Uninstall Free Forms Now (Chrome/FF/IE) March 2019 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Free Forms Now. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Surely you don’t like to get your browser screen spammed with random download prompts, obstructive pop-up offers, nagging sales suggestions and annoying page-redirects every time you try to use your browser. Nobody likes that and yet this is an issue that a lot of computer and smartphone users are forced to struggle with on a daily basis. However, what a lot of customers do not understand is that in many cases, the ads, the redirects and the annoying banners that seem to be everywhere on the Internet are actually coming from their Chrome, Firefox, Opera or IE (or any other) browser.

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This is because there is a specific type of software know as browser hijackers, the representatives of which are known for “hijacking” the users’ browsers and making changes to the way they operate, replacing the starting page address, the search engine, adding new and unwanted toolbar buttons and, of course, spamming their windows with endless streams of advertisements. Free Forms Now is an example of such a software piece – on the outside, it looks like a normal add-on for your browser and it may even promise to provide you with different useful functions for free. However, as soon as it gets installed on your device, things start to change for the worse. Your browser gets modified without your permission and the modifications, instead of improving your online experience, only seem to decrease its quality. Ads start to show on your screen regardless of what sites you are visiting and random redirects start to link you to pages that you didn’t want to visit. And all of this is caused by this unwanted app that has recently gotten installed on your computer (likely without your knowledge). Here, we have a solution for this issue and we are eager to share it with you so have a look at the next guide if you are interested.

Uninstall Free Forms Now

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).

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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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Free Forms Now 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 Free Forms Now from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Free Forms Now 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

What else you got to know about apps like Free Forms Now

Despite not being malicious viruses like Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and other similar malware threats, the representatives of the browser hijacker category are certainly not to be underestimated in terms of how hazardous they may be. Sure, Free Forms Now will not try to encrypt your data like a cryptovirus of the Ransomware category would and it will not attempt to spy on you or mess with your system data which is something Spyware and Trojan Horse infections are normally made for yet still, there are certain issues you might face with a hijacker on your computer that shouldn’t be ignored. Above all else, the ads such an app is likely to place on your screen might not be as safe as they may look which is why we advise you to keep a safe distance from them and avoid interacting with them. The best solution here would, of course be, to remove Free Forms Now and thus put an end to the stream of ads. However, you should also not forget to be careful with the software you install on your PC in the future so as to avoid landing another hijacker after this one has been removed.

SUMMARY:

Name Free Forms Now
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Detecting hijackers isn’t difficult – the ads and the modifications imposed on the browser are a sure sign you have a hijacker on your computer.
Distribution Method Common distribution techniques are the use of spam email and spam social media messages and also the use of software bundles and misleading advertisements.
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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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