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IStreamLite ads. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Adware

iStreamLite, sometimes known just as iStream, is a product by XDisc Corp Ltd. It claims that it is an advantageous tool to “Download streaming videos directly to your desktop.” iStreamLite may seem to be a useful program, but in reality, it is not. This rogue application is designed to send various advertisements for the iStreamLite user, and these advertisements are meant to advertise third-party sponsors and their web pages. If you have noticed that “ads by iStreamLite,” “iStreamLite ads” or “powered by iStreamLite” advertisements started to catch your attention, you must take care of your computer security ASAP. To find out why, read below.

Why is it important to secure your computer and remove iStreamLite?

iStreamLite is an ADWARE program. It means that it is an ad-supported app, which gains income from third-party sources. It pretends to be a legitimate and useful program while in reality in only seeks to promote suspicious websites that belong to iStreamLite partners. In order to attack the user with an enormous amount of ads, this program can even enter victims’ computers without their permission. Such features of this controversial program, in conclusion, makes clear that it is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). However, there are a few more features of iStreamLite that we do want to mention.

Questions about iStreamLite ads

iStreamLite is also capable of collecting data related to user’s browsing habits – so when this application slithers into the computer, it attaches itself to Internet browsers and starts to spy on user’s browsing activity. This adware can see user’s browsing history, IP address, computer location, Internet bookmarks, downloads, and even user’s search queries! Although this information is considered to be non-personal, it can still contain some details that can reveal user’s identity to the developers of iStreamLite. This information may also be shared with third-party clients. Moreover, it can be used to predict your interests and preferences on the web, so iStreamLite starts to generate tons of ads for PC users who have iStreamLite installed on their computers. These ads deliver offers very similar to the content that you have recently viewed on the Internet.

iStreamLite adware page and iStreamLite ads examples

Be careful and do not get caught by the catchy appearance of these ads – they are designed to trick you and to seduce you to click on them. Once you click on them, you may get redirected to third-party sponsors’ websites, which, in most cases, are dangerous. Such sites may promote suspicious material, but we DO NOT recommend installing any software from unreliable sources. If you do not want to accidentally install an infectious file without realizing the risk, you should remove iStreamLite adware as soon as you notice “iStreamLite ads” appearance. You can easily do that with Reimage anti-spyware program.

How it is possible for iStreamLite to hijack my computer without even asking for my permission?

iStreamLite may have its official website, and it offers an “official” download link, but it does not mean that this program is safe or that it is spread in a direct way. Vice versa, iStreamLite is transmitted in an INDIRECT way. Commonly it is spread via bundling method. This distribution method allows to bundle several applications together – and to create a bundled software pack. iStreamLite can be attached to various unreliable software like PDF creators, download managers, or video players. Sadly, the developers of such programs do not tend to disclose about iStreamLite and other PUPs existence in a direct way. They hide such information in “Terms of Use” and “Privacy Policy” documents, and also they conceal the agreements to install such programs under the “Default” and “Standard” installation options. That is why you have to select “Advanced” and “Custom” modes instead. These options allow to make configurations to the installation and also to reject unwanted software components. So you just have to deselect unfamiliar statements, finish the installation process and close the setup.

Ways to remove this potentially unwanted program from your PC:

iStreamLite virus is a program that brings no use to the user’s computer; it can only bring unpleasant effects like computer slowdowns and various interferences during the browsing sessions. It is clearly an unnecessary program that should be removed immediately. To get rid of iStreamLite adware, you can use SpyHunter and delete this computer parasite manually. An alternative way to remove iStreamLite is to uninstall it manually. For that, we have prepared detailed instructions, which can be found under this article. Follow the steps below and eliminate this PUP from your PC:

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To remove iStreamLite ads, follow these steps:

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Delete iStreamLite from Windows systems

  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 iStreamLite and related programs
    Here, look for iStreamLite 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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Eliminate iStreamLite 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 iStreamLite 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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Erase iStreamLite 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 iStreamLite 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 iStreamLite 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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Uninstall iStreamLite ads 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, iStreamLite should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove iStreamLite 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 iStreamLite 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 iStreamLite removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Get rid of iStreamLite 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 iStreamLite 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 iStreamLite removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete iStreamLite 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 iStreamLite 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 iStreamLite removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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