How to uninstall Online TV Streams and Hide My Searches?

Also Known As: search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Online TV Streams browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Online TV Streams?

Online TV Streams is an app that is advertised as a tool which supposed to provide users with a quick access to various TV streaming websites. However, it is categorized as a browser hijacker, a potentially unwanted application (PUA) because it promotes a fake search engine (search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.com) by changing browser's settings and people usually do not download, and install apps of this type intentionally. Also, most browser hijackers are designed to collect browsing-related details. Additionally, this particular browser hijacker gets installed with another PUA called Hide My Searches.

search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.com browser hijacker

Since Online TV Streams is designed to promote search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.com, it sets this address as an address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. It makes sure that users would visit it when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into URL bar. This is an address of a fake search engine that does not generate any unique results and provides results generated by Yahoo. Simply said, when used, search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.com opens search.yahoo.com and provides results generated by this search engine. Typically, the only way to use a preferred search engine (remove search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.com from the aforementioned settings) is to uninstall Online TV Streams. However, this is not the only reason to uninstall Online TV Streams, Hide My Searches or any other browser hijacker. Apps of this type usually are designed to collect browsing data and sometimes even sensitive, personal details as well. They gather details such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, and so on. Their developers usually sell all collected details to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who tend to misuse them to generate revenue. Browser hijacker is a type of software that can be the reason behind problems related to privacy, browsing safety, and other issues like identity theft. Therefore, if Online TV Streams, Hide My Searches or other PUA is already installed on a browser and/or operating system, then it should be uninstalled right away.

Threat Summary:
Name Online TV Streams
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) Online TV Streams
Supposed Functionality This browser hijacker supposed to provide quick access to various TV streaming sites.
Promoted URL search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.com
Serving IP Address (search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.com) 3.214.7.150
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 Online TV Streams 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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Online TV Streams operates like many other browser hijackers, for example, Search Plus, Online TV Streamer and TV Streaming Online. All these (and many other) apps are designed to gather data and force their users to use, visit address of some fake search engine. Besides, most oft them do not deliver any features. On the contrary, very often they put their users at risk of various problems.

How did Online TV Streams install on my computer?

Typically, unwanted apps are distributed through deceptive advertisements and setups of other programs. There are ads that, if clicked, download and/or install unwanted software by executing certain scripts. In other cases people get tricked into downloading and/or installing PUAs when they leave settings like "Custom", "Advanced" of setups unchanged. Quite often PUAs are distributed by including them in various download and/or installation setups of other programs and by leaving the unchanged people allow for those apps to be downloaded and/or installed together with a desired software. This distribution method of potentially unwanted software is known as "bundling".

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Various third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule) are often used as tools to proliferate potentially unwanted programs. Therefore, they should not be used as sources to download and install any software. The safest way to download software is by using official websites and direct download links. Also, it is not recommended to finish downloads and installations without checking "Advanced", "Custom" and other options/settings. Quite often they contain offers to download or install additional, unwanted software. Furthermore, we recommend not to click ads that are displayed on questionable websites. They can be designed to cause unwanted downloads, installations or open untrustworthy websites. If some unwanted, suspicious extension, add-on or plug-in is already installed on a browser, then it should be removed as soon as possible. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with Online TV Streams, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

installer of Online TV Streams browser hijacker:

Official Online TV Streams browser hijacker installation setup

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

online tv streams browser hijacker wants to read and change data

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Quick menu:

Online TV Streams 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.onlinetvstreamsapptab.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Online TV Streams browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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 "Online TV Streams".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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 "Online TV Streams" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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 "Online TV Streams" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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 "Online TV Streams", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").

Change your homepage:

Removing search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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 "Online TV Streams" or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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.onlinetvstreamsapptab.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.

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