Flvto Youtube Downloader (spam) - updated May 2020

Flvto Youtube Downloader Removal Guide

What is Flvto Youtube Downloader?

Flvto is the service that provides YouTube video conversion but also fills the screen with ads

Flvto Youtube Downloader virusThe suspicious application 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.

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 the anti-malware tool to check viruses. To remove malicious files, go to the end of this article and use our manual elimination guidelines
Repair Tools like FortectIntego can help repair virus damage

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 causes difficulties concerning removal.

It turned out that the 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 virusThe 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 connects users to virus-laden domains is still a debatable question.

If the previous facts are not enough for you to uninstall the questionable appyou 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 the questionable program 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. It is advisable to run a full system scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes and get rid of the PUP. Use reputable anti-spyware if you need to remove Flvto from the system.

Flvto Youtube Downloader appAlthough 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

Be careful 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 tab, which reports that Flash Player and Pop-Up were blocked on this website.

Unfortunately, its developers have also added this PUP as a useful Chrome extension to various freeware and shareware. Thus, if you have started noticing an unusual amount of ads and misleading extensions 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.

Uninstall the app and keep away from the service

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

Flvto DownloaderThis is an adware program that will display adverts whether users want it or not

Two options are available for virus 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 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 the unwanted program. You should either update the one that is currently running on your PC or install a powerful tool developed by a reputable security vendor.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. 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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Getting rid of Flvto Youtube Downloader. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Flvto Youtube Downloader registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

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