Flash Media Start is the name of a redirection hijacker, whose main purpose is to heavily modify the web browser Google Chrome (or Firefox and Safari browsers). The primary goal of Flash Media Start is to cause unwanted redirects on your computer, whose primary goal is to lead you to unwanted sites. Since some of those third-party sites can eventually turn out to be scam or malware sites, it is strongly recommended to remove Flash Media Start redirect from your machine. Read this article to learn more about Flash Media Start and how you can safely remove it.
|Type||Browser Redirect Virus|
|Short Description||A browser hijacker that takes over the web browsers of your machine and begins to cause redirects and all forms of ads.|
|Symptoms||You may start to see your home page or new tab page being changed and may ads on your computer appearing in different forms.|
|Distribution Method||Via software bundling or sites falsely advertising it.|
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Flash Media Start – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
Flash Media Start can come on your computer as a browser extension being added to one or all of your browsers:
It may come on your PC as a result of software bundling or by being advertised on various sites as a useful extension or software. If spread via bundling, Flash Media Start may be advertised as a “free extra” or an “optional offer” that is added alongside the installation process of a freeware app you may have downloaded from a third-party software providing site.
Either way, when it is added to your web browsers and computer, it becomes extremely difficult to remove Flash Media Start. The main reason for this is because Flash Media Start creates a lot of registry entries and alternate installers that make it very difficult to simply delete this program. If installed, Flash Media Start may change the New Tab page and Home Page of your browser with a hoax search site, that may show ads instead of search results. Not only this, but the app can also display browser redirects on your computer, that may lead you to sites that ask you to allow Push Notifications or could turn out to be scam sites or even virus sites. Not only this, but seeing ads by Flash Media Start could also mean that trackers may be set up on your computer that aim to monitor your online activity, such as the sites you visit, the online clicks you make, etc.
Since some of the sites to which ads by Flash Media Start may take you can be dangerous to your computer, it is considered as a Potentially Unwanted Application and it’s removal is recommended.
Remove Flash Media Start Scam from Your Computer
To remove Flash Media Start Scam from your computer, we recommend that you read the removal steps underneath this article. They have been created with the sole purpose of helping you delete this virus effectively from your computer step by step. If manual removal still makes Flash Media Start ads to reappear, then the most effective removal method is to scan your computer with a reputable anti-malware program. Such software aims to thoroughly scan for and delete all Flash Media Start – related virus files and objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove
Step 2: Uninstall 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 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 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall 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 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 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 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 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 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 will be removed.
Eliminate 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.