Free Malware Removal Tool Unwanted Application

Also Known As: Free Malware Removal Tool potentially unwanted program
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Free Malware Removal Tool removal instructions

What is Free Malware Removal Tool?

Developers present Free Malware Removal Tool as an "outstanding" anti-virus suite. Initially, Free Malware Removal Tool may seem legitimate and useful, however, this software often infiltrates systems without permission and delivers no real value for regular users. For these reasons, Free Malware Removal Tool is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

Free Malware Removal Tool unwanted application

Free Malware Removal Tool provides a feature allowing users to perform a 'full system scan'. After scanning the system, it displays hundreds of potential infections/threats and encourages users to remove them immediately. It is also stated that the 'free version' of Free Malware Removal Tool is not capable of performing this removal function. Therefore, users are encouraged to purchase the 'full version'. Be aware, however, that Free Malware Removal Tool is designed only to trick users into paying. The entire list of infections is false - your system is likely to be optimized and virus-free. Cyber criminals generate revenue by extorting money from unsuspecting users. Rather than delivering any real value, Free Malware Removal Tool will simply clean the false list. This PUP does not protect against any infections or attacks. Therefore, it should be uninstalled immediately. As mentioned above, Free Malware Removal Tool typically infiltrates systems without permission and there is a high probability that it came together with a number of other PUPs. In most cases, potentially unwanted programs do three things: 1) deliver intrusive advertisements [adware]; 2) modify web browser options [browser hijackers], and; 3) gather various information [typically, many types of data]. As with Free Malware Removal Tool, all potentially unwanted programs must be uninstalled immediately.

Free Malware Removal Tool is virtually identical to PCMax, Advanced PC Care, System Keeper, and many others. By offering 'useful features', PUPs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, these programs are designed only to help developers generate passive revenue. Therefore, rather than giving any real value for regular users, PUPs deliver intrusive online advertisements (via the "Pay Per Click" [PPC] advertising model), cause unwanted redirects (thereby promoting rogue sites), gather sensitive information (which is later sold to third parties), and, in this case, promote in-app purchases.

How did Free Malware Removal Tool install on my computer?

This PUP has an official download website, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, Free Malware Removal Tool often infiltrates systems without permission. Developers proliferate these programs using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. Intrusive advertisements redirect to malicious websites and run scripts that download and install malware/PUPs, whilst bundling is stealth installation of third party programs together with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes. Many users click advertisements and skip download/installation steps, thereby exposing their systems to risk of various infections and compromising their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, to prevent system infiltration by PUPs, be very careful when browsing the Internet and, especially when downloading/installing software. Intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, as criminals invest many resources into their design, however, they lead to dubious sites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.) If you encounter these redirects, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, select "Custom/Advanced" settings, carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes, and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. Your apps should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party download/installation tools should never be used, since criminals monetize them by promoting PUPs (the "bundling" method). Having a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running is also essential.

Free Malware Removal Tool installation tool:

Free Malware Removal Tool installation setup

Screenshot of Free Malware Removal Tool potentially unwanted program:

Free Malware Removal Tool PUP

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Quick menu:

Free Malware Removal Tool PUP removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Free Malware Removal Tool adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Free Malware Removal Tool", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Free Malware Removal Tool ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Free Malware Removal Tool did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Free Malware Removal Tool ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Free Malware Removal Tool ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the free malware removal tool potentially unwanted program, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Free Malware Removal Tool  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing Free Malware Removal Tool ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the free malware removal tool potentially unwanted program, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Free Malware Removal Tool ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Free Malware Removal Tool ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with free malware removal tool potentially unwanted program removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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