How to remove MusicStreamSearch

MusicStreamSearch is a malicious search engine that is installed on internet browser application as browser extension. Attackers designed this plug-on to dominate browser program and assigns Musicstreamsearch.com as new default homepage and search engine. As such, each time web user performs online search, it is process by the questionable service of MusicStreamSearch. Therefore, the outcome may differ and is anticipated not to be valuable as before when Google, Bing, or Yahoo are still in charge of dealing out the search result.

How MusicStreamSearch Propagates?

The most common scheme in which MusicStreamSearch spread is via aggressive advertising method. Web user frequently experiences such ads when visiting sites that are involved with media streaming, media download, and file converter websites. These sites are able to execute redirects that will land browser pages to MusicStreamSearch download contents. Since the context is very appealing, a number of web user ended up downloading MusicStreamSearch on purpose.

Another means to deploy the adware is through malicious software installer packages that are in forms of freeware like utilities, creativity apps, games, media player, download manager, file converter, and so on. Setting up the software bundle does not give hint about the simultaneous installation of MusicStreamSearch and therefore, computer users are astound on its sudden presence on the computer. Much more, they cannot comprehend how Musicstreamsearch.com was able to override browser settings. Due to this intrusive behavior, majority of victims think that MusicStreamSearch is a computer virus in nature. These worrisome actions were even elevated by different kinds of internet browser annoyances like excessive pop-up ads, redirects, and search hijacking.

MusicStreamSearch

Is MusicStreamSearch a virus?

Computer security experts categorically listed MusicStreamSearch under the group of potentially unwanted program (PUP) where similar apps like AnyConverterSearch, PDFConverterSearch, and Stream Saloon also belongs. According to them, the threat is not a virus and it was not designed to associate infections on the computer system. Main target of MusicStreamSearch are prominent internet browser applications and intends to override its current settings.

Being out of the computer virus category, it does not mean that MusicStreamSearch is a safe application. Keep in mind that there are still risks during its existence and therefore, removal of this unusual browser extension is recommended.

MusicStreamSearch Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised Windows computer. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting Musicstreamsearch.com hijacker and pop-ups.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Delete MusicStreamSearch Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using a program called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to MusicStreamSearch.

Remove MusicStreamSearch Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Chrome URL

3. Find MusicStreamSearch or relevant entry like Musicstreamsearch.com and remove it from Google Chrome browser.

MusicStreamSearch Chrome Extension

Uninstall MusicStreamSearch Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to MusicStreamSearch and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that Musicstreamsearch.com is also gone from the homepage.

Remove MusicStreamSearch Add-ons from Internet Explorer and Edge Browser

1. Open Internet Explorer program.

2. Go to top Menu and click Tools. Then, select Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries of MusicStreamSearch from Toolbars and Extension. Additionally, delete Musicstreamsearch.com from Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If MusicStreamSearch is still present on the IE browser and there are still homepage and pop-ups originating from Musicstreamsearch.com, another option is to remove the adware from Windows Control Panel.

5. Press Windows Key + R and then, type appwiz.cpl command.

6. Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in chronological manner with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on 'Installed On' column.

Add-Remove Malware

7. Select MusicStreamSearch or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Sophos Antivirus

To remove MusicStreamSearch automatically, checking the computer with this powerful malware scanner recommended. This security application does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker that assigns Musicstreamsearch.com as the homepage URL.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file on your computer where you can easily access it.

2. Once the download completes, browse the location of the file. Double-click to run the program and begin the install process.

Screnshot of Sophos Installer

3. On first windows of installation wizard, click Next to continue. Then, it will display the program’s License Agreement. You need to Accept the terms in order to proceed. If Windows prompts for User Account Control, please click Yes to proceed.

Screenshot of Sophos EULA Page

4. On succeeding windows, click Next or Continue to carry on with the installation. After completing the installation process, Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool.

5. Internet connection is required when running this scanner in order to download important updates. Make sure that everything is up-to-date to effectively remove malicious program like MusicStreamSearch.

6. Click the  button to  carry out the Scan. This will check the system for presence of malicious objects, malware, and viruses. The tool reveals items that were found linked to MusicStreamSearch and other suspicious entities. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

Screenshot of Sophos Virus Scan

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the MusicStreamSearch browser hijacker. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat and Musicstreamsearch.com still exists on internet application, please proceed to manual removal of associated objects as outlined below.

