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Remove FreeCodecPack (Removal Guide) - updated Aug 2020

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

FreeCodecPack is a questionable application that brings intrusive ads to your browser

FreeCodecPack virus

FreeCodecPack is advertised as an important and useful computer component that allows users to view various file formats for free. After closely looking into the suspicious program's functionality, security experts could quickly determine that this rogue software is adware[1] that gets delivered via software bundling. Thus, users typically do not install it willingly.

Name FreeCodecPack
Type Adware
Disguised as Codec pack
Risk Medium. However, might lead to malware infiltration and data leak
Infected systems All versions of Windows OS
Distribution Bundling, unsafe websites
Elimination For quick deletion, download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego 

Soon after infiltration, the dubious application attaches itself to the browser as an add-on and creates a FreeCodecPack folder, where all the primary files are executed. This helps the app to strengthen its position in the system, modify Windows registry and deliver sponsored content via ads, pop-ups, deals, banners, coupons, redirects, etc.

This way, adware creators can boost the traffic to unknown internet sites. By doing so, both parties benefit – adware authors get pay-per-click revenue, while less-known retailers increase their sales.

However, the user, who is left in between, does not benefit at all. The victim has to deal with ads whether he/she wants it or not. Therefore, we urge users not to tolerate such behavior from adware creators and remove FreeCodecPack virus immediately. Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego can help with a swift elimination (although you can pick any other security software of your choice).

As soon as your PC gets infected with a FreeCodecPack virus, adverts are delivered directly into your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or other browsers and typically display the following text at the corner of the ad:

  • “Powered by FreeCodecPack”
  • “Ads by FreeCodecPack”
  • “Waiting for FreeCodecPack”
  • “Connected to FreeCodecPack”, etc.

However, by far the most dangerous trait of FreeCodecPack is its redirecting tendencies. Security experts[2] warn that FreeCodecPack redirects can lead to both reliable and really suspicious third-party websites, so the best that you can do to prevent exposure to unsafe websites is to ignore each of the ads and never click on the content you got redirected to. Otherwise, you can get infected with malware or get your personal information stolen.

FreeCodecPack adware

Finally, a noteworthy fact is that FreeCodecPack installs tracking software and can monitor your browsing activities on a daily basis. Recent malware research has shown that it may engage DOM storage data,[3] web beacons, Flash cookies, HTTP cookies and other means for collecting and storing personally non-identifiable information, such as IP address, PC's location, email address, search terms, websites visited and so on.

If the developers would use such data only for improving the service that would be OK. However, it seems that developers have found a way to earn more money which is to share/sell gathered data with other third-party advertisers. All in all, we highly recommend FreeCodecPack removal if you noticed its suspicious activity.

Codec packs are not needed for playing video files

Users often download codec packs because their system cannot run certain video files correctly. Thus, they often look for solutions in third-party websites. Others might never encounter such problems and merely acquire the unwanted application with bundled software. Nevertheless, FreeCodecPack removal should be a priority of both groups of people.

If you run into problems while playing specific video files, we suggest downloading a video player that has pre-installed codecs and will handle any media file without external help. One of such players is VLC – a well-respected video player amongst many users. Once you download such player, you will never have to worry about codecs again.

FreeCodecPack unwanted programFreeCodecPack is advertised as a tool that can help to play video and audio files. However, it is an adware program in disguise.

Adware is distributed in software bundles

Users are typically careless when it comes to internet safety. After all, they never think that something unpleasant can happen to them. It can, and it will unless you take some extra precautions and protect yourself from unwanted software.

The most prominent adware and other PUP distribution method is via software bundling. These unwanted programs are included as additional components inside (mostly) third-party installers. However, even the most popular programs and its updates (like Adobe Flash) may hide optional installs.

Thus, to avoid unnecessary troubles, follow these simple tips:

  • do not rush the installation process and read the instructions carefully;
  • read through EULA and Privacy Policy;
  • when prompted, always opt for Advanced/Custom installation mode and avoid Recommended/Quick setup;
  • when you see the additional programs in Advanced settings, remove all the tick marks with add-ons, toolbars, codec packs, system optimizers and similar;

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Easy ways to remove FreeCodecPack from the system

FreeCodecPack removal can be performed both manually and automatically. We have both methods covered, so pick the one that suits you best.

Automatic FreeCodecPack virus elimination is recommended for all users who are not that familiar with computer processes, and/or would like an easy and quick solution to the problem. Simply download one of the respected security programs and bring it up to date. The last step is to scan the system and let security software handle the rest.

For those who dislike additional software on their PCs, are familiar with computers and would like to remove FreeCodecPack manually, we advise checking our step-by-step guide below. Be attentive while executing this method as incorrect procedure might lead to reinfection of the virus. We must remind you that this method will also not protect you from future infections. 

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To remove FreeCodecPack, follow these steps:

Eliminate FreeCodecPack from Windows systems

If you want to uninstall FreeCodecPack form Windows OS, follow these 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 FreeCodecPack and related programs
    Here, look for FreeCodecPack 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 FreeCodecPack 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 FreeCodecPack 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'

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

Erase FreeCodecPack 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, FreeCodecPack should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete FreeCodecPack from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset your Mozilla Firefox settings after complete PUP elimination:

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

Remove FreeCodecPack 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 FreeCodecPack 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 FreeCodecPack removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate FreeCodecPack 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 FreeCodecPack 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 FreeCodecPack removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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