Torn TV virus removal

I can’t believe that I have acquired a Torn TV virus last night. I am downloading photo recovery software from Cnet and didn’t know that malicious file will also be loaded into my computer. Aside from Torn TV, other adware like toolbar and browser redirect malware also infected my computer. After several hours of scanning and manual procedure, I was able to get rid of the adware.

Right now, my only burden is this Torn TV virus. I have tried uninstalling the program from Windows add/remove function but it won’t allow me to proceed. Each time I attempt, Windows will prompt me for “corrupted file” or “missing file”. I am log-on as Administrator while running uninstall so it is not possible that restrictions are causing the error.

I am running out of options. Antivirus cannot remove it, so as other tools. Manual removal is not effective. What else should I do to remove Torn TV?

35 Responses

  1. John_Felipe says:

    First of all, you should know that Torn TV is not a virus. It is considered as add-on. Though harmful, it does not have the characteristics of computer virus. Many users who have Torn TV acquired the program by install freeware. It is normally bundled when you install free programs. In order to remove Torn TV from your computer, you may follow these steps.

    Uninstall Torn TV from Microsoft Windows
    1. Open Windows Control Panel.
    2. Choose Programs (Uninstall a Program).
    3. It will open a list of installed programs, find Torn TV or any related term and click on ‘Uninstall’.

    How to remove Torn TV on Internet Explorer
    1. Open Internet Explorer.
    2. On top menu, go to Tools > Manage Add-ons.
    3. On right panel look for Torn TV entry and click on Disable button to stop the service.
    4. You may now restart Internet Explorer.

    Here is Internet Explorer’s frequently asked question for your reference:

    How to Uninstall Torn TV in Google Chrome
    1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
    2. Click on Settings (three horizontal bars icon or wrench icon for old versions) or ‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ button located on top right corner of the browser.
    3. Click on Tools > Extensions from the drop-down list.
    4. You can see Torn TV from the list of installed extensions; remove it by clicking on the ‘Trash’ icon.
    5. Please restart Google Chrome.

    If you cannot delete the extension, you can simply disable it. See how to manage Google Chrome Extension from this page:

    How to Remove Torn TV in Mozilla Firefox
    1. Open Mozilla Firefox Internet browser.
    2. On top menu, go to Tools > Add-ons.
    3. Remove Torn TV from the list of installed add-ons.
    4. Restart Mozilla Firefox.

  2. Linton says:

    What if TornTv can’t be removed from windows this way? I selct it from the list, click uninstall and nothing happens. I click uninstall again and it says there is already a program being removed, and still nothing happens.

  3. Nukeria says:

    Hello, guys!

    I have the same problem with this damn TorrentTV and cannot unistall it from the Control panel… Please help me – how to get rid of it???

    Many thanks in advance.

  4. Helping hand says:

    How to remove it off your computer, click on start thats the little blue ball bottom left of your screen, click all programs, look for accsessories, click it, scroll down to systom tools,click it, look for system restore, click it a window will come up on your screen click next, back date your computer to a date before you got the virus, and it will be gone, your files like documents and pictures will not be removed ok

  5. f richards says:

    you can get a free uninstall programe called revo uninstaller i was on ages till i found this it takes 2 mins

  6. April says:

    John_Felipe, your answer on how to remove Torn TV from Google Chrome was the best & the only method of all the ones I have tried that actually works! Thanks a ton! :)

  7. Kim says:

    Problem solved:

    Click on start button go to computer right click on computer then and click open. Right click on program files and click open and wallah you will find that TORN TV critter in there. Delete all of files that has TORN TV in it. Afterward go to your control panel and delete it out of control panel and its GONE!!!! Make sure you go right to your trash and empty it out!!!! This virus caused me so many problems and I’m glad to get rid of it!!!! Hope this helps

  8. Rajesh says:

    f Richards, Thanks the solution you provided worked for me. regards

  9. rushiraj says:

    thanks john this is realy helful….

  10. andrea says:

    Thanks Kim!!! I followed your advice and I am now totally free of that nasty extension.

  11. Lisa says:

    Followed Kims advice and got rid of it!

  12. kiran says:

    I am not able to remove torn tv from internet explorer.
    1. internet explorer:- when i select torntv v9.0 from manage ad-ons, ‘disable tab/ Remove tab’ doesn’t work. i.e. It remains unhighlighted.
    if I try manually to remove it from program files, it shows the action can’t be completed because file is open in google chrome.
    when I tried it with Google chrome: in extensions there’s nothing, other thant google doc & norton internet security.
    It’s not uninstalling from control panel as well.

    Please help me friend.

  13. Jo says:

    Thanks Kim your advice worked for me, was goin mad trying everything :)

  14. Jenny says:

    Thank you Kim…….this worked for me. I wasn’t able to uninstall from my control panel until I deleted from the Program files

    Mar 18, 2014 @ 19:54:27

    Problem solved:

    Click on start button go to computer right click on computer then and click open. Right click on program files and click open and wallah you will find that TORN TV critter in there. Delete all of files that has TORN TV in it. Afterward go to your control panel and delete it out of control panel and its GONE!!!! Make sure you go right to your trash and empty it out!!!! This virus caused me so many problems and I’m glad to get rid of it!!!! Hope this helps

  15. Mandy says:

    Richards answer helps you delete it from everywhere. Revo Uninstaller does a search for all files related to torntv which on my computer there were tons. Locates them in the browsers files and any other folders or installers and you delete them all with a push of a button. I also could not delete them through the control panel but this deleted them easily.

