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Remove iLivid virus (Virus Removal Instructions) - Jan 2020 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

iLivid is a potentially unwanted program that is recognized by multiple anti-virus engines

iLivid is a download manager that is often associated with browser hijacking and intrusive advertisements

iLivid is a download manager that can be acquired from many shady third-party sites that host freeware. Due to this, the application is often installed with other potentially unwanted programs that change Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or other browser's settings (for example, SearchQuco was detected as one of the unwanted apps bundled with iLivid virus), display intrusive ads, interfere with users' web browsing sessions, and record their online activities by using tracking technologies like cookies or web beacons.

Questions about iLivid virus

Besides being labeled as a potentially unwanted program[1] by multiple anti-virus vendors, iLivid virus can also be dangerous due to other reasons – namely, its functionality. There multiple download managers that can serve as great additions for those who like to transfer a large amount of data and view the content while offline, but iLivid might lead to downloads of potentially dangerous files, such as Trojans that disguise themselves as legitimate software installers.

Name iLivid
Type Download manager, potentially unwanted program
Related files iLividSetupV1_1032444936.exe, APTunerInstall308_2220856294.exe, iLivid.exe
Distribution The PUP can be installed intentionally due to its functionality, while in other cases users might find it on their system unexpectedly after carelessly installing freeware or shareware 
Symptoms  iLivid is ad-supported program that might display intrusive advertisements on all websites that you visit. Additionally, web browser settings might get changed, along with the homepage and the search engine
Associated risks  Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, personal information disclosure to unknown parties, 
Removal You can terminate adware and other PUPs manually as instructed below or by scanning your computer with anti-malware software
Optimization To remediate your computer system and fix virus damage, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Potentially unwanted programs like iLivid are usually not dangerous per se, although analysis of the main executable in the sandbox environment revealed that it triggers multiple malicious and suspicious indicators.[2] For example, it includes the capability of rebooting or shutting down Windows. Additionally, it imports a variety of APIs and connects to suspicious domains in the background. 

Talking about suspicious activity, the main executable iLividSetupV1_1032444936.exe is detected as follows on Virus Total:[3]

  • FileRepMalware [PUP]
  • Application.Downloader (A)
  • PUA:Win32/InstallCore
  • W32/Ulise.9186!tr
  • Trojan.InstallCore.3711
  • Adware.Gen
  • PUA.InstallCore

Therefore, if you want to remove iLivid automatically, you can employ one of the security applications that detect it as malicious. Nevertheless, you can also check our guide below – getting rid of the manually should not be a problem. Nevertheless, experts advise resetting the web browser settings and also scanning the PC with a repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for best results.

iLivid PUP
iLivid is a potentially unwanted program that might lead to installation of other unsafe software

If you found that iLivid virus is not the only problem you have on your computer and you are suffering from browser redirects, ads, and other suspicious activity, it is highly likely that another potentially unwanted program is also installed on your machine. The intrusive ads might often be filled with scam messages prompting to download other unsafe programs, or claim that your computer is infected with viruses.

Never click on these links, as you might be directed to a site that is booby-trapped by malicious JavaScript.[4] As a result, malware like ransomware, trojan, worm, rootkit, etc. might be injected into your machine without warning. To protect yourself from such threats, make sure all the software on your machine is up to date. Also, safeguard your computer from viruses by using anti-malware software – it can also help you with iLivid removal.

Ways to avoid potentially unwanted programs

There are hundreds of computer users who have become victims of PUPs after downloading and installing freeware on their computers. Typically, these unwanted apps can easily come as optional “components” of download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software, and similar programs; the stealthy infiltration allows the unwanted program to perform web browser modifications and begin its suspicious activity on the computer.

Considering that there are 2.5 million apps on Google Play/Chrome web store,[5] one might just ask why would anyone need to download applications from third-party sources in the first place. What does that mean from a security perspective? Well, some of the apps do not possess the required standards that Google, Microsoft, and other reputable sources set up. Thus, developers of such apps often resort to third-party sites. Nevertheless, you will also find many apps from official sources being distributed by third-parties – there is no need to choose the latter.

While most of the apps from well-known third-party sites will not harm your computer, the installers of such software might be infected with other optional components that are considered as adware or another unwanted program. If you insist on downloading apps from third-parties, make sure you check every installation step carefully: decline all the deals/offers, remove pre-ticked box markings, read the fine print, and always opt for Advanced/Custom installation settings.

iLivid installation
Quite often, users who opt to install iLivid also get their browsers hijacked

ILivid virus removal guide

While the term iLivid virus is not entirely correct (viruses come into systems without users' consent and infect other files on the system, which allows them to propagate further in such a way), many people might refer to this program as such due to its unexpected appearance on their machines. It also happens to be so that many security software vendors recognize the app as a PUP or even malware, so users can perform iLivid removal automatically. Simply download an anti-malware tool of your preference and perform a full system scan.

