Flvto.biz Virus

Also Known As: Ads by flvto.biz
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Flvto[.]biz redirect removal instructions

What is flvto[.]biz?

The flvto[.]biz website that allows conversion of videos downloaded from YouTube into MP3, MP4, and AVI format files free of charge. To achieve this, users must paste a video URL into the flvto[.]biz website and choose the file format. Downloading and converting videos from YouTube using this website is not dangerous (it cannot harm computers), however, these actions are illegal. Furthermore, this website uses advertising networks, and thus users can be redirected to other dubious or malicious websites. Therefore, we recommend that you avoid using flvto[.]biz.

flvto[.]biz pop-up redirects

This website contains ads that might lead to dubious, potentially malicious websites. Clicking pop-up ads that appear while using the flvto[.]biz page might cause download and installation of various potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). These ads can execute scripts that download and install unwanted apps (adware, browser hijackers and other PUAs). Additionally, flvto[.]biz might cause redirects to scam websites used to trick people into downloading unwanted apps or even pay for the software or unnecessary services. Websites of this type often display fake virus alerts, errors, etc. Their purpose is to trick people into downloading PUAs or contacting scammers (who attempt to extort money from users by encouraging them to purchase products, use paid services, etc.). Furthermore, flvto[.]biz encourages visitors to enable 'push notifications' - to show various notifications (including ads, irrelevant news, and so on). In many cases, people grant permission to enable these notifications unintentionally, by accident. Allowing flvto[.]biz to show them might cause unwanted redirects/installations and other problems. Therefore, do not use this page or allow it to show notifications.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by flvto.biz
Threat Type Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads.
Serving IP Address 94.130.238.208
Observed Domains api.flvto.biz, cdn-pa.flvto.biz, cdn.flvto.biz, cdn2.flvto.biz, m.flvto.biz, tracker.flvto.biz, travel.flvto.biz
Related Domains pushance.com, pushnice.com, s7.addthis.com, zukxd6fkxqn.com
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications (adware).
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Removal

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flvto[.]biz is one of many ad-supportive websites that lead people to other dubious pages, show pop-up ads, and so on. The site is very similar to others such as ytmp3[.]cc and clipconverter[.]cc. Typically, these websites are not malicious, however, other websites opened by them (and displayed ads or notifications) might be.

How did adware install on my computer?

Some potentially unwanted applications can be downloaded from promotional websites, however, they are generally installed without users' knowledge (they download and install them unintentionally). This usually happens when they click intrusive ads displayed on untrustworthy websites or download/install software. Developers often employ the "bundling" method, a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into installing (and downloading) unwanted applications with regular software that they download intentionally. Information about the inclusion of unwanted apps within the software set-ups is not properly disclosed. Developers hide the details in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options/settings. Furthermore, many people skip software download/installation steps without checking the settings - this is how PUAs are installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid unwanted downloads and installations, download software from official and trustworthy websites, and not third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients or eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial websites, and so on. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other options during the software download or installation process, especially if the software is free. Deselect all additionally-included applications and only then proceed to the next step or finish the download or installation process. Ads displayed on untrustworthy websites often redirect to other, potentially malicious or suspicious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.). If you experience unwanted redirects and intrusive ads, check your browser for any unwanted/unknown extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons, and remove them immediately. Also apply this to programs installed on your computer. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website opened by flvto[.]biz encouraging visitors to download a PUA:

website opened by flvto.biz encouraging to download unwanted app

Another example of a website opened by flvto[.]biz encouraging visitors to download a PUA:

website opened by flvto.biz encouraging its visitors to download some PUA

A final example of a website opened by flvto[.]biz encouraging visitors to download an unwanted app:

Website opened by flvto.biz encouraging its visitors to download unwanted app

The flvto[.]biz website asking permission to show notifications:

flvto.biz asking for a permission to enable notifications

Appearance of flvto[.]biz website (GIF):

flvto[.]biz website appearance (GIF)

IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.

Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:

Google Chrome (PC):

  • Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
  • Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
  • Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

Google Chrome (Android):

  • Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
  • Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
  • Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
  • Select "Internet options"
  • Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
  • Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
  • Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
  • Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
  • Click the switch under each suspicious website

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
  • Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
  • Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Adware 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.

flvto[.]biz adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes flvto[.]biz redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing flvto[.]biz 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 flvto[.]biz ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by flvto.biz, 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 flvto[.]biz  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 flvto[.]biz ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by flvto.biz, 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 flvto[.]biz 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 flvto[.]biz ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by flvto.biz 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by flvto.biz from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

QR Code
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