Online TV Streamer browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Online TV Streamer?
Online TV Streamer is a rogue application promoted as a tool for easy access to various TV streaming services. It supposedly also provides quick access to movie and live sports streaming websites. In fact, Online TV Streamer is classified as a browser hijacker, due to the modifications it makes to browsers to promote search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com, a fake search engine. It also has data tracking capabilities, which are employed to gather browsing-related information. Due to its dubious proliferation methods (most users install this app unintentionally), it is categorized as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
Browser hijackers are primarily designed to target Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other popular browsers. Once installed, they reassign the default search engine, homepage, and new tab/window URLs to the addresses of their bogus search engines. Online TV Streamer promotes search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com in this manner. Therefore, each new browser tab/window opened and each search query typed into the URL bar redirects to search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com. These changes may seem minor and easy to undo, however, this is not the case. As well as diminishing the browsing experience with unwanted redirects to a legitimate search engine (search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com redirects to search.yahoo.com), recovery of the browser is impossible without removal of the browser hijacker. With this rogue application still present, any changes users attempt to make to browsers are automatically reset (if indeed access to settings is allowed at all). Online TV Streamer can also track data. It records browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data can then be shared with third parties intent on misusing it for profit - often by putting it to criminal use. Therefore, the presence of data-tracking content on devices can lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. To protect browser/system integrity and user safety, you are advised to immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins.
|Name||Online TV Streamer|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Fortinet (Riskware/WinWrapper), Malwarebytes (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Online TV Streamer|
|Supposed Functionality||Quick access to TV streaming services.|
|Serving IP Address (search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com)||220.127.116.11|
|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.|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Multy App, Directions And Maps Now, and Easy Gaming App are examples of other browser hijackers. PUAs in general often seem legitimate and tempt users to install with offers of "useful" functions. The features rarely work as promised work as advertised. The sole purpose of this unwanted software is to generate revenue for developers at the expense of innocent users. PUAs hijack browsers, run intrusive ad campaigns, cause redirects to untrustworthy/malicious sites and collect vulnerable data.
How did Online TV Streamer install on my computer?
PUAs proliferate via the download/installation set-ups of other programs. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing normal content with unwanted or malicious software is called "bundling". By rushing through download and installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, using pre-set options, skipping steps and sections, etc.) many users endanger their devices with potential system infiltration and infections. Certain PUAs (including Online TV Streamer) have "official" promotional web pages. When clicked, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Research all content to verify its legitimacy, prior to downloading/installing. Use only official and verified download channels. Avoid Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting websites and other third party downloaders, as they are untrustworthy and can offer likewise dubious or even malicious software. When downloading/installing, you are advised to read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, functions and so on. Intrusive ads typically seem normal and innocuous, however, they can redirect to dubious sites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography and others). If you encounter these ads/redirects, check the system and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with Online TV Streamer, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Online TV Streamer browser hijacker installer set-up:
Online TV Streamer browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Website promoting Online TV Streamer browser hijacker;
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive 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
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- What is Online TV Streamer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Online TV Streamer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Online TV Streamer browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Online TV Streamer 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, "Online TV Streamer"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Online TV Streamer browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.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 "Online TV Streamer".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.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 "Online TV Streamer" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, 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 "Online TV Streamer", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.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 "search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com", 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.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.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 "Online TV Streamer", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
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 "Online TV Streamer", remove hxxp://search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.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.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.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.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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