Browser Hijackers are all over the Internet and Turbostream is one of the most recently released programs of that software category. Since you’re reading this article, chances are that are you already aware of the symptoms of the Turbostream infection.
The most intrusive of those symptoms are the hundreds of invasive advertisements, such as pop-ups, box messages, banners and redirect links, which constantly cover your screen and trick you to click on various websites. Other annoying effects of having such software inside your browser could be the change of the main homepage or the default search engine with some new, unfamiliar one, which constantly spams you with sponsored messages. Fortunately, this article offers all you need to safely remove Turbostream from your PC along with all of its related components and browser changes. That’s why we suggest you carefully read the information that follows and make use of the instructions in the removal guide below.
The Turbostream Virus
It’s easy to mistake a Browser Hijacker such as the Turbostream virus for a malicious program because those pieces of software typically tend to take over the computer with their ads without asking for approval from the users. However, there’s most likely no reason to freak out about that because programs of the Hijacker type are typically not a serious danger to your computer.
Threats like Ransomware, Tojans, or Spyware, on the other hand, are some really malicious computer threats which can damage your system to an extent where it may not be possible to repair it. To illustrate the difference between programs like Turbostream and the harmful abilities of real viruses and malware, let’s take the Ransomware as an example. If your computer gets infected with a representative of this category, you most probably will become a victim of a nasty blackmail scheme because your files will be locked with encryption and you will be asked to pay ransom to the hackers behind the infection. If your computer gets infected with a Browser Hijacker such as Turbostream, however, nothing like that can happen. At its worst, such software may spam your screen with nagging ads. Always remember, though, that despite the fact that those programs are commonly viewed as non-threatening, sometimes they might still expose you to certain security risks that you should be aware of. For instance, very often you might find yourself not able to use your browser normally and you may get redirected to sites with sketchy or misleading content. You may also come across different offers that seem too good to be true and may be misleading. Interacting with this type of content may not only be a huge waste of time but also may be potentially hazardous because viruses and real malware, including Ransomware and other nasty threats may hide on some of those links, pages, and messages. Of course, not all ads are carriers of malware, however, there is no reason to click on everything that pops up on your screen and risk catching an infection. Moreover, some more invasive programs of the Hijacker category may also perform a number of background activities which may consume a lot of system resources and cause additional sluggishness, browser unresponsiveness and annoying screen freezing which is a good reason to have them removed.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Changes in the browser’s homepage or search engine, aggressive ads generation all over your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Some of the most common distribution methods include software bundling, free download managers, torrents and ads.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove Turbostream Virus
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
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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 Turbostream 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 Turbostream from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Turbostream 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!