Personal Video Live
Personal Video Live is an unwanted browser attachment app that hijacks the settings of the browser and introduces various unwanted and unauthorized changes. Personal Video Live installs a new search engine service, alters the address of the homepage and even forcefully causes the browser to spam page redirects.
All of this is aimed at generating advertising revenue based on Pay-Per-Click, where clicks on ads generate money, and Pay-Per-View, where income is generated based on how many visits a certain page or site receives. Those are highly lucrative remuneration models and, naturally, most online advertisers seek to implement them. However, once apps such as Personal Video Live, which are solely created for the purpose of generating advertising revenue without offering any useful functions, start to be created and distributed, then things can become quite unpleasant for the end-users.
Browser hijackers like Personal Video Live are made compatible with Firefox, Edge, Chrome, Opera, and most other browsers in order to maximize the number of users who get exposed to the paid ads and the promoted sites. This means that changing your computer’s main browser and using another one to avoid the advertisements is unlikely to solve the problem. The browser hijacker will still be somewhere inside your system and it’s likely just a matter of time before it finds its way into your new main browser. Besides, removing apps like Personal Video Live is important not only because it would stop the obstructions you face while you are surfing the web but also because that would help make your computer safer (we will talk more about that in a bit).
All in all, even if the browser hijacker app that is bothering you at the moment is not the representative of some harmful and malicious category of malware (such as Spyware, Trojan horses, or Ransomware), it is still something that can be regarded as unwanted and removing it is still the recommended course of action. In case you have already attempted to uninstall Personal Video Live and have not succeeded, you can refer to the removal guide included on this page for detailed uninstallation instructions.
The Personal Video Live Virus
Most browser hijackers aren’t designed to possess any harmful abilities. For the most part, they are apps specialized in generating paid ads and redirecting users to promoted sites, through which their creators earn income.
Nevertheless, a hijacker could sometimes become a potential security hazard (albeit not directly). A common example of this is when the ads shown on the browser’s screen or the sites to which the browser may get automatically redirected aren’t secure. Many online adverts are linked to unreliable sites that may have pirated content uploaded to them and if you get tricked into downloading such content, you risk getting into a lot of trouble. Not only would it be illegal to download pirated software, but it may also get your computer infected with spyware, Trojans, worms, Ransomware, and all other kinds of viruses. Also, sometimes the ads and the redirects may land you on phishing sites that initially look harmless and you may eventually have some sensitive personal info stolen from you.
In conclusion, it is not wise to allow Personal Video Live or other similar apps to stay on your computer and in your browsers and that is why our suggestion for you is to quickly make sure that this hijacker is removed from your system.
|Name||Personal Video Live|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The most typical symptoms are changes in the browser’s homepage and new-tab page addresses as well as the installation of a new default search engine in the browser.|
|Distribution Method||Hijackers can be distributed via spam email attachments, clickbait online offers, and free or cheap third-party software.|
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Remove Personal Video Live Virus
To try and remove Personal Video Live quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Personal Video Live extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Personal Video Live by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Personal Video Live and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Personal Video Live removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Personal Video Live from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Personal Video Live from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Personal Video Live from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!