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.
- STEP 5. Remove FLV Runner Toolbar redirect from Safari.
FLV Runner Toolbar removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "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 malicious add-ons 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 removal of the flv runner virus, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions 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 to have problems with removal of the flv runner virus, 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 wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla 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.
Computer users who have problems with flv runner virus 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 the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
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.
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. 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove flv runner virus from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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