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24stream. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

24stream virus – a PUP from ad-supported software family

24stream virus

24stream is a term that describes adware[1] program that initiates browser redirects to install.24-stream.com and other suspicious websites. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) is aimed to promote the installation of additional questionable content like web browser toolbars, box advertisements, plug-ins. Such activity makes browsing unbearable, but developers of the PUP can generate pay-per-click earnings.

Summary
Name 24stream
Type Adware
Danger level Medium. Might display potentially dangerous ads
Redirect domain install.24-stream.com
Symptoms Delivery of aggressive pop-ups, banners, and other ads; redirects to questionable sites
Distribution Software bundles
To uninstall 24stream, install Reimage and run a full system scan

Install.24-stream.com adware targets Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge and other internet browsers. Typically it sneaks into the system in the software bundle, so users often cannot understand why they see so many ads and other annoying commercial content.

However, the 24stream virus might modify browser’s settings in order to control what users see on the Internet. There’s no doubt that so many pop-up ads and redirects to various websites, banners that fill up the browser makes surfing the Web frustrating. However, there are bigger problems than that.

install.24-stream.com redirect issues are highly concerning. Adware displays pop-up ads that might be risky. They might redirect to promotional sites that offer to download potentially dangerous problems. Additionally, all of those deals offered by adware might guide you throughout some suspicious pages that might be harmful, for instance, phishing or tech support scam.[2]

Security specialists from utanvirus.se[3] also warn that undesired software and potentially harmful content can be downloaded to your computer without consent too. This can attach other PUPs that installs other ones, and this becomes a vicious circle of redirects. This activity makes people want to remove 24stream ASAP.

Although you can delete extensions and programs from your browser manually, we do not recommend to choose this type of 24stream removal. You can safely use certified tools for this job like Reimage that can provide you with a full system can.

Caution is a key when it comes to software download and installation process

When you download any software to your computer make sure you pay attention. PUP developers know the tendency of skipping installation process steps, which people have. This careless behavior and lack of knowledge causing questionable downloads.

When downloading software, make sure that you are relying on a certified and legitimate provider or store. This will ensure that you are getting the right programs and nothing else. If not doing so you might get a bundle of free additional programs that would make your browsing experience frustrating.

Each time you click on an advertisement or banner you are redirected to another one, and that makes the risk of infecting your browser and computer furthermore. It is crucial to know what you are downloading and clicking on to avoid getting browser infections.

Remove 24stream from your browser immediately

You can try to remove 24stream and all the suspicious extensions from your browser manually. Look for any dubious and questionable add-ons or other programs with similar names. The guidelines below will show you how it’s done. However, we do not recommend this elimination option because it may not be effective.

It’s easy to overlook adware-related components, so we recommend using an anti-malware program for 24stream removal. Once you run a full system scan, all suspicious programs, files, and applications will be wiped out from your machine.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove 24stream, follow these steps:

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Delete 24stream from Windows systems

To complete manual 24stream removal, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall 24stream and related programs
    Here, look for 24stream or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Get rid of 24stream from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for 24stream or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Uninstall 24stream from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 24stream and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 24stream removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase 24stream from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, 24stream should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove 24stream from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall 24stream and other shady add-ons from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select 24stream and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete 24stream removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate 24stream from Google Chrome

Get rid of all unknown Chrome extensions and reset the browser:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select 24stream and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete 24stream removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete 24stream from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for 24stream or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete 24stream removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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