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Remove StreamFrenzy.com virus (Free Instructions) - updated Nov 2017

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

StreamFrenzy – a hijack which modifies browsers' settings to perform its own activity

StreamFrenzy.com virusStreamFrenzy.com - a PUP which modifies browser's homepage, new tab URL, and the default search engine.

StreamFrenzy is a browser hijacker[1] that is presented as a search tool that allows finding the latest music information online. The program is created by APN, LLC and is available on the official website and Chrome Web Store[2]. It manages to change the affected browser's homepage, new URL bar, and default search section to StreamFrenzy.com. It enters the system unnoticed and starts its activity slightly. Notice that such changes can be reversed only if you get rid of the infection caused by the PUP[3].

Name StreamFrenzy
Type Browser hijacker
Sub-type PUP
“Useful” feature Allows finding the latest music hits thru the web
Fake search engine StreamFrenzy.com
Symptoms Web browser's settings such as the homepage, new tab URL, search engine, and others, are modified, you might start facing unwanted redirects, it might even display commercial links and ads, the affected browser might start struggling even when performing simple actions, etc.
Prevention Download software only from original sites, avoid visiting dubious pages and clicking on questionable links, stay away from third-party sources, install an antivirus program for higher protection
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Once installed, StreamFrenzy hijack can read data on visited websites, browsing history, manage downloads, apps, and themes. To control user’s browsing habits, it might modify the system and targeted web browser. After that, it might:

  • set its domain as default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL address;
  • alter search results;
  • display commercial links and ads;
  • trigger redirects when browsing the web;
  • collecting information about the user’s browsing habits.

StreamFrenzy virus changes the default search engine to mysearch.com which is a Google-based search tool, and you are redirected to that site each time you manage to do browsing activity. However, developers of the hijacker might slightly modify search results and search queries might provide misleading answers. The End User Licence Agreement notes that the Search Application can include sponsored links based on the user’s browsing history.

StreamFrenzy hijack

Even though this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is not dangerous itself, it might create all needed conditions to get infected with a serious cyber threat. This browser hijacker might be used by developers of shady applications, scammers or malware creators. Therefore, one of another StreamFrenzy.com redirect might lead to a dangerous website, where you might be tricked into installing a malicious program or revealing personal information.

However, it’s not the only reason, why you should remove StreamFrenzy virus immediately. The Privacy Policy of the program also tells about data tracking activities. The dubious program uses cookies and might collect non-personally identifiable information which allows delivering personalized ads and sponsored links. However, as we have mentioned, some of them might include malicious content. Thus, targeted ads[4] might be used to trick you into clicking. Use ReimageIntego to get rid of the program.

To avoid possible damage and get back control over your browser, you should perform the StreamFrency removal with a trusted anti-malware tool. Make sure you get rid of all PUP-related components. Additionally, you can follow the manual elimination guide that is displayed below the article.

StreamFrenzy.com browser hijackerStreamFrenzy.com virus works as a browser hijacker that can display commercial content in the search results page.

Bundling helps to hide the hijacker in the software installer

Even though these questionable search tools usually have official websites and are available on the Chrome Web store, most of the time, a browser hijacker occurs during the installation of freeware or shareware.
The majority of PUPs use the same distribution strategy. Thus, you should pay attention to freeware installation and follow these tips prepared by the NoVirus[5] team:

  1. Switch from Quick/Recommended to Advanced/Custom installation settings;
  2. Read EULA and Privacy Policy to look for suspicious statements;
  3. Follow the installation wizard attentively and unmark ticks from “optional downloads.”

A piece of advice would be to download and install antivirus protection if you do not have one running on your computer yet. Make sure you choose a trustworthy one and keep it always up-to-date. Such tool will scan your system regularly and look out for any cyber infections possible.

StreamFrenzy PUPStreamFrenzy is a hijack which might redirect you to harmful sites.

Uninstall StreamFrenzy from Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and other browsers

If you want to remove StreamFrenzy virus manually, you need to get rid of all unwanted components that were added by the PUP. Such content includes dubious browser extensions, plug-ins, and various applications. You can find a detailed guide below the article. Follow each of the steps attentively to delete hijacker-related entries from the computer and web browsers entirely.

However, if you want to speed up the process or the hijacker returns to your homepage, opt for the automatic StreamFrenzy removal. For such purpose, we recommend installing an anti-malware program. This method helps to eliminate the PUP quickly and effectively.

After you complete the StreamFrenzy hijack elimination process, be sure to refresh browsers that were affected by the browser-hijacking application. It will let you be sure that browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and others, are completely clean.

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 StreamFrenzy.com virus, follow these steps:

Remove StreamFrenzy.com from Windows systems

Follow the guide to eliminate all files and programs related to StreamFrenzy.com:

  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 StreamFrenzy.com and related programs
    Here, look for StreamFrenzy.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 StreamFrenzy.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.

Delete StreamFrenzy.com from Mac OS X system

If your  Mac OS X system was affected by a browser hijacker infection, look thru these steps to get rid of it:

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

Remove StreamFrenzy.com virus from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall StreamFrenzy.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Internet Explorer reset helps to speed up removal process:

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 StreamFrenzy.com virus 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 StreamFrenzy.com virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase StreamFrenzy.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge reset helps to fix the browser after the hijack:

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 StreamFrenzy.com virus-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

Get rid of StreamFrenzy.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow the instructions to remove Stream Frenzy 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 StreamFrenzy.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 StreamFrenzy.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate StreamFrenzy.com from Google Chrome

These guidelines will explain how to terminate StreamFrenzy.com hijacker 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 StreamFrenzy.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 StreamFrenzy.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove StreamFrenzy.com from Safari

Uninstall suspicious extensions and reset Safari as shown below:

  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 StreamFrenzy.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 StreamFrenzy.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 StreamFrenzy.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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