FLV Runner Toolbar
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Low
FLV Runner Toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.conduit.com and akaQA.com ?
FLV Runner Toolbar is browser add-on powered by conduit. This toolbar adds shortcuts to online radio, social networks, maps, clock, etc. to Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox). On the first sight this toolbar might seem useful, but having this browser add-on installed on your computer could lead to privacy violations, unwanted software installation, and malware infections. As with all conduit-powered toolbars, the FLV Runner browser add-on changes your Internet browser homepage to search.conduit.com
When performing a web search using the search bar presented by the new homepage, computer users are exposed to dubious sponsored search results. While the organic search results are legitimate, the sponsored ones are administered by conduit and could easily lead to installation of other unwanted toolbars or even malware. Moreover, this toolbar redirects Internet users to other websites such as akaqa.com
In summary, FLV Runner toolbar is not technically a computer virus or spyware, however, it is an unwanted browser add-on, which poses a risk to your privacy and computer security.
FLV Runner Toolbar can be downloaded from the ourtoolbar.com website or bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet. If you have willingly downloaded this toolbar and are happy with the services that you receive, you do not have to take any action. Nevertheless, you should express great caution when using the conduit-powered search bar and other web applications presented in the FLV Runner browser add-on, as they are capable of installing unwanted third party software and malware on your computer. To remove FLV Runner Toolbar, use the removal guide provided.
FLV Runner Toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "FLV Runner Toolbar", select it and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "FLV Runner Toolbar" select it and click Remove.
After uninstalling FLV Runner Toolbar scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
FLV Runner Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove FLV Runner Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for FLV Runner Toolbar related entries (FLV Runner Toolbar) and disable them. To change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove FLV Runner Toolbar from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "FLV Runner", select it and click on the trash can icon. To change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.conduit.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Remove FLV Runner Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "FLV Runner". To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in FLV Runner Toolbar distribution:
To avoid installation of FLV Runner Toolbar be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove FLV Runner Toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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