How to remove TV Streaming Online from a browser and computer?

Also Known As: search.watch-tvlivetab.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

TV Streaming Online browser hijacker removal instructions

What is TV Streaming Online?

TV Streaming Online is one of the many applications that are designed to promote some fake search engine (in this case search.watch-tvlivetab.com) by changing browser's settings and gather browsing data. Apps of this type are called browser hijackers. They are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) because people usually download and install them unintentionally. Research shows that TV Streaming Online gets installed together with Hide My Searches (another PUA).

search.watch-tvlivetab.com browser hijacker

As its name suggests, TV Streaming Online supposed to provide users with a quick access to various TV streaming websites. However, after installation it changes browser's settings such as address of a homepage, default search engine and new tab to search.watch-tvlivetab.com. This is an address of a fake search engine that does not generate any unique results. If used, it provides results generated by Yahoo (redirects users to search.yahoo.com). Users of TV Streaming Online are forced to visit search.watch-tvlivetab.com when they open a hijacker browser, new tab or search queries into URL. As a rule, the only way to remove address of a fake search engine from the aforementioned settings (or change that address into another one) is to uninstall a browser hijacker that modified those settings. Unfortunately, that is not the only problem with having a browser hijacked by an app of this type. Typically, browser hijackers are designed to gather various information, for example, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, IP addresses, geolocations, and other browsing data. Some of them may be designed to collect personal, sensitive details as well. In one way or another, people behind browser hijackers often sell collected data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. These actions put users at risk of problems related to browsing safety, online privacy or even identity theft. That is why browser hijackers should not be downloaded and installed. If TV Streaming Online, Hide My Searches or other PUA is already installed on a browser and/or computer, then it should be removed as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name TV Streaming Online
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), AVG (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/OpenDownloadManager), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) TV Streaming Online
Supposed Functionality This browser hijacker supposed to provide users with a quick access to TV streaming sites.
Promoted URL search.watch-tvlivetab.com
Serving IP Address (search.watch-tvlivetab.com) 100.25.86.134
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 TV Streaming Online 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.
Removal

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A couple of examples of other apps that are categorized as browser hijackers too are TV Fans Online Tab, Directions and Maps Now and Multy App. It is common for apps of this type to be advertised as useful, legitimate, and so on. In other words, they supposed to deliver some features (like quick access to TV streaming pages). However, most of them are useless and cause only problems. Therefore, apps of this type should never be trusted and used.

How did TV Streaming Online install on my computer?

Quite often unintentional downloads and/or installations are being caused through deceptive ads and setups of various, mainly free software. There are deceptive ads on the Internet that, if clicked, execute scripts designed to cause download and/or installation of some unwanted application. Also, people often download and/or install PUAs when they download and/or install programs that have them included in their setup as additional offers. Those offers usually can be found in their "Custom", "Advanced" settings. Nevertheless, people often leave them unchanged and that is how they allow for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed together with software that actually wanted to download and/or install. This distribution method of unwanted software is called "bundling".

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should not be downloaded (or installed) through third party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients, unofficial pages, and so on. We recommend to download it using only official websites and direct download links. Furthermore, if a setup contains "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings, then they should not be left unchecked. They often contain offers to download or install unwanted software that can be dismissed before completing download or installation process. Intrusive ads (especially when displayed on shady pages) redirect people to potentially untrustworthy sites or download, install unwanted apps. For these reasons it is recommended not to trust and click them. Also, we recommend to uninstall all unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on a browser and programs of this kind that are installed on a computer. If your computer is already infected with TV Streaming Online, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting TV Streaming Online browser hijacker:

Website used to promote TV Streaming Online browser hijacker

Installer of TV Streaming Online browser:

Official TV Streaming Online browser hijacker installation setup

TV Streaming Online asks for a permission to read and change data:

tv streaming online browser hijacker wants to read and change various data

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Quick menu:

TV Streaming Online 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.watch-tvlivetab.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "TV Streaming Online"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.watch-tvlivetab.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

TV Streaming Online browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.watch-tvlivetab.com 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.watch-tvlivetab.com 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.watch-tvlivetab.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:

Removing search.watch-tvlivetab.com 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 "TV Streaming Online".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.watch-tvlivetab.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.

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.watch-tvlivetab.com 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 "TV Streaming Online" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.watch-tvlivetab.com 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, disable "TV Streaming Online" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.watch-tvlivetab.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:

Removing search.watch-tvlivetab.com 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 "hxxp://search.watch-tvlivetab.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.com, 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 search.watch-tvlivetab.com redirect, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.watch-tvlivetab.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "TV Streaming Online", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").

Change your homepage:

Removing search.watch-tvlivetab.com 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 "TV Streaming Online" or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.watch-tvlivetab.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.watch-tvlivetab.com 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.watch-tvlivetab.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, 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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