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Remove (Removal Instructions) - Sep 2016 update

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Activity of virus virus is one of these programs that take advantage of users’ intention to install programs in a rush. That’s why they don’t read what is said in their Privacy Policy, End User’s License Agreement and similar information provided by the developer. Also, that is why they don’t monitor the entire installation process and continue clicking “next” button. Unfortunately, but the consequences of such installation habits can be serious as you can end up with another adware, a browser hijacker or similar PUP on your computer. We highly recommend net letting such programs enter your computer because they can track you and lead you to potentially malicious websites.

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How could this happen? The scenario is such activity is very simple: is a browser hijacker with is compatible with Chrome, Mozilla and other browsers. It also spreads along with Watch Your TV Shows Now extension (by Safer Browser) that it adds to every web browser. Once it infiltrates the system, it alters the homepage and new tab page to the aforementioned website and starts showing you altered search results. Such results are mostly filled with affiliate links and similar content that needs to be avoided. Otherwise, you may find yourself on malicious websites seeking to infect your computer with malware. We hope that you would never like to take a part in such scenario. In this case, we recommend you to remove and configure browser settings that this PUP has altered.
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Although browser hijacker is not considered as malicious software, the activity of it is not very pleasant, to say at least. First of all, it significantly slows down the computer and makes web browsers lag; besides, it alters search results powered by search. That is probably the worst feature of this browser hijacker. The reason why you should not use the search engine it presents is that it tends to redirect computer users to websites that it seeks to promote. Beware, because by clicking on the search results, you might be rerouted to third-party websites that promote questionable programs or updates. You should not count on suspicious third-party Internet sites and not download any content from them; otherwise, you risk installing potentially unwanted programs like adware or browser hijackers, or even malware. If you do not feel like visiting questionable web pages by force, initiate removal using instructions given on the second page or with a help of anti-malware software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

How can I prevent such PUPs from hijacking my computer system?

To prevent such programs from entering your PC, you need to know how such programs spread. Although this virus has its official web page and you can download it from there, it seems that it is not the only way how the developers of it distribute it. Usually, PUPs like hijack computers when the user installs them along with other programs, so in order to prevent that from happening, you need to be careful when downloading and installing programs. No need to mention that you should download programs only from trustworthy sources; besides, it is also important to select particular installation mode and reveal if your downloaded software is supplemented with some suspicious third-party applications. That is why we recommend choosing Advanced or Custom installation settings. If, after selecting one of these options, you can see a list of recommended downloads or suggestions to change your browser settings, deselect them. Otherwise, you will notice redirect activity and similar problems interrupting you on a daily basis. Please, do not ignore this problem. If you think that this browser hijacker is hiding in your PC system, prepare yourself for needed actions.

How to remove

You do not have to keep this virus on your computer if you do not want to, especially if it was installed without your knowledge. So just read removal instructions that are provided below this article, and eliminate this browser hijacker from your computer. Please pay attention to the fact that usually PUPs do not spread one by one, so there is a chance that at the time you installed browser hijacker, you presumably have installed a few more PUPs as well. So our advice is to scan your computer with a reliable software just to see if there are any more controversial programs on it.

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To remove, follow these steps:

Uninstall from Windows systems

To remove virus completely, you need to uninstall every Safer Browser-related entry. Make sure you get rid of WatchYourTVShowsNow and similar extensions.

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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.

Delete from Mac OS X system

If your Mac is infected with virus, you should disable every program which is related to Safer Browser company. Watch Your TV Shows Now extension is one of them.

  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 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'

Remove from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 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 removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase 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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate from Google Chrome

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

Uninstall 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Alvi says:
    June 9th, 2016 at 11:46 am

    and again, I am infected with some virus from Safer Browser! How many times I will have to delete this threat to make this Safer Browser understand that i dont want to use any of its crappy search engines???

  2. Fernando20 says:
    June 9th, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I am not sure about this search! I used it several times and it worked perfectly. Other two attempts to use it resulted in redirects to very suspicious websites!

  3. mark says:
    June 9th, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Just do not use this search… its definitely not reliable.

  4. Kim says:
    June 9th, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Yes I have just removed it 🙂 I recommend everyone do the same because this search engine is just annoying. If you want to get relevant search results, you should not search for them via!

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