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Livemediasearch.run. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Livemediasearch.run – a browser-hijacking app which tries to appeal to users with “enhanced” functionality

Livemediasearch.run hijack
Livemediasearch.run is a browser-hijacking app which gathers various non-personal details.

Livemediasearch.run is a fake search engine associated with Smart Music Search browser extension. The dubious application promises enhanced functionality. According to developers, it helps users to search music straight from their address bar. Nevertheless, the program is a browser hijacker which affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and only serves a purpose of bringing financial gain for developers, while the end user is being spied on, as well as presented to a significant amount of sponsored content.

Name Livemediasearch.run
Type Browser hijacker
Sub-type PUP (potentially unwanted program)
Danger level Low. Affects only browsers, other computer systems and components remain untouched.
Purpose To gain revenue for the developers by tricking victims.
Tricks users by Providing fast access to various music and making it look like a comfortable feature.
Deletion You can use Reimage to get rid of the infection.

Livemediasearch.run hijack can occur after users download and install shareware of freeware from the internet. Developers of unwanted programs often use the bundling technique for PUP distribution. This guarantees the infiltration of some computers, as users often tend to skip steps while installing new software from the internet and miss the opportunity to decline optional installs.

Although a browser hijacker is not considered to be malware, some users go as far as calling it Livemediasearch.run virus. Some security experts agree and call potentially unwanted programs “legal malware,” as it can compromise system's security by leading users to unsafe websites and injecting bogus programs by using scare tactics (such as survey or tech support scams).

Additionally, according to IT professionals[1], browser hijackers usually gather non-personally identifiable information,[2] which may include:

  • Pages visited;
  • Links clicked;
  • Search queries;
  • Saved bookmarks;
  • IP address;
  • Software information;
  • And other similar data.

Sometimes the browser hijacker might lead you to pages where unknown third-parties may track your personal data, especially if you enter it into “required” fields. In order to avoid such harm, you need to remove Livemediasearch.run from your PC. We recommend doing that with the help of an anti-malware tool such as Reimage. The complete process will take just a few minutes. Alternatively, you can use the guide for manual elimination prepared by our experts below.

What is more, Smart Music Search authors try to direct users to sponsored domains. This means that, whenever you search for shoes to buy online, the presented results will be not genuine ones, but covered in sponsored links. This guarantees increased traffic to less-known websites, as well as increases partners' sales and profits. In return, the hijacker's developers receive pay-per-click[3] revenue.

However, the end user is left with a bloated browser which displays ads whether he or she likes it or not, redirects to questionable sites and tracks internet browsing activity, which some people may want to keep private. Searching music online is easy, and, nowadays, there are plenty of legitimate platforms created, such as Spotify or SoundCloud. Thus, if your homepage is hijacked, proceed with  Livemediasearch.run removal and use legitimate software instead.

Distribution methods of PUPs, and ways to avoid them

As mentioned above, PUPs spread using deceitful methods. Browser hijackers and other dubious programs might be included together with freeware or shareware. This may lead to PUP multiplication and finally to malware infection. To avoid such consequences, download software from legitimate sources only.

However, potentially unwanted programs can also be included in the legitimate software, as well as its updates. Therefore, even if you are sure that the download is coming from a genuine source, pay attention to the installation process. Make sure select Advanced/Custom installation mode instead of Recommended or Default one, and eliminate all optional components before the installation is finished.

In some cases, users are tricked into installing browser hijacking programs themselves. Authors of PUPs typically do not disclose the full functionality of their software and promise the benefit of using it instead. Nevertheless, as it should be clear by now, hijackers are unwanted guests on any computer and should be avoided at all costs.

Smart Music Search elimination guide

To remove Livemediasearch.run virus from your web browsers you will need to eliminate all harmful components that might have been provided by the browser hijacker. Delete all browser extensions, suspicious apps, and other bogus software. As soon as that is done, you will have to reset all installed browsers manually. You will find the instruction below.

Automatic Livemediasearch.run removal can be performed as well and is highly recommended, especially if you are not that familiar with computers and their processes. Additionally, this method is a quick solution for anyone who does not want to spend too much on the elimination.

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 Livemediasearch.run, follow these steps:

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Uninstall Livemediasearch.run from Windows systems

If a browser hijacker infection has entered your Windows operating system, follow this guide in order to eliminate the cyberthreat:

  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 Livemediasearch.run and related programs
    Here, look for Livemediasearch.run 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 Livemediasearch.run 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.

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Erase Livemediasearch.run 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 Livemediasearch.run 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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Eliminate Livemediasearch.run from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the guiding steps below in order to get rid of the hijack from your IE browser:

  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 Livemediasearch.run 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 Livemediasearch.run 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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Remove Livemediasearch.run 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, Livemediasearch.run should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete Livemediasearch.run 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 Livemediasearch.run 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 Livemediasearch.run removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Get rid of Livemediasearch.run from Google Chrome

Quickly delete the browser-hijacking app with the help of these instructions:

  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 Livemediasearch.run 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 Livemediasearch.run removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall Livemediasearch.run 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 Livemediasearch.run 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 Livemediasearch.run, 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 Livemediasearch.run removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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