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Pluto TV. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Pluto TV review: an ad-supported program that causes advertising campaigns while being used for watching movies

The image illustrating the official page of Pluto TV services

Pluto TV is represented as a legitimate online television service granting access to 75 live channels and streaming hundreds of popular movies and TV series. However, cyber security experts have doubts is Pluto TV safe because its service features elements typical to adware-type programs. Increased amount of advertisements and web browser's redirects to unknown domains are just few reasons why it has been attributed to “adware” and potentially unwanted program (PUP) categories.

Name Pluto TV
Type Potentially unwanted program
Spreads as  Browser extension
Distribution Bundling
Main symptoms Users report about annoying popup ads
Main dangers Third party ads might be infected with malware
Removal You can uninstall Pluto TV with Reimage 

Based on reviews by many users, it turns out that many people consider it to be a malicious virus. However, according to VirusTotal analysis[1], the main executable file – PlutoTvSetup.exe – is regarded as a safe file. Its official site does not contain malware either. On the other hand, these facts do not fully redeem the reputation of this product. In depth analysis revealed some pieces of suspicious aspects suggesting that Pluto TV virus can hardly be trusted:

  • no HTTPS protocol
  • occasional bothersome commercial offers
  • collection and sharing users‘ personal information with business partners

Especially the latter aspect makes Pluto.tv similar to PUP-like programs. In the privacy policy, the developer mentions that the company highly values the privacy of its clients. However, on the same hand, the company preserves the right to accumulate and share people's personal information with its commercial partners and gives us the reason to consider Pluto TV removal.

Here is the extract from the privacy policy:

We gather various types of Personal Information from our users, as explained in more detail below, and we use this Personal Information internally in connection with our Services(…). In certain cases, we may also share some Personal Information with third parties, but only as described below.

The privacy policy also mentions that the website is immune to “do not track” signals. Unless you use a VPN[2], your personal information will be leaked to third parties.[3]

Though the policy mentions that such information is also shared to the extent of third-party service delivery, taking into account recent data breaches[4], such personal data sharing may only increase the risks of identity theft. Therefore, it is a viable reason to remove Pluto TV virus rather than keep it. You can use Reimage or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes to accelerate the process.

Certainly, such data trading guarantees free Pluto TV services. However, before using the service, you need to question which is more valuable: your privacy or convenience.

The program may be installed without PC user's permission

All volunteers to download this program can access its official website (pluto.tv) and download the extension directly. Officially people can get Pluto TV and program's version for the Internet. The latest version available is 0.0.9. However, even downloading it from the official promotion site poses a risk of getting additional web browser's plug-ins alongside the main installer. 

However, most of its downloads were not direct. It has been found that the company initiates additional distribution campaigns that are carried out with the help of other free programs. This PUP may be promoted as optional component along with its partners' products. Therefore, it's important to inspect freeware installation settings and deselect add-ons before finishing the installation procedure. Note that the only way to get information about optional downloads is to opt for Advanced or Custom installation method. 

A complete Pluto TV removal guide

Pluto TV removal is not a difficult task. The program has an official uninstaller that can be found in the Control Panel. However, you won't find its extensions or other additional components there, so you must check every web browser and reset it (highly recommended). Any active component of the malware may reinstall the main executable or keep initiating suspicious activities on its own.

Having this in mind, we would strongly recommend you to remove Pluto TV extensions with the help of professional anti-malware utility. It will ensure complete PUP removal, including its cookies, files, and registry entries. If you are still willing to get rid of this PUP manually, check the guide below explaining how to uninstall the app from your computer.

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 Pluto TV, follow these steps:

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Uninstall Pluto TV from Windows systems

The following guidance will help you to uninstall this PUP from Windows:

  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 Pluto TV and related programs
    Here, look for Pluto TV 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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Delete Pluto TV 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 Pluto TV 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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Get rid of Pluto TV from Internet Explorer (IE)

In order to eliminate the extension and Pluto TV cookies, you may need to reset the browser. For that, follow this detailed guide:

  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 Pluto TV 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 Pluto TV 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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Eliminate Pluto TV 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, Pluto TV should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Pluto TV 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 Pluto TV 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 Pluto TV removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase Pluto TV from Google Chrome

To remove Pluto TV completely, reset Google Chrome. If you haven't done that yet, please follow these steps:

  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 Pluto TV 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 Pluto TV removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall Pluto TV 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 Pluto TV 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 Pluto TV removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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