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Remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com Hijacker

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This article aims to help you with the removal of Search.searchwatchytsn.com hijacker from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide to get rid of this annoying website completely.

Search.searchwatchytsn.com is a website that could alter the settings of your browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine so that its main page could be the first thing you see each time you open the browser. It usually lands on the system with the help of shady distribution techniques.

Threat Summary

Name Search.searchwatchytsn.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description Search.searchwatchytsn.com is a suspicious website that replaces the homepage and new tab page in your browser without your consent. Its rogue search engine replaces the default one.
Symptoms The homepage and new tab page of affected browsers display the main page of Search.searchwatchytsn.com hijacker. Many advertisements flood the browser and make it sluggish.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Search.searchwatchytsn.com – Methods of Distribution

Search.searchwatchytsn.com could land on your system with the help of some shady techniques of distribution know to deliver potentially unwanted programs like this one. Often the infection sneaks unnoticeably into the system as part of software bundle. Many vendors of free third-party apps implement this practice as a way to monetize their projects. By incorporating additional potentially unwanted programs like Search.searchwatchytsn.com into the installers of their apps they trick users into installing these programs along with the primary one. Each successful installation generates revenue to these vendors.

Such free and supposedly useful apps with nasty extras are available for download on various websites across the net. An efficient way to prevent the installation of PUPs is to choose the Advanced or Custom configuration options each time you decide to install a new app on your PC. By accessing them you could find them and reject their installation.

Search.searchwatchytsn.com is also known to infiltrate web browsers via the suspicious browser extension Watch Your TV Shows Now. It could be found in Chrome Web Store but could affect the browser unnoticeably as well.

Watch Your TV Shows Now in chrome web store

Search.searchwatchytsn.com is likely to hijack frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

Search.searchwatchytsn.com – More About Its Impact

Search.searchwatchytsn.com is a website that could alter the settings of your browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine so that its main page could be the first thing you see each time you open the browser.

search.searchwatchytsn.com hijacker main page hoax search engine

As you can see in the picture above, the main page of Search.searchwatchytsn.com provides two search fields and several links to popular websites for TV shows and movies. However, it gets clear that its search engine is hoax one at the moment you enter a search query. All what Search.searchwatchytsn.com does is a redirect to Yahoo search in a new browser tab.

In fact, the primary purpose of this hijacker is to obtain certain details from your browser and then use them to deliver you targeted content that may be of your interest. So you may see an increased number of annoying advertisements that could make your browser sluggish and diminish your browsing experience. All ads aim to trick you into visiting the websites they promote as each time you do it Search.searchwatchytsn.com’s owners get paid by the advertisers who are using the hijacker as an advertising channel.

In addition, along with the hijacker you may have installed the suspicious browser extension Watch Your TV Shows Now. It is owned by the same company as Search.searchwatchytsn.com and apparently is used for the distribution of this dubious website. Once installed in the browser, Watch Your TV Shows Now can:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Replace the page you see when opening a new tab
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes

And in the next paragraph, you will see all details collected by Search.searchwatchytsn.com from your affected browser.

Search.searchwatchytsn.com – Privacy Policy

A Privacy Policy section situated at the bottom of Search.searchwatchytsn.com‘s main page provides information about the owners, the kind of data collected by their services as well as how this information is going to be used. As stated there this website is owned by Polarity Technologies. Their software products are designed to collect both personally and non-personally identifiable information from all affected users.

So as long as Search.searchwatchytsn.com has access to your browser it is able to obtain and record the following details:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

Further, the policy reveals that the owners of Search.searchwatchytsn.com can use the records of your data for advertising purposes or even disclose them to third-parties of unknown origin. Unfortunately, it is not clear how these third-parties plan to use your data. Chances are that they are going to send yet another wave of intrusive ads in your browser or cause serious privacy-related issues.

Remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com Browser Hijacker

The steps listed below will help you to remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com hijacker completely from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and Safari browsers. In the guide that follows, you will also find how to remove this nasty program from your Windows system. There are two removal approaches – manual and automatic. In case that after the manual removal you still experience redirects to Search.searchwatchytsn.com, you need to scan the system for some leftovers. With the help of an advanced anti-malware tool, you can easily locate and eliminate all leftovers.

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Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

How to Remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com

OFFER

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Search.searchwatchytsn.com and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.searchwatchytsn.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Search.searchwatchytsn.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Search.searchwatchytsn.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.searchwatchytsn.com and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Search.searchwatchytsn.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Search.searchwatchytsn.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Search.searchwatchytsn.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Search.searchwatchytsn.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.searchwatchytsn.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Search.searchwatchytsn.com from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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