Flameforgesmith

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Flameforgesmith

Flameforgesmith is a browser hijacking software application that can affect the way a browser operates. Most commonly, Flameforgesmith modifies the search results by substituting the browser’s default search engine with one that delivers sponsored results.The browser hijacker you are facing is specifically designed to affect popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. by changing their homepage, replacing the default search engine, and redirecting users to different promotional pages. Another characteristic of this type of software is the delivery of hundreds of advertisements in the form of pop-ups, banners, box notifications, and other flashy online advertisements that promote certain products and services.

Flameforgesmith wants to show notifications
The Flameforgesmith virus

is Flameforgesmith safe?

The activity of Flameforgesmith and Simpledatalink.co.in may seem to be nothing more than a browsing irritation, but for many web users it appears to be quite disturbing and raises suspicion of a possible infection with a virus. Fortunately, you are not dealing with a virus nor do you have a Trojan horse, or Ransomware in your system and we will explain the difference in the next few paragraphs. What’s more, we will provide you with a removal guide that will help you uninstall Flameforgesmith and remove its potentially unwanted browser changes from any browser that might have been affected.

The Flameforgesmith virus

The Flameforgesmith virus is piece of software that have been developed for one or more harmful purposes which it execute once inside the computer of a victim. Examples of actual computer threats are the so-called Trojans and highly problematic Ransomware infections, which usually penetrate the system via stealth and cause major damage to the files and the computer. On the other hand, browser hijackers such as the Flameforgesmith virus are programs created to generate and display various kinds of advertisements on the users’ screen with the aim of landing clicks on them. The developers of such programs have no criminal intentions and are not interested in harming a computer. Instead, they are interested in earning revenue when someone clicks on the displayed ads thanks to a very widespread online business model called Pay-Per-Click.

The Flameforgesmith pop-up
The Flameforgesmith virus pop-up

What is Flameforgesmith?

In fact, the constant generation of pop-up messages, banners, and redirect links on the screen may start to affect the overall web browsing experience and the performance of your machine over time. For instance, if you don’t uninstall Flameforgesmith right away but decide to keep it for some time, you may notice that your browser may take ages to load or your computer may start to freeze over and over again. This is because the hijacker may require large amounts of system resources to run its ad-generating processes. Therefore, most hijacker apps typically try to display as many ads as possible during a browsing session and redirect the user’s searches to sites with pay-per-click commercials. This aggressive online advertising activity is not illegal but is considered unwanted by most web users.

Flameforgesmith on Chrome

And if that isn’t disturbing enough, here is another aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to browser hijackers. Despite not having the malicious abilities of a Ransomware or a Trojan horse, these pieces of software might sometimes display misleading ads that might redirect you to web locations where such threats can hide. Of course, programs like Flameforgesmith on Chrome are unlikely to do that on purpose, but malicious ads can always sneak inside the stream of regular adverts and if you happen to accidentally click on them, you may not even be realize when a virus compromises you. Therefore, the best way to avoid this scenario is to remove the source of the ads and regain control over your web browser.

SUMMARY:

NameFlameforgesmith
TypeBrowser Hijacker
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How to Remove Flameforgesmith

To try and remove Flameforgesmith quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Flameforgesmith extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Flameforgesmith by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Flameforgesmith and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Flameforgesmith removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide.


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Next, Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step1 Uninstall the Flameforgesmith app and kill its processes

The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from Flameforgesmith. After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.

Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.

  • Uninstalling the rogue app
  • Killing any rogue processes

Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.

Click on anything you think could be linked to Flameforgesmith, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.

delete suspicious Flameforgesmith apps

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to Flameforgesmith.

If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.

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    Delete Flameforgesmith files and quit its processes.

    After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.

    Step2 Undo Flameforgesmith changes made to different system settings

    It’s possible that Flameforgesmith has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:

    • DNS
    • Hosts
    • Startup
    • Task
      Scheduler
    • Services
    • Registry

    Type in Start Menu: View network connections

    Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:

    Undo DNS changes made by Flameforgesmith

    Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Delete Flameforgesmith IPs from Hosts

    Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps

    Disable Flameforgesmith startup apps

    Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler

    Delete Flameforgesmith scheduled tasks

    Type in the Start Menu: Services

    Disable Flameforgesmith services

    Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor

    Press Ctrl + F to open the search window

    Clear the Registry from Flameforgesmith items

    Step3 Remove Flameforgesmith from your browsers

    • Delete Flameforgesmith from Chrome
    • Delete Flameforgesmith from Firefox
    • Delete Flameforgesmith from Edge
    1. Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
    2. Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
    3. Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
    4. Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
    1. Firefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
    2. Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
    3. Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
    4. Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
    1. Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
    2. From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
    3. Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
    4. Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.
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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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