Stream2watch unwanted ads removal instructions

Also Known As: Ads by Stream2watch
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Stream2watch redirect removal instructions

What is Stream2watch?

Stream2watch provides a streaming service that supposedly allows people to watch live sport free of charge. In fact, it delivers this service illegally. Developers provide this service on a website that uses rogue advertising networks. People who use Stream2watch's website are served with deceptive advertisements that lead to other dubious web pages or cause unwanted download and installation of potentially unwanted apps (PUAs). Additionally, this page asks visitors to show notifications. If allowed, these start feeding users with unwanted ads and notifications, and might also lead to unwanted downloads or installations.

Stream2watch pop-up redirects

If opened, the Stream2watch website causes redirects to other untrustworthy sites and opens various unwanted pop-up windows, all of which might be designed to trick people into installing adware-type apps, browser hijackers, and other PUAs. Adware is software that serves users with advertisements. For example, these apps deliver coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on. People who click these ads risk being redirected to untrustworthy web pages or cause unwanted download/installation of other PUAs. Some of the deceptive ads run scripts that cause unwanted downloads. If installed, browser hijackers change browser settings (to promote fake search engines) and collect browsing data. These apps collect IP addresses, URLs of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations and other, possibly sensitive information. Furthermore, PUA developers share the data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Some of these third parties might be cyber criminals. The Stream2watch website, and most of the other dubious pages that it opens, ask to show notifications. If allowed, they display unwanted ads, open pop-up windows, etc. Clicking these notifications might lead to unwanted download/installation of unwanted apps and redirects to potentially malicious pages. Do not use any of the illegal services offered by Stream2watch or allow dubious web pages to show notifications.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by Stream2watch
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up virus
Detection Names CLEAN MX (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Related Domains stream2watch[.]ws
Serving IP Address (stream2watch[.]ws)
104.22.9.57
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Removal

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Stream2watch is not the only site that uses rogue ad networks. Some other examples are Putlocker, savefrom[.]net, and ouo[.]io. It is not safe to use websites of this type, since they serve visitors with unwanted, deceptive ads, and cause redirects to other rogue web pages. People who use them might end up having PUAs installed on their browsers or computers.

How did adware install on my computer?

Unwanted downloads/installations can be caused by clicking intrusive advertisements. In other cases, PUAs are installed together with free, regular downloaded/installed software - PUAs are bundled into the set-ups of other programs, and information about this is hidden within "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of those set-ups. This deceptive marketing method is known as "bundling". Software developers often use bundling to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps with the chosen programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not safe to download software (especially if it is free) from unofficial, untrustworthy websites, using Peer-to-Peer networks, third party downloaders and other such tools. The best way to download software is to using official websites and directs link. Furthermore, check all "Custom", "Advanced" and other sections of download or installation setups and to opt-out of unwanted apps. Do not trust intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious pages. Typically, they lead to adult dating, pornography, gambling and other similar, rogue websites. If a browser causes redirects to dubious web pages or displays unwanted ads, check all extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed and remove any unwanted, suspicious entries. Also uninstall these programs from the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Notifications by Stream2watch:

stream2watch notifications

Dubious web pages opened by the Stream2watch site:

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Appearance of Stream2watch website (GIF):

Stream2watch website appearance (GIF)

IMPORTANT NOTE! Websites promoted by Stream2watch often ask to enable web browser notifications.

Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:

Google Chrome (PC):

  • Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
  • Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
  • Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)

Disable pop-up' notifications in Google Chrome web browser

Google Chrome (Android):

  • Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
  • Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
  • Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
  • Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
  • In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"

Disable pop-up' notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
  • Select "Internet options"
  • Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
  • Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button

Disable pop-up' notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
  • Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
  • Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
  • Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
  • Click the switch under each suspicious website

Disable pop-up' notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
  • Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
  • Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each

Disable pop-up' notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Adware 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.

Stream2watch adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes Stream2watch redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Stream2watch ads from Internet Explorer step 1

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 browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Stream2watch ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by stream2watch, 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 Stream2watch  ads from Google Chrome step 1

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

Removing Stream2watch ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by stream2watch, 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 Stream2watch ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Stream2watch ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by stream2watch 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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

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 didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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