How to Remove myTV Search Plus

What is myTV Search Plus?

myTV Search Plus is a potentially malicious browser extension that utilizes deceptive methods in order to attach itself to an affected internet browser. Once the myTV Search Plus extension is installed it will read and change all your data on the websites you visit, change your search settings, and change your privacy-related settings.

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Overview

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myTV Search Plus is recognized as a potentially malicious browser extension compatible with Google Chrome and other internet browsers. Once the myTV Search Plus extension is installed it will read and change all your data on the websites you visit, change your search settings to: tv.searchalgo.com, and change your search settings. This will cause the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine to be replaced with tv.searchalgo.com.

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myTV Search Plus

The myTV Search Plus extension claims to be a free browser attachment that can be used to quickly watch TV online for free. However, the extension really only changes your browser settings and collects data about your online habits.

A concern with myTV Search Plus is that it is advertised alongside potentially unwanted programs, malware, and potentially malicious trace files that can remain hidden on a computer system. If a victim did not install myTV Search Plus but find it installed on their browser it is likely that the threat was installed alongside additional threats.

Distribution Methods

The extension is usually advertised across websites that contain prohibited content such as video streaming websites, torrenting websites, online gaming websites, gambling websites, and pornography websites. These websites will use an advertising network compatible with their content and this usually means that the websites will advertise unwanted programs and malware.

The extension may employ full screen advertisements that take up an entire browser window and are difficult to close. The advertisements usually bolster the extension but do not mention the entire list of symptoms that will occur once it is installed.

myTV Search Plus Removal Guide

How to remove myTV Search Plus from Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Click the trashcan icon next to the myTV Search Plus extension to remove it.

How to remove myTV Search Plus from Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Click Remove next to the myTV Search Plus add-on you to remove it.

How to remove myTV Search Plus from Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2. Click the Uninstall button next to the myTV Search Plus extension you to remove it.

How to restore your computer

If a restore point has previously been established on your machine you will be able to perform a system restore in order to restore your machine to a date and time before it was infected. You will lose files on your computer that were obtained prior to the restore point.

There are several options to restore your computer. Most computers have their own restore software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default restore program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

How to recover your computer to factory settings

A system recovery (or reset) will recover your computer to factory settings. You will lose the current programs and files on your computer.

There are several options to recover your computer to factory settings. Most computers have their own recovery software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default recovery program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

How to protect your computer against future threats

The key to staying protected against future infections is to follow guidelines and take advantage of reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware security software with real-time protection.

Real-time security software

Security software like Malwarebytes and Vipre Antivirus have real-time features that can block malicious files before they spread across your computer. These programs bundled together can establish a wall between your computer and cyber criminals.

Guidelines
  • Backup your computer and personal files to an external drive or online backup service
  • Create a restore point on your computer in case you need to restore your computer to a date before infection
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs you are not familiar with
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs from websites you are not familiar with – some websites use their own download manager to bundle additional programs with the initial download
  • Avoid visiting fake “spyware removal” blogs and websites that promote “spyware removal software.” These are usually malicious websites designed to phish your personal information, infect your computer with a rogue program and trick you into paying for rogue “spyware removal software.”
  • If you plan to download and install freeware, open source software, or shareware make sure to be alert when you install the object and read all the instructions presented by the download manager
  • Avoid torrents and P2P clients
  • Do not open email messages from senders you do not know