What is Filmedia?
While inspecting dubious software-promoting websites, our researchers discovered the Filmedia browser extension. This piece of software is endorsed as an easy-access tool for movies. It is supposedly capable of providing the appropriate streaming services when users enter a film's title. However, our analysis of Filmedia revealed that it operates as adware.
Filmedia adware overview
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It displays intrusive advertisements on visited websites and/or other interfaces. The ads promote untrustworthy/harmful webpages and apps, online scams, and even malware. Additionally, some intrusive adverts can make stealthy downloads/installations upon being clicked.
It is noteworthy that any genuine products encountered via adware-delivered ads are most likely promoted by scammers abusing their affiliate programs to obtain illegitimate commissions.
It must be mentioned that advertising-supported software might not run intrusive advertisement campaigns if certain conditions are unsuitable (e.g., incompatible browser/system, specific sites are not visited, etc.). However, regardless of whether Filmedia displays adverts - its presence endangers device/user safety.
Furthermore, Filmedia spies on users' browsing activity. Targeted information may include: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, credit card numbers, and so on. The gathered data can then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
To summarize, the presence of adware like Filmedia on browsers/systems can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Filmedia|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Supposed Functionality||Quick access to film streaming services|
|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, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
We have analyzed thousands of adware samples; ClearBrowser, Super Colors, Zip Like a Pro, and PDF Converter Power are merely some of our latest finds. This software typically appears legitimate and offers "handy" functionalities. However, these functions seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.
How did Filmedia install on my computer?
We acquired Filmedia from its "official" download webpage. Adware is also promoted on scam sites. Both types of pages are typically accessed via redirects caused by websites using rogue advertising networks, intrusive ads, spam browser notifications, mistyped URLs, or installed advertising-supported software (with browser force-opening abilities).
Additionally, intrusive advertisements spread adware. When clicked on, some of these ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.
This software can be bundled (packed together) with ordinary programs as well. Download from dubious channels (e.g., freeware and third-party sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified sources. Furthermore, when installing, it is crucial to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all additions.
We advise caution when browsing since fraudulent and malicious content usually appears legitimate and innocuous. For example, intrusive adverts look harmless yet redirect to unreliable/questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such advertisements and/or redirects, check the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Filmedia, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshots of the websites used to promote Filmedia adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Filmedia?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Filmedia application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Filmedia ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Filmedia' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Filmedia extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Filmedia adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Filmedia", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Filmedia ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Filmedia adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove Filmedia adware using Combo Cleaner:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Filmedia" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by filmedia, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Filmedia" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by filmedia removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by filmedia, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware-delivered ads diminish the browsing experience and promote deceptive/malicious content that can cause serious issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.). This software usually has data tracking functionalities, which make it a privacy threat.
What does adware do?
Adware is designed to display advertisements on visited sites and/or other interfaces. Some types can also cause redirects and collect private information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers generate profit primarily through affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, applications, products, services, and other content.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Filmedia adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan computers and eliminate installed adware-type apps. Note that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be ideal. In some instances, even after the adware has been (manually) removed - remnants (i.e., files) stay hidden within the system. The remaining components might continue running and causing problems. Hence, advertising-supported software must be removed thoroughly.