Search.hwatchsportslive.co Removal Guide

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Category: Browser Hijackers

Search.hwatchsportslive.co is a browser hijacker, and this program cannot offer anything useful to you. On the contrary, it could expose you to potentially harmful third-party content, and eventually, it could result in a malware infection. Therefore, if your browser settings were modified by this hijacker, you will do yourself a favor by removing Search.hwatchsportslive.co from your system today.

In this description, we will talk a little bit about how such browser hijackers travel around, and what users should do to avoid such intruders. Finally, you will find the manual removal instructions at the bottom of this description.

The truth is that this browser hijacker is identical to another application that we covered back in 2017. The previously released browser hijacker was Search.watchsportslive.co, and it was from the same family as Search.searchlttrn.com, Search.yourpacakgesnow.com, Search.yourmapscenter.com, and so on. When a browser hijacker comes from a big family, it means that the functionality of a program may not be extremely sophisticated, and its developers are trying to reach their goals by the sheer amount of their applications.

What are the goals of browser hijacker developers? The answer is simple: money. Of course, they do not try to steal your personal credentials or anything like that. Normally, browser hijackers make money through third-party advertising. Each time you click a link that was delivered to you by Search.hwatchsportslive.co; you help the people behind this program make some cash. In a sense, there is nothing illegal about it, but we have to consider all the potential risks of interacting with third-party content that wasn’t screened. In the worst case scenario, it could be exploited by cyber criminals to promote and distribute malware. And no one would want to get infected with malware or any other similar threat.

So if we know that browser hijackers are problematic, how do we avoid them? First, we have to know how they get distributed. These programs seldom have direct distribution sources. Instead, they come bundled with freeware through file-sharing websites. Therefore, if you often download applications from third-party sources, you have to be sure that the installer file is safe. Also, you should read the installation steps carefully. More often than not, third-party installers do inform users that additional programs or features are about to be added to their systems, but users tend to breeze through the installation without even bothering to see what the steps may have to say.

Consequently, Search.hwatchsportslive.co and other unfamiliar and unwanted programs do get added to the target system. Luckily, they are not malicious infections, so you can remove them without much difficulty. For this browser hijacker, just follow the instructions below.

After manual removal, please remember to scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner. You should run a full system scan with the SpyHunter free scanner. Keeping in mind that Search.hwatchsportslive.co usually comes bundled with freeware, you might as well have more unwanted programs running. So you need to make sure that your system is safe and clean, and the best way to do it is to scan it with a licensed security tool.

How to Remove Search.hwatchsportslive.co

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R and type regedit. Click OK.
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  3. On the right side, right-click the Start Page value.
  4. Select Modify and change your startup page. Click OK.

Firefox

  1. Press Win+R and type %AppData%. Click OK.
  2. Go to Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/[Unique User ID].
  3. Use Notepad to open the prefs.js file.
  4. Delete the following string: user_pref("browser.startup.homepage", "http://Search.hwatchsportslive.co");
  5. Save changes and close the file.

Chrome

  1. Press Win+R and type %LocalAppData%. Click OK.
  2. Navigate to Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.
  3. Find and delete the Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
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