StreaminSearchs browser hijacker removal instructions
What is the StreaminSearchs browser hijacker?
StreaminSearchs is a piece of rogue software, classified as a browser hijacker. Following successful infiltration, it makes alterations to browser settings in order to promote streaminsearchs.com - a fake search engine. Additionally, most browser hijackers have data tracking abilities and it is highly likely that StreaminSearchs has such as well. Due to the questionable techniques used to proliferate StreaminSearchs, it is also deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).
Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and other popular browsers with significant user bases - are common targets of browser hijackers. They reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs - to the addresses of illegitimate web searchers. In case of StreaminSearchs, it makes these modifications as well - to promote streaminsearchs.com. These seemingly minor changes diminish the browsing experience. Since any new browser tab/window opened and every single search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to streaminsearchs.com. Fake search engines are typically unable to provide search results, so they redirect (or cause redirection chains leading) to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine search engines. Streaminsearchs.com is not an exception to this, as it cannot provide search results either - it redirects to Yahoo (search.yahoo.com). Furthermore, browser hijackers can restrict or deny access to the browser's settings and/or reset any changes users attempt to make. Therefore, the only way of recovering the hijacked browser is by eliminating the software affecting it. As mentioned in the introduction, most browser hijackers can track data and it is very probable that StreaminSearchs also has such functionalities. Browser hijackers can record users' browsing habits (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data is usually shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to similarly misuse it for profit. To summarize, presence of data-tracking software on systems can result in financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect device health and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Serving IP Address (streaminsearchs.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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Search-Plus, Find Instant Recipes, Easy Steps DIY Tab and Easy Coupon Finder are some examples of other browser hijackers. They usually appear legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation with offers of a wide variety of "handy" functionalities. However, they are rarely operational and this is common for all PUAs. Unwanted applications have but one goal - to generate revenue for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. PUAs are designed to hijack browsers, cause redirects, deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns and gather personal information.
How did StreaminSearchs install on my computer?
PUAs are proliferated via download/installation setups of other software. This false marketing tactic of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping sections, using pre-set options, etc.) - users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device, thereby endangering it with potential infections. Select PUAs have "official" download sites. Intrusive advertisements can infiltrate these applications into systems as well. Upon being clicked, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
All products should be researched before download/installation and/or purchase. It is strongly recommended to only use official and verified download channels. Untrustworthy sources, like: unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive ads typically appear legitimate, however they redirect to dubious webpages (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling, etc.). In case of encounters with adverts/redirects of this kind, users must inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with StreaminSearchs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Screenshot of StreaminSearchs browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Appearance of StreaminSearchs browser hijacker (GIF):
Screenshots of websites used to promote StreaminSearchs browser hijacker;
IMPORTANT NOTE! Some of these deceptive sites ask 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 StreaminSearchs?
- STEP 1. Uninstall StreaminSearchs application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove streaminsearchs.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove StreaminSearchs browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove streaminsearchs.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove streaminsearchs.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
StreaminSearchs 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, "StreaminSearchs"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the streaminsearchs.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
StreaminSearchs 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://streaminsearchs.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 "StreaminSearchs".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the streaminsearchs.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 "StreaminSearchs" 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 "StreaminSearchs", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.streaminsearchs.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 "streaminsearchs.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 streaminsearchs.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 "StreaminSearchs", 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 "StreaminSearchs", remove hxxp://streaminsearchs.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 streaminsearchs.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 streaminsearchs.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.
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