If your anti-malware does not detect the app, but you do not want to download additional software, you can remove iLivid by following the step-by-step guide below. The process is not that complicated, as long as you follow each of the steps carefully. Finally, experts also recommend resetting all the installed browsers as the unwanted activity caused by PUPs would not return.

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To remove iLivid virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall iLivid from Windows systems

To get rid of potentially unwanted programs from Windows, 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 iLivid and related programs
    Here, look for iLivid 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'

Get rid of iLivid 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 iLivid 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'

Erase iLivid 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 iLivid 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 iLivid removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete iLivid virus 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, iLivid should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove iLivid from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Make sure you reset Mozilla Firefox as soon as you remove iLivid:

  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 iLivid 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 iLivid removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate iLivid from Google Chrome

  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 iLivid 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 iLivid removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall iLivid 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 iLivid 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 iLivid removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. jim says:
    March 21st, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    why dont people get together and demand that the governments shut these fraudulent businesses down and we should be able top sue them for malicious intent for the harm to our systems and our frustrations to find a way to remove them, this in my opinion is way more important than wasting money, time and resources because it affects all of us, even those of us trying to get access to legitimate freeware. everywhere I go to get legit files there are pages full of click here to download your file buttons and you cant be sure if youre getting your file or crap you dont want from these download icons, usually from scan your computer for free or your computer is infected software companies.

  2. paulo ricardo says:
    November 19th, 2013 at 4:59 am

    E mesmo eles precisam de uma liçao

  3. DK says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Hey, tried to follow your instruction (Open control panel -> search resutls toolbar .. -> uninstall)… but got stuck/lost at this part search resutls toolbar .. could you please let me know in just a little more detail for Google Chrome (XP) what you mean/meant by search resutls toolbar. This ilivid thing is bogus! Many thanks!

  4. paulo ricardo says:
    November 19th, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Ah esses editores estao de brincadeira!

  5. Kelly says:
    December 13th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I agree with you Jim, Im so frustrated trying to find a way to shut down or remove iLivid. It has cost our company so much time and money. We are seriously considering a class action lawsuit. Additionally…it should be the Death Penalty for high jacking computers or creating a virus.

  6. Bailey says:
    February 1st, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I tried to download winter I probably have a hijacker I stalled but when I pressed download it did download winrar as well as a few unexpected programs that ran instantly I switched off the mains electricity now here I am panicing not daring to switch my PC on! 🙁

  7. Bailey says:
    February 1st, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    When I said winter I meant win-rar

  8. Maria says:
    February 8th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    i totally agree with jim and kelly, i think that sites like iLivid should be sued and i suppport your decision to sue them. i hope that one day the virus gets the wrong person and that iLivid is shut down, i downloaded it to make youtube vidoes and it didnt work so i read up on it and found out excactly what it was, now i use MalwareBytes all the time and i recommend it to anyone reading this. when MalwareBytes scanned my vomputer it was teaming with viruses…. but its all fixed now! Whatever you do, DONT DOWNLOAD ILIVID!!!

  9. virus says:
    April 12th, 2014 at 9:14 am

    hey jim i understand u on that but what makes u think if they shut down ilivid they will not open another and post under a diffrent name or domain just like torrents that the goverment has shut down isohunt, thepiratbay, kickasstorrents just to name a few all changed the name to either .or .co .de what ever what makes anyone think that you could shut down anything. well you cant just look at what ur downloading and if there is any questionable things about it dont install look online for forms and adware malware virus and such before isntalling been in the field to long and seen to many pcs taken down from viruses some i casused but mostly from other peoples work. there will always be a tech that gets bord and makes a virus for fun hell anyone in the indistry for computer IT. software, hardware. has made one or 2 in his or her time just becasue they could.

  10. Cramp says:
    May 31st, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I hope this guy get such a big ass cramp that he cant sit for the rest of his life

  11. Riaan says:
    March 25th, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I used Webroot SecureAnywhere to remove iLivid

  12. Nina says:
    June 8th, 2015 at 12:20 am

    I install Ilivid last year and i couldnt unistall it, it killed my computer this year and the yechnician who helped me fix it realized that this thing install a program to spy on me on the webcam… be very careful

  13. Nina says:
    June 8th, 2015 at 12:21 am


  14. Ithar says:
    July 27th, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I use to have this software and that PC is not working now. Alhamdulillah i always have a back up, so Im using my new pc now, but I was about to download ilivid when in the search engine was saying ilivid Virus! So I click on it and then i find out this article.

    Thanks You!!

    You have save my new PC

  15. Cheryl says:
    August 23rd, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I use several programs but Windows 10 Windows Defender if updated routinely detected this and uninstalled the software and any other reference to it on my network.

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