Stream Facts browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Stream Facts?
Stream Facts is one of the many browser hijackers that are designed to collect information related to user's browsing habits and promote address of a fake search engine. It promotes search.streamfacts.today, and like most apps of this type, it does that by changing certain browser's settings. In most cases users download and install browser hijackers unknowingly, inadvertently. Therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Stream Facts promotes search.streamfacts.today by making it as and address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. It means that users are forced to visit search.streamfacts.today when they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. It is worthwhile to mention that by entering search queries users get redirected to search.streamfacts.today and then to opti-page.com - address of another fake search engine. It is common that fake search engines display results generated by some other, legitimate search engine (like Yahoo, Google), or they generate and display misleading results. Users who have a browser hijacker like Stream Facts installed on a browser and/operating system cannot undo the changes that were made by it unless they uninstall that app. It means that search.streamfacts.today (and opti-page.com) can be stopped from being opened by a hijacked browser only by uninstalling Stream Facts. Furthermore, apps of this type can be (and usually are) created to collect IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, and so on. In some cases they gather sensitive, personal details as well. It is not uncommon that their developers sell collected data to third parties who misuse it in other ways. There is always a possibility that they could sell it to some cyber criminals. Either way, such actions can cause problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, some users may even become victims of identity theft. That is why browser hijackers should never be trusted (downloaded and installed). If an app like Stream Facts is already installed, then it should be removed right away.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Stream Facts|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to allow users to download some videos|
|Serving IP Address (search.streamfacts.today)||126.96.36.199|
|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.|
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There are many various browser hijackers on the Internet. Typically, they are advertised as useful, legitimate applications that supposed to improve browsing experience, include some features, etc. However, most of them do not deliver any value and are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue. What is worse, their users are exposed at risk of various problems. Here are examples of other PUAs that are classified as browser hijackers too: RollingSearch, Radio Hub Online and Quick Photo Editor.
How did Stream Facts install on my computer?
Quite often developers include PUAs in various download and/or installation setups of other software as additional offers. They do that with a purpose to trick users into unintentionally downloading and/or installing those apps together with wanted ones. In most cases offers to download and/or install potentially unwanted apps can be found in setup's "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings. However, not all users check those settings. If they leave them unchanged, then they allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with other, intentionally downloaded and/or installed software. Also, apps of this type can get installed through deceptive ads that are designed to run certain scripts, however, it happens only when users click those advertisements.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (such as torrent clients, eMule, etc.), third party downloaders, and other similar channels should not be used to download any software. The same applies to installations through third party, unofficial installers. Such channels are often monetized by using them as tools to distribute unwanted, in some cases even malicious software. The only safe and proper way to download software is to do that by using official websites and direct links. Furthermore, download and installation setups that contain settings like "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" should be checked for offers to download and/or install additional, unwanted software. Intrusive ads that appear on various shady pages tend to be designed to open questionable websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. It is not recommended to click such advertisements. If any unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons are already installed on a web browser, or programs of this kind on the operating system, then they should be uninstalled as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with Stream Facts, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Stream Facts redirects to opti-page.com through search.streamfacts.today (GIF):
Website promoting Stream Facts browser hijacker:
Notification saying that Stream Facts can read and change data:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Stream Facts?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Stream Facts application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.streamfacts.today redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Stream Facts browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.streamfacts.today homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.streamfacts.today redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Stream Facts 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, "Stream Facts"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.streamfacts.today website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Stream Facts 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.streamfacts.today 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 "Stream Facts".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.streamfacts.today 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 "Stream Facts" 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 "Stream Facts", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.streamfacts.today) 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.streamfacts.today", 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.streamfacts.today 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 "Stream Facts", 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 "Stream Facts", remove hxxp://search.streamfacts.today 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.streamfacts.today 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.streamfacts.today 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.streamfacts.today redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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