What Is SearchStreamz Redirect?
SearchStreamz is the name of a browser hijacker application that may enter your computer without your consent. The main objective of SearchStreamz is to cause modifications to your web browsers and change their default search, new tab, and home page. This is done with the one and the only purpose to make a profit based on the ads it shows you as most of these ads are often monetized via pay-per-click and other such schemes. The main problem with this is that SearchStreamz could indirectly be risky for your computer as these ads could sometimes lead to risky domains, like scam sites or malware.
Read this article to learn more about SearchStreamz and how you can remove it effectively from your computer and browsers.
|Type||Browser Hijacker / PUP / Scam Redirect|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your computer.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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SearchStreamz – What Does It Do?
SearchStreamz is the kind of program that may end up on your computer system by being bundled together with other free programs you could have downloaded from some shady third-party software site. Such apps include free image editing apps, security software, file converters, video editors, file converters and others. This behavior is typical for other browser redirect software as well, such as OperativeMapper, GetMovieSearch and FreeSearchVideos.
Once SearchStreamz is on your computer, it may start to bombard it through its web browsers with the following types of advertisements:
- Banner promotions.
- Push advertisements.
- Pop-up ads.
- Site redirects that lead to third-party domains.
- Search result ads instead of objective results.
- Highlighted texts with ad links in them.
These ads and the SearchStreamz software itself may contain tracking technologies, like geo-locators, pixels, cookies, tags and other such objects, used to obtain the following details concerning your online browsing activity:
- The web pages open on your tabs.
- The browsing history of your current main browser.
- The searches that you have made.
- Your mouse clicks and movements.
- Your favourite and bookmarked sites.
The main problem with this software however is the ads it shows. Since they are displayed to you purely for profit, the creators of this software do not care to which sites these redirects might lead. This is often how you may end up being led to the following dangerous websites:
- Scam pages.
- Dubious software download domains.
- Multiple redirect type of scheme sites.
- Fake retailer stores.
- Phishing sites.
- Virus and malware URLs.
- Fake tech support web pages that lock you out of your browser.
This is the main reason why programs, like the SearchStreamz browser hijacker are considered indirectly risky for your computer and should be removed from it ASAP.
Remove SearchStreamz from Your Computer
In order to get rid of SearchStreamz from your computer, we would strongly recommend that you follow the removal guide that we have set up beneath this article. It has been made to contain the necessary steps it takes to remove this software from both your computer and the web browsers it has. For the most effective removal of apps, like SearchStreamz, we recommend that you perform a scan of your Mac using advanced anti-malware software. Such a program will automatically detect and remove any malware, adware and unwanted programs from your machine along with all of the files and objects they may drop.
- Guide 1: How to Remove SearchStreamz from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SearchStreamz on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SearchStreamz in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SearchStreamz from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SearchStreamz from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SearchStreamz from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SearchStreamz from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable SearchStreamz Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove SearchStreamz from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SearchStreamz
Step 2: Uninstall SearchStreamz 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 SearchStreamz 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 SearchStreamz there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SearchStreamz from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SearchStreamz 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 SearchStreamz 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 SearchStreamz files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SearchStreamz, 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 SearchStreamz 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 SearchStreamz 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 SearchStreamz 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 SearchStreamz 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 SearchStreamz will be removed.
Eliminate SearchStreamz 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 SearchStreamz 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".