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Remove Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com virus (Easy Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com search results might redirect you to hazardous Internet pages

Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com virus is a nerve-racking computer program that changes homepage and default new tab page settings in victim’s web browsers. After taking control of the browser settings, the browser hijacker[1] replaces the previous value in homepage, default search and new tab page settings. As a consequence, browsers start redirecting the user to hxxp://Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com/ site on a daily basis. This is done in order to promote the search tool provided by that website. The search engine is known to be yet another bogus replica of infamous search tools developed by Polarity Technologies, Ltd. The company is a well-known developer of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that hijack browser’s settings without asking for user’s permission. The browser hijacker typically comes in the form of a browser extension called Watch Your TV Shows Now. Therefore, the victim sees this name whenever one of the infected browsers redirects him/her to the described web page.

Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com virus

If you’re wondering why would someone want to replace your browser’s homepage, the answer is because someone wants to force you to use a search engine that mainly provides ads instead of organic search results. At first, it seems that this search tool provides Yahoo search results; however, we suggest looking at the tab name then. It says “SaferBrowser Yahoo Search Results,” which means that search results aren’t genuinely from Yahoo. These results are likely to be filled with ads. Clicking on them can immediately redirect you to websites that might appear to be dangerous, and that is the reason why IT experts created the “Yahoo Redirect virus” category[2]. If you ever experience a redirect to such website without expressing an interest to do so, better quit it immediately. You should not trust websites that promote themselves via aggressive pop-up ads and banners, especially those generated by adware-type programs. If the described hijacker already infiltrated your computer system, remove Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com using anti-malware program, for instance, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com hijackSearch.searchwatchyourtsn.com virus attempts to force the computer user to use the search engine shown in the picture. However, this search engine generates results that are full of sponsored entries. Clicking on them can trigger redirects to dangerous websites.

However, annoying and dangerous redirects are not the only problems that this browser hijacker causes. It also collects some data about your browsing sessions. Although it promises not to collect personally identifiable information, you can never know whether it does or not. To collect browsing-related data, the hijacker employs such tracking technologies as cookies or web beacons. Collected data can be easily misused and reach people that are not supposed to get their hands on it. If you do not want to allow Polarity Technologies, Ltd. To collect browsing-related data, simply perform Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com removal.

Ways to reach target systems

Browser hijackers like Search.searchwatchyourtsn typically travel alongside popular freeware, so we suggest you be very careful when installing programs that you decide to download from suspicious Internet pages. They might be entirely legitimate programs, but their installers can suggest installing a couple of “recommended” programs that display annoying ads or change browser’s settings without providing any explanation. To opt-out unwanted additions, we recommend choosing Custom or Advanced settings during software installation procedure. This configuration will reveal the list of extra programs added to your desired software, and you will get a chance to deselect the ones that you do not need. Remember that Standard or Default option do not provide such possibility, so we suggest avoiding them if you do not want to allow installation of bundled programs without even realizing it.

Removing Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com redirect problem

Do not delay Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com removal any longer and use instructions prepared by our security experts in case you want to uninstall this browser hijacker manually. If you’re looking for a better and less time-consuming solution to this problem, we suggest installing an anti-spyware program and deleting all spyware/malware at once. You can find both manual, and automatic removal options explained below. If you decide to remove Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com virus manually, remember that a system scan using anti-spyware software can complete the task and wipe off all of the remaining components of spyware and malware.

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To remove Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com from Windows systems

First of all, you have to understand that usually it is not enough to uninstall a program via Control Panel to completely eliminate a browser hijacker or an adware program. You will need to find all programs developed by Polarity Technologies and then clean browser shortcuts as explained below.

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

Remove Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com 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 Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com 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'

Get rid of Search.searchwatchyourtsn.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.searchwatchyourtsn.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.searchwatchyourtsn.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com 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 Search.searchwatchyourtsn.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

Delete Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow the provided guidelines to eliminate all shady Firefox add-ons. To complete the removal procedure, refresh Firefox.

  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.searchwatchyourtsn.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.searchwatchyourtsn.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Search.searchwatchyourtsn.com from Google Chrome

Check Chrome's Extensions panel to find Watch Your TV Shows Now extension. If you can find this extension in your browser, delete it without a hesitation.

  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.searchwatchyourtsn.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.searchwatchyourtsn.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Search.searchwatchyourtsn.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.searchwatchyourtsn.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.searchwatchyourtsn.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.searchwatchyourtsn.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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