What kind of application is Streaming?
While investigating suspicious sites, our research team found a page promoting an installation setup containing the Streaming application. After examining this app, we determined that it is advertising-supported software (adware).
Streaming adware overview
The purpose of adware is to generate revenue for its developers, typically by feeding users with undesirable/deceptive advertisements. This software enables the placement of ads on visited websites and/or other interfaces.
The adverts mainly endorse online scams, unreliable/harmful software, and potential malware. Once clicked on, some intrusive advertisements can even perform stealthy downloads/installations.
It must be mentioned that while legitimate products/services can be encountered through these ads – they are unlikely to be promoted in this manner by their developers or other official parties. It is most probable that this endorsement is performed by scammers who abuse the content's affiliate programs in order to obtain illegitimate commissions.
Advertising-supported software may require specific conditions to run intrusive advert campaigns, e.g., compatible browser/system, visits to particular websites, etc. Even if Streaming does not display ads – its presence on a system remains a threat.
Additionally, most adware-type apps collect sensitive information, and this might be true of Streaming. Targeted data usually includes: browsing and search engine histories, Internet cookies, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related information, and so on. The gathered data can then be sold to third-parties or otherwise abused for profit.
To summarize, advertising-supported software can cause system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even lead to identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Streaming|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Detection Names (installer)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (app)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Rogue Process Name||nwjs (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).|
|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.
Advertising-supported software usually appears legitimate and offers a wide variety of handy features. However, the functionalities are rarely operational – thus serving the purpose of bait to trick users into downloading/installing the software. It must be stressed that even if an app works as promised – that is not a guarantee of legitimacy or safety.
How did Streaming install on my computer?
We downloaded an installer containing Streaming from a deceptive webpage. In addition to various scam sites, adware often has "official" promotional pages. Most visitors to such webpages enter them via redirects caused by websites that use rogue advertising networks, misspelled URLs, intrusive ads, spam browser notifications, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).
Intrusive advertisements also proliferate advertising-supported software. Some of these adverts can be triggered (by being clicked) to perform downloads/installations without user consent.
Adware can be bundled with ordinary programs as well. The risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system is increased by downloading from dubious channels (e.g., freeware and third-party websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and by treating installation processes with negligence (e.g., ignoring terms, using "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.).
How to avoid installation of adware?
We strongly advise researching software and downloading only from official and trustworthy sources. Furthermore, installation processes must be approached with care. Hence, we recommend reading terms, inspecting possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting out of all additions (e.g., applications, extensions, features, tools, etc.).
Another recommendation is to exercise caution while browsing since fake and dangerous online content usually appears legitimate and innocuous. For example, intrusive ads may look harmless – however, they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., scam-promoting, adult dating, pornography, gambling, etc.).
In case of continuous encounters with advertisements and/or redirects of this kind, check the system and immediately remove all suspect apps and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Streaming, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of a deceptive website used to promote Streaming adware:
Screenshot of Streaming adware's process on Windows Task Manager ("nwjs" process name):
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 Streaming?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Streaming application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Streaming 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 "Streaming", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Streaming ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Streaming did not install browser plug-ins on Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it may be 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 "Extensions" and click "Manage 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 streaming, 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 plug-ins 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 streaming 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 streaming, 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-displayed advertisements can promote content capable of causing serious problems, such as system infections, financial losses, etc. This software can also decrease browsing quality and system performance. Additionally, adware tends to have data-tracking functionalities – therefore, it is considered to be a threat to user privacy.
What does adware do?
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. Its primary functions can include displaying ads on various interfaces, generating redirects, and collecting private data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware generates most of its revenue through affiliate programs by promoting content. The developers might earn commissions from ad clicks, website visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Streaming adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate installed adware-type applications. It is noteworthy 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 file leftovers stay hidden within the system. What is more, the remaining components might continue to run and cause problems. Therefore, it is essential to remove advertising-supported software thoroughly.