Search.watchsportslive.co Hijacker - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

Search.watchsportslive.co can be set as your homepage and default search engine automatically, without you actually making any changes or approving it. That’s all because of the malicious add-on which is operating on your web browser and causing all this fuss. This particular add-on is listed as browser hijacker and it comes from Polarity Technologies LTD – company well known for developing and distributing malware. We have already faced viruses like Search.tp-cmf.com or Search.searchytdm.com – they are very similar to Watchsportslive.co infection and were developed by the same company.

Good news is that we have a cure for this kind of the problem – we have removed viruses from Polarity Technologies LTD before, so just continue reading the article to learn how to remove this infection.

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Features of search.watchsportslive.co virus

Search.watchsporslive.co website can also be reached by home.watchsporstlive.co and it features all characteristics that are common to browser hijackers of this type. First of all, if this add-on is installed on your web browser, it will make some automatic changes without even warning you about that – your homepage, new tab and default search engine settings will be set to search.watchsportslive.co. From now on, this website will appear every time you open your web browser. You won’t be able to begin web browsing without paying a visit to this website. Even though it is just a subdomain for a domain watchsportslive.co website, which features a short description about watching sports games online for free, as it can be seen from a report by SimilarWeb, 99 percents of all traffic is directed to this particular subdomain.

watchsportslive traffic

It is a clear sign that this website serves as a landing page for browser hijacker – it has no traffic from search engines or social media websites.

Watchsportslive hijacker employs Yahoo search engine to provide users with search feature and displayed results. However, you should be aware of the fact that your searches are tracked – everything you fill in that website will be recorded. So in case some of your sensitive data gets in there, you are in a real cyber security danger. Moreover, if you search for some particular term or one or several of your qualities (age, gender, location, interests and so on) match what they are looking for, you might get redirected to a random website instead of actual results page.

If you had enough of this infection already and want to get rid of it, we suggest to get yourself a reliable anti-malware tool, such as Reimage or SpyHunter. The very fact that your computer got infected in the first place indicated that there are some problems with the protection of your computer.

Either one of those tools should be able to detect and remove Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker from your web browser, as well as further provide you with top level computer protection against malware. One last thing – after removing all malicious files that are related to this malware infection, you should reset settings on web browser that was affected and regain full control over it this way. It can be easily done by following instructions below the article.



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How to remove watchsportslive hijacker using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to watchsportslive hijacker .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker from your browsers

  Top How To remove Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to watchsportslive hijacker, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the watchsportslive hijacker from the list.

How to remove Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to watchsportslive hijacker and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall watchsportslive hijacker and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search.watchsportslive.co hijacker, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

     
 

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