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This article informs users about the impacts caused by Freeformsnow.com redirect and provides help for the removal process of this potentially undesired program.

Freeformsnow.com is a website that offers browser extension of the same name. However, in some cases, its extension could infiltrate your system without your knowledge and actually be the reason why you experience redirects to its official website. The redirect could be also caused by another potentially unwanted program installed on the machine. Once installed in a target browser the extension could affect the start page, new tab page and default search engine by configuring them to load Search.hfreeformsnow.com hijacker.

There’s new information as of March 2020 indicating that Freeformsnow continues to affect users by displaying ads. Some users are witnessing ads at the right corners of their desktops.

Threat Summary

NameFreeformsnow.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short DescriptionA website used for the distribution of questionable browser extension that could hijack main browser settings. All modifications could happen without users’ knowledge.
Symptoms Browser homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser could be altered by the undesired FreeFormsNow browser extension. Browser slowdowns could occur due to increased number of online ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Freeformsnow.com – Spread Techniques

Freeformsnow.com redirect is most likely caused by a potentially unwanted program installed on your device. Such programs aim to land on the system unnoticeably. For the purpose, they could be incorporated into the installers of various supposedly useful free third-party apps which could be then uploaded on various software platforms, forums, social media channels and files sharing networks. Unfortunately, last time when you installed a desired third-party freeware, you may have unnoticeably installed the PUP associated with Freeformsnow.com and enable it to invade your browsing sessions. Actually, the PUP that causes redirects to this domain may be an extension of the same name which is promoted on this website:

Freeformsnow.com browser redirect official download extension page sensorstechforum

Most of the times all additional components incorporated into app installers remain hidden so that users could get tricked into installing them unnoticeably. In order to prevent the installation of such undesired extras, you always need to check the information presented in the Advanced or Custom configuration options. Eventually, there you could find an option to opt out the installation of additional undesired programs and continue with the installation of the primary one.

Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari could be affected by Freeformsnow.com redirect.

Freeformsnow.com – More About Its Impact

Freeformsnow.com is a questionable website associated with suspicious browser extension categorized as potentially unwanted program. One explanation for this classification is its intrusive behavior which allows it to gain access to computer systems without notifying users.

Once installed in the browser the extension automatically gains all of the following permissions:

  • Access your data for all websites
  • Monitor extension usage and manage themes
  • Access browser tabs
  • Access browser activity during navigation

freeformsnow browser extension gained permissions sensorstechforum

In addition, it changes the settings of your browser start page, new tab page and default search engine by configuring them to display the main page of Search.hfreeformsnow.com hijacker:

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As long as you are forced to use the rogue search engine of this hijacker you may not be able to access the most relevant and accurate content related to your searches. This is so because the hijacker could be set to display mainly sponsored results visits of which generate profits for its owners.

Additional impact that occurs soon after files associated this hijacker are running on the system is a redirect to the domain https://ext.searchencrypt.com where another deceptive browser extension is promoted:

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An eventual installation of this bogus extension could enable a second hijacker dubbed SearchEncrypt.com to obtain the rights to collect data and promote you useless stuff.

It is very likely that the questionable extension will generate many annoying advertisements during browsing sessions. As a result of the massive amount of ads you could start experiencing browser slowdowns, freezes and sometimes even crashes. In order to understand what could make you more prone to visit sponsored content, the creators of this undesired program have designed it to spy on your online activities. Want to know what they could obtain? Just keep reading.

Freeformsnow.com – Privacy Policy

Most of the details associated with data collection practices performed by Freeformsnow.com are revealed in its privacy policy. The policy could be accessed from the bottom navigation menu presented on its main page. According to the information there as long as you are using services provided by FreeFormsNow you agree with the collection of the following details by default:

  • Search activity when you use web search services (such as search queries) (“Search Data”)
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser language, and the date and time of your request and referral URL span>
  • The source of traffic acquisition
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

Once collected the information may be shared with third-parties of unknown origin or used for the advertising purposes of the company owner – Polarity Technologies Ltd. At worst, it could be obtained by bad actors who intend to use its for their malicious activities.

How to Remove Freeformsnow.com Redirect

In order to remove Freeformsnow.com redirect and all files that enable it to interrupt browsing sessions, you should complete all steps listed in the removal that follows. In it, you will find both manual and automatic removal instructions that could help you to remove this undesired program in full. In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

How to Remove Freeformsnow.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Freeformsnow.com

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Freeformsnow.com and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Freeformsnow.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Freeformsnow.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Freeformsnow.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Freeformsnow.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Freeformsnow.com and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Freeformsnow.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Freeformsnow.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Freeformsnow.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Freeformsnow.com via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Freeformsnow.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Freeformsnow.com from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Freeformsnow.com from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Freeformsnow.com from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Freeformsnow.com from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Freeformsnow.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Freeformsnow.com from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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