Streaming plus (Virus Removal Guide) - 2021 update

Streaming plus Removal Guide

What is Streaming plus?

Streaming plus – a browser hacker that changes browser settings to redirect all search inquiries and control online traffic

Streaming plusThe potentially unwanted program that aims to affect browsing settings.

Streaming plus is a PUP that might be installed on your device either as a browser extension or as software. Either way, it alters browser settings like the new tab, the home page, default search engine and aims to promote a fake search site Whether typed in the URL bar or anywhere else, when you attempt to search for anything online, all search inquiries would first go through the mentioned site until results from either Google or Bing (depending on geolocation) are displayed.

By first redirecting users to the chosen portal, Streaming plus browser hijacker is able to collect various browsing-related information. It is also the feature of third-party advertisers that deliver you all the pop-ups and redirects once you click anything displayed before you.

People rarely install applications like Streaming plus virus willingly. Most commonly, it ends up on their devices unknowingly by using stealthy installation techniques. This is why people often call it a virus, even though it is nothing but an intrusive application categorized as a potentially unwanted program,[1] or PUP for short.

If you see any of the symptoms when browsing the internet, then this browser intruder is installed on your device. To avoid additional damage, you should rely on professional tools and check the removal guides and directions for system repair below.

name Streaming plus
type Browser hijacker/ PUP
Redirection All search inquiries go through before displaying results either from Google or Bing searches
IP address
Symptoms Altered browser settings: home page, new tab, search engine. Slower overall computer performance. All search is redirected to hijackers website of choice until results from a legitimate search engine are shown
Risks Browsing data collection, installation of additional PUPs
Removal This issue can be solved either by removing it manually or automatically by using anti-malware software
Repair The FortectIntego or other powerful system repair tools should be used to restore any changes inflicted by the browser hijacker

Browser hijackers have been doing their dirty deeds for quite some time now. They are often advertised as tools that will improve browsing security, privacy, and overall browsing experience. When, in fact, they usually do the exact opposite by:

  • slowing down the device;
  • slowing down the internet connection;
  • collecting browsing-related information such as geolocations, search inquiries, visited websites, IP addresses, etc. and monetizing that by selling the gathered info to the highest bidder;
  • displaying various deceptive pop-up ads or ads as recommended search results. Any of the shown ads might lead to other PUP installations.

Most PUPs like Streaming plus cause the same problem, pushing to install other crapware[2] (aka junkware, scamware, scareware, spyware, etc.) through deceptive ads and fake updaters. That way, the user is entangled in a never-ending PUP circle, which could lead to various losses.

Streaming plus browser hijackerThe browser application that alters various settings and preferences, so you should reset browsing tools to default manually.

Due to the fact that it poses some threats instead of improvements, Streaming plus removal should be a task on your to-do list. The sooner you accomplish it, the better. There are two ways to do it: either entrusting it to a dependable anti-malware tool such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes or doing it manually.

Our free manual guide on how to remove this browser hijacker is displayed at the bottom of this article. If you use it, please don't forget to scan your computer system with an anti-malware tool afterward, as suspicious files might have found their way onto your device while you were using the browser intruder.

Once you uninstall Streaming plus, the device's overall health should be taken care of. Cybersecurity specialists at[3] advise using the FortectIntego tool to perform a full system scan and repair any system irregularities that the powerful system tune-up tool suggests.

Avoid third-party software from software bundles

People are always in a rush. But when it comes to installing new software on a device, they should take a deep breath and relax for a while, concentrating all their thoughts on this matter because most potentially unwanted programs find their way onto a device through software bundles.

Streaming plus virusThe browser hijacker that affects online traffic with redirects.

Software manufacturers, and vendors, are using this technique to spread their programs witch users wouldn't necessarily install willingly. That's why a trick is used – all software in a bundle is preselected for installation. And if a user chooses Standard/Quick/Recommended or similar installation mode, then all offered apps will be installed.

There are two ways to evade PUPs from bundles:

  1. Get your software from official vendors and creators who don't use software bundling.
  2. When installing an app from a bundle, choose the Advanced/Custom installation mode to remove the ticks from pre-selected boxes, and only install the software you want.

A detailed tutorial for Streaming plus virus removal

We've glad you picked us as your cybersecurity helpers, and we do our best not to disappoint you. Below this article, you'll find a step-by-step guide on how to remove Streaming plus browser extensions from all types of browsers and devices. Nonetheless, anti-malware tools have to be used to scan for any scraps that the unwelcomed intruder might have left behind.

The particles can also be removed with system repair tools. So after removal, be sure to use either (or better yet, both) of these options. If left neglected, the leftovers could slow down the device, cause crashing, various system registry problems, and so on.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. 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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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of Streaming plus. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

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

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Streaming plus registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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