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. Additionally, it supposedly provides quick access to move and live sports streaming websites. Online TV Streamer is classified as a browser hijacker, due to the modifications it makes to browsers in order to promote search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com - a fake search engine. It also has data tracking abilities, which are employed to gather browsing-related information. Due to its dubious proliferation methods (i.e. most users install this app unintentionally), it is categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Applications) as well.
Browser hijackers are primarily designed to target Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other popular browsers. Once installed, they reassign browsers' default search engine, homepage and new tab/window URLs - to the addresses of their illegitimate web searchers. Online TV Streamer promotes search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com in this manner. Therefore, every new browser tab/window opened and every single search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com. These changes may appear minor and not very difficult to undo - however, that is not the case. Aside from diminishing browsing quality with undesirable redirects, ending in a legitimate search engine (for search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com - to search.yahoo.com), without removal of the browser hijacker - recovering the browser is impossible. With the rogue application still present, any changes users attempt to make to their browsers can be automatically reset, if access to the settings is not restricted or denied outright. As mentioned, Online TV Streamer can track data. It records browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gathers users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life details). This sensitive data can then be shared with third parties, intent on misusing it for profit - not unlikely by putting it to criminal use. Therefore, presence of data-tracking content on devices can lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To protect browser/system integrity and user safety, it is recommended 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||It supposedly provides quick access to TV streaming services.|
|Serving IP Address (search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com)||18.104.22.168|
|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.|
To eliminate search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com redirect our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Multy App, Directions And Maps Now, Easy Gaming App are examples of other browser hijackers. Not just this type of rogue app but PUAs in general - appear legitimate and tempt users into installation with offers of "useful" functions. Rarely do the promised features work and even if they do - then, not as advertised. The sole purpose of all unwanted software is to generate revenue for its developers at the expense of users. PUAs are designed to hijack browsers, run intrusive advert campaigns, cause redirects to untrustworthy/malicious sites and collects vulnerable data.
How did Online TV Streamer install on my computer?
PUAs proliferate via download/installation setups of other programs. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing ordinary content with unwanted or malicious software is called "bundling". By rushing through download and installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, using pre-set options, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - users endanger their devices with potential system infiltrations and infections. Select PUAs (e.g. Online TV Streamer) have "official" promotional webpages. When clicked on, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is important to research content to verify its legitimacy, prior to downloading/installing it. Only official and verified download channels should be used. It is ill-advised to use Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting websites and other third party downloaders - as they are considered to be untrustworthy and can offer likewise dubious and even malicious software. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, functions and so on. Intrusive ads typically appear ordinary and innocuous, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable sites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography and others). In case of encounters with adverts/redirects of this kind, user should 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 Spyhunter 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
Instant automatic removal of search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com redirect:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of search.watchonlinestreamsnowtab.com redirect. Download it by clicking the button below:
- 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 (which 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 plugins 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Change your homepage:
Click the three horizontal dots 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:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" 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.
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