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Watch Tv Now is a fake search engine that redirects to other questionable sites or installs additional browser content without your permission

Watch Tv Now
Watch Tv Now is a suspicious search engine that tracks information about users and shares it with third-parties.

Watch Tv Now is a useless search tool created by the company creating tons of potentially unwanted programs – Polarity Technologies Ltd. This movie-themed search engine is classified as a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program[1] because of its ability to enter the system silently, alter targeted browser’s settings, spy on users and deliver commercial content based on gathered data. There’s no need to let this program stay on the computer. However, it might be a challenge to remove so-called virus. This PUP might be capable of altering shortcuts, creating Registry entries or even installing browser helper objects[2] that allow controlling affected browser. There are tons of similar websites or browser extensions, toolbars that work similarly and can be installed by this cyber threat without your knowledge. Employ reputable tools and scan the system thoroughly to remove all possibly associated programs.

Name Watch Tv Now
Also known or Watch Tv Now browser extension
Type  Browser hijacker
Category  Potentially unwanted program 
Developed by  Polarity Technologies Ltd
Symptoms  Delivers intrusive commercial content, redirects to suspicious websites, alters in-browser search results
Distribution  Software bundles, deceptive sites
Elimination  Use trustworthy tools like Reimage for Watch Tv Now removal

Polarity Technologies has released numerous similar tools that have different themes and promote various programs, websites or other services. offers quick access to Netflix, Hulu and other sites that allow watching movies or TV shows. What is more, users also can use shortcuts to Amazon, Gmail and Yahoo email services. Unfortunately, it’s the only useful feature of this search tool.

If Watch Tv Now virus appears on the computer but does not hijack the search engine or homepage, it still means that intruder tracks information and delivers an excessive amount of ads. The Privacy Policy reveals that it collects a broad range of personal and non-personal information.[3] 

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Watch Tv Now browser hijacker is the program that shows errors on its useless website.

All of these browser hijackers and similar cyber intruders have a few similar functions that affect the performance of your machine. It includes:

  • pop-up ads delivered to your screen constantly;
  • banners injecting commonly visited sites;
  • redirects to commercial or affiliated pages.

The hijacker is interested in browsing-related details, information about your browser and operating system, IP address, email address, and even home or work address. All this information is not only used for behavioral marketing strategy but also for sharing or selling it to third-parties. Thus, you can only imagine what might happen if this data ends up in the hands of criminals. In order to avoid privacy-related issues, you should remove Watch Tv Now immediately.

It is advisable to use reputable PC repair tools or antivirus programs for Watch Tv Now removal. Security experts[4] recommend employing Reimage for the job. The full system scan gives an advantage of seeing every intruder that needs to be removed from the machine.

Watch Tv Now virus
Watch Tv Now is a potentially unwanted program that continues to deliver intrusive commercial content from the initial infiltration.

Software bundling is the main method used to distribute PUPs

The fake tools or search engines might be offered to install along with other application, and freeware or shareware. Developers are using the bundling technique that allows adding this PUP as an optional component in the software package. Incorrect installation of free programs may lead to the hijacked browser and allow other suspicious applications to enter the system. By saying “incorrect” we have in mind “Quick,” “Recommended,” or “Standard” installation settings.

They do not openly disclose about third-party software and usually installs it by default. In order to prevent cyber infections and stop other PUPs from being installed on the computer, you always have to install new software using “Advanced” or “Custom” settings.

By following each of the steps, you have to untick all pre-selected entries. What is more, before installing new software, you should also read the Privacy Policy. EULA and other provided documents by the developers. It helps to make sure that you do not agree to install any additional software.

Make sure to remove Watch Tv Now virus from the machine using reputable tools

At the beginning of the article, we have mentioned that there are two Watch Tv Now removal methods – manual and removal. If you are thinking about manual elimination option, you will find the instructions below handy. By following them, you have to locate and delete all hijacker-related entries from the PC and web browsers. However, since there is a possibility of additional changes you may not get the wanted results immediately.

For this reason, you should opt for the automatic option. To remove Watch Tv Now completely in this way, you have to run a full system scan with a reputable anti-malware program. We can't recommend this method enough because a full system scan improves the general performance of your device while terminating possible intruders.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 virus, follow these steps:

Remove from Windows systems

Follow the steps below to remove from the computer manually. It's important to delete all hijacker-related entries from the system in order to prevent from re-hijack.

  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.

Eliminate from Mac OS X system

Uninstall all suspicious applications that might be related to the hijacker. The guidelines below will help you to do it.

  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'

Erase from Internet Explorer (IE)

From the list of add-ons you have to uninstall suspicious entries. Then reset IE as shown below.

  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

Get rid of virus from Microsoft Edge

The instructions below will help you to remove all hijacker-related entries entirely.

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.

Uninstall from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

In order to get rid of, you have to uninstall unknown extensions and reset 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 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

Delete from Google Chrome

Removal of the Watch Tv Now hijacker consists of two steps. Firstly, you have to uninstall suspicious extensions. Secondly, you have to reset 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

Remove from Safari

Follow the steps below to delete this browser hijacker entirely. Don't forget to reset Safari because it's a crucial step to delete tracking cookies!

  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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