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Remove StreamSiteSearch (Virus Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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StreamSiteSearch – a potentially unwanted application that delivers sponsored search results

StreamSiteSearchStreamSiteSearch is a potentially unwanted application that changes web browser's search engine to a customized one

StreamSiteSearch is a browser-hijacking app that mainly spreads via software bundle packages, resulting in a stealthy infiltration. Once installed, it sets homepage and new tab address to portal.streamssitesearch.com, applies a customized search engine and begins redirecting all search results to Yahoo. Additionally, the hijacker inserts sponsored links into these results and increases the number of advertisements users see while browsing the web.

In most cases, StreamSiteSearch hijack comes as a browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or another web browser, although its associated changes might be related to a program installed on a Mac or Windows computer. Therefore, in order to revert the unwanted changes, you need to delete the associated extension or uninstall the extension that is appended to your web browser.

Name StreamSiteSearch 
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
IP address 172.67.158.33 
Distribution Software bundle packages, deceptive ads, fake update prompts
Symptoms
  • StreamSiteSearch extension installed on the web browser
  • Suspicious app(s) installed on the computer
  • The homepage and new tab address is set to portal.streamssitesearch.com
  • All searches redirect to search.yahoo.com
  • Search results are filled with sponsored links and ads
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, privacy risks due to information gathering practices, financial losses
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware
Optional steps In case anti-malware found threats, we also recommend resetting all the installed web browsers and then performing additional checks with ReimageIntego repair software

While the security of common web browsers was vastly improved over the years, Browser hijackers are still extremely common. StreamSiteSearch is one of many PUPs that belongs to a broader family of similar apps, which virtually look almost identical (StreamBrosSearchMovieSearchesHDSportSearchs, etc.). The only difference is the name and an icon/theme used by each of the extensions. Likely, the developer is simply rebranding the same app to avoid anti-malware software detection.

Just as its predecessors, StreamSiteSearch implies that it can help users to find sites that they can find videos streams on. In reality, this browser hijacker does not differ from all its other versions and only provides a few “perks” that users find useful, for example, Currency Converter, Calculator, PDF Converter, or Crypto Converter.

Besides these few features, StreamSiteSearch hijacker provides a very basic search functionality, all while using a legitimate Yahoo search engine in the process. Unlike the real Yahoo, however, it inserts additional sponsored links when users attempt to search the internet. As a result, instead of seeing organic results, they are provided with fake ones – essentially, these are ads.

By doing so, the developers of the app attempt to monetize users' clicks on these ads. As a side effect of this, users are forced to browse via a hijacked browser, which can greatly diminish web browsing experience – they might struggle to find relevant information or encounter ads more frequently than they would like.

StreamSiteSearch trackingStreamSiteSearch is a browser hijacker that collects user data for marketing purposes

If you are still wondering whether it is a good idea to remove StreamSiteSearch, you should check its privacy policy. It is explained that a variety of information is collected for marketing purposes with the help of cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies:[1]

The Non-Personal Information which is being collected may include technical information automatically transmitted by the user's device (for example, type of browser, the type of the user's device and technical information pertaining to the user's device, language preferences, time stamps, clicks and visited pages, search logs, the operating system, utilized internet service provider and other similar information.

Thus, if you value your privacy, you should not delay StreamSiteSearch removal. For that, you should access your web browser settings and eliminate the associated extension. As a precautionary measure, we advise you to scan your machine with Malwarebytes security software and then, if something else was found, with ReimageIntego to repair any type of system damage.

Protecting your device from hijackers and PUPs

Most of the users by now are aware that downloading pirated programs or clicking on suspicious links is dangerous and can result in malware infections. Potentially unwanted programs are a completely different matter, as many users claim that they find them on their systems seemingly out of nowhere. However, it is not accurate, as users install PUPs themselves, even though they did not intend to do so in the first place.

This is because browser hijackers, adware, and other PUPs are commonly distributed via software bundle packages downloaded from third-party websites. Typically, an installed includes several components that are deliberately hidden from users' sight. Here's what can be used in order to trick you into installing unwanted software:

  • Recommended settings are often provided as an easy and quick way to install an app – big mistake.
  • Pre-ticked checkboxes are commonly used to make users install optional apps;
  • Fine print text can include details about the installation of a browser hijacker or another PUP;
  • Misleading button placements (for example, users are used to clicking buttons on the right to proceed – that is where an offer to install Web Companion or another useless software is presented).

Therefore, experts[2] recommend being extremely vigilant when installing apps from third-party sources – never rush the process, check each installation step carefully, and always pick Advanced/Custom settings if such choice is provided.

StreamSiteSearch virusStreamSiteSearch inserts sponsored links into search results

Easy way to delete StreamSiteSearch

In most cases, StreamSiteSearch removal should not be a difficult process, as all you have to do is to get rid of the extension on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser you are using. However, members of this PUP family are known to apply the “Managed by your organization” feature that takes over users' web browsers and prevents addons from being removed. In such a case, you should reset your web browser, as explained below.

If you are still unable to remove StreamSiteSearch virus from your system, you should check for the installed apps. Alternatively, you can employ powerful anti-malware tools (such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes) to find all the malicious components for you. If something like a Trojan[3] or another dangerous malware is found, we also highly recommend performing a scan with repair software ReimageIntego after the threat is eliminated.

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 StreamSiteSearch, follow these steps:

Remove StreamSiteSearch from Windows systems

If you want to uninstall unwanted programs from a Windows machines, 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 StreamSiteSearch and related programs
    Here, look for StreamSiteSearch 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 StreamSiteSearch 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.

Get rid of StreamSiteSearch from Mac OS X system

If you found suspicious apps on your Mac, proceed with the following instructions:

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

Remove StreamSiteSearch from Applications folder:

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

Erase StreamSiteSearch 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 StreamSiteSearch 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 StreamSiteSearch removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall StreamSiteSearch 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 StreamSiteSearch-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

Eliminate StreamSiteSearch from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Attempt to remove StreamSiteSearch extension and clear browser data from 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 StreamSiteSearch 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 StreamSiteSearch removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete StreamSiteSearch from Google Chrome

If you are unable to delete extensions from Chrome as explained below, you can reset the browser:

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

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

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