TV Streaming Plus browser hijacker removal instructions
What is TV Streaming Plus?
TV Streaming Plus is an app that supposed to provide users with a quick access to various online TV and Movies streaming websites. Nevertheless, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker. It is because TV Streaming Plus is designed to promote tvstreamingplus.com (address of a fake search engine) by changing browser's settings and gather various data. Quite often people download and install software of this type unknowingly (unintentionally). Besides, TV Streaming Plus is not the only application that gets installed during its installation process. Another PUA called Search Defender Prime gets installed too.
After installation TV Streaming Plus sets tvstreamingplus.com as an address of a homepage, new tab and default search engine. In other words, this browser hijacker makes sure that its users would visit this address when they open a browser (new window), new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. As if it were not enough, it prevents users from removing tvstreamingplus.com from the aforementioned settings as well. Typically, those settings can be changed/modified only when a browser hijacker (in this case TV Streaming Plus) is no longer installed. Also, it is worth mentioning that tvstreamingplus.com does not generate unique search results, it provides results generated by Yahoo. In other words, tvstreamingplus.com redirects its users to search.yahoo.com and that is exactly why it is called a fake search engine. As we mentioned in the introduction, apps like TV Streaming Plus often are designed to gather various information. Typically, they target data such as IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, etc. However, sometimes they are designed to gather personal, sensitive details as well. Moreover, their developers tend to sell that data to third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. There is always a possibility that third parties may be some cyber criminals. To sum up, it is not safe to have browser hijackers installed. Therefore, we recommend to uninstall TV Streaming Plus, Search Defender Prime or any other installed PUA as soon as possible.
|Name||TV Streaming Plus|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||TV Streaming Plus|
|Supposed Functionality||TV Streaming Plus supposed to provide access to TV and Movies streaming pages.|
|Serving IP Address (tvstreamingplus.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.|
|Additional Information||TV Streaming Plus is distributed with another browser hijacker called Search Defender Prime.|
|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 tvstreamingplus.com redirect our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Some examples of other browser hijackers are Forms Wizard, Goweb App and mSearches Startpage. Apps of this type often are advertised as tools that supposed to deliver some features. However, not many of them operate as they supposed to. More often than not they are designed only to promote some fake search engine and gather browsing data. Besides, people who use them (have them installed) are exposed at risk of becoming victims of identity theft, problems with browsing safety, privacy, and other problems.
How did TV Streaming Plus install on my computer?
As a rule, people download and install adware or other PUAs unwillingly/unintentionally. Usually it happens when software developers trick them into it. They attempt to achieve it by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". To be more precise, they include PUAs in download and/or installation setups of other programs and hide information about it in their "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. When people download and/or install software without changing those settings, then unwanted apps get a permission to be downloaded and/or installed as well. In other cases people end up having unwanted apps installed on browsers and/or computers by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute scripts that download and install them.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
We do not recommend to download (and install) software from untrustworthy websites, through third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), and so on. It should be done by using only official websites and direct download links. Also, it is important to decline offers to download and/or install additionally included, unwanted apps before completing downloads and/or installations of software that has them included in its setup. Typically, those offers can be found in setup's settings like "Advanced, "Custom". Furthermore, we advise against trusting (clicking) various intrusive ads, especially if those ads appear on questionable pages. Typically, they lead people to potentially malicious pages or cause downloads, installations of some unwanted software. If there are any unknown, unwanted extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed on a browser, then they should be uninstalled right away. The same applies to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with TV Streaming Plus, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
TV Streaming Plus asks for a permission to read and change certain data:
Website promoting TV Streaming Plus 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 and select "Settings"
- Click on "Site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
- 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 tvstreamingplus.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 tvstreamingplus.com redirect. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is TV Streaming Plus?
- STEP 1. Uninstall TV Streaming Plus application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove tvstreamingplus.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove TV Streaming Plus browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove tvstreamingplus.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove tvstreamingplus.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
TV Streaming Plus 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, "TV Streaming Plus"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the tvstreamingplus.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
TV Streaming Plus 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://tvstreamingplus.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 "TV Streaming Plus".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the tvstreamingplus.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 "TV Streaming Plus" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Search Defender Prime"), 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 "TV Streaming Plus" or "Search Defender Prime", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://tvstreamingplus.com or hxxps://searchdefenderprime.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://tvstreamingplus.com" and "hxxp://searchdefenderprime.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 tvstreamingplus.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 "TV Streaming Plus", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Search Defender Prime").
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 "TV Streaming Plus" or "Search Defender Prime", remove hxxp://tvstreamingplus.com or hxxp://searchdefenderprime.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 tvstreamingplus.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 tvstreamingplus.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 tvstreamingplus.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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