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Remove StreamBee (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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StreamBee – a browser hijacker that inserts ads into your searches

StreamBeeStreamBee is a browser hijacker that might show up on your machine without permission

StreamBee is a potentially unwanted application that seeks to gain pay-per-click revenue by promoting suspicious links and similar content. It typically spreads as a browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or another web browser and is mostly downloaded with freeware apps from third-party websites.

Once installed, the StreamBee app would change the web browser settings that might be invisible to the naked eye. However, as soon as the search query is typed on the search or URL bar, users can briefly see the keysearchs.com showing up in the process. As a result, search results are not genuine – there are several sponsored links and ads added at the top, prompting users to click on them. In some cases, users might also spot redirects to Bing, Yahoo, or another different search provider – this behavior is typical for browser hijackers.

Name StreamBee 
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
IP address 172.67.185.145 
Distribution Browser hijackers can be found on some official sources such as Chrome Web Store, although most users install PUPs unintentionally – they download them along with freeware or are tricked by a deceptive advertisement/fake update
Symptoms StreamBee extension is installed on the web browser; unknown application is installed on the system; homepage and new tab do not sustain any changes initially but during the search process users are redirected through several channels, including keysearchs.com; search results are directed to Bing, Yahoo, or another search provider and are filled with ads
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, personal information disclosure to unknown parties, financial losses due to encountered scams
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware
Optional steps Computer infections can cause significant damage to system files or disrupt normal settings. To revert these changes and remediate the OS, perform a full system scan with ReimageIntego repair software

Browser hijackers are not initially considered to be dangerous just like other malware types are (for example, Trojans or ransomware such as Epor). However, there are several drawbacks and deception around them that makes them fall into a potentially unwanted program category, and many security solutions detect them as such.

Thus, if you found the app on your machine seemingly out of nowhere, you could have avoided the StreamBee removal process with the help of SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes software, which would be likely to flag it before it managed to break into your device.

Since the so-called StreamBee virus might appear on your system unexpectedly, you might not even know it is there. Here are a few signs you should be looking at:

  • StreamBee browser extension is installed on Google Chrome or another browser;
  • Homepage and new tab address usually remain the same;
  • As soon as you enter a search query, you will be redirected through several URLs, including keysearchs.com, search-checker.com, my-search.com, and others;
  • Search results might be pulled our of a different provider, for example, Bing or Yahoo;
  • Search results are filled with ads and sponsored links.

Besides disrupting regular user web browser sessions, StreamBee is likely to recover information about your online activities. Typically, browser hijackers collect IP addresses, ISPs, locations, timestamps, links clicked, websites visited, browsing histories, and other data.

For that, several tracking technologies are used, such as cookies, web beacons,[1] or JavaScript. Browsing cookies might remain on your web browser for up to a year, so even after you remove StreamBee, some third parties might continue tracking you each time you open your browser. This is why it very important to clean Google Chrome or another search app you are using regularly – you can find the instructions below.

StreamBee hijackStreamBee is a potentially unwanted program that spreads as an extension and hijacks your searches, inserting sponsored links into them

The collected information might later be shared with third parties, business parties, and other entities to increase the profits for the developer due to targeted advertisements. While this practice might sometimes be useful to both users and marketing companies, many potentially unwanted programs abuse it to insert annoying ads on various websites.

To uninstall StreamBee, all you have to is delete the extension from your web browser. However, as PUPs often travel in bulks, we highly advise you to check for other unwanted apps on your Windows or Mac systems. After your machine is cleaned properly, experts[2] recommend performing a scan with ReimageIntego in case some system damage was sustained during the infection of adware or malware.

Avoid potentially unwanted applications by being attentive online

Potentially unwanted programs are called so for a reason – they typically appear on users' computers without acquiring proper permission to do so. Nonetheless, it is users themselves who grant permission for those apps to be installed, even if it was done intentionally. Thus, despite many people believing that PUPs simply appear on their machines out of nowhere, it is far from the truth. Adware and browser hijackers are simply not spread via software vulnerabilities[3] or malicious spam emails – otherwise, these apps would be called malware.

Instead, developers of PUPs typically include them as an optional component within a program installer on a third-party website. There have been several tests made, and it was proven that almost all third-party websites bundle applications. If not enough attention is paid to the installation process of the desired app, users might end up with several PUPs on their system.

To avoid that, you should always pay close attention to the installation process of free software you download from the internet. Always make sure to read the installation instructions properly and opt for Advanced/Custom installation mode rather than Recommended/Quick one. This will allow you to remove ticks from pre-ticked boxes and prevent the installation of optional programs before they manage to break in. Also, watch out for fine print text, misplaced buttons, and similar tricks.

StreamBee virusStreamBee can be bundled with several other potentially unwanted programs or promoted on suspicious websites

Delete StreamBee from your system 

You should not have many difficulties when trying to remove StreamBee from your Google Chrome or another web browser. Simply access the settings section and uninstall the extension for good. Nonetheless, some browser hijackers are known to set the “Managed by your organization” feature, which would not allow you to delete the app that easily. In such a case, simply reset your web browser as per the instructions below.

In some cases, you can also perform StreamBee removal with the help of security software, although keep in mind that not all anti-malware tools can detect all PUPs, as they have different criteria for the purpose. Nevertheless, a robust security app can prevent the infiltration of much more dangerous malware and is an absolute must for anybody using a computer with an internet connection available.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove StreamBee, follow these steps:

Remove StreamBee from Windows systems

Windows Programs & Features section can help you locate and uninstall programs easily:

  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 StreamBee and related programs
    Here, look for StreamBee 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 StreamBee 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 StreamBee from Mac OS X system

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

Remove StreamBee from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall StreamBee from Internet Explorer (IE)

Clean Internet Explorer after you delete all the potentially unwanted applications from your system:

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 StreamBee 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 StreamBee removal.Reset Internet Explorer

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

Erase StreamBee from Google Chrome

Delete all the suspicious Chrome extension to prevent the browser hijacking activities from taking place:

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

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

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While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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