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FLV Player by Somoto Ltd, Update Message Keeps Popping up [Removal Thread]

What Does FLV Player Popup for?

stop FLV Player update popup

By frequently popping up its messages, FLV Player manages to attract attention from as many PC users as possible and make users download the program by force to some extent. The purpose is pretty obvious that is to promote its products.

According to the response from wide range of PC users, FLV Player would download additional adware without asking for permission. This is why many people call it malware though FLV Player is still on the shelf of CNET and this is how the program manages to make money for Somoto Ltd. By introducing in additional applications, FLV Player could get profitable commission.
 

Is FLV Player Malware?

The industry would prefer call FLV Player as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) since some malicious traits have been unveiled without the support from some typical vicious attribute code:

  1. FLV Player would modify the startup setting so that it could keep popping up.
  2. API has been hooked by the program to frequently pop up the update message and bring in additional adware.
  3. Being a PUP, FLV Player cannot be detected/removed by any security utilities.

 

Is It Safe to Use FLV Player?

As what many PC users have recommended, VilmaTech Online Support would advice a quick removal so that the potential harms could be stopped timely. Webcake, Babylon hijacker and PC Optimizer have been found to be bundled with FLV Player. As we all know that those apps are all loosely built ones that consume CPU considerably and load down additional programs without permission. As a consequence, little resource will be left to maintain normal operation, which is quite dangerous if the machine is under the attack by infections. Besides, the bug from the bundled program can be readily exploited by virus. Should it happen, downloading FLV Player means to download virus unwittingly.

Note: Security company recommend manual thread for a complete and quick removal. Since there are numerous items dropped down by FLV Player, and the downloaded item can be random, it is impossible to list out every specific item in this article. But the below thread would inform how to identify the related items. Should you run into unexpected situation in the middle of the removal, just start a live chat for instant help.

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Removal Thread – Stop FLV Player Update Pop ups

Step One – remove the extensions created on the day (by navigating to the detailed information) when FLV Player was firstly installed.

Internet Explorer

  • Select Tools from Internet Explorer’s menu.
  • Click on Manage add-ons and browse to ‘Toolbars and Extensions’, ‘Search Providers’ respectively.
  • Locate and remove the related items.
    remove the extentions related to FLV Player from IE

 
Mozilla Firefox

  • Select Tools from Mozilla Firefox’s menu.
  • Click on Options and browse to ‘Add-ons’ and ‘plugins’ respectively.
  • Locate and remove the related items with ‘Never Activate’ button.
    remove the extentions related to FLV Player from Firefox

 
Google Chrome

  • Select Tools from Google Chrome’s menu.
  • Browse to ‘Extensions’ to locate and remove the related items with dustbin icon.
    remove the extentions related to FLV Player from Chrome

 
Opera

  • Select Extensions from Opera menu.
  • Browse to “Manage Extensions” to locate and remove the related items with “Uninstall” button.
    remove the extentions related to FLV Player from Opera

 
Safari

  • Click on Safari Menu to select Preferences.
  • Hit on Glims/Extension to remove the related items.
    remove the extentions related to FLV Player from Safari

 
 
Step Two – enable pop-up blocker to block FLV Player update pop ups.

Internet Explorer

  • Access IE’s Tools to select Options.
  • Hit Privacy tab to locate pop-up Blocker section.
  • Check “Block pop-ups” option to block FLV Player update pop ups.
    block FLV Player popup on IE

 
Mozilla Firefox

  • Access Firefox’s Tools to select Options.
  • Navigate to Content tab and check “Block pop-up windows”.
  • Hit OK button to confirm the change.
    block FLV Player popup on Firefox

 
Google Chrome

  • Access Chrome’s Tools to select Options.
  • Hit “Under the Hood” tab to press on “Content Settings”.
  • In the next window, choose “Pop-ups” on the left pane and access “Exceptions”.
  • Make sure that FLV Player is not in the list.
  • Press “OK” button for confirmation.
    block FLV Player popup on Chrome

 
Opera

  • Spread Opera’s menu and hover mouse over “settings” to select “Preference”.
  • Hit General tab and locate “Pop-up” section there.
  • Choose “Block Unwanted Pop-ups” and hit OK button to block FLV Player update popup.
    block FLV Player popup on Opera

 
Safari

  • Spread “Safari” menu to select “Preference”.
  • Hit “Security” tab and check the box next to the option “Block pop-up windows”.
    block FLV Player popup on Safari

 
 
Step Three – end FLV Player’s service with the Service function.