  16. JHS Sparky says:

    Sites like Cnet and brothersoft, softonic … spread these diseases using “The underhand propagation routine” you think you are d/ling a program you want but in the background several programs are also unknowingly installed.
    Even big companies like adobe, microsoft, google … use a very similar system where they include extra programs in a legitimate d/l but the check box is automatically check, they depend on users to not read every screen so they hide them in the middle of all the legit “accept agreement” screens so users keep clicking accept over and over until the screen stop popping up.
    Torn TV, Search Protect, … are definitely considered to be a virus by many AV/security programs/sites and a hijacker or Trojan as well as malware by fewer sites/a/v professionals.
    the general rule is if it is installed without you specifically clicking “accept” or it can’t be removed completely with a single mouse click then it’s a virus.
    The company that owns the software that was installed but did not want is responsible for it’s distribution and it has been recommended everyone affected/infected email the company and comment on the virus they are putting out, in the case of Search Protect it’s Conduit, torn tv it’s magnet tv/trovi/cool mirage (i think).
    I find searching the registry for “torntv, search protect, conduit, instaldaddy… and deleting every instance worked.

  17. Steph says:

    I can’t uninstall this TORN TV from my laptop or Firefox with I type it in on the add ons on the internet there’s no torn tv there and when I click uninstall on the programs on the computer it says can’t uninstall or unable to do the following
    It’s very confusing I’ve tried all the things that people and written

  18. Ali says:

    Thanks F Richards, it worked like a cham. (I’m running windows 8)

  19. Naomi says:

    OMG thank you sooo much!!!

    but if anyone is looking at this and sucks with computers … like me LOL.. and when going through Kims instructions to uninstall when it wasn’t uninstalling I was having a hard time finding program files. After a while of trying to find “program files” I just typed that into the search field and there it was :)

    Thanks again for posting super happy to get my computer back!

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  21. lisa says:

    Kim….tikram eyenek….its gone!!!!

  22. ashwini r says:

    Richard Thanks alot! Revo uninstaller removes torntv in minutes .

  23. sam says:

    get “should i remove it”, its safe, and it tells u all the harmfull programs, and u can uninstall them form their, and if u dont trust the porgram u can just search on their webpage wither the program u have is harmful or not, and if u are having the issue where nothing happnes after u click uninstall, then it says wait, yea get the program thats how i fixed mine.

  24. GoofballDT says:

    Uninstalling it won’t work, it comes back.
    I booted up in safe mode and check through harddrive for any files with the install date and deleted them.
    I booted up and it was gone, I then sorted out firefox and internet explorer.

    Total Defence Security Center is no good for this.

    Delete you system restore incase it’s hidden there too and remember to empty your trash.

  25. LeeFool says:

    Adwcleaner removed everything.

  26. Miguel says:

    If you boot your computer up in safe mode by hitting F8 before the windows logo comes up you should be able to remove the program in control panel. I could not remove initially until I did this. After I did that I was able to also remove the add-on in mozilla as well.

  27. Sunny says:

    Does anyone know why deleting Google Chrome and reinstalling it did not remove the extension? I did it last night. Ran malwarebytes and AVG scans and still it’s there. Thanks.

  28. Tony says:

    thanks John_Felipe, it was the most helpfull~ after i removed it from the extention in Chrome, i managed to uninstall it from the program list in my computer

  29. shipdog7 says:

    Use the free Eset scanner. It picked up 3 infections caused by Torntv even after an uninstall. Do a search of your computer for leftover files of Torntv. I use free Everything. I had about 8 of them. Delete them. Still not feeling secure I ran HiJackThis. Found 2 mentions of Torntv. …..Fix it. Still not feeling secure ran free Regseeker which I have used for many years with absolutely no problems. It found 63 files in the registry of Torntv. Delete them. I would also turn off your system restore. It will delete all restore points with Torntv in them. Reset a new restore after a restart of computer.

  30. David says:

    f richard’s pointer to Revo Uninstaller was spot on.

    For me Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs didn’t work — TornTV runs under the radar, so CP>AoRP and Firefox Add-Ins can’t see it. (Excuse me, John_Felipe, if I saw the dialog box and clicked the box to NOT install and it installed anyway, and it doesn’t follow the normal rules for uninstalling, and I can’t even disable it from auto-startup every time I log in, then it looks, walks, and quacks like a virus. It’s a virus.)

    Deleting the files doesn’t do it either, because there’s a bunch of junk in the registry.

  31. Rin says:

    I cannot remove it from my programs, uninstall does nothing

    Not sure what to do

  32. Kelvin says:

    Just do the said above.. Uninstall them using Control panel then manually delete the folder on your program files because it will just re-install itself and you wont see it on control panel. After deleting the program go to REGEDIT and manualy search the TORNPLUSTV and then one by one delete does subfolders of TORNPLUSTV or the keys of TORNPLUSTV after deleting it on REGEDIT then that’s the time you are free of TORNTV (^_^)v

  33. Nabz says:

    I’m trying to get rid of this Torntv using revo unistaller. I cant seem to get a hang of it. Using windows 8.1 and I cant even find this stupid torntv programme in my control pannel to uninstall it. Can someone explain how I can find this programme in revo uninstaller? Because I cant even find it there Im not sure how to use this software to get rid of programmes. PLEASE HELP!

  34. Karthik says:

    Thank you Kim, it worked. I had been struggling with this for a month . thank you so much

  35. Parf says:

    Thanks john-felipe,worked a treat