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Remove StreamsSearch (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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StreamsSearch is a browser extension that users your browsing information as means to profit from targeted ads

StreamsSearchStreamsSearch is a browser hijacking application that is often spread via software bundles

StreamsSearch is a browser hijacker[1] that you might have installed with other software you downloaded from third-party websites. Once installed, the app appends an extension to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, or Safari web browser and changes the homepage and the new tab address to streams-search.com. Additionally, you should also see that your search engine is not what it used to be.

If you attempt to look for something via the StreamsSearch engine, you would also notice that all the searchers are being redirected to search.yahoo.com. Additionally, your search results would also not be genuine – multiple sponsored links and ads are inserted at the top. Behind the scenes, the so-called StreamsSearch virus is also programmed to collect personal and anonymous information, some of which can be shared with various third-parties for profits.

Name StreamsSearch
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Infiltration You can install a browser hijacker along with freeware downloaded from third-party sites. You might have also installed it after being tricked by an attractive ad or a fake update prompt 
 Symptoms
  • StreamsSearch extension installed on the web browser
  • Homepage and new tab address is set to streams-search.com
  • Search results are redirected to Yahoo or another search provider
  • Search results are filled with sponsored links
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs or malware, privacy issues, financial losses
 Removal To eliminate an unwanted extension, access the full list of your browser add-ons. In case there is an app installed on your system,  follow instructions we provide below
Optimization We recommend scanning the machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for best results

Just as SearchZone, StreamsSearch is yet another creation that boasts of its useful features. Users who get their browsers hijacked might initially believe that the app is an excellent addition to the browsing routine, as it includes perks like PDF converter, crypto converter, and much more. Besides, the name of the application implies that it can be used to find various streaming sites, which is not the case at all.

Besides its beneficial features, StreamsSearch also has multiple negative ones that should be considered when deciding whether it is worth keeping the app installed. First of all, it is important to note that the hijacker is spread via software bundles – a deceptive marketing technique that allows third-parties to install programs behind users' backs.

Hence, you might find the so-called StreamsSearch virus installed on your browser without permission. To avoid unintentional installations in the future, make sure to check out the second section of this article.

Besides a few additions to the homepage that users see once they get their browsers hijacked, the StreamsSearch does not bring any real value. Instead, the potentially unwanted application operates as a regular browser hijacker by redirecting all searches to another search provider and inserting sponsored links into search results.

Besides, if you are wondering whether you should remove StreamsSearch for, you should keep in mind that the app collects a variety of information with the help of various tracking technologies such as cookies, as it is stated on the official website:[2]

Non-Personal Information may be automatically transmitted by the user's device. When using our Service, we assign your device with a log file, a cookie (session or persistent), web beacons or other related technologies, to collect Non-Personal Information with respect to your activity in connection with our Service.

StreamsSearch hijackStreamsSearch is a browser hijacker that tracks users' information to deliver sponsored ads

The collected data may also be shared with some third parties (for example, service providers, retailers, media networks, feed providers, etc.) and may include the following details:

  • Operating system
  • Internet Service Provider
  • IP address
  • Browser type
  • Language preferences
  • Visited pages
  • Search logs
  • Links clicked, etc.

As you can see, you should not delay StreamsSearch removal – especially if the app was installed without your consent. While the provided functions that are inserted into the homepage may seem useful, keep in mind that your clicks on particular ads and sponsored links bring developers money. In the meantime, you might struggle to find the information you are actually looking for, as sponsored links will hinder the genuine search results.

Besides, you will not be able to use your preferred search provider (for example, Google) unless you disable to uninstall the browser extension. To do that, you can right-click on the add-on and select “Remove from Chrome.” If you suspect that there might be more PUPs installed on your device, scan your machine with anti-malware, reset your browsers, and attempt to fix virus damage with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or similar repair software.

You can prevent unintentional infiltration of unwanted software by picking appropriate installation settings

Security experts and the infosec community are constantly talking about ways of improving user computer security.[3] However, many people are oblivious when it comes to safe online browsing practices and remain to be careless when it comes to browsing the internet or installing software.

While there are dozens of ways how malware can access your device (although most of malicious programs can be stopped by a powerful anti-malware tool), PUPs mainly spread via one of the following methods:

  • software bundles downloaded from third-party sites
  • fake update prompts or bogus virus infection alerts
  • intentional installation by users who are unaware about full capabilities of the app.

First of all, you should never trust pop-up notifications such as Flash Player Update! or Pornographic virus alert from Microsoft, as all of these claims are bogus (your PC is not infected with malware, and you do not need to install Flash Player). Also, you should learn how to install applications carefully – especially if you are keen on downloading freeware from third-parties. Untrustworthy software providers often use various tricks to make users install apps they did not intend to in the first place, e.g., they might insert several download buttons to intentionally mislead the visitor.

StreamsSearch adsStreamsSearch shows ads and sponsored links at the top of search results

Once the installer is downloaded, make sure you read through the installation instructions carefully and decline all the deals or offers on the way. Also, many of such installation wizards promote running of the Recommended/Quick installation mode as an easy way to install the software. However, if you do not pick Advanced or Custom settings, you might end up with programs you never wanted.

StreamsSearch virus removal instructions

While there should not be any troubles when trying to remove StreamsSearch from your web browser, sometimes you might struggle to do so. For example, just like the placed browser cookies might continue tracking your online activities, alternation to browser settings, such as “Managed by your organization,” might prevent you from eliminating browser extensions easily.

If that is the case with the StreamsSearch hijack, you can reset your web browsers in order to prevent these restrictions. If you need guidance on how to perform these steps, follow the instructions we provide below. Besides, a powerful anti-malware software can also sometimes be useful when trying to eliminate browser hijackers. Nonetheless, the latter is more suitable for malware elimination, so it is always a good idea to scan the system for possible infections. Hence, if you are still suffering from ads and other unwanted browser activities after StreamsSearch removal, there is a chance that other unwanted apps are present on your device, so be vigilant.

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To remove StreamsSearch, follow these steps:

Eliminate StreamsSearch from Windows systems

To uninstall potentially unwanted applications that are not browser extensions, follow these steps on your Windows computer:

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

If you are a Mac user, you can delete unwanted applications easily by following these instructions:

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

Remove StreamsSearch from Applications folder:

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

Erase StreamsSearch 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 StreamsSearch 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 StreamsSearch removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove StreamsSearch 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 StreamsSearch-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

Uninstall StreamsSearch 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 StreamsSearch 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 StreamsSearch removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete StreamsSearch from Google Chrome

If you are unable to remove StreamsSearch extension in a regular way, you can attempt to do that by resetting Google Chrome 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 StreamsSearch 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 StreamsSearch removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate StreamsSearch from Safari

Some browser hijackers leave unwanted browser settings even if the PUP is eliminated from the machine. Use these instructions if you want to reset 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 StreamsSearch 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 StreamsSearch, 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 StreamsSearch removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant a full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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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