FreeSOFTtoday virus

Also Known As: Free Soft Today adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

FreeSOFTtoday removal instructions

What is FreeSOFTtoday?

FreeSOFTtoday is a program created by company named agence-exclusive, it promises find and display free (or at discounted price) software for it's users. While such functionality may seem legitimate, computer users should know that this program is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Developers of this program are using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling thus, most of computer users install this program without their consent. After successful infiltration this software generates various intrusive third party ads; for example, banners, pop-ups, coupon and in-text advertisements.

free soft today virus

Moreover, this adware tracks user's Internet browsing by recording the domain name of each page users view, the advertisements that appear on these pages, the advertisements that users click, and other information about user's computer and web usage.. In reality, FreeSOFTtoday doesn't add any real value, it's main purpose is to get revenue from generating intrusive online ads. The presence of this adware can lead to malware infections, and privacy issues, it's recommended to eliminate this potentially unwanted program from one's computer.

At the time of research FreeSOFTtoday adware was distributed using deceptive download clients and fake downloads (fake Java updates, fake browser updates, etc.). In most cases Internet users install this program without their consent. FreeSOFTtoday is similar other potentially unwanted applications which infiltrate user's computers using freeware downloads, for example Zombie Alert, SaveNet, and buzz-it. To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted programs, computer users should be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by some download client, be sure to decline installation of advertised browser plug-ins and applications. When installing the already downloaded free program always choose "advanced" or "custom" installation options, this step could reveal installation of any bundled adware. Internet users who have already installed FreeSOFTtoday should use this removal guide to eliminate it from their computers.

Deceptive free software installers used in FreeSoftToday adware distribution:

freesofttoday adware installer sample 2 freesofttoday adware installer

Screenshot of FreeSOFTtoday application:

freesofttoday app

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Quick menu:

FreeSOFTtoday 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.

freesofttoday uninstall via Control Panel

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

At the time of research FreeSOFTtoday installed together with DealPly adware, it's recommended to remove this application.

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program which causes FreeSofttoday ads scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software.

Remove FreeSOFTtoday from Internet browsers:

At the time of research FreeSOFTtoday didn't install it's browser plugins to Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, however it came bundled with DealPly, it's recommended to remove this adware from one's Internet browsers.

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

Internet Explorer logo Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing freesofttoday from Internet 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 "DealPly Shopping" select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing freesofttoday from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the free soft today adware, 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 logo Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing freesofttoday from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "DealPly Shopping" select this entry and click on a trash can icon.

Removing freesofttoday from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the free soft today adware, 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 logo Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing freesofttoday 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 "DealPly Shopping".

Removing freesofttoday from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with free soft today adware 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 soft today adware, 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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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