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TheStreamSearch Removal Guide

What is TheStreamSearch?

TheStreamSearch is a potentially unwanted program that changes your homepage to insert ads into searches

TheStreamSearchTheStreamSearch is a browser hijacker that mostly travels as an optional component within a software bundle

TheStreamSearch is a browser-hijacking[1] application that is not usually installed on purpose. Instead, users find it on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, MS Edge, or another browser after downloading software from third-party sites. This is because bundling is a commonly used practice to make users install browser hijackers – apps they never wanted in the first place. Hence, the homepage and new tab address changes might come as a surprise for many.

Once established, the TheStreamSearch browser hijacker sets the homepage and new tab address to, which incorporates an alternative search box. When used, all the searches are redirected to Yahoo, Yandex, or another provider, and results are filled with sponsored links. Besides, the program would also track information about users' web browsing activities regularly.

Name TheStreamSearch
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
IP address
Distribution Software bundles. Some users might install the extension themselves
  • A browser extension named TheStreamSearch is installed on the web browser
  • New tab and homepage is set to
  • Search engine redirects to Yahoo and populates the results with ads
Risks You might be exposed to more ads that you otherwise would, especially those that are shown during your searches. As a result, you may install other PUPs on your system or reveal your information to unknown parties
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware
Optional steps Computer infections can cause significant damage to system files or disrupt normal settings. To revert these changes and remediate the OS, perform a full system scan with FortectIntego repair software

The so-called TheStreamSearch virus is actually not a “virus” per se, as it does not infect your device. However, its distribution and deception during the operation is something to be considered. Keep in mind that the main goal of a browser hijacker is to monetize users' clicks – an activity that is not necessarily beneficial to them in the first place.

This potentially unwanted program belongs to a much larger browser hijacker family. The unknown developer re-releases the same app disguising it under a different name each time. For example, if you would check other browser extensions of the same developer – such as StreaminSearchs, IncognitoSearchNet, or IStreamingSearch – you would see that their functions and even the looks are almost identical.

Just like many similar apps, TheStreamSearch may seem like a useful search tool – at least initially. Judging by the name alone, it is meant to help users finding video streaming websites easier. However, it is far from the truth, as the search engine is not even original – it uses Yahoo (or something else) instead. In the meantime, the ads that are shown are indeed coming from the extension instead of Yahoo.

That being said, some users might find the embedded features useful – they include:

  • Currency converter
  • PDF converter
  • Calculator.

However, these additions are nothing special, as all of them can be reached via a quick search. In the meantime, it is important to note that users are subjected to extensive ads whether they like it or not.

TheStreamSearch virusTheStreamSearch is a potentially unwanted application that redirects all searches to Yandex or another provider and injects ads

Another reason for TheStreamSearch removal is its information tracking practices. If you would visit its official website, you would see the following information provided in the Privacy Policy:[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.

The automatically transmitted information may include anonymous data such as IP address, technical details of the device, visited websites, links clicked, etc. Some personal data, such as device identifiers or contact information (if provided), can also be collected.

In order to remove TheStreamSearch from your browser, follow the instructions we provide below, although we also strongly advise you to perform a full system scan with anti-malware software, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. FortectIntego can be used to automatically clean your browsers from cookies and other tracking mechanisms that could have been injected by the hijacker.

Main distribution method of browser hijackers: software bundling

It is true that you can install a potentially unwanted program after believing in its usefulness. For example, an attractive ad online might convince you that installing a certain app is beneficial. However, browser hijackers and other PUPs typically provide little benefits for end-users, all while tracking their online behavior and deliver intrusive ads. Thus, avoiding such apps in the first place is the best for your own safety, as well as your computer security.

Unfortunately, many of such apps are distributed via software bundles, making many users install PUPs behind their backs. During the installation, if you pick the Quick or Recommended settings when asked, you are likely to install an optional program without notice.

Thus, always pick the Advanced or Custom mode, untick all the checkmarks, and decline all the offers on the way. Watch out for misplaced buttons also. Finally, install a reputable security tool that could warn you about the incoming PUPs.

TheStreamSearch hijackTheStreamSearch official website provides insight into information gathering practices of the app

TheStreamSearch: removal steps

As already mentioned, browser hijackers are not considered dangerous as Trojans, ransomware,[3] or other high-risk malware are. However, many of them possess qualities that are far from ideal when it comes to the benefits that users would get. In other words, the negatives highly outweigh the positives, hence TheStreamSearch removal is the choice that you should make.

In order to remove TheStreamSearch, all you have to do is access the settings of your web browser and check for suspicious extensions, uninstalling them accordingly. If you have never dealt with extensions before, you should check the details we provide below.

However, it is also important to note that web browsers might continue showing you unwanted ads or track you. Therefore, after you uninstall TheStreamSearch, you should also clean your web browsers fully. You can either do that automatically with software or follow the steps below.

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Getting rid of TheStreamSearch. 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 TheStreamSearch 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

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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