Search.hwatchsportslive.co Redirect

Also Known As: Watch Sports Live browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.hwatchsportslive.co redirect removal instructions

What is search.hwatchsportslive.co?

Watch Sports Live is a deceptive application that supposedly allows users to watch various sports events live via the Internet. Judging on appearance alone, Watch Sports Live may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The main reasons for these negative associations are promotion of a fake search engine (search.hwatchsportslive.co), information tracking, and installation without users' consent.

search.hwatchsportslive.co browser hijacker

This browser hijacker targets Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Following infiltration, Watch Sports Live assigns the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.hwatchsportslive.co. Although these changes may seem insignificant, users are unable to revert them. Research shows that Watch Sports Live reassigns browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are encouraged to visit search.hwatchsportslive.co when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Another important issue is information tracking. Research shows that search.hwatchsportslive.co and Watch Sports Live record information relating to web browsing activity. Collected data typically includes personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These people generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly advise you to uninstall Watch Sports Live and never return to search.hwatchsportslive.co site

Watch Sports Live is identical to Watch News Now, Go Maps and Directions, Your PDFs Converter Now, and many others. Note that all offer different functionality, however, their behavior is identical. By offering various "useful features", PUPs such as Watch Sports Live attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, these programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and deliver no real value for regular users. Rather than enabling the functions promised, browser hijackers cause unwanted redirects and gather sensitive data. In addition, some fake search engines feed users with misleading results and intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, etc.) These typically lead to dubious websites. Therefore, using any fake search engine can lead to various computer infections.

How did Watch Sports Live install on my computer?

Watch Sports Live is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, it often infiltrates systems without permission. Developers promote this PUP using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Intrusive ads redirect to malicious sites and execute scripts that stealthily download and install PUPs (or even malware). "Bundling", on the other hand, is deceptive installation of third party apps together with regular software. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users rush these procedures and skip steps. In addition, they often click ads without believing understanding the consequences. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two main reasons for computer infections: 1) poor knowledge, and; 2) careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. We advise you to download your apps from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers should never be used, since developers monetize them by promoting PUPs. Be aware that intrusive ads typically seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design. Once clicked, however, they redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious sites. In most cases, intrusive ads are delivered by adware-type PUPs. If you experience suspicious redirects, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins.

Website promoting Watch Sports Live browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Watch Sports Live browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Watch Sports Live browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

search.hwatchsportslive.co browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications (for example, "Watch Sports Live"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.hwatchsportslive.co website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Watch Sports Live browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.hwatchsportslive.co related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hwatchsportslive.co from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.hwatchsportslive.co and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hwatchsportslive.co from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Watch Sports Live...".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the watch sports live browser hijacker, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.hwatchsportslive.co related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Watch Sports Live" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hwatchsportslive.co from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hwatchsportslive.co) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hwatchsportslive.co from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "search.hwatchsportslive.co", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the watch sports live browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.hwatchsportslive.co related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "Watch Sports Live" (or simply "Sports"), as well as all other recently-installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hwatchsportslive.co from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "Watch Sports Live" (or simply "Sports"), remove hxxp://search.hwatchsportslive.co and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hwatchsportslive.co from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with watch sports live browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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