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Project Free TV. Is it safe or could lead my computer at risk?

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Project Free TV is a legit movie streaming site that may lead to malware infections

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Questions about Project Free TV

Project Free TV is a legitimate movie streaming site that offers thousands of movies and TV shows to watch. However, the domain is known to be associated with adware as it causes numerous pop-ups which constantly load and interrupt users' routine. Once the users are made to click on unsafe links, they are redirected to sponsored websites that might not be safe. Additionally, the provided video content might be copyrighted and be illegal to view. However, in this article, we will focus on security and will try to help you avoid the dangers related to ProjectFreeTV.

Summary
Name ProjectFreeTV
Type TV streaming site
Category Adware
Main dangers Installation of unsafe or malicious software
Infiltration Accidental clicks on pop-ups, software bundling
Elimination Check our manual guide below, or use anti-malware software
Optimization Make sure you check your system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to repair virus damage

Project Free TV virus has already changed its domain name several times now. Most probably, it was due to the copyright issues. However, it remains one of the most popular sites for people who want to watch movies online for free. At the moment, it seems that it is safe.

However, multiple users reported that they got tricked with fake Flash Player updates or other pop-ups. After that, they found Conduit virus installed on their PCs. Additionally, some users said that they have been asked to provide personal details while using ProjectFreeTV:[1]

The site is asking me to validate my email address with a credit card. is this something I should have to do?

Thanks?

Please never provide any personal details on suspicious websites. Only trusted sources should have access to your credit card details; otherwise, they might end up sold on the black market, which consequently would result in stolen money or identity theft.

Also, you should always pay attention to the piracy-related[2] concerns and problems that are usually cannot be separated from such websites. Besides, this site is also known for displaying intrusive, aggressive and even dangerous ads. Project Free TV ads might show up as pop-ups, banners and even sound ads.

Project Free TV pop-ups and redirects might show up when browsing the database and looking for the desired movie or trying to create (or login) to a personal account. After clicking one of such messages, you might be redirected to some unknown website. These redirects are definitely annoying and can diminish your browsing quality.

No matter how harmless this Project Free TV redirect tendency seems, keep in mind that you can easily end up on a fake tech support site[3], a phishing domain or a simply infected website. Thus, if you use this entertainment site, we highly recommend protecting the computer with reputable antivirus or anti-malware program, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to protect your device from threats. Project Free TV removal is recommended as well.

The illustration of Project Free TV Project Free TV allows watching popular movies and TV shows for free. However, this website is full of suspicious online ads.

Streaming data will not harm your PC, but clicking on ads will

After the latest reports, Project Free TV has been found to be not harmful. However, as we have mentioned, you should use it carefully because of suspicious online ads that might redirect you to high-risk websites. These websites have a tendency to work on tricking users into revealing their personally non-identifiable or personally identifiable information[4] or, in the worst-case scenario, they may fool their victims into downloading potentially unwanted programs, such as adware and browser hijackers.

What is more, some of our users have reported that they noticed frequent redirects to Project Free TV site. This website has been promoted aggressively with the help of adware[5] programs.

This potentially unwanted program (PUP) can easily show up on your web browser right after downloading freeware or shareware[6] to your computer. As soon as Project Free TV application sneaks inside, it alters your browser’s settings (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.) and start its aggressive advertising campaigns.

In this case, you will need to remove Project Free TV ads using a reputable anti-spyware program. It’s the easiest way to get rid of all undesired apps that might have entered the system.

Increased amount of online ads might be the sign of an adware infection

According to Project Free TV, its ads are caused by third parties that seek to increase web traffic to their sites and collect sales. The company in its Disclaimer claims that it doesn't have to take any responsibility for them. However, it seems that it hasn't blocked these ads for another reason – they help their project stay alive.

Thus, if you continue using Project Free TV site, we recommend ignoring all intrusive ads. No matter that ProjectFreeTV hasn't been noticed to spread viruses, its files may be filled with optional components and may trick you into downloading Babylon ToolbarFunmoodsConduit and other potentially unwanted programs. After that, you may start suffering from such inconveniences as redirects, slow downs and unwanted pop-up ads that may interrupt you during your browsing.

Project Free TV redirectsWhile the site itself is not malicious, its hosted ads may be. Additionally, the videos shared on the site could be illegal

Ways to protect yourself from Project Free TV dangers

To protect your computer from this and other adware-type programs, you should be very attentive when downloading files from the Internet. You should double check files when downloading something from this site as well because some of them may be used to spread adware and browser hijackers.

In order to stay safe, you should select Custom or Advanced installation method when downloading freeware to your computer. In addition, you should try to find all suspicious statements and uncheck them.

We have briefly mentioned that some of adware programs might also initiate redirects to Project Free TV site as well and display ads promoting this service. This problem might have occurred during the incorrect installation of freeware or shareware as well.

As we have already explained, in order to avoid this situation, you have to choose Advanced/Custom installation settings instead of Quick/Recommended. Thus, if you’re dealing with this problem, the next section of the article will be useful to you.

Getting rid of Project Free TV virus

Regular Project Free TV users cannot escape these annoying ads. However, they should be careful and at least avoid clicking them. It helps preventing cyber infections and keep your personal data protected. Of course, the best decision is never to visit this site full of questionable ads again. However, it may not be suitable for everyone.

