with anti-malware and remove all suspicious entries that have recently been installed on your PC. 

We must add that freeware installation always pose a risk of getting the system compromised by potentially unwanted programs. To prevent this from happening, it's not enough to click the “Next” button to follow the installation wizard. You have to select the Advanced or Custom installation option and read every notification carefully to know what terms do you agree with. DO NOT accept to install any add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions and make sure that you unmark all of them if offered during freeware's installation.

Most people discover suspicious applications coming from sources such as softonic.com, soft32.com, download.com, or cnet.com, so you have to be extremely careful while installing applications and services from non-original developers. Besides, having reliable antimalware software will create some type of protection that would prevent bogus products from occurring unknowingly.

Learn how to uninstall Flvto virus

Flvto.biz virus can render your PC vulnerable to various cyber infections. Thus, any interaction with the ads that it generates pose a risk of redirects to potentially dangerous or even malicious domains that may be involved in malware distribution. 

Flvto Downloader

Two options are available for the Flvto removal. First of all, you can try to delete it manually from Control Panel and reset the web browser's settings. However, people reported that they could not eliminate this tool due to the flvtoyoutubedownloader.exe process, which generates a Flvto downloader error pop-up. 

In case you attempt to remove it manually is blocked, we would recommend using a professional anti-malware utility to remove Flvto Youtube Downloader. You should either update the one that is currently running on your PC or install a powerful tool developed by the reputable security vendor. 

Visual material regarding Flvto removal

Even though Flvto is not some type of dangerous malware, it still does not belong to the user's computer system as it brings unwanted activities and might even relate to harmful consequences. We decided to provide a more detailed guide on how to remove the adware program that can be found here:

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To remove Flvto Youtube Downloader, follow these steps:

Eliminate Flvto Youtube Downloader from Windows systems

The following tutorial will explain how to remove Flvto YouTube downloader from Windows:

  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 Flvto Youtube Downloader and related programs
    Here, look for Flvto Youtube Downloader 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'

Get rid of Flvto Youtube Downloader 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 Flvto Youtube Downloader 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'

Erase Flvto Youtube Downloader from Internet Explorer (IE)

In case Flvto has made any suspicious changes on Internet Explorer, you can reverse the modifications with the help of the following guidelines:

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

Remove Flvto Youtube Downloader 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, Flvto Youtube Downloader should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Flvto Youtube Downloader 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 Flvto Youtube Downloader 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 Flvto Youtube Downloader removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Flvto Youtube Downloader from Google Chrome

The flvto virus targets Google Chrome's users. If your web browser has already been hijacked, perform the PUP removal steps provided above and then reset 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 Flvto Youtube Downloader 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 Flvto Youtube Downloader removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Flvto Youtube Downloader 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 Flvto Youtube Downloader 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 Flvto Youtube Downloader removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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