FLV Runner Toolbar

Threat Summary

Threat: FLV Runner Toolbar
Type: Browser Hijacker/Toolbar
Brief Description: Unwanted extension that produces malicious toolbar and also hijacks home page of infected browser.
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FLV Runner Toolbar is considered as an adware program. It is utilized to deploy a hated search bar called search.conduit.com. Installation of this adware can result to browser redirect, homepage modification, and added toolbars.

Home page setting of the affected browser will reveal a new search bar that is unknown t many. As you can see in the image below, it is set to flvrunner.ourtoolbar.com. The hijacker however is harmless. Except for some annoying redirects, there are no reports that FLV Runner Toolbar puts the system in danger.

Some may consider the infiltration of FLV Runner Toolbar into one’s PC as virus attack. Then again, we would like to inform users that it is listed in the category of adware. In fact, this program will require user’s intervention to be installed. It is commonly bundled with other programs that you may obtain while visiting unknown sites and downloading multimedia player.

To remove FLV Runner Toolbar, uninstalling the program from add/remove of Windows is not enough. You also need to remove relevant add-ons and extensions from the affected browser. See the complete procedures below.

Signs and symptoms for the presence of FLV Runner Toolbar (flvrunner.ourtoolbar.com)

If FLV Runner Toolbar exists on the computer, user may immediately notice a sudden change in browser’s homepage. Instead of the default settings, FLV Runner Toolbar and search will took over the home page. See the screenshot image below. Also, security programs may pop-up an alert about identified threat called PUP.Optional.FLVPlayerAddon.A.

FLV Runner Toolbar

Procedures to Remove FLV Runner Toolbar

Removal steps on this page will help you get rid of the threat effectively using tools and virus scanners. Please make sure that you will carry out the guide in exact order.

Procedure 1: Uninstall FLV Runner Toolbar from Windows Control Panel

1. Begin the removal process by uninstalling the adware program from Windows. To do this, we need to open Control Panel. Please ensure that you are logon with the Administrative privilege to access this function.

Accessing Windows 10 Control Panel

- Click on the Windows Start button at lower left corner of the screen.
- Type Control Panel on the search box, and click on its icon on the search result.
- Alternatively, you can just press Windows + X on the keyboard to display Quick Access Menu. Then, click Control Panel.

How to access Control Panel in Windows 8

- The easiest way to access Control Panel on Windows 8 is through the Search function.
- Simply press Windows Key + Q on your keyboard to display the Charms Bar. Alternatively, you can drag mouse pointer to lower-right portion of desktop until the Charms Bar slide-out.
- Click on the Magnifying Glass icon and search for 'Control Panel'. Click the item on the result to access this feature.


How to access Control Panel in Windows XP, Windows Vista/ 7

- Click on Start button that can be found on bottom left corner of the screen.
- From the list, choose Control Panel to access settings of Windows and make the needed changes.

Cpanel Win7

2. Under Programs, click on Uninstall a program. It will open a program and features window where-in you can uninstall, change, or repair installed software.

3. Look for adware title or any suspicious name that was installed recently. To do this, you need to arrange the items chronologically. Click on 'Installed On' to display the latest program that looks unfamiliar.

As observed, this threat is also linked to known malware. You may also look for and delete the following names that were identified with FLV Runner Toolbar: FLV Runner Toolbar, Conduit, MySearch

Uninstall Item

4. Click on Uninstall button to remove the program automatically.

5. If it prompts for confirmation, please click OK to proceed.

Procedure 2: Scan and remove FLV Runner Toolbar files with MalwareFox Anti-Malware

To remove FLV Runner Toolbar, download MalwarFox Anti-Malware. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download Malware Removal Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.

2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.

3. Once update has completed, MalwareFox will launch.

MalwareFox Scanner

4. Select SCAN from the main window to start detection process.

5. Computer will be thoroughly scanned and all infections will be displayed. Remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program after the process.

Procedure 3: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Installed Anti-virus Program

1. In troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of FLV Runner Toolbar. Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start Windows 8 / Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Please restart the computer and as soon as it begins to start, please press Shift + F8 keys.
- Instead of seeing Advance Boot Options, latest version of Windows will display Recovery Mode. Continue with the given steps until you reach Safe Mode function.
- Click on 'See advanced repair options'.


- Then, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, please select Advanced options.
- On the next window, please choose Windows Startup Settings.
- Lastly, click on Restart button. Windows 8 / Windows 10 will now restart and boot into Advanced Boot Option wherein you can run the system in Safe Mode with Networking.


Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP/Vista/7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.


2. Once your Windows is running in Safe Mode, open your installed anti-virus programs and update it to the most recent version by automatically downloading necessary updates.

3. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all identified threats. Do not restart or turn off the computer after the scan process. You still need to run another scan. Please follow the next procedure.

Procedure 4: Run extra scan with Junkware Removal Tool

To make sure that no more malicious files linked to FLV Runner Toolbar are inside the computer, we must run another effective scanner. This time, use Junkware Removal Tool. No installation is necessary with this tool.

Download JRT

1. Click the button above to start the download process. Save the file to your preferred location.

2. Junkware Removal Tool will close all running applications later. So, before executing the file, please Bookmark or Print this page. And then, close all programs.

