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Remove FreeSoftToday

removal by Alice Woods - -   Also known as FreeSoftToday ads, ads by FreeSoftToday | Type: Adware

What is FreeSoftToday?

FreeSoftToday is one of these programs that have many different labels: some PC security experts identify it as ‘potentially unwanted program’ or adware, others say that it’s a virus. In fact, we can’t say that this program is malicious and should be used with an extreme carefulness. However, there are several things that bother us. The most important thing that has made us to start thinking about the main aims of this program is its distribution technique. Beware that this application may show up on your computer either with or without your approval. If you want to avoid its unexpected appearance, you should carefully monitor installation of the freeware by using tips that are given below. In addition, beware that FreeSoftToday may start causing annoying activity on your computer. After hijacking each of its web browsers, this program may start showing you ‘ads by FreeSoftToday’, ‘FreeSoftToday ads’, ‘by FreeSoftToday’, ‘brought to you by FreeSoftToday’ and similar alerts. If you have already noticed continuous redirects on your browser, annoying pop-up advertisements and other unexpected things, you should check your computer for FreeSoftToday because it might be that this program managed to infiltrate it. Note that it can appear not only on those machines that run Windows OS. It can also show up on machines that run OS X, iOS, and Android. After doing so, it may also initiate tracking of user’s browsing habits. It is known that this program collects information, which is related to people’s mostly visited websites and data that they enter when visiting them. However, it may also get ability to know what your email address or PC’s IP address/location is. We don’t recommend ignoring this. If you want to protect yourself, you should remove FreeSoftToday adware. You can do that with a help of these programs: Reimage orWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus..

HOW CAN FreeSoftToday hijack MY COMPUTER?

FreeSoftToday is mostly distributed in a bundle with freeware and shareware. In order to avoid this app, you have to pay more attention to the installation process of such programs. Typically, you should find the check mark that agrees to install FreeSoftToday and deselect it. This can be done by choosing Custom or Advanced installation method of the freeware and then carefully following every installation step of the freeware. If this program has already infiltrated your machine, we can guess that you see continuous ads that are bothering you and interrupting you during each of your browsing sessions. Typically, they are filled with information about various offers, coupons and discounts and then are filled with various links. Be sure that you avoid these links because they may trick you into visiting unknown and suspicious websites. No matter how trustworthy they look, they are displayed only for money making. We don’t recommend leaving FreeSoftToday on the system.


If you noticed continuous pop-up notifications from FreeSoftToday, you should waste no time and remove this program. For that you can use a guide below:

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To remove FreeSoftToday, follow these steps:

Uninstall FreeSoftToday 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 FreeSoftToday and related programs
    Here, look for FreeSoftToday 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'

Eliminate FreeSoftToday 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 FreeSoftToday 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'

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

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

Get rid of FreeSoftToday 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 FreeSoftToday 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 FreeSoftToday removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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

Uninstall FreeSoftToday 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 FreeSoftToday 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 FreeSoftToday removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Rachael says:
    January 29th, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Hi, I managed to remove FREESOFTTODAY from my compter, however after dropping it and getting it fixed it seemed to go back to an older setting and it was installed again, and this time when i went to uninstall it the message: Message file: “C:/Program files/fst_au_4/unins000.msg” is missing. PLease correct the porblem or obtain a new copy of the program”
    What does this mean and how to i uninstall it again? Thanks

  2. bill breen says:
    August 6th, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I have the same problem. How do I fix it!

  3. Raceer says:
    February 2nd, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I deleted it but once in a while it tells me to update it. What do I do?

  4. Eric M. says:
    July 7th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I removed the software two times, and the second time it was under a file name “ast_us_39” or something similar. But before I removed it the second time I did a file search for “freesofttoday” and the name of the second install. When a folder popped up, it had a file within with a “.cyl” file in it. I deleted it permanently and proceeded with the uninstall. I thought it was gone for good, but recently I briefly saw the icon appear in my status bar, then disappear. Is that bad? I swear to god I saw it. I havent seen it since but this is quite scary to see. Any recommendations???

  5. Alejandro P. says:
    July 11th, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Ive deleted freesofttoday every day for the past week and a half cause it keeps reinstalling at around 5 pm I need a permanent solution

  6. Huter says:
    July 16th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    What i noticed is a fst_ folder in my users/(my name cause its my folder) then in local inside there that is where the freesoft is comming from but it is constantly running in the backround so tou have to go to task manager and then click advanced and end all backround tasks then it will let u delete it

  7. Phil9028 says:
    December 29th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I have been trying to get rid of freesofttoday for what seems forever. I have tried all the above including the safe mode uninstall appdataroute HELP!!

  8. Jason says:
    May 26th, 2015 at 11:11 am

    To remove I tried (using windows 8) click on files > then in the left hand menu computer, then in the top right search bar where it says Search computer type in freesofttoday. It will then bring up any files with that name, right click on them and delete them.

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