Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
TornTV - how to eliminate browser redirects and add-ons related to this software?
TornTV is free software that enables users to watch TV via their computers. This program alone is not technically a virus or malware, however, its developers use deceptive methods to monetize their product. Their free software is bundled with various browser plug-ins, which modify users' Internet browser settings, thus causing redirect problems. Most free software developers bundle their programs with one toolbar or plug-in, however, TornTV developers bundle theirs with several. Therefore, when computer users install TornTV, they will also install Babylon toolbar and Yontoo adware.
These additionally-installed browser add-ons cause browser redirects and unwanted ads to appear whilst browsing the Internet. Furthermore, these add-ons cause diminished Internet browser performance. To avoid these problems, computer users should closely inspect each free software installation window, unchecking any options that request installation of additional browser add-ons, or to change your Internet browser settings (homepage, default search engine). While TornTV is not technically a computer virus or malware, it is an unwanted application, which installs additional adware on users' systems.
Commonly, TornTV software is downloaded from its homepage, however, it may also be bundled with other free software. The installation of additional unwanted browser add-ons are implemented for monetization purposes. Revenue generated from sponsored search results, clicks, and ads are shared between TornTV developers and the add-on creators. If you have willingly installed this program and are happy with the free services provided, you need take no further action. If, however, you care about your privacy and wish to eliminate browser redirects, use this removal guide.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for "Babylon Chrome Toolbar, Babylon toolbar, Browser Manager, TornTV, Yontoo", select these entries and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Babylon Chrome Toolbar, Babylon toolbar, Browser Manager, TornTV, Yontoo", select these entries and click Remove.
After uninstalling TornTV, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
TornTV removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove TornTV from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for these entries (Babylon toolbar helper, Babylon Toolbar, Yontoo) and disable them. To change your homepage from isearch.babylon.com (or any other unwanted website) to your preferred domain, click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove isearch.babylon.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove TornTV from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Babylon Toolbar, Settings Protector, TornTV, Yontoo" select these entries and click on the trash can icon. To change your homepage from isearch.babylon.com (or any other unwanted website) to your preferred domain, click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over isearch.babylon.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Remove TornTV from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Babylon Toolbar, Browser Manager, TornTV, Yontoo". To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove isearch.babylon.com (or any other unwanted website) and enter your preferred domain.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in TornTV Adware distribution:
To avoid installation of TornTV Adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove TornTV Adware from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.