Freecontent.stream “Virus” Removal (July 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Freecontent.stream “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Below you are going to read an article focused on a software piece called Freecontent.stream “Virus”. What we could say about it is that Freecontent.stream is a form of a page redirect or in other words, a browser hijacker – one of the most annoying online means of promoting anything. Such redirects could be capable of invading your browsers and making them behave strangely in terms of producing too many, usually unwanted, pop-ups and other types of ads, or causing many redirects to random web addresses, which could bother the affected users. What is particularly nasty is that no browser program out there is really immune against such intrusion – Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera as well as most other popular browsing programs could all be affected by such undesirable applications. More on how to manage to deal with Freecontent.stream or any other similar hijacker is explained below.

Browser hijackers are really all about:

It is generally known that nowadays the advertising business represents a huge part of the entire economy. It is expected to find its instruments online and the annoying pop-ups appearing because of Freecontent.stream “Virus” are just a small portion of the means the interested parties might make use of in order to get their products promoted successfully (shown to as many people as possible).

Some more safety tips:

In addition to the good installation habits, we recommend that you develop some healthy general habits such as always updating your operating system or always getting the most updated and reliable version of the anti-virus program you use. This is really crucial if you want to keep your system safe and clean.

Getting the annoyance called Freecontent.stream removed:

In this particular case, you might remove Freecontent.stream and all its annoying effects by using the Removal Guide below. It is designed and supposed to help you.

 

Freecontent.stream “Virus” Removal

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


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

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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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Freecontent.stream 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 Freecontent.stream from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Freecontent.stream 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

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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!

Is there anything to be really worried about regarding Freecontent.stream “Virus”?

Indeed, we may honestly say that the hijackers that have been introduced throughout the years typically lack any truly dangerous and harmful features (at least for the most part).

The fact that the known hijackers are not usually regarded as viruses doesn’t really mean that they cannot behave in a suspicious way. First of all – the irritation such page-redirects might cause could be unbearable and the victim users might feel really frustrated due to the hijacker’s activity. Secondly, the web platforms and homepages/search engines that are being promoted by these redirects could be shady as well. Some of them might appear as dangerous and annoying to the victim users. What is more, some of the redirects we know about have the ability to determine what kind of websites and products the users might be interested in and show only pop-ups and banners related to those offers. The manner in which they do that is simple – they access the browser history of the infected browsing app and base their ad production on what has been visited most frequently and what the user typically searches for online.

Even bearing all these suspicious features in mind, we need to say that most hijackers are not truly harmful and do not fall into any known malicious category such as Ransomware or Trojans.

Hijacker distribution methods – how do such applications manage to get inside users’ PCs?

Here is yet another suspicious aspect regarding browser redirects. Freecontent.stream may not be a virus, however, it could still be tricky and deceptive. The way such hijackers get distributed is often quite unclear as they have to receive the user’s approval to reach any computer and any browser. The manners in which they get such an approval, though, might be shady.

For instance, such redirects might be included in program bundles, torrents, spam, various forms of shareware. Bundles are software packages where there’s one main program and some other applications added to its installer as optional components. If the user fails to notice the added software, they are very likely to unknowingly give their approval for its installation alongside the main program.

Installing bundles (and anything else) correctly:

The secret is to use the right installation feature. Basically, you have to be the one controlling the installation process. For that purpose anytime you’re about to get anything installed look for the expanded installation features. They are normally labeled Advanced, Manual or Custom.  By using them, you get the chance to choose what enters your system and what stays behind when installing the main software.

Also, it’s vital to ignore all the features promising easy or quick installation – the Quick, the Recommended or the Default ones. Such options of the installer do not provide you with the full access to the installation process and may get everything from a bundle incorporated into your system.

SUMMARY:

Name Freecontent.stream
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some possibly irritating browser modifications – change of homepages/search engines, possible redirection and ad production.
Distribution Method Various kinds of ads and online offers/requests, spam letters, file-bundling, pirated downloads, etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.