Flymedia Virus

Flymedia

Flymedia is an extension app that experts label as a browser hijacker because of the unauthorized changes that it introduces to the affected browser. Flymedia will also try to get more traffic to certain sites by automatically redirecting the user to them.

Flymedia

The Flymedia virus can be quite unpleasant and sometimes even potentially hazardous

The browser hijacker apps are a widespread category of potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) that are mainly known for their invasive and unpleasant browser changes that they introduce to Chrome, Firefox, and other popular browsers without having been given user permission. This kind of apps isnt technically a category of viruses but they can still be quite unpleasant and sometimes even potentially hazardous if kept on the computer for long. Flymedia is one such app and the next lines in this article, as well as the removal guide below it, will primarily be focused on it. Our goal is to tell you about the characteristics of this app and to help you uninstall it if you have recently had it added to your browser. Changed homepage, toolbar buttons, and search engine service, as well as unexpected page-redirects that randomly occur in your browser, are the most commonly reported symptoms related to Flymedia, Poshukach and other similar apps. These activities are unlikely to directly cause any harm to the system or to the data kept in it but they could still cause slow-downs of the browser and of the computer as a whole, as well as make your overall browsing experience quite frustrating. It is also common for hijackers to strategically place ads on the screen while your browser is being used. The ads are placed over the videos you are trying to watch, the articles you are reading, or the images you are looking at and they wont go away until you somehow interact with them. Oftentimes there will be an X button to close the app but it would be fake and selecting it would still count as a direct add click. Clicking on such ads will, in turn, redirect you to all kinds of promotional sites, some of which may not be safe or reliable. Even if Flymedia itself isnt going to cause harm to your computer, the places its ads, banners, search engine, or imposed homepage may redirect you to could potentially expose you to phishing pages, sites that try to sell you fake software, or even to threats such as Trojans and Ransomware. 

Another possible activity of a hijacker is for it to show fake messages on your screen related to your systems safety. This type of apps are often used to try to advertise and sell some products (normally ones of low quality) and they may do that in rather deceitful ways. For instance, a hijacker may tell you that your computer has been infected by some insidious Trojan Horse or Ransomware just so that youd buy some security tool of questionable quality that its supposed to promote.

All in all, we are sure that none of you would wish to have such software in their systems, which is why we will now leave you with our uninstallation guide which we encourage you to use.

SUMMARY:

Name Flymedia
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A typical hijacker symptom is the changed search engine of the main browser.
Distribution Method Methods that are commonly used to spread hijackers are the misleading ads, the fake updates, and the file bundles.
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Remove Flymedia Virus

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

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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


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

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

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

    Step3

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    Step4

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    Step5

    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

    NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Flymedia from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    firefox-512 Remove Flymedia from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Flymedia from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Rename the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    Step6

    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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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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