What is FVP Image Viewer?
FVP Image Viewer promises smooth visual experience, but you will not get any of that. Our researchers have classified it as a potentially unwanted program that you should remove because of two reasons. First, this application poses as an alternative to Windows Photo Viewer, but does not offer a better user experience; second, it features an unreliable search engine that is apt to feature shady ads in its search results. So please read this short description if you want to get more information about how it works and where it comes from, and most importantly how to get rid of it.
Where does FVP Image Viewer come from?
This application is owned by Jyulam Technology Inc. a largely unknown software developer that we suspect is primarily engaged in developing potentially unwanted programs. Like many similar software companies, this one is located in California, USA. As far as this program's distribution methods are concerned, apart from its dedicated website at Fvpimageviewer.com, we have yet to find a site that would host FVP Image Viewer’s standalone installer. Therefore, we suspect that the majority of its installations probably come via software bundles whose confusing installations menus do not let you choose to opt out the installation of this photo viewer. Now, even though this program was developed in the USA, it is most popular in the most unlikely of places. Our analysts have found that it has a wide user base in Turkey, Poland and Brazil.
How does FVP Image Viewer work?
FVP Image Viewer will make you an offer you cannot refuse. After initiating its installer, it will offer you to install its promoted search engine — Search.fvpimageviewer.com. You might think that this is optional, but it is not. The installer will demand that you tick the checkbox for the installation to continue. Thus, you cannot install this program without having to install the search engine as well. After the installation is complete, this application will launch automatically. However, there is nothing exciting about it at all since it is just a re-skinned Windows Photo Viewer.
So why make such an application is the first place? Well, FVP Image Viewer acts as bait for gullible users who want to swap perfectly fine Windows tools for third-party ones that feature useless bells and whistles. In this case, it is this program’s appearance that happens to attract its user base. Its black-colored theme with sharp lines give this program a modern Windows 10 feel, and, again, this is all you can ever expect from it. Its true purpose is to promote its accompanying search engine (Search.fvpimageviewer.com.) Our researchers say that this search engine’s promotions may come from unknown sources. Thus, they can be unreliable as they may promote scam websites and malware downloads. We have learned that FVP Image Viewer promotes Yessearches.com that is classified as a browser hijacker. Also, you might be interested to know that according to this program’s EULA “User shall bear all liability and risks in connection with the use of this Software.” Therefore, it can be argued that FVP Image Viewer and its accompanying search engine are an unreliable couple that you ought to root out as soon as the opportunity arises.
On the more technical site of things, FVP Image Viewer consists of multiple files and registry entries. After testing them, our researchers have concluded that they do not leave any leftover files. Nevertheless, we think that you should know where this program’s files reside. The locations are provided as follows:
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\FVP
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\FVPThe changes it makes at the Windows Registry level involve modifying existing keys as opposed to creating new ones. For example, it changes the KeyName to FVP of the following keys:
- Key path: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
- Key path: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
However, that is not all. Our malware researchers have found that it modifies additional 6 keys by changing the values with FVPViewer of the following keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.gif\UserChoiceHow do I remove FVP Image Viewer?
Uninstalling should not be too difficult. All you have to do is go to Control Panel and uninstall FVP Image Viewer. Its accompanying search engine is removed from the browser as well. However, in some cases, it might remain so check our guide on how to get rid of it. FVP is not a malicious application, but it does not do anything good either. Its accompanying search engine, on the other hand, must be viewed with suspicion, and since they are inseparable, you should deal with the both of them.
Uninstall this program via Control Panel
- Open the Start menu.
- Click Control Panel and select Add or Remove Programs.
- Find the undesirable application click Remove.
Windows 7 & Vista
- Open the Start menu.
- Click Control Panel.
- Select Uninstall a program.
- Locate the unwanted program and right-click on it.
- Click Uninstall.
Windows 8 & 8.1
- Open the Charm bar and click Settings.
- Go to the Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
- Find the undesirable program.
- Click the Uninstall button.
- Right-click on the Start menu.
- Go to Control Panel and select Uninstall a program.
- Find the program.
- Right-click on it and click Uninstall.
Remove it from Google Chrome
- Launch the web browser.
- Press Alt+F.
- Click More tools and click Extensions.
- Find and Remove the add-on
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