TV Genie removal guide
What is TVgenie?
The TVgenie browser add-on is created by WebAppTech Coding LLC and promises to enhance Internet users' browsing experience by adding the 'dim lights' function when watching online videos. This plug-in can be used when watching YouTube videos to overlay website components, which would otherwise be distracting. Whilst 'dim lights' functionality may seem useful, many Internet users refer to TVgenie as a virus or adware. These negative associations are made since this browser extension is 'bundled' with free software; when installed on users' computers, it causes various unwanted ads to appear on popular websites such as Wikipedia, YouTube, Google, etc.
Furthermore, this add-on tracks Internet browsing habits by monitoring browser and other software information, IP addresses, web-page URLs visited, etc. When installed on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox), this add-on generates in-text, interstitial, and pop-up ads. TVGenie is commonly distributed via deceptive online ads or by bundling the browser plug-in with free software. TVGenie add-on is not a computer virus, however, due to Internet browser tracking and intrusive ads implemented by this software, you are advised to eliminate it from your computer.
Since TVGenie plug-in is often bundled with freeware, inadvertent installation can be avoided by closely checking each install step of free software downloaded from the Internet. Today, the majority of download websites monetize their free downloads by using 'download clients' and 'installers', which offer (in some cases forcibly) installation of additional software or browser extensions. Frequently, these additional programs cause privacy issues and may lead to intrusive online ads. Thus, you are advised to avoid installation of any programs bundled with freeware. TVGenie is similar in behavior to another potentially unwanted program (PUP) created by WebAppTech Coding LLC called Safe Monitor. To eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s, use the removal instructions provided.
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- What is TVgenie?
- STEP 1. Uninstall TVgenie application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove TVgenie add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove TVgenie plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove TVgenie extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove TVgenie extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 "TVGenie", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling TVGenie, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove TVGenie from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "TVGenie" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the tvgenie virus, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "TVGenie", select it and click on the trash can icon.
If the TVGenie extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
If you continue to have problems with removal of the tvgenie virus, 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "TVGenie".
Computer users who have problems with tvgenie virus 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 tvgenie virus, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove tvgenie virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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