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Remove IStreamingSearch (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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IStreamingSearch – a browser extension that seeks to earn money from your clicks on ads

IStreamingSearchIStreamingSearch is a potentially unwanted application that changes web browser settings in order to feed users ads

IStreamingSearch is a potentially unwanted program that travels as an extension that is compatible with Google Chrome, MS Edge, or Mozilla Firefox web browsers. Typically, most users do not install the app intentionally, as its main distribution method is software bundling – a technique that compiles several programs into a single installation package. Alternatively, the hijacker could be pushed through random websites and deceptive ads online.

Once installed, IStreamingSearch would change the homepage and the new tab address of the browser to portal.istreamingsearch.com or feed.istreamingsearch.com and redirect all search results to Yahoo or another provider. Unlike regular search engines, this one would provide several sponsored links ad the top, marked as “Ads.” Unfortunately, not all users notice this marking and visit these pages anyways – these could not always be appropriate or as informative as genuine links.

Name IStreamingSearch 
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
IP address 172.67.192.254 
Distribution Software bundle packages, deceptive ads on various sites
Symptoms Search results are filled with sponsored links and ads; homepage and new tab address is set to portal.istreamingsearch.com or feed.istreamingsearch.com; overall increased amount of advertisements
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, information disclosure to potentially unsafe parties, monetary losses
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware
Optional steps Computer infections can cause significant damage to system files or disrupt normal settings. To revert these changes and remediate the OS, perform a full system scan with ReimageIntego repair software

Since the app might show up on users' machines without permission, some might call it IStreamingSearch virus. While the intrusion is less than welcome, it is important to note that technically if is not a virus, but rather a browser hijacker – a type of a potentially unwanted program. In fact, if not the changed homepage and new tab URL, some might not even notice that their browsers have been hijacked.

Even when spotted, some users might decide to keep IStreamingSearch hijack regardless, as it attempts to lure people with extra features – in incorporates a calculator, a cryptocurrency converter, PDF converter, etc. Despite this, it is important to note that these features can be accessed through numerous websites for free, so there is no need to have your browser hijacked for this.

And, IStreamingSearch is just one of many creations provided by an unknown developer. It is a part of the broader browser hijacker family. Previous creations include StreamSiteSearchHDSportSearchsSpacerin Search, and many others. All these apps are virtually identical, apart from the logo, name and the color scheme, although their goal remains the same – feed users with ads, record various information and generate revenue in the process.

In the meantime, if you happened to have this app installed, you will have to suffer from misleading search results. The hijack might also hinder finding relevant information quickly. The only way to stop this activity is to remove IStreamingSearch from your web browser and then employ SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes or another security software to check the system for other infections. Experts[1] also recommend using ReimageIntego after the PUP termination to ensure healthy operation of the computer post elimination.

IStreamingSearch hijackIStreamingSearch is a browser hijacker that might appear on your system seemingly out of nowhere

IStreamingSearch removal is not only mandatory to prevent ads but also due to privacy reasons. If you check the Privacy Policy of the hijacker, you would find more details about its information collection practices. It is said that the collected data includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • device type;
  • IP address;
  • browser type;
  • language settings,
  • search logs
  • time stamps, etc.

Additionally, the developers also collect personal information if such is provided, although search queries and the IP address can also be considered personal data. Thus, if you value your privacy and want to return to a clutter-free browsing experience, uninstall IStreamingSearch by eliminating the extension from your browser.

Software bundling and other methods used for browser hijacker distribution

One of the main reasons why many people tent to call browser hijackers viruses is due to their distribution techniques, namely, software bundling. Freeware developers and software distributors use this method to ensure that less attentive people install applications without providing direct consent. Bundle packages are extremely common, and mostly reside in third-party websites. This is why many users who find their browsers hijacked usually believe that “the virus” arrived to their systems automatically.

To avoid potentially unwanted applications such as browser hijackers, adware, scareware,[2] and others, you should always be aware and cautious during the installation of free programs, especially when dealing with third-party sites. According to research, even the most popular software distribution sites bundle software,[3] so you should never rush through the installation steps, read the fine print, decline all the deals/offers, watch out for pre-ticked checkboxes, and, most importantly, always pick Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones when prompted. This will allow you to stay in control of the installation process from start to finish and see which apps are being installed.

IStreamingSearch virusIStreamingSearch gathers a considerable amount of user data as long as the hijacker is installed on the system

IStreamingSearch removal instructions

While changed web browser settings do not always correlate with the name of the browser hijacker, you are likely to find and remove IStreamingSearch virus after eliminating the extension of the same name. All you have to do is access the settings section of your browser and uninstall it. This way, you will stop the continuous redirects to alternative search providers and an increased number of ads. Nonetheless, we also recommend clearing the web browser by deleting cookies and other web data to ensure the hijacker is not keeping track of you even after you delete it.

An alternative method for IStreamingSearch removal is security software. Keep in mind that anti-virus programs use different criteria to describe hijackers and PUPs, so some apps might not detect this particular extension. However, security programs are excellent when it comes to invisible malware detection, so you should scan your system regardless.

It is also important to note that browser changes might also be related to another application that is installed on your system and is not related to the web browser. In such a case, you can use our manual elimination instructions provided below and delete all the found PUPs.

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To remove IStreamingSearch, follow these steps:

Delete IStreamingSearch from Windows systems

To uninstall programs from Windows computers, proceed with the following 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 IStreamingSearch and related programs
    Here, look for IStreamingSearch 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'
  5. Remove IStreamingSearch from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Remove IStreamingSearch from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is showing symptoms of the browser hijacker or another PUP, follow this guide:

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

Remove IStreamingSearch from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for IStreamingSearch-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 IStreamingSearch, 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 IStreamingSearch and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the IStreamingSearch-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase IStreamingSearch 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 IStreamingSearch 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 IStreamingSearch removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall IStreamingSearch 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 IStreamingSearch-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

Get rid of IStreamingSearch from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 IStreamingSearch 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete IStreamingSearch removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate IStreamingSearch from Google Chrome

Delete the IStreamingSearch extension in order to stop the hijacker from forcibly changing your browser settings:

  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 IStreamingSearch 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete IStreamingSearch removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete IStreamingSearch 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 IStreamingSearch or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by IStreamingSearch, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 IStreamingSearch removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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