YourStreamSearch browser hijacker removal instructions
What is YourStreamSearch?
YourStreamSearch is a browser hijacker that is designed to promote a fake search engine, to change certain browser settings to the yourstreamsearch.com address. It is common that apps of this type are designed to collect browsing-related and/or other data as well. Typically, users download and install browser hijackers unknowingly, for this reason they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
After installation of the YourStreamSearch yourstreamsearch.com becomes as the address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab, it means that from that moment users are forced to visit yourstreamsearch.com when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into browser URL bar. When users browse the web with YourStreamSearch installed on their browsers, the yourstreamsearch.com address redirects them search.yahoo.com - it displays results generated by Yahoo. It is worthwhile to mention that most users cannot undo the changes that were made by a browser hijacker unless they uninstall it. Furthermore, it is common that browser hijackers are designed not only to promote fake search engines but also to gather various data. Usually they target data related to user's browsing activities/habits, for example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search. Nevertheless, there are browser hijackers that can read sensitive information as well. The problem with it is that collected information could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, users may become victims of identity theft, encounter problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, and/or other problems.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved web browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (yourstreamsearch.com)||22.214.171.124|
|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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WebPDFSearch, MyPDFConverterSearch and MovieSearchTV are classified as browser hijackers too, however, there many other apps of this type available for download on the Internet. Typically, apps of this type are designed to promote an address of some fake search engine. Also, very often they are designed to function as data collectors. More often than not such apps are promoted as useful, legitimate. However, in most cases they are useless to their users/designed only to generate revenue for their developers.
How did YourStreamSearch install on my computer?
In some cases users download and/or install programs that have "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings in their setups without changing them (or without unticking certain checkboxes). It is common that setups that have the aforementioned settings or checkboxes are used to distribute PUAs (have PUAs included in them as additional offers). PUAs are allowed to be downloaded and/or installed together with wanted programs when users do not decline offers to download and/or install them. This distribution method for PUAs is called "bundling". Also, some users cause unwanted downloads and/or installations by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to download programs, files only from legitimate, official pages and via direct links. Other sources, tools like third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, etc., can be used to promote/distribute various unwanted, sometimes even malicious apps. The same applies to third party, unofficial installers. Furthermore, it is advised to always check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of any download and installation setup and see if they can be used to decline offers to download and/or install unwanted applications. Advertisements that appear on questionable web pages tend to open untrustworthy websites or even cause unwanted downloads, installations. Therefore, it is recommended not to trust (click) such advertisements. If there are any unknown, unwanted and/or suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a web browser, and/or programs of this kind installed on the operating system, then they should be removed. If your computer is already infected with YourStreamSearch, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Yourstreamsearch.com redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):
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- What is YourStreamSearch?
- STEP 1. Uninstall YourStreamSearch application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove YourStreamSearch browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove yourstreamsearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove yourstreamsearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove yourstreamsearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
YourStreamSearch 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, "YourStreamSearch"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the yourstreamsearch.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
YourStreamSearch browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "YourStreamSearch" 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 "YourStreamSearch", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.yourstreamsearch.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 "yourstreamsearch.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 yourstreamsearch.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 "YourStreamSearch", 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 "YourStreamSearch", remove hxxp://yourstreamsearch.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 yourstreamsearch.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 yourstreamsearch.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.
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://yourstreamsearch.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 "YourStreamSearch".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the yourstreamsearch.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.
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 yourstreamsearch.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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