Videostream Malware

Videostream will damage your computer

“Videostream will damage your computer” is an unwanted browser attachment that is compatible with Safari, Chrome, Firefox and other browsers. The reason “Videostream will damage your computer” is seen as unwanted is that it hijacks the browser’s homepage and Omnibox search engine for the purpose of using them as advertising tools.

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There are many apps similar to this one and they all form the infamous browser hijacker category. A browser hijacker is basically a software tool that generates money from paid advertisements and site-promotions. The goal of such apps is to force the browser to generate ads on the computer’s screen and to redirect the user to different advertised sites. In some cases, these apps are promoted as useful and helpful extensions for the browser and that’s why users download them in the first place. However, in the majority of cases, browser hijackers are distributed through the use of spam letters or file bundles, which allows them to get installed on more computers without the users’ knowledge. It is in the best interest of the hijacker developers to ensure that their apps can get installed in as many systems as possible as that would directly affect the amount of money earned from the paid popups, banners and other advertisements and page redirects.

Videostream will damage your computer for Mac

“Videostream will damage your computer” for Mac is a Safari browser hijacker that can also affect other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox. Although “Videostream will damage your computer” lacks the harmful abilities of more dangerous software types such as Trojans or Ransomware, it may still potentially compromise the security of your Mac.

We always advise those of our readers who have hijackers on their computers to ensure that the unwanted app gets removed as soon as possible.

The first reason for this is because only the full uninstallation of the hijacker can allow you to restore the default settings of your browser and to put an end to the aggressive advertisements and site promotions.

The second reason has to do with the fact that you cannot know if the sites and products promoted by such apps are reliable or safe. It is possible that you end up visiting some malware-infested web locations if you aren’t careful and interact with the advertising content displayed by the hijacker.

What is Videostream will damage your computer?

“Videostream will damage your computer” is an undesirable browser-hijacking app for Mac computers that takes over the main browser in the system. “Videostream will damage your computer” shouldn’t be allowed to stay on the computer for long or else the system may eventually get exposed to Trojans, phishing viruses, or Ransomware.

Users oftentimes have difficulties when trying to remove a hijacker from their computers, which is why we have prepared a guide that can help you with this uneasy task.

The Videostream will damage your computer app

The “Videostream will damage your computer” app is an unwanted piece of software for Mac computers that gets installed inside the browser. Some experts consider the “Videostream will damage your computer” app to be a type of advertising software that should be removed as soon as its presence is noticed.

We agree with the part about the removal of the hijacker because, as we said, it may not be safe to allow this app to swarm your screen with ads and to automatically reroute your browser to unknown sites. 


NameVideostream will damage your computer
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Changes in the browser’s settings without your approval and sudden page redirects are the most typical hijacker symptoms.
Distribution MethodA hijacker can be distributed via misleading online ads, installation bundles, torrent sites, spam, and more.
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Remove “Videostream will damage your computer” from Mac

The following instructions will allow you to remove “Videostream will damage your computer from” in two ways:

  • The manual instructions will allow you to remove it on your own by downloading 2 software suites which will show you the folders the threat is located in. Installing, scanning, and deleting everything will require 1-2 hours of your time, depending on your speed and the threat itself.
    Note: If “Videostream” has an in-built ability to restore itself on a restart, the manual steps will not prevent that. We recommend the automatic removal.
  •  Download SpyHunter for Mac (one of the apps used in the manual instructions), scan with it, and if you decide to use the program, it will likely require about 15-20 minutes. This, however, requires an active subscription for SpyHunter, which means either to use the trial version or purchase the software.

Removal instructions:
1. Download EtreCheck from the Appstore and scan for any “Videostream” unsigned files. Delete them. (You can skip this step altogether and download and scan with Spyhunter instead if you don’t want to double-check things).
2. Download and install Spyhunter for Mac. Scan for any malicious files.
3. The app will show you which files are infected. Either use SpyHunter to delete them for you (the automatic removal) or do it manually, which means tracking down each detected location by yourself and deleting the file.
4. In most cases start with /private/var/root/Library/Application Support/.”Videostream”/”Videostream”
5. In Finder press Shift+Command+G to open the Find window.
6. Search for the /var directory. Then proceed and look for the /root folder inside.
7. It will most likely be locked and you will need additional permissions to meddle with it.
8. Press command+I and scroll to sharing and permissions. Add your user name to permissions.
9. Now you should be able to access the /root folder and proceed and locate the /Library folder inside it. Proceed to do the same until you are inside the /Application Support folder.
10. It is possible that the folder you look for is hidden, if that is the case use command+shift+. to locate and find the file you want to delete.
11. Delete the “Videostream will damage your computer from” file.
12. If none of this helps, try the steps in this guide

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide.


The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively, you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.



Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:


Now click on Sample at the bottom:


Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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    The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

    On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

    First, Force Quit Safari again.

    Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.


    Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

    Preferences in Safari

    and then again on the Extensions tab,

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    Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.

    The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

    Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
    Privacy in Safari

    Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

    Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

    General Tab in Safari

    Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
    Default Home Page

    Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

    firefox-512 How to Remove “Videostream will damage your computer” From Firefox in OSX:

    Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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    The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove “Videostream will damage your computer” From Chrome in OSX:

     Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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     Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

    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!

    About the author


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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