cWhat kind of software is FLB Music?
FLB Music is one of the ChromeLoader malware variants. It is an advertising-supported application disguised as a media player. It generates unwanted advertisements and enables the malware to load modules for network communication and DHCP snooping. Our team discovered the FLB Music application after downloading an ISO file from a deceptive page.
More about FLB Music
FLB Music runs in the Task Manager as "FLB Music". It performs click fraud by clicking on various advertisements to increase ad revenue. Also, FLB Music allows the malware to load additional modules for network communication and DHCP snooping. It can also display unwanted advertisements.
Clicking on ads generated by FLB Music may open malicious websites, technical support scam pages, phishing sites, etc. Also, it may cause unwanted downloads or even installations. In addition to displaying ads, FLB Music may be gathering sensitive information.
FLB Music is an untrustworthy application, one of the variants of ChromeLoader malware that should be removed immediately.
|Name||Ads by FLB Music|
|Detection Names (ISO File)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (FLB Music)||Gridinsoft (Trojan.Heur!.02044823), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More about ChromeLoader
FLB Music is not the only ChromeLoader malware variant. Other variants are disguised as other programs (e.g., utilities helping users to find subtitles for movies and TV shows) and have different capabilities. Those variants can destroy systems, deploy ransomware, and perform other malicious activities.
How did adware install on my computer?
FLB Music is distributed via a deceptive website that downloads an ISO file. FLB Music gets installed after launching its installer from the ISO file and completing the installation steps. Also, the ISO file mentioned above could be distributed via browser redirects and YouTube video comments.
In other cases, advertising-supported software is distributed via fake installers, software bundles, and dubious advertisements. Users install adware alongside other software when they finish installations without changing "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", or similar settings.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download software only from official websites (or stores). Never use shady pages, P2P networks, third-party downloaders and stores, free file hosting pages, etc., to download apps or files. Also, do not trust ads appearing on suspicious websites. Never agree to receive notifications from pages claiming that you have to click the "Allow" button to perform certain actions.
Deselect unwanted applications (change the settings provided in installers) before finishing software installations. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Website promoting the FLB Music application:
ISO file and its contents:
FLB Music's user interface:
FLB Music running in the Task Manager as "FLB Music":
Update November 11, 2022 - Cyber criminals have recently started spreading FLB Music adware using VHD installers. The entire distribution method is exactly the same, the only difference is that the installer comes in VHD instead of ISO file format.
Screenshot of FLB Music adware's VHD installer ("Your File Is Ready To Download.vhd"):
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced IT 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 FLB Music?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 unwanted browser add-ons:
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 all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by flb music, 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 plug-ins 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 all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by flb music 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 flb music, 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.
Post a comment:
If you have additional information on ads by flb music or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Typically, adware diminishes the Internet browsing experience by showing intrusive ads and slows down a computer. ChromeLoader malware variants (adware-type apps from this malware campaign) can destroy systems, encrypt files, steal information, and cause other issues.
What does adware do?
Typically, adware bombards with annoying advertisements. In addition to showing ads, software of this type can hijack web browsers and gather information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
One of their income channels is affiliate programs. They participate in affiliate programs to monetize adware by promoting various pages, products, services, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner remove FLB Music adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and completely remove FLB Music and other installed adware. It will not leave any data in the system. Removing adware automatically instead of manually is recommended to avoid leaving some of its components in the system.