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Remove StreamBrosSearch (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

StreamBrosSearch is a potentially unwanted application that might show up on your browser uninvited

StreamBrosSearchStreamBrosSearch is a potentially unwanted application that tracks users' searches to deliver sponsored ads

StreamBrosSearch is one of many browser hijackers[1] that can attach itself to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, MS Edge, or another browser. While the app typically comes as an extension, some users might also find it installed on the computer (in other words, the hijack might be related to other potentially unwanted applications). In most cases, PUPs are not installed on purpose, as they are spread by using deceptive distribution techniques, such as software bundling or misleading advertisements.

Once installed, StreamBrosSearch assigns feed.streambrossearch.com or portal.streambrossearch.com as a homepage and new tab address and appends a customized search engine that redirects all the searches to search.yahoo.com. Such a customized experience is often called “enhanced” by browser hijacker developers, although it is just an excuse to insert sponsored links and show users ads, which generates revenue in return. Besides, the so-called StreamBrosSearch virus also tracks users' online activities to generate targeted ads and sell the data to third-parties.

Name StreamBrosSearch
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Distribution PUPs are distributed via software bundle packages downloaded from insecure third-party sites, deceptive advertisements/fake updates, or are installed by users intentionally
Symptoms  StreamBrosSearch extension or an unknown application installed on the system; homepage and new tab address is set to feed.streambrossearch.com or portal.streambrossearch.com; all the searches are redirected to Yahoo; sponsored links are shown at the top of search results; overall increased amount of advertisements
Risks  Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, privacy risks due to information gathering practices, monetary losses
Removal You can get rid of the extension by accessing web browser settings; to eliminate the installed application that might be related to the browser hijacking, check the instructions below. Alternatively, some security applications could uninstall the app automatically – we recommend trying SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes
Further checks In case anti-malware found threats, we also recommend resetting all the installed web browsers and then performing additional checks with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego repair software 

StreamBrosSearch is just one of many applications that are copied from its predecessors, such as AllConvertersSearch, SearchConvertor, SearchGamez, or SearchZone. When comparing these apps visually, it becomes evident that the developer is simply rebranding the same app and distributing it to users as seemingly new creations.

In reality, the work involved in “developing” such programs is minimal, as only the icon and the name is changed. Besides, there is no indication of which company producing these apps is – the “company” is simply named “StreamBrosSearch.”

While in many cases, browser hijackers are installed on the computer behind users' backs, some people might be fascinated by the promoted features of the extension, such as:

  • PDF converter
  • Currency converter
  • Crypto Converter
  • Calculator

These widgets can be clicked and used at any time, or additional ones added by pressing the “+” button. However, these features are not the only ones included with the installation of StreamBrosSearch hijack, and the secondary ones are not that apparent (purposely).

It is important to understand that StreamBrosSearch developers monetize on users' clicks, hence their main goal is to expose them to as many advertisements as possible. While the app does not provide its own search engine, it redirects all searches to search.yahoo.com as a substitute. In other words, the developers of the app participate in Yahoo's affiliate program.

Nonetheless, all the search results at the top are typically ads/sponsored links, which means that they are not organic (i.e., somebody paid for them to be placed at the top). Unfortunately, some people do not notice the tiny notification at the top marked as “Ads.” Each of such StreamBrosSearch ad clicks generates money to the developers, all while users might be mislead into buying services or products they do not need. Besides, ads might prevent users from finding relevant information while browsing the web.

StreamBrosSearch hijackStreamBrosSearch is a browser hijacker that collects and shares some information about users' browser habits

All the sponsored content shown to users is not accidental, however, as it is based on their interests, location, and other details that are gathered behind users' backs. When reading the privacy policy, it becomes clear that the app uses cookies, web beacons, scripts, and other tracking technologies[2] to harvest IP addresses, browser and device details, search logs, visited pages, and other data. To make matters worse, some of the gathered information is later shared with third-parties:

We may share information solely in the following events:
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Other third parties (including retailers, media networks, feed providers) in any of the above circumstances, as well as for the purpose of developing or delivering content (whether via our Service, or websites, applications or services of third parties), or for the purpose of improving our Service, conducting business analysis or other business purposes.

While there is no immediate security threat after installing a browser hijacker, we recommend you remove StreamBrosSearch to avoid privacy risks and compromised web browsing experience. To get rid of the extension, simply right-click on it or access the settings of your web browser.

Besides, some of the applications from the developer are known to set the “Managed by your organization” setting on the web browser, which might easily prevent StreamBrosSearch removal. In such a case, we recommend scanning the device with anti-malware and repair tools (for that, we recommend Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego), and then resetting all the installed browsers as explained below.

It is easy to protect your computer from browser hijackers and other unwanted apps

Many browser hijackers gain access to users' machines behind their backs. This is done for a reason, as most people would not want an annoying app that delivers advertisements on their computers (although some apps trick users with their alleged usefulness and functionality) and alter browser settings without permission. Therefore, the developers use not such user-friendly methods that would warrant increased installation rates.

There are a few methods that potentially unwanted apps can be distributed to users, which include:

  • Software bundle packages
  • Attractive advertisements
  • Fake Flash Player updates 

Novirus.uk[3] security experts advise being vigilant when browsing the web and installing new programs. For example, a robust security application can warn you about the incoming infection; choosing Advanced/Custom installation settings can let you stay in control of the installation process; avoiding insecure websites that distribute illegal program installers could help you avoid not only PUPs but also malware.

StreamBrosSearch virusUpon infiltration, StreamBrosSearch changes web browser settings and delivers sponsored content

StreamBrosSearch uninstallation instructions

In most cases, users will not have any problems with StreamBrosSearch removal – the extension can be terminated by right-clicking on it or by accessing the menu of the web browser. For example, on Google Chrome, you should go to Menu > More Tools > Extensions and pressing the “Remove” button. However, things get a little more complicated under different circumstances. For example, you might not be able to remove StreamBrosSearch extension until you reset your web browser it is clipped to.

Additionally, StreamBrosSearch virus hijack might be related to a different potentially unwanted program installed on the computer. In such a case, you can use our manual elimination guide we provide below or perform a full system scan with powerful security software that would be able to find all the components of the hijacker automatically.

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To remove StreamBrosSearch, follow these steps:

Uninstall StreamBrosSearch from Windows systems

To get rid of all potentially unwanted applications on Windows machines, please follow these steps:

  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 StreamBrosSearch and related programs
    Here, look for StreamBrosSearch 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 StreamBrosSearch 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.

Erase StreamBrosSearch from Mac OS X system

macOS users can uninstall apps by putting them to Trash:

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

Remove StreamBrosSearch from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of StreamBrosSearch 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 StreamBrosSearch 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 StreamBrosSearch removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate StreamBrosSearch 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 StreamBrosSearch-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 StreamBrosSearch 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 StreamBrosSearch 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 StreamBrosSearch removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove StreamBrosSearch from Google Chrome

Adware and browser hijackers might leave the altered settings even after the program's elimination. In such a case, reset Google Chrome as explained below

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

Uninstall StreamBrosSearch 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 StreamBrosSearch 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 StreamBrosSearch, 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 StreamBrosSearch 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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