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\u2019s 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\u2019s 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\u2019t 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\u2019s screen or the sites to which the browser may get automatically redirected aren\u2019t 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. SUMMARY: Name Personal Video Live Type \u00a0Browser Hijacker Danger Level Medium\u00a0(nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk) Symptoms \u00a0The 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. Detection Tool Remove Personal Video Live Virus To try and remove Personal Video Live quickly you can try this: \tGo to your browser\u2019s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser). \tThen click on the Extensions tab. \tLook for the Personal Video Live extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones). \tRemove Personal Video Live by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name. \tConfirm 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\u00a0Safe Mode\u00a0(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\u00a0and\u00a0go to the\u00a0Processes Tab (the "Details" Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.\u00a0 Right click on each of them\u00a0and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder,\u00a0end the processes\u00a0that are infected, then delete their folders.\u00a0 Note:\u00a0If 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.\u00a0 Hold together the Start Key and R. Type\u00a0appwiz.cpl -->\u00a0OK. You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries.\u00a0Uninstall it\/them. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter.\u00a0A\u00a0window will pop-up: Startup --->\u00a0Uncheck\u00a0entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious. Hold the Start\u00a0Key\u00a0and\u00a0R\u00a0- \u00a0copy +\u00a0paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new\u00a0file 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" -\u00a0write 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. \tRight-click on the Network Adapter you are using --->\u00a0Properties --->\u00a0Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP\/IP), click \u00a0Properties. \tThe\u00a0DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself. \tClick on Advanced --->\u00a0the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something)\u00a0--->\u00a0OK. \tAfter you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a\u00a0system reboot. Right click\u00a0on the browser\u2019s shortcut --->\u00a0Properties. NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but\u00a0you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge). Properties \u2014\u2013> Shortcut.\u00a0In\u00a0Target, remove everything\u00a0after\u00a0.exe. \u00a0\u00a0Remove Personal Video Live\u00a0from Internet Explorer: Open\u00a0IE, click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Manage Add-ons. Find the threat\u00a0--->\u00a0Disable. Go to\u00a0\u00a0\u2014\u2013>\u00a0Internet Options --->\u00a0change\u00a0the\u00a0URL\u00a0to whatever you use (if hijacked) --->\u00a0Apply. \u00a0Remove\u00a0Personal Video Live\u00a0from Firefox: Open\u00a0Firefox,\u00a0click\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 \u2014\u2014->\u00a0Add-ons\u00a0---->\u00a0Extensions. Find the adware\/malware\u00a0--->\u00a0Remove. Remove\u00a0Personal Video Live\u00a0from Chrome: Close Chrome. Navigate to: \u00a0C:\/Users\/!!!!USER NAME!!!!\/AppData\/Local\/Google\/Chrome\/User Data.\u00a0There is\u00a0a 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: \tHKEY_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 If the guide doesn't help, download the\u00a0anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!