3. Double-click the JRT.exe file to initiate the tool.

4. It will prompt you to "Press any key to continue."

JRT Scanner

5. Junkware Removal Tool will create a Restore Point and proceed with the scan. Please wait for the scan process to finish.

6. After scanning the computer, JRT will open a Notepad containing scan logs. It may have not find FLV Runner Toolbar relevant entities, but it will surely delete any malicious items not found in the previous scans.

Procedure 5: Reset Affected Internet Browser

Reset browser settings of Google Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter.

3. Navigate at the end of the page and click on Show advanced settings.

4. At the bottom of the page, click on Reset settings to remove all changes made by FLV Runner Toolbar.

Reset Google Chrome

Reset Internet Explorer Settings:

1. Open Internet Explorer software.

2. Navigate to top menu and click Tools > Internet Options.

3. On Internet Options window, select Advanced tab.

4. In order to reverse modifications caused by FLV Runner Toolbar, click on Reset button to bring back Internet Explorer's settings to their default condition.

Internet Explorer

Reset Firefox to its default state:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox program.

2. Navigate to top menu and Open Help Menu. Then, select on Troubleshooting Information.

3. Click on Refresh Firefox button to erase the effect of FLV Runner Toolbar.

Reset Firefox

Protect your PC from FLV Runner Toolbar or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

Google Chrome's Protection from Dangerous Sites

With Google Chrome's Dangerous Site Protection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious, thus, you can prevent FLV Runner Toolbar infection. To enable protection from dangerous sites, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, Press Enter.

3. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.

4. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Protect you and your device from dangerous sites'.

Chrome Security Settings

5. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

SEE MORE : Enable Google Chrome's protection from dangerous sites

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious programs including FLV Runner Toolbar. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.

2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.

3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

SEE MORE : Comprehensive steps to activate SmartScreen Filter

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats such as FLV Runner Toolbar. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. On top menu, click on Open Menu. Then select Options from the list.

3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

Edge Browser - SmartScreen Filter

SmartScreen filter is a built-in feature in Microsoft Edge browser that can help you deter malicious programs such as FLV Runner Toolbar. It can block malicious web sites and downloads.

1. Open Microsoft Edge browser.

2. Click on More Actions button located at top right corner of the screen.

3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.

4. Under Settings menu, go to Advanced Settings section and click on View Advanced Settings.

5. Scroll down to "help protect my PC from malicious sites and downloads with SmartScreen Filter". Turn it to ON.

6.You may now restart Microsoft Edge browser.

Edge SmartScreen Filter

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 13 comments
Michael - August 26, 2012

Just wondering if installing malwarebytes is absolutely necessary in getting rid of everything linked to the flv toolbar as this is the only thing that has been accidently installed on my laptop?

wilbert - August 30, 2012

If you can remove flv toolbar completely, then there is no way to install mbam. But, if you are not yet certain with your manual removal, installing the free mbam is necessary. After installing, run a scan and delete identified malware. Then you can uninstall the program anytime you want.

Nick - January 17, 2013

Why isn’t there any comments about removal from macs?

Butterfly - February 19, 2013

I have this spent last 4 hours tonight. IHOw get rid of this stuff? I don’t want them on my laptop at all.

Beth - March 6, 2013

For Mac users on Firefox, the FLV file is easily uninstalled. Go to –> TOOLS and click on ADD-ONS.
You’ll see the FLV file in the list. Click on REMOVE. Easy.

Beth - March 6, 2013

For Mac users on Firefox, the FLV file is easily uninstalled. Go to –> TOOLS and click on ADD-ONS.
You’ll see the FLV file in the list. Click on REMOVE. Easy.

Glenn Balouza - March 14, 2013

Hello Beth, and thanks for your comments. I have done what you said, which is the same as what FLV say, and I have had no luck. If I uninstall my Firefox, will I lose the FLV that way? And will any of my settings be affected? Many thanks, Glenn

D A Maccullie - March 29, 2013

I have been unsuccessful in deleting FLV runner B Customized Web..Please Help.

Rob - March 30, 2013

I tried everything to remove flv runner toolbar. Eventually i paid £20 to have my hard drive formatted and windows reinstalled. Its worth it, and malwarebytes was put on too. Peace at last

Alan Fontana - April 4, 2013

Thanks Beth, the Mac uninstall did not work at first. Then I click/ held the mouse over the ‘uninstall’ button longer, and it worked — except for the annoying page sized ads. I removed all cookies not honest enough to use associated website names, and then some. Some cookies were clearly for the annoying ads. When these were deleted, the last of this useless annoyance went away.

thanks again !

dean - April 20, 2013

if you are using Google chrome the all you have to do is click on customise and control Google chrome the 3 lines in the corner the click on tools then click extensions then simple click the bin next to FLV runner b

Muhammad Farazan - May 5, 2013

I actually love FLVrunner. Can’t imagine why anyone would want to remove it. Are you sure you understand how to use it?

Patty - August 17, 2013

Thank you, thank you, thank you. It worked and I can’t tell you how relieved I am. My stress level over the last five minutes dropped from major irritated intense to very mellow. Life IS worth living again. A thousand times thank you.


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