BaseFlash is a browser extension created by the company Baseflash LLC that is compatible with the commonly used browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox). BaseFlash aims to enhance the browsing experience of the PC user by displaying advertisements and website content that is related to the interests of that user. The functionality of BaseFlash seems to be legitimate, but the computer experts categorize it as a potentially unwanted application and adware. Technically BaseFlash is not a virus, but the numerous advertisements it display may compromise the safety of your system.
How Does BaseFlash Enter the User’s Computer?
BaseFlash usually is installed along with freeware and shareware that PC users download online. The developers of such software use a marketing method known as bundling. Even if this method is legal, the free software installers do not properly reveal the additional applications for installation along with the free program. In order to avoid unwanted installations on your computer, you should always choose the Advanced or Custom options.
The Effect of BaseFlash on the Computer
Once installed BaseFlash starts generating interstitial advertisements, pop-ups and pop-unders, as well as intrusive banners and sponsored links. The BaseFlash ads may further redirect the user to potentially unsafe websites.
This add-on may track the user’s browsing activity on the Internet, record the IP addresses, the web pages visited, the antivirus programs that are installed on the computer, as well as other information.
The presence of BaseFlash may lead to serious security threats if the user decides to click on ads that are generated by this plugin.
How to Keep the PC from BaseFlash
BaseFlash is similar to programs like Zapp, OkitSpace, Coupon Clipster, SmartSaver+. All these plug-ins claim to improve the Internet browsing experience of the users, however the result is diminished performance of the browser and generation of many ads.
PC users should be very cautious when they download and install freeware if they want to avoid the installation of potentially unsafe or unwanted applications. During the download process, they should inspect every step and decline the installation of advertised browser plug-ins.
In order to avoid the installation of any bundled adware, the PC users should choose the Advanced or Custom installation options instead of Quick or Typical options.
BaseFlash Prevention Tips
- Scan the computer using a reliable antivirus program
- Use an antimalware product
Spy Hunter FREE scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the malware tool.
- Guide 1: How to Remove BaseFlash from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of BaseFlash from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove BaseFlash from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase BaseFlash from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall BaseFlash from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove BaseFlash from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate BaseFlash from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove BaseFlash from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove BaseFlash
Step 2: Uninstall BaseFlash 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by BaseFlash on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by BaseFlash there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of BaseFlash from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall BaseFlash and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 BaseFlash 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
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.
Remove BaseFlash 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.
Erase BaseFlash 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.
Uninstall BaseFlash 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.
Remove BaseFlash 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the BaseFlash will be removed.
Eliminate BaseFlash 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.