Project Free TV virus

Project Free TV is ad-supported freeware that is promoted as a free utility which allows users to view free television and other videos from their computer. Since Project Free TV is supported by advertisements it will be detected as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware by most Antivirus and Anti-Malware products. Users should beware of this program because it has a bad online reputation and is known to cause many issues aside from pop-up advertisements. It bundles with malicious threats and other unwanted programs, it makes changes to browser and system settings, and it uses system resources and memory which causes a loss in computer functionality and internet connectivity.

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The ads by Project Free TV are targeted, meaning that the adware uses browsing data, such as bookmarks and history to generate advertisements it feels users are most susceptible to click on. The ads are also generated based off of currently viewed online content as shown in the picture above.

The Project Free TV program creates new tasks on Windows Task Scheduler and makes unwanted changes to Windows Start-up settings. These changes will allow the adware to run every time Windows starts and will allow the adware to check if it’s running. The adware will enable itself it it is not running. It may also create new tasks that update the adware and allow additional programs permission to automatically install.

Project Free TV is not technically defined as a computer virus, but the program is still a threat or the sign of a serious computer infection. Potential Project Free TV malware is known to download and install alongside third-party malware, malicious files, and additional potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), including Browse Pax. This means that it will be necessary to uninstall multiple programs and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions to stop all unwanted activities. Apart from manually eradicating the program and others that it bundles with, files may remain undetected to the average computer user. That is why it is recommended to use a reputable anti-malware product to remove Project Free TV and malicious files that it installs alongside with.

The Project Free TV extension and browser attachments that it may bundle with have ‘permissions’ set allowing them to perform tasks users may find undesirable. These permissions are listed below.
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  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Read and change your browsing history.
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes.
  • Manage your downloads.

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The Project Free TV program is usually contracted without user consent or knowledge alongside free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web. Free downloadable content includes freeware, shareware, torrents, and more.

Users who wish to install freeware may be given a “custom installation” option to accept or decline an offer to install Project Free TV adware and similar products during the installation; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing can be ignored by the program or presented in a confusing manner.

In some cases, Project Free TV and other unwanted programs are deceptively promoted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements may be dishonest, misleading, and cause the program to automatically download and install once clicked on.

How to remove Project Free TV (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove Project Free TV add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Step 2: Uninstall Project Free TV

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for Project Free TV and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

Step 3: Remove Project Free TV malware with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Project Free TV malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

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