Access TV Streaming browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Access TV Streaming?
Access TV Streaming is a piece of rogue software, advertised as a tool for easy access to TV streaming websites. It operates by making modifications to browser settings in order to promote haccesstvstreaming.com - an illegitimate search engine. Access TV Streaming also has data tracking abilities, which are employed to spy on users' browsing habits. Due to the questionable techniques used to proliferate this browser hijacker, it is deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). It is noteworthy that Access TV Streaming is often distributed alongside another PUA - called Hide My History.
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other browsers with large 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. These seemingly minor alterations severely affect the browsing activity. To elaborate, Access TV Streaming installed: new browser tabs/windows opened and every single search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to haccesstvstreaming.com. Fake search engines are usually unable to provide search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) legitimate ones. The web searcher of Access TV Streaming (haccesstvstreaming.com) is not an exception to this - it redirects to Yahoo (search.yahoo.com). Furthermore, browser hijackers can restrict or deny access to the browser's settings and/or undo any permitted changes users attempt to make. Therefore, recovering a hijacked browser is impossible without removing the software affecting it. As mentioned in the introduction, Access TV Streaming monitors browsing activity and collects sensitive data extracted from it. Information of interest includes: IP addresses, geolocations, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, and other details. The collected data typically contains personally identifiable information and what is more, browser hijacker developers share/sell this information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). To summarize, presence of data-tracking software on devices can lead to serious privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To protect browser and system integrity, as well as user safety - all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated without delay.
|Name||Access TV Streaming|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Access TV Streaming|
|Supposed Functionality||Quick access to TV streaming websites|
|Serving IP Address (haccesstvstreaming.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.|
|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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SMedia, 4KSportSearch, PDFConverterSearch, Remove Notifications are some examples of other browser hijackers. They appear ordinary and harmless. Browser hijackers offer a wide variety of "handy" functionalities, which are rarely operational. In fact, this is true of practically all PUAs. Functionality and user safety are irrelevant, since the sole purpose of unwanted apps is to generate profit for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can hijack browsers, force-open untrustworthy or malicious sites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns and collect private data.
How did Access TV Streaming install on my computer?
Select PUAs (e.g. Access TV Streaming) have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloading. These applications are also distributed via download/installation setups of other software. This deceptive marketing methods of packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, using pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices. Intrusive adverts proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, they can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is highly recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, like: unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - commonly offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is crucial to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, functions, etc. It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. Intrusive advertisements appear ordinary, however they redirect to various questionable sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, users must inspect their devices and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Access TV Streaming, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Screenshot of Access TV Streaming browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Screenshots of the website used to promote Access TV Streaming browser hijacker:
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- What is Access TV Streaming?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Access TV Streaming application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove haccesstvstreaming.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Access TV Streaming browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove haccesstvstreaming.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove haccesstvstreaming.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Access TV Streaming 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, "Access TV Streaming"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the haccesstvstreaming.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Access TV Streaming 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://haccesstvstreaming.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 "Access TV Streaming".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the haccesstvstreaming.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 "Access TV Streaming" 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 "Access TV Streaming", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.haccesstvstreaming.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 "haccesstvstreaming.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 haccesstvstreaming.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 "Access TV Streaming", 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 "Access TV Streaming", remove hxxp://haccesstvstreaming.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 haccesstvstreaming.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 haccesstvstreaming.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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