Remove from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

This page shows how to remove from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Sound familiar? You see in your browser’s status bar while browsing on websites that typically don’t load any content from third party domains. Maybe the domain appear when performing a search at the search engine?

Here is how the status bar message looked like on my computer: status bar

It appeared while I did a search at Google.

The following are some of the status bar messages you may see in your browser’s status bar:

  • Waiting for…
  • Transferring data from…
  • Looking up…
  • Read
  • Connected to…

If this description sounds like your computer, you probably have some potentially unwanted program installed on your machine that makes the domain appear in your browser. Contacting the owner for the site you were at would be a waste of time. The status bar messages are not coming from them. I’ll try help you with the removal in this blog post.

If you have been visiting this blog already know this, but if you are new: A little while back I dedicated a few of my lab computers and deliberately installed some potentially unwanted programs on them. Since then I have been following the behaviour on these computers to see what kinds of advertisements that are displayed. I’m also looking on other interesting things such as if the potentially unwanted program auto-updates, or if it installs additional potentially unwanted programs on the computers. I first spotted the in Mozilla Firefox’s status bar on one of these lab computers. resolves to the IP address.

So, how do you remove from your browser? On the machine where showed up in the status bar I had TornTV installed. I removed it with FreeFixer and that stopped the web browser from loading data from

The issue with status bar messages such as this one is that it can be caused by many variants of potentially unwanted programs, not just the potentially unwanted program running on my computer. This makes it impossible to say exactly what you need to remove to stop the status bar messages.

Anyway, here’s my suggestion for the removal:

The first thing I would do to remove is to examine the software installed on the machine, by opening the “Uninstall programs” dialog. You can find this dialog from the Windows Control Panel. If you are using one of the more recent versions of Windows you can just type in “uninstall” in the Control Panel’s search field to find that dialog:
Uninstall a program search

Click on the “Uninstall a program” link and the Uninstall programs dialog will open up:
Uninstall a program dialog

Do you see something suspicious listed there or something that you don’t remember installing? Tip: Sort on the “Installed On” column to see if something was installed approximately about the same time as you started observing the statusbar messages. Does TornTV appear there?

Then I would check the browser add-ons. Potentially unwanted program often show up under the add-ons menu in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Is there anything that looks suspicious? Anything that you don’t remember installing? Is TornTV in the list?
Firefox add-ons manager

I think most users will be able to identify and remove the potentially unwanted program with the steps outlined above, but in case that did not work you can try the FreeFixer removal tool to identify and remove the potentially unwanted program. FreeFixer is a freeware tool that I started develop about 8 years ago. It’s a tool built to manually identify and uninstall unwanted software. When you’ve found the unwanted files you can simply tick a checkbox and click on the Fix button to remove the unwanted file.

FreeFixer’s removal feature is not locked like many other removal tools out there. It won’t require you to pay for the program just when you are about to remove the unwanted files.

And if you’re having a hard time figuring out if a file is clean or potentially unwanted in FreeFixer’s scan report, click on the More Info link for the file. That will open up a web page which contains more details about the file. On that web page, check out the VirusTotal report which can be quite useful:

FreeFixer More Info link example
An example of FreeFixer’s “More Info” links. Click for full size.

Did you find any potentially unwanted program on your machine? Did that stop Please post the name of the potentially unwanted program you uninstalled from your machine in the comment below.

Thank you!