Meanwhile, if you suspect that your computer is infected with an adware program that is responsible for redirecting to this video streaming site, you have to take care of computer’s state. In order to remove Project Free TV virus, you have to find the adware program and uninstall it. It might show up in the Programs list in the Control Panel, or it may have expanded the list of browser extensions.

Our instructions provided below will help you investigate the system and find the core of the problem. However, you can always speed up Project Free TV removal by employing anti-malware program.

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To remove Project Free TV, follow these steps:

Delete Project Free TV from Windows systems

Follow the steps below to remove Project Free TV from Windows. Make sure you look up for potentially unwanted programs that might be initiating redirects to this website.

To remove Project Free TV 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 Project Free TV (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 Project Free TV from Mac OS X system

To remove the virus from Mac, follow these instructions. They will help you locate suspicious applications that may have sneaked into the device and started displaying intrusive ads.

  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 Project Free TV 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 Project Free TV from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the instructions to clean all suspicious elements from Internet Explorer that might be responsible for displaying annoying ads.

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 Project Free TV 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, Google.com).
  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 Project Free TV removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Project Free TV from Microsoft Edge

Make sure that any suspicious components haven't been installed to 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 Project Free TV-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

Reset MS Edge if that 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

Remove Project Free TV from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

From the list of Firefox's extensions remove all apps that might be related to Project Free TV.

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 Project Free TV and click Remove.Remove extensions from 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

In case Project Free TV 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 Project Free TV removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Project Free TV from Google Chrome

We suggest looking for suspicious browser extensions and resetting Google Chrome. These two tasks are important if you are suffering from Project Free TV redirects.

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 Project Free TV 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Project Free TV-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 Project Free TV removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Project Free TV from Safari

Follow the steps below to get rid of all unwanted activities in the browser.

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Project Free TV 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

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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  1. BRYIANS5 says:
    March 20th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    THIS IS SO FAKE. PROJECT FREE TV WEBSITE HAS NO ADWARE/SPYWARE/VIRUS AT ALL. JUST ADVERTISEMENTS YOU CAN CLOSE WILLINGLY. THEY SHOW YOU THIS SO YOU ARE SCARED AND DONT VISIT THE SITE SO YOU PAY TO WATCH THEIR TV SHOWS. DONT LISTEN. DONT PAY.

  2. Stiks says:
    March 23rd, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    None of the ads come from project free tv. They come from the places the videos were uploaded to like VODLocker and allmyvideos.net. All Project free tv does is list where the videos are at. PFTv really does have nothing to do with it and also no way to block the ads from their side besides just removing the streams as a whole and then what would even be the point of having the site.

    i could show at least 5 other sites that are the same way cause they use the exact same videos some have more some have less listed.
    just get an ad block extension for your browser and poof ads gone (well besides one stream storage site that occasionally is able to force a pop-under past the ad blocker)

  3. Anne says:
    April 18th, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Since yesterday, April 17th, its impossible to watch any episode on Project FreeTV. I open the page and it immediatetly within a split second connects to:

    https://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&p=download+abo+edo+auload+rek+flashplay&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdownland.aboedo.us%2FFlashplay%2FRek%2FDE%2Fauload.html%3Finstaller%3DFlash_Player_11_for_Other_Browsers%26browser_type%3DKHTML%26dualoffer%3Dfalse&src=toolbar&nrd=1&fr=slv502-

    or
    http://update.flashs-players.info/Player1/C/update-de.php?installer=Flash_Player_11_for_Other_Browsers&browser_type=KHTML&dualoffer=false

    Ive tried it with various browsers, its the same with each. Ive been using the site for years to watch TV shows. and it always worked, however now its impossible due to the change of page. My Firewall and Virus Scanner alerts me each time that it is a malicious thread.

  4. Robino says:
    April 29th, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I went to this site. It asked me to download an .exe file. No thanks. Seriously cant be legit. Not subjecting my system to their garbage.

  5. Bellis says:
    May 31st, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Project Free TV is just an aggregator of links to streaming videos– They state pretty clearly that any pop-ups or suspect messages that show up whilst watching are from the videos original source and suggest you try a different link.

  6. Ria says:
    June 30th, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Project TV is full of Malware. I open one show and it totally screwed up my computer. Wanted me to download new programs for no reason. Ive been cleaning it up ever since. Regardless of where it comes from when on this site you are going to get CRAP that will infect your computer. PIA….lots.

  7. gunzmith says:
    July 18th, 2014 at 3:22 am

    yes project free tv really has annoying audio ads a and popups…in fact one is playing right now on my puter..the audio seems to be mostly crap to delibertly interfere with your movie viewing so they are probley hacked by big media companies trying to shut them down because they are free

  8. gunzmith says:
    July 18th, 2014 at 3:23 am

    the best thing to do is pause the movie until the audio crap quits

  9. srsly guise says:
    March 6th, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    So why arent you ppl using adblock?

  10. steve says:
    March 21st, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    i registered to project free tv how can i remove it

  11. Not amused. says:
    May 21st, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Bullshit that the ads only come from the video uploading sites. As soon as you get on the main page or click a single link the ads/popups start. Use the search box, popups. Click the name of a show, popups. Thats not tied to any videos. Plus some of the popups then have popup alerts stuck in an endless loop when you click “ok”, forcing you to have to quit the browser and reopen it.

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