Also Known As: TornTV Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Moderate
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
TornTV - how to eliminate browser redirects and add-ons related to this software?
What is TornTV?
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.
- What is TornTV?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Babylon Chrome Toolbar, Babylon toolbar, Browser Manager, TornTV, Yontoo applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove TornTV add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove TornTV plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove TornTV extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" and click "Uninstall a program".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Programs and Features".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Babylon Chrome Toolbar, Babylon toolbar, Browser Manager, TornTV, Yontoo", select these entries and click " Uninstall" or "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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the torntv adware, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove TornTV from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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 the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the torntv adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove TornTV from Mozilla FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Babylon Toolbar, Browser Manager, TornTV, Yontoo".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove isearch.babylon.com (or any other unwanted website) and enter your preferred domain.
Computer users who have problems with torntv adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window, click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
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.
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