FLV Runner Toolbar
Also Known As: FLV Runner Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Low
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
FLV Runner Toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.conduit.com and akaQA.com ?
What is FLV Runner?
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.
- What is FLV Runner Toolbar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall FLV Runner Toolbar applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.conduit.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove search.conduit.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.conduit.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
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".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "FLV Runner Toolbar", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to this website, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove FLV Runner Toolbar from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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 the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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.
If you continue having problems with the removal of this browser hijacker, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove FLV Runner Toolbar from FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "FLV Runner".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to this website, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
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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