FLV Runner Toolbar

By | August 24, 2012 | 13 Comments

FLV Runner Toolbar is considered as an adware program. It is utilized to deploy a hated search bar called search.conduit.com. Installation of this adware can result to browser redirect, homepage modification, and added toolbars.

Home page setting of the affected browser will reveal a new search bar that is unknown t many. As you can see in the image below, it is set to flvrunner.ourtoolbar.com. The hijacker however is harmless. Except for some annoying redirects, there are no reports that FLV Runner Toolbar puts the system in danger.

Some may consider the infiltration of FLV Runner Toolbar into one’s PC as virus attack. Then again, we would like to inform users that it is listed in the category of adware. In fact, this program will require user’s intervention to be installed. It is commonly bundled with other programs that you may obtain while visiting unknown sites and downloading multimedia player.

To remove FLV Runner Toolbar, uninstalling the program from add/remove of Windows is not enough. You also need to remove relevant add-ons and extensions from the affected browser. See the complete procedures below.

Signs and symptoms for the presence of FLV Runner Toolbar (flvrunner.ourtoolbar.com)

If FLV Runner Toolbar exists on the computer, user may immediately notice a sudden change in browser’s homepage. Instead of the default settings, FLV Runner Toolbar and search will took over the home page. See the screenshot image below. Also, security programs may pop-up an alert about identified threat called PUP.Optional.FLVPlayerAddon.A.

FLV Runner Toolbar

Follow these Procedures to Remove FLV Runner Toolbar

Procedure 1: Uninstall FLV Runner Toolbar from Windows Control Panel

1. Begin the removal process by uninstalling the adware program from Windows. To do this, we need to open Control Panel. Please ensure that you are logon with the Administrative privilege to access this function.

Accessing Windows 10 Control Panel

- Click on the Windows Start button at lower left corner of the screen.
- Type Control Panel on the search box, and click on its icon on the search result.
- Alternatively, you can just press Windows + X on the keyboard to display Quick Access Menu. Then, click Control Panel.

How to access Control Panel in Windows 8

- The easiest way to access Control Panel on Windows 8 is through the Search function.
- Simply press Windows Key + Q on your keyboard to display the Charms Bar. Alternatively, you can drag mouse pointer to lower-right portion of desktop until the Charms Bar slide-out.
- Click on the Magnifying Glass icon and search for 'Control Panel'. Click the item on the result to access this feature.

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How to access Control Panel in Windows XP, Windows Vista/ 7

- Click on Start button that can be found on bottom left corner of the screen.
- From the list, choose Control Panel to access settings of Windows and make the needed changes.

Cpanel Win7

2. Under Programs, click on Uninstall a program. It will open a program and features window where-in you can uninstall, change, or repair installed software.

3. Look for adware title or any suspicious name that was installed recently. To do this, you need to arrange the items chronologically. Click on 'Installed On' to display the latest program that looks unfamiliar.

As observed, this pop-up is also linked to known malware. You may also look for and delete the following names that were identified with FLV Runner Toolbar: FLV Runner Toolbar, Conduit, MySearch

Uninstall Item

4. Click on Uninstall button to remove the program automatically.
5. If it prompts for confirmation, please click OK to proceed.

Procedure 2: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Installed Anti-virus Program

1. In troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of FLV Runner Toolbar. Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start Windows 8 / Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Please restart the computer and as soon as it begins to start, please press Shift + F8 keys.
- Instead of seeing Advance Boot Options, latest version of Windows will display Recovery Mode. Continue with the given steps until you reach Safe Mode function.
- Click on 'See advanced repair options'.

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- Then, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, please select Advanced options.
- On the next window, please choose Windows Startup Settings.
- Lastly, click on Restart button. Windows 8 / Windows 10 will now restart and boot into Advanced Boot Option wherein you can run the system in Safe Mode with Networking.

win8-safemode

Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP/Vista/7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.

win7-safemode

2. Once your Windows is running in Safe Mode, open your installed anti-virus programs and update it to the most recent version by automatically downloading necessary updates.

3. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all identified threats. Do not restart or turn off the computer after the scan process. You still need to run another scan. Please follow the next procedure.

Procedure 3: Scan and remove FLV Runner Toolbar files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove FLV Runner Toolbar, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download FLV Runner Toolbar Removal Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.
2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.
3. Once update has completed. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.

