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Remove Livesport.ws virus (Virus Removal Instructions) - Simple Removal Guide

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Livesport.ws is an ad-supported Russian website that pushes its sports-related news and bet sites in an intrusive way

Livesport.ws ads

Livesport.ws is a Russian website that should allow visitors to watch the live broadcasts of the sports matches, keep people informed about the latest sports news, and more. However, this website is heavily filled with ads and uses aggressive strategies to make visitors subscribe to its push notifications[1]

According to cybersecurity researchers, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and other web browsers may start causing Livesport.ws redirects if the system contains a potentially unwanted program (PUP), namely adware. Although these redirects are not dangerous, you may forget about a productive web browsing because any click on livessport ads redirects the web browser to gambling or betting sites[2], such as Optibet or 1X-BET. 

Name Livesport.ws
Classification Adware
Sub-category Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), Push Notification virus
Reasons for classification Many people reported ongoing redirects to this domain, which were triggered by the ad-supported applications. Moreover, the site is filled by sponsored ads and click on any random site's place redirects the browser to the sites of affiliates
Main dangers The site promoted adult sites, especially related to gambling and betting. People may be tricked into exposing personal details on such sites or accidentally download malware
Removal If you have accidentally enabled stream.livesport push notifications, then you may need to reset the web browser's settings to disable the ads. Besides, malware removal is required with the help of a below-given guide or automatic anti-malware tool. 
Experts recommend optimizing the system with ReimageIntego repair tool every time it gets affected by malware 

The Livesport.ws virus has a list of related domains that users can be redirected to interchangeably. These are the following:

  • stream.livesport.ws
  • static.livesport.ws
  • pluto.livesport.ws
  • moon.livesport.ws
  • livesport.ws
  • livesport365.ws
  • static2.livesport.ws
  • static5.livesport.ws
  • static3.livesport.ws
  • static1.livesport.ws
  • sun.livesport.ws
  • static4.livesport.ws
  • st1.livesport.ws
  • beta.livesport.ws, etc. 

Each of these sites is heavily filled with ads, including banners and pop-ups. Clicking on random links or advertising content redirects web browser's page to the affiliated sites, most of which are Russian sports streaming, gambling, and betting sites. Nevertheless, clicking on any of the stream.livesport ads can reroute visitors to porn sites or other unwanted domains. 

Livesport.ws ads cause redirects, thus boosting the traffic of the sponsors' sites and generating advertising income. However, clicking on them is not recommended due to the risk of being exposed to suspicious or even malware-infected sites. 

To prevent intrusive web browser's behavior, users are advised not to click the Allow button on the Livesport.ws push notifications. This site displays a pop-up box at the top-left corner of the screen randomly, which says:

Livesport.ws wants to show notifications 

Block Allow

Sometimes, users can be tricked into enabling the Livesport.ws popups by false claims saying something like please click the allow button to load the video, close the window, or prove that you are not a robot. Such claims are fake because the Allow button grants intrusive third-party ads permission to show up on your PC's screen even when the web browser is not opened. 

Livesport.ws popupsLivesport.ws domain displays intrusive ads regularly if the user subscribed push notifications

Those who have accidentally subscribed to the notifications might have noticed that the ads displayed on random websites correspond to the searches that they have recently initiated. The reason for that is simple – Livesport.ws may track user's web browsing activities in order to analyze search queries and browsing preferences. 

The Livesport.ws removal is highly recommended to restore security while web browsing and prevent third parties from spying on you. To unsubscribe the notifications, you should either completely reset the web browser's settings or perform these steps (applies for Google Chrome):

  • Type the chrome://settings/content/notifications path to the Chrome's URL bar;
  • Alternatively, you can navigate to the SettingsPrivacy and SecurityNotifications;
  • Find Livesport.ws (or related) on the list, click on the three horizontal dots next to the URL and select Remove.

However, it might not be sufficient to remove Livesport.ws notifications from the web browser if the website is advertised by adware that you have accidentally installed. In this case, you may need to use a professional anti-malware tool to get rid of intrusive applications from your machine. 

Upon stream.livesports removal, system optimization is recommended with a tool like ReimageIntego. This way, useless registries, and other entries will be eliminated to prevent cache. 

Do not rely on the Recommended software installation setup

Freeware bundling is a controversial distribution technique. Although it's legitimate on its nature, cybersecurity experts blame its deceptiveness and warn people about the risk of downloading a pack of potentially unwanted programs (PUP) due to it. The biggest problem is not the bundling itself, but rather the parties that are most actively using it. In practice, this software distribution strategy is employed by third-party advertisers since it allows them to distribute adware, browser hijacker, and other potentially dangerous applications widely. 

LosVirus.es[3] researchers claim that the chances that bundling will someday be banished are very low. Therefore, people have to be aware of the freeware download risks and take precautionary measures to prevent PUP installation by themselves. 

Livesport.ws redirectsLivesport.ws redirects disrupt the web browser's performance and interrupt user's activities

There is one golden rule – do not skip the pre-selected “I have read the terms and conditions” boxes and do not rely on Recommended installation options. That's a mistake because this way you can inadvertently grant the installation of the whole freeware package. 

Instead of that, carefully select the freeware download source and opt for the Advanced/Custom installation technique. After that, read all terms and conditions provided on the installation setup windows and disagree with the installation of additional components. Usually, you should remove the tick from the pre-selected checkboxes. 

Eliminate adware from your machine to stop Livesport.ws notifications

As we have already pointed out, the Livesport.ws ads may start popping up during your web browsing session if you have accidentally enabled the push notifications. Nevertheless, they can also be triggered by an adware-type application that might have been installed via a freeware bundle. 

Livesport.ws push notificationsLivesport.ws virus may trick people into subscribing push notifications by rendering false claims

In both cases, these ads are too annoying to be kept. To remove the intrusive push notifications, you should first address the settings of the web browser, i.e. delete the site's permission to display notifications. If, however, that did not help, you have to remove Livesport.ws adware from the machine's App folder. You can do that manually (the guide is given below) or run a professional anti-malware tool. 

The last step after the Livesport.ws removal is optimization. Since adware programs and other PUP create their own registries and startup processes, it's advisable to use ReimageIntego to get rid of suchlike entries that can cache the system over time. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Livesport.ws virus, follow these steps:

Erase Livesport.ws from Windows systems

Stearming.livesports notifications can disrupt your everyday browsing activities. In order to get rid of them, delete the related adware this way:

To remove Livesport.ws 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 Livesport.ws 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 Livesport.ws from Mac OS X system

If Mac OS X machine has been affected by this domain, get rid of malware from the system using this tutorial.

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

Remove Livesport.ws virus from Applications folder:

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

Delete Livesport.ws 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 Livesport.ws 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 Livesport.ws virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Livesport.ws 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 Livesport.ws 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

Uninstall Livesport.ws from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If Mozilla Firefox keeps generating Livesport.ws ads, reset the browser's settings for good.

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 Livesport.ws 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 Livesport.ws 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 Livesport.ws virus removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Livesport.ws from Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a primary target of advertisers. If you have been tricked into subscribing dubious ads center notifications, you can disable them by following these steps:

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 Livesport.ws 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 Livesport.ws 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 Livesport.ws virus removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Livesport.ws 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 Livesport.ws 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

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