Access TV Streaming seems like a simple extension that can offer you access to TV streaming websites. Do not have any illusions about what it actually offers, which is not free streaming, but rather easy access to paid streaming. Besides giving you access to multiple streaming websites from one location – which is your New Tab page – it also shows links to news websites, youtube.com, and other similar sources. To be fair, some people might find this extension very useful, because it does offer an extensive list for multiple different platforms. However, it is unlikely that many users need that big of a list. Furthermore, such a list can be created without installing anything at all. We discuss that further in the report. We also discuss why deleting Access TV Streaming might be best, as well as what removal methods can be used. If you end up having more questions after reading, know that we can answer them all in the comments section.
It is likely that you downloaded Access TV Streaming from the Chrome Web Store. The installer can be found at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/access-tv-streaming/naclkjiljmmaidlhmjknecjkfgfljede, and this is where you get routed to if you try to install the extension from accesstvstreaming.com. The description attached to the installer suggests that you can access “popular tv quick links” after installing the extension. It also informs that it comes with a “convenient web search powered by Yahoo.” Many are likely to sail right past this, but this is something that always concerns cybersecurity experts. Our team warns to be extremely cautious about any extensions that can redirect to a popular, well-known search engine. That is because, in many cases, such search engines are used to expose users to very suspicious links. That is the case with Access TV Streaming as well, and that is part of why it is identified as a PUP – potentially unwanted program. The clones of this extension – including Access Online Forms or Online Radio Finder Tab (all by Eightpoint Technologies Ltd.) – are known as PUPs also.
When you install Access TV Streaming, it sets hp.haccesstvstreaming.com as the New Tab page. If this page is set to open on startup, you might think that your homepage was modified. It was not. The interface of this webpage is designed to bring your focus to the search tool in the middle. Around it, you can find numerous easy-access links to different websites. Some of them you might be very well familiar with (e.g., youtube.com or netflix.com), others might be new to you. Whenever you interact with the content shown by the PUP or you use the search tool, data is recorded and passed on to third-party partners. This is especially important for the advertisers that are using the search tool to show their links. Regardless of what you search, Access TV Streaming redirects you to Yahoo Search via query.haccesstvstreaming.com, and the end results are modified. Interacting with them is not recommended. If you want to use Yahoo Search, you are free to do so, but you should remove the PUP first.
Some users might be hesitant about removing Access TV Streaming simply because they find it useful. Well, as we mentioned earlier, there is no need to install anything to gain access to third-party websites. When you visit a website you keep visiting, you can click the star sign in the address bar to add it to the Bookmarks. You can then open the Bookmark manager (chrome://bookmarks/) and create folders with different links in them. This can help you organize your bookmarks and make it easy to find and access the websites you want. You can always delete and add new bookmarks, which is something that the PUP does not do. All in all, we recommend deleting Access TV Streaming not because it might be unnecessary but because it is unreliable: It can spy on you, share your personal information, and show ads via Yahoo Search. If you want to delete the PUP manually, follow the instructions below. If you want to have your system cleaned and protected simultaneously and automatically, implement trusted anti-malware software.