Procedure 4: Reset Affected Internet Browser

Reset browser settings of Google Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome browser
2. Type this in the address bar chrome://settings/
3. Navigate at the end of the page and click on Show advanced settings
4. At the bottom of the page, click on Reset settings to remove all changes made by FLV Runner Toolbar

Reset Google Chrome

Reset Internet Explorer Settings:

1. Open Internet Explorer software
2. Navigate to top menu and click Tools > Internet Options
3. On Internet Options window, select Advanced tab
4. In order to reverse modifications caused by FLV Runner Toolbar, click on Reset button to bring back Internet Explorer's settings to their default condition.

Internet Explorer

Reset Firefox to its default state:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox program
2. Navigate to top menu and Open Help Menu. Then, select on Troubleshooting Information
3. Click on Refresh Firefox button to erase the effect of FLV Runner Toolbar

Reset Firefox

Procedure 5: Run Qualys Browser Check

Qualys Browser Check performs a security examination on your browser including installed plug-ins and add-ons. At the end of the scan, this tool will recommend on what to remove and give you steps to resolve any vulnerabilities found on the browser.

1. Open Internet browser application that is affected by FLV Runner Toolbar.
2. Click Here to visit Qualys Browser Check web site.
3. Next, click on "Install Plug-in" button. You must accept the Terms and Conditions to proceed.

Install Browser Check Plugin

4. After installing the plug-in, Qualys Browser Check will download the host application. This is required to check and remove FLV Runner Toolbar and any other malicious add-ons and extensions.
5. Once finished downloading, please Open or Run the file to install needed data.
6. Restart the browser after installing the tool.
7. Next, click on the Qualys Browser Check icon on the browser to begin the scan.

Run Browser Check

8. Once finished scanning your browser, the tool will display a recommendation. It will advise removing FLV Runner Toolbar extension. Also, there will be other programs and plug-ins that requires updating to make your online surfing secure.

Protect your PC from FLV Runner Toolbar or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

SEE MORE : Comprehensive steps to activate SmartScreen Filter

Google Chrome's Enable Phishing and Malware Protection

With Google Chrome's Phishing and Malware Detection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable Phishing and Malware Protection, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome (3-Bars Icon) located on top right corner of the browser.
3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
4. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
5. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Enable phishing and malware protection'.

Chrome Security Settings

6. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

SEE MORE : Enable Phishing and Malware Protection on Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Open Menu. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

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13 thoughts on “FLV Runner Toolbar

  1. Michael

    Just wondering if installing malwarebytes is absolutely necessary in getting rid of everything linked to the flv toolbar as this is the only thing that has been accidently installed on my laptop?

  2. wilbert

    If you can remove flv toolbar completely, then there is no way to install mbam. But, if you are not yet certain with your manual removal, installing the free mbam is necessary. After installing, run a scan and delete identified malware. Then you can uninstall the program anytime you want.

  3. Butterfly

    I have this spent last 4 hours tonight. IHOw get rid of this stuff? I don’t want them on my laptop at all.

  4. Beth

    For Mac users on Firefox, the FLV file is easily uninstalled. Go to –> TOOLS and click on ADD-ONS.
    You’ll see the FLV file in the list. Click on REMOVE. Easy.

  5. Beth

    For Mac users on Firefox, the FLV file is easily uninstalled. Go to –> TOOLS and click on ADD-ONS.
    You’ll see the FLV file in the list. Click on REMOVE. Easy.

  6. Glenn Balouza

    Hello Beth, and thanks for your comments. I have done what you said, which is the same as what FLV say, and I have had no luck. If I uninstall my Firefox, will I lose the FLV that way? And will any of my settings be affected? Many thanks, Glenn

  7. D A Maccullie

    I have been unsuccessful in deleting FLV runner B Customized Web..Please Help.

  8. Rob

    I tried everything to remove flv runner toolbar. Eventually i paid £20 to have my hard drive formatted and windows reinstalled. Its worth it, and malwarebytes was put on too. Peace at last

  9. Alan Fontana

    Thanks Beth, the Mac uninstall did not work at first. Then I click/ held the mouse over the ‘uninstall’ button longer, and it worked — except for the annoying page sized ads. I removed all cookies not honest enough to use associated website names, and then some. Some cookies were clearly for the annoying ads. When these were deleted, the last of this useless annoyance went away.

    thanks again !

  10. dean

    if you are using Google chrome the all you have to do is click on customise and control Google chrome the 3 lines in the corner the click on tools then click extensions then simple click the bin next to FLV runner b

  11. Muhammad Farazan

    I actually love FLVrunner. Can’t imagine why anyone would want to remove it. Are you sure you understand how to use it?

  12. Patty

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. It worked and I can’t tell you how relieved I am. My stress level over the last five minutes dropped from major irritated intense to very mellow. Life IS worth living again. A thousand times thank you.

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