Free FLV Converter Ads

Also Known As: Free FLV Converter Virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Free FLV Converter removal instructions

What is Free FLV Converter?

The Free FLV Converter browser plugin is created by a company called Denco Limited. This browser extension is advertised as a useful plugin allowing users to convert songs and videos into different formats. While such functionality may seem legitimate, computer users should be aware that Free FLV Converter is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. The plugin infiltrates browsers (Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent (when downloading or installing free software) and generates intrusive in-text and pop-up ads.

free flv converter virus homepage

Furthermore, this add-on track users' Internet browsers activity by recording browser type, IP addresses, websites visited, and other information. At time of research, this adware infiltrated browsers via deceptive freeware 'download clients' and fake downloads (fake browser updates and fake Java updates). While this browser extension is not technically a virus or malware, its presence on your system can lead to security infections (when clicking third party ads displayed by this plugin) and privacy issues. Therefore you are advised to remove Free FLV Converter adware from your Internet browser/s.

The Free FLV Converter plugin is similar to other potentially unwanted applications, which infiltrate browsers through freeware downloads. Examples include Media Player Enhance, OptOn, and Shopop. While these plug-ins are advertised as being useful, they add no real value since their main purpose is to generate revenue from the display of intrusive online ads. To avoid installation of adware, Internet users should be attentive when downloading free software. Today, most free software download websites use download clients to monetize their free services. Download clients are small programs offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen freeware. Some download clients are very deceptive, and thus, it is important to inspect each download step carefully. If your download is managed by a download client, skip installation of Free FLV Converter or any other adware by clicking the 'decline' button. If you have already installed the plugin, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browser/s.

Free FLV Converter installer:

Free FLV Converter installer

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Quick menu:

Free FLV Converter ads 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 flv converter uninstall using Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Free FLV Converter", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Free FLV Converter ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Free FLV Converter ads from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Free FLV converter from Intenret Explorer step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "FreeFLVConverter", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing Free FLV converter from Intenret Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the free flv converter 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.

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

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Free FLV converter from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "FreeFLVConverter".

Removing Free FLV Converter from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with free flv converter virus 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the free flv converter virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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:
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