How to remove (uninstall) Private-show.live

Have you seen irritating banners on the Internet, flagged as “advertising by Private-show.live”? Did you see the name Private-show.live anywhere else in the system? If those things are true – your device is infected with adware, and our guide can assist you to eliminate it.

Private-show.live

What is Private-show.live

The tool that shows ads is called Private-show.live, and it is an advertising utility. It belongs to a specific category of utilities that cannot do anything helpful, as it’s made to do one thing: to drive you crazy. We're joking, the mad-driving activity isn’t its real task, but it’s easily achieved while the virus does its job – displays ads. It infests the laptop, it changes the settings of your browser and delivers you as much spam as you can bear and even more, to ensure that you will see a few of them. Hackers receive a couple of cents for every click you're making, and now you understand why the ads appear again and again: it’s a real bonanza. In the paragraphs below, we’ll tell you how the virus got onto the device and how you can guard it against similar threats. If you are not interested and just want to get rid of Private-show.live ASAP – ignore the other sections and proceed to the uninstalling instructions.

Immediately after the infection, Private-show.live alters the settings of your browser. That's its most important function, because the substantial part of this fraud scheme is the “better search” to which you get redirected. So, adware changes the default homepage and the default search and puts the scammer’s website in their place. After that you cannot use the well-known Google, Bing, Yahoo or whatever search system you're used to – you will browse the Net through the crude fake search that displays pop-ups fake pages ads and other suchlike trash. One more adware's task is to alter the controls of browser icons so that even if you restore the good controls, you will see the untrusted search system in a first tab.

If you have already tried to eliminate this virus, you might have seen that it restores, regardless of how many times you erased it. It occurs because of the adware’s defensive systems, and we will define how they function:

  • A scheduled task is the most popular technique to initiate the recovery of the virus if the user had uninstalled it. System tasks aren’t frequently utilized by usual PC users, so the virus just creates a task to inspect if it’s running, and if it’s not – to get and set it one more time. That task is being run each time you reboot your device, and thanks to it Private-show.live keeps returning.
  • The second way has the similar goal, but it utilizes the system registry and not the system tasks. Scammers put a new value to the registry and you have to find and erase it, which is a bit not easy. The regular registry items are crucially important, and by deleting one of them, you might inflict significant damage to the system.

 

How Private-show.live got into the system

To make it clear, we’ll picture the process in total. 99% of the advertisement-oriented utilities are copies of each other, duplicated many times and sold to various hackers after few visual improvements. One of the suchlike dudes got this particular copy in the Dark Web, set it up and uploaded it to file-sharing sites all over the Net. That’s where you got it from, huh? Okay, are you sure that you didn’t search for adware that will drive you mad? Possibly, you wanted some recipe to endanger your system, and received a useful link to Private-show.live installer? Missed again? Okay, in that case, it could be some program that is really good. Some gratis tool created by an unknown company, or a hacked version of some well-known program you aren't going to pay for.

We know this method as the “bundled installation”, and it means that scammers are merging the installation files of 2-3 unwanted programs and a sole helpful software into one file. The bottom feature of that installer is that its composition interferes you from discovering the tools inside of it. On one of the middle stages, they show a suggestion to get additional utilities, with the required fields filled and the mouse cursor is already hovering over “OK”. We suppose that you clicked, as you're on this website today. It might have been slightly different: there could be the “methods of installation”. In most cases, the sophisticated installation technique gives you the ability to decide a directory for this software to be installed, which additional programs do you want, and which you don’t. In case of Private-show.live, choosing the easy installation means that you admit all the garbage from the viral installer into your machine.

Methods to remove Private-show.live

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Private-show.live manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Private-show.live from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Now you know what Private-show.live is, and you are aware of its tricky methods of infection. You know all you have to, except the very significant thing: how you can eliminate Private-show.live. Let’s fix that. Private-show.live can be removed through following these simple manners. The first one is what you’ve just tried to execute – DIY removal. We know how to do it right, and under this paragraph, you will see the advice on by-hand uninstallation. The significant drawback is the impossibility to remove many viruses through it as it will take too much time. We offer you the faster manner: you may totally remove Private-show.live in several minutes with the help of Spyhunter antivirus. It has a lot of pluses, and among them are high working speed, fair price, round-the-clock customer support and the compatibility with other anti-viruses. It's time to stop attempting to guard the PC with free programs – try the proper antivirus. Push the button under this paragraph to check the hard drive with the toll-free version with limited possibilities.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

  • C:\Program Files\
  • C:\ProgramData\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Local\

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Private-show.live" and delete these elements

 

Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Disable notifications in the browser

Google Chrome

  • Launch Google Chrome
  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Advanced
  • Site settings
  • Notifications
  • Block all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

  • Launch Mozilla Firefox
  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Privacy and Security
  • Notifications
  • Settings...
  • Remove suspicious websites

 

Opera browser

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • Advanced
  • Content settings
  • Notifications
  • Block all specific pages

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

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