Sunday, October 31, 2010

FLVTube - rogue video player

FLVTube is supposedly a video player that downloads and plays YouTube videos. Only a few anti-viruses categorize FLVTube as an adware, and most of the antivirus software do not have any detection for it. FLVTube uses the familiar fake codec download techniques to trick PC users in downloading their software: You chance upon a video clip on a random website and to view it you need to download FLVTube! If FLVTube is really a genuine video player, then I wonder why they are using such misleading installation strategies.

During installation, FLVTube gives options to install following affiliate products of questionable reputation:
  • Emoticons Toolbar by SweetIM
  • WhiteSmoke Grammar software
  • Uniblue RegistryBooster

And, it installs following mandatory components:
  • FLVTube Player
  • FLVTube Toolbar
  • QueryBrowser Search Assistant

FLVTube Toolbar and QueryBrowser Search Assistant hijack browser homepage and search provider to and (however, this is mentioned in terms and conditions during installation).

VirusTotal scan results of installer and browser plugins can be found here, here and here. Stay clear of this rogue video player! Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can be used to remove FLVTube Player.


Blogger Nathan Paul Prince said...

The FLVTube player is a joke - someone was using my PC and loaded it on, and I only found out about it when I was running a Firefox update.
I suggest you all remove this crappy toolbar - what a joke.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous said...

FLVtube player is a virus and is not associated with Please DO NOT download FLVtube player. NO SOFTWARE is required to download videos and audio from FLVTUBE.COM.

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