Windows7/vista/XP

  • Hold Win key and R key at once to type “services.msc”.
  • Hit Enter key to enable the services window.
  • Remove/disable the service named after FLV Player or according to the directory.
    end FLV Player's service

 
Windows 8

  • Click open Windows Explorer to select Administrative tools.
  • Double click on Services icon and remove/disable the service named after FLV Player or according to the directory.
    end FLV Player's service on Windows8

 
Mac OS X

  • Click on Finder launchpad icon to access “Services”.
  • Please then select “Services Preferences”.
  • Tap “Services” on the left pane and locate/disable the service named after FLV Player or according to the directory on the right pane.
    end FLV Player's service on Safari

 
 
Step Four – show hidden items to remove temp files and the ones generated on the day when FLV Player was firstly installed.

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  • Access ‘Control Panel’ to access ‘Folder Options’ in “user accounts and family safety”.
  • Tap View tab to tick ‘Show hidden files and folders’ and non-tick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.
    windows hidden files

 
Windows 8

  • Access Windows Explorer to select View tab.
  • Tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options.
    show hidden items and remove FLV Player on Windows8

 
Mac OS X

  • Access Utilities folder from Finder folder.
    finder launchpad
  • Please then double click on Terminal window.
  • Copy and paste the following line in:

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

  • Press Return key.
  • Then paste the following line into the Terminal window:

killall Finder

  • Press Return key.

 
a. remove temp files.

For Windows users:

C:\WINDOWS\Temp
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp
C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet File

 
For Mac OS X users:
Access Terminal window to:

  1. type

    cd ~/Library/Logs
    sudo rm -rf ~/Library/Logs/*

    and press Return button.

  2. type

    rm -rf ~/Library/Safari/Downloads.plist
    cd ~/Library/Caches
    sudo rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/*

    and press Return button.

 
 
b. remove the items generated on the day when FLV Player was firstly installed.

For Windows users:
Access the following listed directories to remove the related items:

%Program Files%\Common Files\
C:\Windows
C:\Windows\System32
C:\Users\[your username]\Documents\
C:\users\user\appdata\local\
C:\Program Files\

 
For Mac OS X users:

  • Access ‘Safari’ menu to select Installed Plug in the list of Help.
  • Click open Ins & list thereafter to remove the related ones.
  • Quit Safari to access Library folder under hard disk icon menu and remove the related ones.
  • Access home folder under hard disk icon menu to browse to Library folder and remove the related ones.

 
 

FLV Player Removal Tips

  1. Remove the additional pop ups with the same method and uninstall the dropped-down programs after removing FLV Player.
  2. Depending on the Operating System installed, the images, directories displayed in this article might differ from what you observe when following these instructions on your computer. This is why certain level of computer skills and knowledge are required to carry out the above offered steps.

In the event that you need exclusive help according to your concrete situation, just contact VilmaTech Online Support by starting a live chat window here.

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Create A Restore Point

It is advisable to create a restore point after a through and complete removal. Though the restore function will not help remove virus most of the time, it is capable of alleviating the pain condition quickly and buying time for further clear up. Here’s the video to show how:


 

How Do I Get FLV Player Popups?

Downloading and installing FLV Player will undoubtedly get its popup. As we have learned from the preceding paragraphs that FLV Player is bundled with many other PUPs for aggressive promotion and money, downloading the related apps will also trigger FLV Player popups. In some cases, there will be the mention of additional programs in the installation package while in other cases, there’s no such mention. Therefore it is quite hard to foresee when to encounter by FLV Player pop ups. On the account of this, updating security knowledge and learn some manual removal threads would be greatly beneficial.

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