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Remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com virus (Tutorial) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Overview of the Search.searchwatchytsn.com virus

Search.searchwatchytsn.com virus is a browser hijacker that might take over Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari web browsers. This cyber infection is closely related to “Watch Your TV Shows Now” application and might hijack browser with a help of it. Behind this browser hijacker stands two well-known companies Eightpoint Technologies Ltd. and Polarity Technologies Ltd. They are famous for creating other browser hijackers and various suspicious applications. Search.searchwatchytsn.com browser hijacker offers to use a suspicious search engine that is supposed to deliver results from Yahoo Search. Nevertheless, Yahoo is a reliable service; no one can assure that this program is not capable of modifying search results and including sponsored links into them. These applications are known for doing that. This activity allows generating revenue from boosting traffic to the third-party websites that seek for popularity. It’s not the only way how developers profit from this application. They might also deliver various ads and make pay-per-click advertising[1] revenue. The biggest problem is related to Search.searchwatchytsn.com redirect issues. Some of commercial links or ads might be infected[2] or lead to the potentially dangerous websites where you might get infected or become a victim of a scam[3].

Search.searchwatchytsn.com virus tries to attract people with quick access to popular email services and movie-related websites. It also offers local weather forecast application which is developed by the Safer Browser. If you haven’t heard about them yet, you should know that they are also known for developing suspicious apps and tools. However, you should never trust any program that appears on your PC without asking permission! In the EULA[4] developers reveal that this app might replace default homepage and new tab address, change default search engine and built-in search box. Sadly, it might be hard to remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com from the browser because of various helper objects and related third-party apps. What is more, it might install cookies and allow third-party cookies as well. In the Privacy Policy, they inform about possibilities to collect both personally and non-personally identifiable information. Thus, they are interested in browsing-related information and technical details about the used device, search engine, etc. Data tracking might lead to the serious privacy-related problems. Therefore, if you want to avoid them[5], start Search.searchwatchytsn.com removal immediately. Please, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to speed up this process.

Questions about Search.searchwatchytsn.com virus

The image of Search.searchwatchytsn.com virusSearch.searchwatchytsn.com virus hijacks popular web browsers and force users to use suspicious search engine.

When was my browser attacked?

Search.searchwatchytsn.com hijack might occur then users install new programs carelessly. Hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs spread in the software packages as extra components. For this reason, you need always check what you are letting to get inside the system. Always “unpack” programs by using Advanced/Custom installation settings. Carefully follow each step and look for the additional apps. If you find them, opt out them immediately. However, the majority of computer users are used to Basic/Standard settings. Unfortunately, they are not reliable because they do not reveal about additional apps and install them by default.

How to get rid of Search.searchwatchytsn.com virus?

For Search.searchwatchytsn.com removal you have two possibilities. You can rely on your computer and investigation skills. Following our prepared instructions below you have to look through the system and find browser hijacker. Once you find it, you have to uninstall it like any other program. However, it might have installed various third-party apps that should be removed as well. To remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com manually might take some time. If you want quick solutions that does not require putting so much effort, opt for automatic removal option. Install anti-malware program and run a full system scan with an updated tool.

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

Erase Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Windows systems

If your computer was hijacked by the Search.searchwatchytsn.com virus, please carefully follow the instructions below and delete all hijacker-related components.

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

Uninstall Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Mac OS X system

If your Mac was infected with Search.searchwatchytsn.com virus, please follow the steps below to remove it manually:

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

Remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Applications folder:

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

Delete Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

After Search.searchwatchytsn.com hijack you need to reset Internet Explorer. The instruction below will help you to do it.

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.searchwatchytsn.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.searchwatchytsn.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge might have been affected by the browser hijacker too. Follow these steps to fix it:

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.searchwatchytsn.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

Eliminate Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

After Search.searchwatchytsn.com hijack, you need to reset Mozilla’s settings and remove all suspicious add-ons that might be related to the browser hijacker or developed by Eightpoint Technologies or Polarity Technologies.

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

Get rid of Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Google Chrome

Uninstall all suspicious extensions from the Google Chrome that are developed by Eightpoint Technologies or Polarity Technologies. They might be responsible for another hijack.

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

Erase Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Safari

The instructions below will help you to fix Safari after Search.searchwatchytsn.com browser hijacker’s attack.

  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.searchwatchytsn.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.searchwatchytsn.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.searchwatchytsn.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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. Wolfe says:
    March 10th, 2017 at 9:04 am

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    March 10th, 2017 at 9:05 am

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  3. Adina says:
    March 10th, 2017 at 9:05 am

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