Flashymass.com is a browser hijacker program that can integrate with most any browsing program. Flashymass.com can become part of your Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other commonly used browser. And once it is part of it, it can begin to implement certain changes.
For instances, many users at first begin to notice that there’s been a new toolbar added to their browser. Also, Flashymass.com and others like it have a tendency to introduce a new browser homepage, as well as substitute the default search engine with their own version. And they do this for the purpose of driving more traffic to the website/search engine in question. But that’s not all. Since browser hijackers generate profit for their developers through paid ads, there’s a lot of heavy advertising that they’re involved in.
The Flashymass Virus
Namely, once the Flashymass virus has been installed on your computer, you will soon begin to notice that your regular browsing sessions are now spammed with popups, banners, box messages and other types of annoying online ads. Furthermore, the Flashymass virus can also take such liberties as redirecting the page you’re currently on to some other sponsored web location. Sometimes it will open a new tab or window, and sometimes it might redirect you directly in the tab that you have open.
And the terrible effects don’t just end there. If you’ve tried to reset your browser configurations to their original state, then you’ve probably discovered that they were just automatically changes right back to the ones the hijacker wants. And unfortunately, as long as Flashymass.com remains integrated with your favorite browsing program, there’s nothing you can do about said changes. What you can do, however, in order to set those configurations to what you prefer is to remove this browser hijacker entirely. And this can be done in a matter of a few steps that are described in the free removal guide we have below.
Flashymass.com’s advertising tactics
Many users mistakenly believe that the browser hijacker infection they’ve landed is actually a virus or malware of some sort. Thankfully, software of this type is rather far from real malware, such as Trojans, ransomware, spyware, rootkits and other dangerous viruses.
Flashymass.com and others like it (Higher Captcha Settle, Poshukach) merely act as advertising and promotional tools. And all they really care about is exposing you to the many ads and sponsored websites, as we already pointed out before. These pieces of software often function on the basis of popular online business models such as Pay Per Click, for example. Hence, the more times you click on a sponsored ad or link, the more profit the developers of this (or some other) browser hijacker make.
But there are certain unsavory practices that these programs may engage in in order to maximize those profits. For instance, it’s not uncommon for them to gather browsing-related data from monitoring what you do within your browser. What you like and share on social media, what you search for and what websites you spend time on is all analyzed and this data can even be sold to third parties later on.
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Remove Flashymass.com Pop up VirusPeople who have never dealt with browser hijackers before may find it very challenging to remove Flashymass.com. However, the quick instructions below have reportedly helped a number of users and may save you a ton of time and efforts, so we recommend you give them a try:
- In the main menu of your browser, select More Tools (or Add-ons) and open Extensions.
- Then, take your time to carefully look at the extensions list and try to figure out if there are some extensions in there that are disturbing your browsing experience.
- Remove everything that looks suspicious or potentially unwanted, and then start a new browsing session to check how the browser behaves.
As a start, please use the instructions from the link and Reboot your PC in Safe Mode. Just, before you do that, make sure you click the bookmark icon in your browser to save this page with Flashymass.com removal instructions and get back to them once the computer reboots. WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Now, click on the Start menu button (the left corner at the bottom) and type appwiz.cpl in the search bar. Then, open the result and take a look at the programs that have been installed on your computer. For your convenience, you can filter them by date of installation and try to figure out if any of the recently installed apps have a relation to Flashymass.com or might have introduced it in the system. If you find such an app, it is a good idea to uninstall it along with all the components (or hijackers) that it might have added. Just select the program in question, click on the Uninstall button at the top, and follow the steps from the uninstallation wizard. Once you are sure there are no programs related to Flashymass.com on your system, close the Control Panel window and click again on the Start menu button. This time, type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. Then, click on the Startup tab and check for entries that Flashymass.com might have added to the list. If you find any, remove their checkmark and click OK. Then, close the window. Next, use the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combination to open the Task Manager and go to Processes To determine if a particular process in the list is related to Flashymass.com or is dangerous, right-click on it and select Open File Location. After that, drag and drop the files from that location in the free online virus scanner below to check them:
If there is nothing dangerous, the process is most likely legitimate, and you should not touch it. However, if any of the scanned files gets flagged, end the processes and delete the dangerous files. In some cases, apps like Flashymass.com may alter the DNS settings of your computer. To check if this has happened on your PC, open Network Connections (from the start menu) and follow these instructions:
- With a right-click on the Network Adapter you are connected to, open Properties.
- Next, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP) and click the Properties button below.
- Make sure that Obtain DNS server address automatically is marked and then click the Advanced button.
- Select the DNS tab and if something has been added there, make sure you remove it, then click —> OK.
Select the shortcut icon of the browser and right-click on it, then select —> Properties.NOTE: Google Chrome is only for demonstration, but the same can be applied for Firefox and IE (or Edge). In Properties select —–> Shortcut. Then, in Target, remove everything that you find after .exe and click OK. Remove Flashymass.com from Internet Explorer: Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons. Disable any potentially unwanted extensions that you believe are part of Flashymass.com and its activity. After that, go to —–> Internet Options —> If the homepage URL is hijacked, change it to a trusted URL and click —> Apply. Remove Flashymass.com from Firefox: Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions. Don’t leave any suspicious-looking extensions in the browser, and use the Remove button to get rid of them. Remove Flashymass.com from Chrome: Quit Google Chrome if it is open and navigate to: C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Select the “Default” folder and with a right-click on it rename it to Backup Default. Save that name and restart the browser. Next, click the Start menu button again and copy + paste this in the search bar: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts Press enter and open the file. If you detect anything unusual under Localhost, just as shown on the image below, please leave us a message in the comments. Finally, check your Registry for entries that Flashymass.com might have added without your knowledge. For that, click the Start menu button, type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. The Registry Editor will appear on the screen. Once this happens, press CTRL and F together and writhe the name of the browser hijacker in the Find pop-up box. Then start a search and if anything gets found, and you are sure it really is related to Flashymass.com, delete it. You may also want to manually navigate to the directories below and check them for hijacker entries:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random.