Remove Watch Tv Now “Virus” (Edge/Chrome/FF/IE) Jan. 2019 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Watch Tv Now. Our removal instructions work for Edge,Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

A lot of users are currently concerned about the safety of their computer due to the presence of a software piece named Watch Tv Now inside of their systems. This type of concern is perfectly understandable since this app tends to behave in a rather questionable fashion once it’s installed on the computer. What it does is it latches onto whatever browser is set as default (could be Chrome, Firefox, Edge, maybe even Safari!) the it begins to alter some of the settings of the browser. Maybe the starting page URL gets changed or the main page address gets replaced without the user’s permission. There may also be alterations to the toolbars, addition of new buttons, etc. In addition to that, the potentially unwanted application may also start to show rather aggressive ads on the users’ screens – different banners, page-redirects, new-tabs, pop-ups, pop-unders and many more. Of course, no one would enjoy this sort of behavior as these activities could (and normally do) heavily disrupt and obstruct the normal browsing experience of the targeted users. This has led many who have faced Watch Tv Now or another similar app to believe that their machines have gotten infected by malicious viruses, Trojan Horses or maybe even Ransomware cryptovirus infections. If that is what you are worried about, it should be relieving to find out that this is certainly not the case if you are indeed dealing with Watch Tv Now and not with some other, more hazardous software. Watch Tv Now is what most cyber security experts would refer to as a PUP(Potentially Unwanted Program). Though the name of this software group may not sound like the safest thing out there, the main purpose of most such apps is to advertise stuff and gather telemetry data – not much else. Still, we understand that the ads and the alterations imposed on your browser could be highly frustrating and that is why we offer you the following removal guide that will help you uninstall the pesky hijacker.

Remove Watch Tv Now “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


Step1

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).

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Step2

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. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Watch Tv Now from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Watch Tv Now from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Watch Tv Now from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Remember to stay safe!

The presence of this hijacker inside your system may not directly threaten the safety of your computer or of the files that are in it. However, it is definitely advisable that you take care of the intrusive piece of software on time instead of procrastinating its removal and uninstallation. The hijacker itself does not seek to expose you to danger but in some cases its advertising materials may be misleading. For instance, you may get shown fake or deceitful offers for overpriced low-quality products that are false advertised or you may get tricked into thinking that your computer needs some piece of software because there are system issues in the machine while in reality there is nothing like that. Also, in some of the more severe cases, an add might land you on shady and obscure sites and some of these sites may even be getting used by hackers for spreading malicious malware like Trojans, Spyware, Rootkits, Ransomware and other nasty infections. With all that in mind, it really is better if you make sure to eliminate the hijacker on time so that no such ads come to bother you.

SUMMARY:

Name Watch Tv Now
Type  PUP
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If your browser is constantly getting swarmed with all sorts of intrusive ads and page-redirects, you most likely have a hijacker app on your hands.
Distribution Method This sort of apps can get distributed in many ways but mostly through installation bundles and spam messages.
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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!


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