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Remove Search.easytowatchtvnow.com (Virus Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search.easytowatchtvnow.com – a misleading search engine identified as a PUP

Search.easytowatchtvnow.com virus hijacks Chrome tab

Search.easytowatchtvnow.com is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker.[1] That’s an international classification applied to apps that exhibit abnormal behavior on a target system and initiate unauthorized system’s modifications. While this hijacker is not malicious by its nature, it’s not a legitimate Yahoo-based search provider as its developer, Polarity Technologies Inc., claims. It spreads in the form of Easy to Watch TV Now extension compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Safari.

Name Search.easytowatchtvnow.com, Easy to Watch TV Now 
Developer Polarity Technologies Inc.
Type Browser hijacker
Symptoms Corrupted start page, search engine, URL address
Distribution Freeware bundling
Targeted web browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Safari
Danger level Low. Cannot harm the system directly. The risk of being exposed to dangerous content
Elimination We recommend using ReimageIntego to get rid of Search.easytowatchtvnow.com

However, the word “compatible” is hardly appropriate here. This redirect virus seeks to corrupt the settings of the mentioned web browsers to start initiating doubtful marketing campaigns.[2] Thus, if the unsuspecting PC’s user agrees to install the extension, web browser’s primary page, search provider, and a new tab URL are replaced with http://search.easytowatchtvnow.com/. These modifications are followed by:

  • installation of unwanted web browser’s extensions;
  • the increment of intrusive online ads;
  • continuous browser’s redirects to commercial web domains;
  • redirects to online survey sites and other suspicious domains;
  • inability to remove Search.easytowatchtvnow.com;
  • failure to change start page and search provider to Google.com or another trustworthy one.

The purpose of the Easy to Watch TV Now is to initiate marketing campaigns. In other words, it seeks to promote its partners websites to generate income. However, the content included in the domains of its affiliates are not monitored, so relying on continuous redirects to Yahoo is at your own risk:

The Software may contain specific Third-Party components embedded therein (“Third-Party Components”). Such Third-Party Components are owned by their respective owners. You acknowledge and agree that the Third-Party Components are a proprietary product of their respective owners and licensors. You further acknowledge and agree that any and all right, title, and interest in and to the Third-Party Components, including associated intellectual property rights, are and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of their respective owners and licensors.

Following such scheme, the browser hijacker can increase visitor’s rate to partners' web domains. To maximize the profit, the virus can also display third-party ads (pop-ups, banners, interstitial ads, hyperlinks, etc.). The problem that concerns us the most is the reliability of the websites to which Search.easytowatchtvnow.com redirects users to. In some of the cases, after clicking on links and ads, you might be exposed to irrelevant or even dangerous content.

Search.easytowatchtvnow.com redirects might expose to potentially dangerous contentSearch.easytowatchtvnow.com is a PUP and browser hijacker. Despite it's non malicious on its nature, it can promote malicious content and, therefore, poses a risk of getting infected with malware

The necessity of Search.easytowatchtvnow.com removal is not questionable. This search site is also capable of collecting user’s Search Data, including IP address, email address, name, and some other pieces of quite sensitive information.
It might not be that easy to uninstall virus from the system. Regular modification of web browser’s settings will not solve the problem. Once you restart your web browser, this unwanted search site will be reset by default.

To eliminate it, you should, first of all, delete all PUPs from the system and then get rid of browser hijacker-related objects from your web browser. The easiest way to do that is to run a full system scan with ReimageIntego and then reset web browser’s settings to default.

Direct browser hijacker downloads are very rare

Some browser hijackers can be promoted as standalone apps from legitimate sources like Google Play Store. Nevertheless, usually, they get installed as freeware-dependent web browser extensions and add-ons. Unwanted search sites can be disclosed as useful tools for enhancing web browsing experience.

Such tools can be found in the freeware’s installation wizard under “recommended downloads” section. To unravel full package of a free application, it’s a must to opt for Advanced or Custom installation instead of Quick. This way, a couple of additional installation setup windows that contain unwanted attachments will be disclosed. All you have to do is to unmark additional components before the installation is finished.

According to NoVirus.uk[3] cybersecurity research team, the main reason why installation of software bundles is not decreasing for so many years is people’s unawareness of “bundling” distribution method.

Eliminate Search.easytowatchtvnow.com virus

To remove Search.easytowatchtvnow.com virus from the system, you need to uninstall all PUPs, web browser extensions, and all related files from the system. To make the process easier, we recommend clearing up the system with the help of professional anti-malware utility. Additionally, reset your web browsers.

However, you can also use standard Search.easytowatchtvnow.com removal guidelines provided below. Make sure to perform each step in right order and reset your web browser’s settings in the end. This procedure will help you return your computer to its previous state.

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To remove Search.easytowatchtvnow.com, follow these steps:

Remove Search.easytowatchtvnow.com from Windows systems

The following instructions will help you to get rid of browser hijacker-related components from Windows OS:

  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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.easytowatchtvnow.com 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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com 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.

Eliminate Search.easytowatchtvnow.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Search.easytowatchtvnow.com from Applications folder:

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

Delete Search.easytowatchtvnow.com 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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com 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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Search.easytowatchtvnow.com from Microsoft Edge

To uninstall Search.easytowatchtvnow.com from Edge, open its Settings and reset its settings to default.

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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com-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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com 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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com 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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Search.easytowatchtvnow.com from Google Chrome

If Google Chrome has been hijacked, eliminate all unknown and suspicious extensions. The easiets way to do that is to reset it:

  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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com 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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Search.easytowatchtvnow.com 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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com 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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com, 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 Search.easytowatchtvnow.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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