Step 3 : Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of MusicStreamSearch on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces Musicstreamsearch.com pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by MusicStreamSearch.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to MusicStreamSearch. It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with Musicstreamsearch.com.

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by Musicstreamsearch.com. If the browser hijacker still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with MusicStreamSearch. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from MusicStreamSearch. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press Enter key.
3. Under Reset and clean up section, choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. Click Reset settings button to clear all entries of MusicStreamSearch.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed MusicStreamSearch extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to MusicStreamSearch. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on Firefox web address and press Enter on keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tune up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. MusicStreamSearch should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.
2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.
3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference. Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by MusicStreamSearch and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

Clear the Safari Internet Browser (Mac)

1. Open your Safari browser application.
2. In the Safari menu, click on Preferences from the drop-down list.
3. On Preferences window, please select the Privacy tab.
4. Click on Manage Website Data button.
5. Select unwanted entry like MusicStreamSearch and click the Remove button. If you choose to Remove All, you may be logout from most visited websites and online services. Therefore, we advise to remove suspicious item one at a time to prevent changing behavior towards your favorite websites.
6. If it prompts, please confirm your actions.

7. Next, we will need to clear the Cache. Back at the Safari Preferences window, choose Advanced tab.
8. Navigate to the bottom and activate Show Develop menu in menu bar.
9. Go to Safari menu, choose on Develop from the drop down list and click on on Empty Caches.
10. Next thing to do is to restore the Homepage to your preference and remove the one from MusicStreamSearch.
11. Back at the Safari Preferences window, click on General tab.
12. Under Homepage section, type your desired URL to be the default start-up page.
13. Lastly, make sure to have the right Search Engine.
14. Go back to Safari Preferences window and click on Search tab.
15. Select your desired Search tool under the Search engine section.
16. You may not restart Safari browser.

How to remove Musicstreamsearch.com Pop-ups (Notification)

Most of the time, browser hijackers are combined with intrusive pop-up ads originating from the source website Musicstreamsearch.com. It is taking advantage of push notification feature of popular internet programs like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Edge. These pop-up ads from Musicstreamsearch.com are extra ordinary as it exceeds the normal display volume and they are certainly annoying.

Musicstreamsearch.com

Normally, Musicstreamsearch.com pop-ups will start to bombard internet browser screen with pop-ups if web user was deceived to click “Allow” button that triggers the said website to send push notification. To stop Musicstreamsearch.com from showing the pop-ups, please execute the procedures below. Remember, these steps may only be successful after the removal of the main component or dubious browser extension.

Google Chrome

1. On Google Chrome browser, input the following in the address bar and press Enter:

chrome://settings/content/notifications

2. Navigate to the list under "Allow" section and look for Musicstreamsearch.com.

3. Click the ellipses (3 dots) beside Musicstreamsearch.com list to reveal the options.

Chrome Push Notification

4. Click on Block or Remove to stop Musicstreamsearch.com from displaying pop-up ads on Google Chrome browser.

6. Please restart Google Chrome browser.

Mozilla Firefox

1. On Mozilla Firefox browser, type the following in the address bar and press Enter key:

about:preferences#privacy

2. Navigate below to Permission area and look for Notifications.

Firefox Notification Settings

3. Click the Settings button aligned with the Notifications.

4. Look for Musicstreamsearch.com entry and change the Status to Block.

Block Notification from Firefox

5. Click on Save Changes and restart Mozilla Firefox and check if Musicstreamsearch.com pop-up is gone.

Safari (Mac)

1. On top menu, click on Safari and then, select Preferences from the drop-down list.

2. Click on Websites tab to open its settings.

3. Select Notifications from the left sidebar.

Safari Push Notification

4. On right panel, it will display a list of websites with "Allow" attribute.

5. Find and click on Musicstreamsearch.com.

6. You may choose to Deny or Remove it from the notification list.

7. You may now restart Safari browser and see if Musicstreamsearch.com pop-up is gone.

Microsoft Edge

1. Assuming that Edge browser is open, click on the ellipses (3 dots) on upper right corner to open the Settings. Alternatively, you can press Alt + X on the keyboard.

2. Select Settings from the drop-down list.

3. Click on Advanced.

4. Under Website Permissions area, click on Manage Permissions button.

Edge Push Notification

4. Find and select Musicstreamsearch.com from the list. Click on X button to stop it from showing pop-up ads or notifications.

Edge Notification Removal

5. You may now restart Edge browser.

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