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Trusted Stream Life
If random ads are getting shown on your screen, and if they follow you to every site and page you go to, then the reason behind them could be a browser hijacker like Trusted Stream Life. The browser hijacker apps are small pieces of software that typically operate as additions to the browser rather than as independent programs.
These apps can normally be encountered in any browser, from Chrome, and Firefox to Edge and Safari (and others). Their main goal in the browser is to show ads in it, and to promote and create traffic to certain pages and sites. To achieve that, many of them go as far as to change the homepage of the user’s browser, replacing it with the site they are supposed to promote. The search engine tool may also get modified, and it may start to page-redirect the user to other sites that the hijacker is trying to advertise. Again, it’s all done with a promotional and advertising purpose, but such activities could both be quite irritating, as well as somewhat risky to your system.
We do not mean to say that if you have a hijacker, such as the newly reported Trustedstream.life you are dealing with a hazardous malware threat like a Trojan, or a cryptovirus of the Ransomware family. The hijackers like Trustedstream.life are certainly not that problematic, but they still need to be handled carefully, and removed from the system in order to avoid complications.
Please follow all the steps below in orderto remove Trusted Stream Life!
How to remove Trusted Stream Life
First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Trusted Stream Life in the programs list that would show up.
Select Trusted Stream Life from the list and click on Uninstall.
Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Trusted Stream Life.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Trusted Stream Life.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Trusted Stream Life from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the Trusted Stream Life extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Trusted Stream Life and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
How to get rid of Trusted Stream Life on FF/Edge/etc.
Open the browser and select the menu icon.
From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
Look for the Trusted Stream Life extension
Get rid of Trusted Stream Life by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Trusted Stream Life” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Trusted Stream Life
Open task manager
Look for the Trusted Stream Life process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete Trusted Stream Life
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a “Trusted Stream Life” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Trusted Stream Life
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for Trusted Stream Life in there
Uninstall Trusted Stream Life from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Hostingcloud. racing-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Trusted Stream Life in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
The Trusted Stream Life is a browser hijacker. As we said, the goal of the hijacker is advertising-related, but the constant display of intrusive ads, and page-redirects, both of which may have some rather sketchy origins, could easily make your computer more vulnerable to real malware attacks from the Internet. Keep in mind that even if you try to avoid the ads, and not click on them, you may still accidentally interact with some pop-up or banner that shows up in front of your cursor right as you are about to click on something else on the page you are visiting. And, if that pop-up or banner is coming from some sketchy site with malware on it, you may end up getting your computer infected with some highly insidious threats – we are talking about Trojans, Spyware, and Ransomware among others.
Is Trusted Stream Life dangerous?
And even if you are lucky and no ad gets you infected, you’d still be left with a heavily modified browser, which has been optimized for ad exposure. This is likely to heavily obstruct your online activities, and make navigating through the Internet quite an arduous task. Because of this, there really is no reason to keep such an app installed on your computer. Therefore, our advice for you is the following: take a look at the steps presented in the guide below, and see if you can follow them. Completing this guide should get Trusted Stream Life uninstalled from your system. In case the manual removal method isn’t your thing, you can try the removal tool we’ve linked down there, and it will allow you to quickly and effortlessly get rid of the Trusted Stream Life browser hijacker.
About the author
Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.