TornTV is an application through which you can download videos from the Web and watch live TV broadcasts. It is available for download on its official website, but it’s often bundled with other freeware you may install, which automatically turns TornTV into a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
How Does TornTV Enter Your PC?
TornTV is a legitimate program claiming to “turn your PC into a TV.” According to its official website, the application has won TV-Spark Hottest New Product Award in 28 countries. It is free and easy to install, and you gain access to thousands of TV channels worldwide, free HD quality live streaming and uncensored TV 24/7.
So far, so good. TornTV, however, has a way of sneaking into your PC without your knowledge, so you end up with a PUP with a harmful potential in your system.
TornTV may land on your computer via bundling with infected freeware and adware such as Iminent Toolbar and CouponDragDown. Malware specialists have even found out that the application is often related to Yontoo Layers, which, on the other hand, is an adware program also promoted via a variety of freeware. Yontoo layers include PageRage, DropDownDeals, Safe Saver and Deal Fairy.
The connection of TornTV with another malicious software is a disturbing fact on its own.
It is, therefore, of utmost importance that you carefully watch the installation process of anything you download from the Web. The insidious part about TornTV is that the bundling with the freeware you download is mentioned somewhere throughout the installation process, and you have even been given an option to disallow the bundling deal and install just the program you want. However, programs like this one rely on the users’ negligence and naiveté when downloading freeware.
How Harmful Is TornTV for Your PC?
Here’s a list of what TornTV may do to your system regardless of how it enters it:
- TornTV is considered a browser hijacker as it changes your default browser and home page to its own.
- It redirects your searches to malicious websites thus opening a backdoor for Trojans to enter, allowing hackers to gain access of your system.
- It tracks your browsing routine, and collects your personal information which may then be shared with third parties.
How Do You Remove TornTV from Your PC?
It has become clear by now that TornTV exposes you to various security threats and is then capable of doing more harm to your system than help. In case, you have it already. Therefore, we recommend that you remove it immediately.
It’s best that you use a legitimate anti-malware program for that purpose as TornTV may not have entered your system by its own. Thus, removing only that adware may not permanently clean your system from other malicious software.