What is Streamlink-twitch-gui?
While inspecting deceptive software-promoting websites, our research team discovered an ISO file containing the Streamlink-twitch-gui adware. Software within this classification is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns. However, Streamlink-twitch-gui is part of the ChromeLoader malware family; hence, it may also cause chain infections.
Streamlink-twitch-gui adware overview
Adware displays advertisements on various interfaces (e.g., visited websites, etc.). These ads endorse online scams, untrustworthy/harmful software, and malware. Some intrusive adverts can perform stealthy downloads/installations upon being clicked.
Note that any legitimate content encountered through these advertisements is most likely promoted by scammers abusing its affiliate programs to obtain commissions fraudulently.
It has to be mentioned that advertising-supported software might not display ads if certain conditions are unsuitable (e.g., incompatible browser/system specs, user geolocation, etc.); however, its presence endangers device/user safety regardless.
As mentioned in the introduction, Streamlink-twitch-gui belongs to the ChromeLoader malware family. Software within this group boats extensive obfuscation and is capable of introducing additional malicious content into systems.
In addition to the standard adware and browser hijacker proliferation, these programs may cause malware infections. Hence, the presence of Streamlink-twitch-gui on systems can evolve into trojan, ransomware, and other malware infections.
Furthermore, ChromeLoader adware has data tracking functionalities, and Streamlink-twitch-gui is unlikely to be an exception. Targeted information can include: browsing and search engine histories, log-in credentials, personally identifiable details, financial/banking data, etc. The collected data can then be monetized via sale to third-parties.
To summarize, the presence of software like Streamlink-twitch-gui on devices can result in multiple system infections, data loss, severe privacy issues, significant financial losses, and even identity theft.
If your system is infected with Streamlink-twitch-gui, we strongly advise using an anti-virus to run a full system scan, remove this adware and other detected threats.
|Name||Ads by Streamlink-twitch-gui|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Detection Names (iso)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (app)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Rogue Process Name||streamlink-twitch-gui (process name may vary)|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
OpenSubtitles Uploader, Energy, and Bloom are a few examples of adware belonging to the ChromeLoader family; Find My Package For Free, Audio Player, Webpage Text Reader - are some of our latest software finds within this threat group.
Advertising-supported software usually appears legitimate and offers "handy" features. However, these functionalities seldom work as promised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational.
How did Streamlink-twitch-gui install on my computer?
Adware is commonly promoted under the guise of genuine software/media. It can have "official" download webpages, and it is pushed through scam sites. Most users access such sites via redirects caused by spam mail, pages using rogue advertising, mistyped URLs, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware (with the ability to force-open browsers).
Additionally, intrusive ads are used in advertising-supported software distribution. Once clicked on, some of these adverts can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user consent.
Adware can also be bundled (packed together) with regular programs. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations (e.g., skipped steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We highly recommend researching software and downloading it only from official and verified channels. When installing, it is essential to read terms, explore available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all additional apps, extensions, features, etc.
We advise being vigilant when browsing since fraudulent and malicious content usually appears legitimate and innocuous. For example, intrusive advertisements may look harmless, but they redirect to unreliable/questionable sites (e.g., gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.).
In case of encounters with such adverts/redirects, check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Streamlink-twitch-gui, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of Streamlink-twitch-gui adware's installer contents:
Screenshot of Streamlink-twitch-gui adware's process on Windows Task Manager ("streamlink-twitch-gui" process name):
Screenshot of the website used to promote Streamlink-twitch-gui adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced IT skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Streamlink-twitch-gui?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Streamlink-twitch-gui application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove malicious ads from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Streamlink-twitch-gui adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "Streamlink-twitch-gui", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Streamlink-twitch-gui ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Streamlink-twitch-gui adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Streamlink-twitch-gui did not install its browser plug-ins on Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by streamlink-twitch-gui, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by streamlink-twitch-gui 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by streamlink-twitch-gui, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware delivers ads that promote deceptive/malicious content, which can cause system infections, financial losses, and other severe issues. This software usually has data tracking functionalities - hence, it is considered to be a privacy threat. Streamlink-twitch-gui is part of the ChromeLoader malware family - therefore, its presence on a system may result in multiple adware, browser hijacker, trojan, ransomware, and other malware infections.
What does adware do?
Adware operates by displaying ads on visited sites and/or different interfaces. Furthermore, some types can cause redirects and collect private information. It is noteworthy that the Streamlink-twitch-gui adware may be capable of causing chain infections.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers generate revenue primarily via affiliate programs by promoting various websites, apps, products, services, etc. Some software within this classification may also profit by gathering and selling vulnerable data.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Streamlink-twitch-gui adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate all adware-type apps installed. It has to be mentioned that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be a perfect solution. In some cases, even after the adware has been manually removed - various files remain hidden within the system. These remnants may continue to run and cause problems. Therefore, it is crucial to eliminate advertising-supported software thoroughly.