Remove Screen Watch

What is Screen Watch

Screen Watch is a Chrome extension that replaces your new tab and home page in order to be able to spam you with ads. And though the extension can be quickly removed (the guide is below) and the functionality can easily be replicated, not everyone knows it and some just suffer through the excessive ads.

You know that your browser has this extension installed when your new tab page has the Screen Watch logo (something like screenwatch▶now) and your search settings have been altered. Whatever search engine you’ve been using before Screen Watch , it’s been replaced with search.mysearch.com.

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Distribution of Screen Watch

It’s possible to find Screen Watch organically, by just typing the right words into your search engine. However, it’s more likely that Screen Watch has been recommended to you by adware. Screen Watch being advertised to you could indicate adware already being on your computer. Have you been seeing pop-up ads, or have new tabs on your browser been opening without your intervention?

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A page that vaguely describes Screen Watch as a “Must-Have Chrome New Tab for Movie Fans†might pop up, thanks to redirects by adware, deceptive ads, or rogue websites. A big green download button in the middle encourages people to press it, if only to see what it is about. The installation of Screen Watch starts — not just Screen Watch, but a couple of other extensions, too. This is called bundling, and is a deceptive practice of pushing promoted software to people who did not ask for it. If you agreed to install the promoted products (like MySearch), you might have some more bloatware on your browser than just Screen Watch.

Potentially unwanted extension

Screen Watch is promoted as allowing you to “Quickly access top streaming sitesâ€, “Watch the hottest trailersâ€, “Explore movies and TV showsâ€, and is “Safe and easy to useâ€. What all this amounts to, though, is Screen Watch having a few links to different movie-themed websites on your new tab page. This is all there is that Screen Watch has to offer for movie fans. The extension also puts a new search bar there. Screen Watch replaces your search engine with MySearch, and it’s worth reading about it if you want to know how it works and what information it collects and how it works. But, in short, among other private information, any searches performed using Screen Watch are recorded, and multiple ads injected into the search results. Not just a few — usually close to a dozen ads, all on top of the real search results, making looking for information online just a bit more frustrating.

Browser hijackers like Screen Watch — Movie Goat Default Search, MovieFlex, Search4Moviex — make money from displaying ads in the search results. The extension installer base provides a stable audience to the ads, and having access to all those people’s browsing history allows marketers to tailor the ads to each person, making them relevant and more effective. Screen Watch and the other extensions that act as the cover are, unfortunately, just not good. The companies that develop them usually focus on quantity over quality (that’s why there are so many browser hijackers) and only make the minimum product they need to justify it being an extension.

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How to remove Screen Watch

You can get rid of Screen Watch by changing your browser settings: go to the menu, click on settings, settings again, then Extensions. However, if it was adware that recommended it to you, it’s worth scanning your computer with an antivirus program (for example, Anti-Malware Tool or Anti-Malware Tool). Then, if any threats are found, you can remove them (manually or automatically) and avoid more dangerous and unwanted programs being recommended to you. Ads should also be very subdued after getting rid of adware, which would make browsing the Internet much more enjoyable and productive. If you want to pin some ads to your new tab page, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and the other browsers allow for varying amounts of customization. If you wish to use extensions for customization, be skeptical: research the developer, decide if the reviews look authentic, and, if you have the option, check what permissions the extension needs.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Screen Watch. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Screen Watch Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Screen Watch or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Screen Watch Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Screen Watch or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Screen Watch Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Screen Watch or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Screen Watch.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Screen Watch Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Screen Watch or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Screen Watch is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Screen Watch program.
  7. Select Screen Watch or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Screen Watch

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Screen Watch

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Screen Watch, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Screen Watch in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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