Stream Searchly is yet another browser hijacker promoting Searchlee.com, the well-known rogue search engine. If you see either portal.streamsearchly.com or searchlee.com set as your default page, you may have installed a potentially unwanted app (PUA). These apps sneak into the operating system in bundled installers, as users don’t usually pay attention to the installation process. The method is widely used by adware developers, and is known as bundling. You can read more about it further in the article.
Is Stream Searchly a Virus?
In a nutshell, StreamSearchly is not a virus. However, due to its sudden and unexpected appearance, users may refer to is as a virus. Note that browser hijackers are not necessarily malicious, but they can cause various issues, including redirects to unwanted pages, various intrusive ads and pop-ups, and altered browser settings. Some adware programs are also known to collect various personal, system, and/or browser details about users.
Stream Searchly Summary
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks popular browsers. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge. Generates annoying ads.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search engine of your browser may be set to display a suspicious search engine. Browser slowdowns may occur due to the increased number of online ads. The program may start every time you start the affected system.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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Stream Searchly – How Did I Get It on My PC?
Due to its unexpected appearance and overall behavior, Stream Searchly is considered a potentially unwanted app (PUA) that will likely change the settings of your default browser without your knowledge or initial consent. Please note that the Stream Searchly, or the PUA causing it, may collect information about your browsing and could share it with third-party advertisers. This is done for monetization purposes.
As a result of having Stream Searchly, it is possible that you may start experiencing intrusive pop-up ads, often entirely unrelated to your browsing. These ads could contain information about other questionable applications and detected system issues, or push notifications. Keep in mind that your searches could also be redirected to unwanted and suspicious pages.
Information that Stream Searchly developers may collect about your browsing includes the following:
- 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.
The Unsuspected Threat of Bundled Installers
NOTE. To avoid the installation of unwanted programs, you should play close attention during the installation of freeware apps. Freeware you recently downloaded from software download pages could have been bundled with StreamSearchly. Third-party developers may support practices such as bundling for monetization purposes, and may offer you to change your homepage or search provider. You can decline any of these additional offers only if you are careful enough to spot them during installation. In other words, paying attention to the installation setups of freeware could spare you from having to deal with this browser hijacker.
To eliminate any associated risks, we recommend that you remove thoroughly the adware app from your browsers and operating system. The next paragraph provides instructions on how to complete the removal process.
Remove Stream Searchly
In order to get rid of the Stream Searchly adware, along with all entries created on the system, you should complete several removal steps. The guide below gives you both manual and automatic removal methods. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and improve your security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual adware removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Stream Searchly from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Stream Searchly on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Stream Searchly in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Stream Searchly from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Stream Searchly from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Stream Searchly from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Stream Searchly from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Stream Searchly Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Stream Searchly from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Stream Searchly
Step 2: Uninstall Stream Searchly 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Stream Searchly on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Stream Searchly there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Stream Searchly from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Stream Searchly and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Stream Searchly 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Stream Searchly files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Stream Searchly, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Stream Searchly 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.
Erase Stream Searchly 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.
Uninstall Stream Searchly 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.
Remove Stream Searchly 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Stream Searchly will be removed.
Eliminate Stream Searchly 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Stream Searchly from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".