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Should I remove FlashCatch?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #22,952
United States Rank #16,412
Reach 0.0083%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.14 days
623.78 days >
Average installed length: 327.75 days

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What is FlashCatch?

FlashCatch is a potentially unwanted application that runs in the web browser as a toolbar and web extension. The web extension is primarily designed to take control of the user's browser in order to modify the search provider and redirect web searches to what ever search engine partner the publisher has a revenue relationship with. In doing so, the toolbar performs a number of behaviors in order to maximize the potential of a user to click on sponsored advertising through search.


The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named flashcatch.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 2 files and is usually about 8.81 MB (9,239,875 bytes).
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.flashcatch.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\FlashCatch\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\FlashCatch\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 8.81 MB

Program filesFiles installed by FlashCatch

Program module:flashcatch.dll
Path:C:\Program Files\FlashCatch\flashcatch.dll
Additional files:
  • unins000.exe - Setup/Uninstall

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • flashcatch.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'FlashCatchBHO Class' with the class of {88618A96-6D8A-42E7-B932-9073D5B2080F}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • flashcatch.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'FlashCatch' with the class of {10CECF4F-A96E-4803-8AC2-F565FB29FF47}.
Internet Explorer Web Browser
  • flashcatch.dll installs an IE Web Browser in Internet Explorer named 'FlashCatch' with a class of {10CECF4F-A96E-4803-8AC2-F565FB29FF47}.

How do I remove FlashCatch?

You can uninstall FlashCatch from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program FlashCatch, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove FlashCatch.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by FlashCatch you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.41%
Windows 10 26.22%
Windows Vista 6.71%
Windows XP 3.66%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.98%
Windows 7 Professional 11.11%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.49%
Windows 8.1 6.79%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.17%
Windows 10 Home 4.32%

Distribution by countryGeography

68.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 68.64%
  United Kingdom 4.09%
  Canada 3.18%
  Australia 2.73%
  South Africa 2.27%
  India 1.82%
  Belgium 1.36%
  France 1.36%
  Germany 1.36%
  Austria 0.91%
  New Zealand 0.91%
  Iran 0.91%
  Egypt 0.91%
  Italy 0.91%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.17%
Dell 22.41%
Acer 22.41%
ASUS 7.76%
Intel 1.72%
Lenovo 1.72%
Medion 1.72%
Toshiba 1.72%
Gateway 1.72%
Alienware 1.72%
American Megatrends 0.86%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.68%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.68%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.68%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.68%
Dell Inspiron 5520 1.79%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 1.79%


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