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Remove FreeSoftToday (Easy Removal Guide) - 2021 update

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

FreeSoftToday – potentially unwanted program that can take over your browsing


FreeSoftToday is one of these programs with many different labels: some PC security experts identify it as a 'potentially unwanted program' or adware; others say it's a virus. In fact, we can't say that this program is malicious and should be used with extreme carefulness.

However, several things bother us. The most important thing that has made us 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 the installation of the freeware by using the tips that are given below. Also, beware that FreeSoftToday may start causing annoying activity on your computer. After hijacking each of its web browsers, this program may start showing you various banners and popups, labeled as:

  • 'ads by FreeSoftToday'
  • 'FreeSoftToday ads'
  • 'by FreeSoftToday'
  • 'brought to you by FreeSoftToday,' etc. 

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 a user's browsing habits. It is known that this program collects information, which is related to people's most 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 so with the help of robust anti-malware. If the scan reveals more malicious programs, for example, trojans or rootkits, you should also take care of Windows health with ReimageIntego after these threats are eliminated.

Freeware packages include PUPs: be careful when installing new apps

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 checkmarks that agree to install various suspicious apps and deselect them.

This can be done by choosing a 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.

FreeSoftToday can be terminated in a few minutes

If you are still considering whether you should remove FreeSoftToday from your device, you should remember that the app uses insecure Flash Player technology to provide you access to games. Adobe, the developer of the plugin, ceased the support at the start of 2021, which makes usage of it exceptionally unsafe. Flash was frequently abused by malicious actors in the past to deliver all sorts of malware on users' devices automatically.

Thus, do not delay FreeSoftToday removal – you have two options:

  • manual
  • automatic.

If you choose to uninstall the app manually, you can follow the guide we provide below. If you select the automatic option, simply download a powerful anti-malware tool and perform a full system scan. Regardless of which method you choose, you should definitely clean your web browsers thoroughly – we also explain how in the section below. 

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To remove FreeSoftToday, follow these steps:

Uninstall FreeSoftToday from Windows systems

To remove FreeSoftToday from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  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 entries related to FreeSoftToday (or any other recently installed 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.

Eliminate FreeSoftToday from Mac OS X system

Remove FreeSoftToday from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for FreeSoftToday-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 FreeSoftToday, 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 related to FreeSoftToday and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the FreeSoftToday-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete FreeSoftToday from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for FreeSoftToday and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete FreeSoftToday removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase FreeSoftToday 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 FreeSoftToday-related 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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 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

Get rid of FreeSoftToday 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 plugins that are related to FreeSoftToday 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 Options.
  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

In case FreeSoftToday did not get removed after following the instructions above, 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 – this should complete FreeSoftToday removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove FreeSoftToday 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 FreeSoftToday 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 like FreeSoftToday 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 FreeSoftToday-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 to complete FreeSoftToday removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall FreeSoftToday from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to FreeSoftToday 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 FreeSoftToday 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: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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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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