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What is Live TV Now?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Live TV Now is a browser hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice.
Live TV Now is a member of the Spigot family as described in the blogpost Spigot browser hijackers.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Live TV Now?

You may see this browser add-on:


and this new default search provider:


You may see this entry in your list of installed software:


these warnings during install:





and this new startpage in the affected browser(s):


How did Live TV Now get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their site.


How do I remove Live TV Now?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Live TV Now?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Live TV Now completely.
  • If your browsers have been hijacked, you should read our Restore Browser page. You can read there how to fix additional browser redirect methods.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Live TV Now hijacker. It would have warned you before the hijacker could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.



and it blocks traffic to their domain.

Technical details for experts

Possible signs in a FRST log:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = hxxp://search.hlivetvnow.co/?uc=20181002&i_id=tv_spt__1.30&uid={user clsid}&ap=appfocus1&source=-lp0-bb8
SearchScopes: HKCU -> DefaultScope {466FE350-6C13-453E-8AA2-36D2C20EC9FF} URL = hxxp://search.hlivetvnow.co/s?uc=20181002&i_id=tv_spt__1.30&uid={user clsid}&ap=appfocus1&source=-lp0-bb8&query={searchTerms}
SearchScopes: HKCU -> {466FE350-6C13-453E-8AA2-36D2C20EC9FF} URL = hxxp://search.hlivetvnow.co/s?uc=20181002&i_id=tv_spt__1.30&uid={user clsid}&ap=appfocus1&source=-lp0-bb8&query={searchTerms}
FF Extension: No Name - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\Extensions\web@TV.xpi [2018-10-02]

Live TV Now (HKCU\...\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}) (Version: - SpringTech Ltd.)

Changes made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="10/2/2018 9:02 AM, 320256 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\browser-extension-data\web@TV
       Adds the file storage.js"="10/2/2018 8:59 AM, 308 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\extensions
       Adds the file web@TV.xpi"="10/2/2018 8:59 AM, 14977 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
       "Start Page" = REG_SZ, "http://search.hlivetvnow.co/?uc=20181002&i_id=tv_spt__1.30&uid={user clsid}&ap=appfocus1&source=-lp0-bb8"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]
       "DefaultScope" = REG_SZ, "{466FE350-6C13-453E-8AA2-36D2C20EC9FF}"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{466FE350-6C13-453E-8AA2-36D2C20EC9FF}]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Live TV Now - Powered by Yahoo!"
       "SuggestionsURL"="REG_SZ", "https://ie.search.yahoo.com/os?appid=ie8&command={searchTerms}"
       "URL"="REG_SZ", "http://search.hlivetvnow.co/s?uc=20181002&i_id=tv_spt__1.30&uid={user clsid}&ap=appfocus1&source=-lp0-bb8&query={searchTerms}"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Live TV Now"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", ""
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "SpringTech Ltd."
       "UninstallDialog"="REG_DWORD", 2
       "UninstallEngineID"="REG_SZ", "{466FE350-6C13-453E-8AA2-36D2C20EC9FF}"
       "UninstallHomepage"="REG_SZ", "http://search.hlivetvnow.co/?uc=20181002&i_id=tv_spt__1.30&uid={user clsid}&ap=appfocus1&source=-lp0-bb8"
       "UninstallImpression"="REG_SZ", "http://www.springdwnld2.com/impression.do?domain=hlivetvnow.co&implementation_id=tv_spt__1.30&offer_id=_iei_&source=-lp0-bb8&sub_id=20181002&traffic_source=appfocus1&user_id={user clsid}&useragent=Mozilla%2F5.0+(Windows+NT+6.1%3B+WOW64%3B+Trident%2F7.0%3B+rv%3A11.0)+like+Gecko&ts=1538463719&sgn=ad6a2e0822ff0423b39a337b1a7ce4a87bed3f12&subid2=11.0.9600.19129&event={exEvent}"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\Uninstall.exe" /uninstall"

Malwarebytes scan log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/2/18
Scan Time: 9:10 AM
Log File: 3c0e1146-c612-11e8-aaf7-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.441
Update Package Version: 1.0.7131
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 239068
Threats Detected: 6
Threats Quarantined: 6
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 34 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 1
PUP.Optional.Spigot, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}, Quarantined, [170], [373878],1.0.7131

Registry Value: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
PUP.Optional.Spigot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\{28E56CFB-E30E-4F66-85D8-339885B726B8}, Quarantined, [170], [373878],1.0.7131
PUP.Optional.PolarityTech.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}.default\BROWSER-EXTENSION-DATA\WEB@TV, Quarantined, [1701], [508613],1.0.7131

File: 3
PUP.Optional.Spigot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [170], [373878],1.0.7131
PUP.Optional.PolarityTech.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}.default\EXTENSIONS\WEB@TV.XPI, Quarantined, [1701], [509071],1.0.7131
PUP.Optional.PolarityTech.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}.default\BROWSER-EXTENSION-DATA\WEB@TV\STORAGE.JS, Quarantined, [1701], [508613],1.0.7131

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):

  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention

Save yourself the hassle and get protected.

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