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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

iLividiLivid 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 ReimageIntego

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 ReimageIntego for best results.

iLivid PUPiLivid 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 installationQuite 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:

To remove iLivid virus from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to iLivid virus (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of iLivid from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove iLivid virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for iLivid virus-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove iLivid virus, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to iLivid virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the iLivid virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase iLivid from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for iLivid virus and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete iLivid virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete iLivid virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the iLivid virus-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove iLivid from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to iLivid virus and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case iLivid virus did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete iLivid virus removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate iLivid from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to iLivid virus by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the iLivid virus-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete iLivid virus removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall iLivid from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to iLivid virus and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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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

    *Technician

  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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