Your Streaming TV Now browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Your Streaming TV Now?
The Your Streaming TV Now app is advertised as tool that allows users to access TV streaming websites. This information might be accurate, however, this app also operates as a browser hijacker. It changes browser settings (thereby promoting the search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com fake search engine) and gathers information relating to browsing activity. Furthermore, developers distribute Your Streaming TV Now with another app called Hide My Searches. Both are known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), since most people do not download or install browser hijackers intentionally.
Your Streaming TV Now assigns the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL to search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com and prevents users from undoing these changes. Typically, the only way to undo or change settings appointed by a browser hijacker is to uninstall it, otherwise it will simply reassign settings when users try to undo/change them. When installed, this app forces users to visit the aforementioned web address when a browser or a new tab is opened, or a search query is entered into the URL bar. Note that search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com is the address of a fake search engine (it provides no unique results) that simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com. Therefore, people who use search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com are provided with search results generated by Yahoo. Furthermore, most browser hijackers such as Your Streaming TV Now and fake search engines such as search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com collect user-system information including IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of opened pages, entered search queries, and other, possibly sensitive details. Developers of PUAs and fake search engines share the data with third parties (often cyber criminals) who misuse private information to generate revenue.
|Name||Your Streaming TV Now|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), Emsisoft (Application.Toolbar (A)), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Your Streaming TV Now, TV|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly provides access to various TV streaming websites.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com)||22.214.171.124|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Additional Information||Your Streaming TV Now is distributed with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Your Streaming TV Now is just one of many browser hijackers. Other examples are PreApp, Live Radio Now, and Maps Utility. Generally, these apps force people to use fake search engines and gather data. In any case, people who use these apps risk issues with browsing safety, privacy, and other problems. It is possible that some people might also become victims of identity theft. Therefore, we recommend that you uninstall Your Streaming TV Now and Hide My Searches (and any other PUAs) immediately.
How did Your Streaming TV Now install on my computer?
People often install apps such as Your Streaming TV Now or Hide My Searches unintentionally when they click intrusive (dubious) ads displayed on deceptive (untrustworthy) websites, or during the download/installation processes of other software. Developers often try to trick people into downloading or installing PUAs with other software by adding them to the set-ups - they do not disclose related information properly and hide it in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar parts of the set-ups. Furthermore, many people download and install programs without checking the set-ups, thereby agreeing by default to additional downloads or installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To avoid download and installation of PUAs, download programs from official, trustworthy websites and do not use third party downloaders/installers, torrent clients, eMule or other Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial web pages, and so on. Check all options such as "Advanced", "Custom", and so on - these might be included in the download or installation setup. Dismiss offers to download or install unwanted apps. Note that intrusive advertisements often redirect people who click them to untrustworthy websites. Ads displayed on dubious web pages should not be trusted. Browsers often open dubious web pages and show ads due to PUAs installed on them. To prevent this, uninstall all unwanted plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions installed on the browser, and suspicious programs installed on the computer. If your computer is already infected with Your Streaming TV Now, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Your Streaming TV Now browser hijacker installer set-up:
Your Streaming TV Now download page asks for various permissions:
Website promoting Your Streaming TV Now browser hijacker:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This site asks 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)
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"
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- 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
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Your Streaming TV Now?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Your Streaming TV Now application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Your Streaming TV Now browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Your Streaming TV Now browser hijacker removal:
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 10 and 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.
Mac OSX users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Your Streaming TV Now"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Your Streaming TV Now browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):
Video showing how to remove Your Streaming TV Now browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com 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:
Click the "gear" 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 "Your Streaming TV Now".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com redirect, 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 malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Your Streaming TV Now" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Your Streaming TV Now" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com or hxxps://hidemysearches.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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 "hxxp://search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Your Streaming TV Now" (or simply "TV"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "Your Streaming TV Now" (or simply "TV") or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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.
Computer users who have problems with search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com redirect 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.hyourstreamingtvnow2.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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