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TVAddons Automatically Installs Indigo on Kodi Users

Are you seeing a pop up for the Indigo addon by TVAddons on your Kodi box that wasn’t there yesterday? You aren’t alone! On December 12th, 2019, an update to the URLResolver addon added Indigo as a required dependency. Since URLResolver is a collection of file hosts that multiple addons use to find media files, this change affects many addons! If you have an addon that uses URLResolver, the update installs Indigo on your Kodi box without your permission. It’s another disgusting move that paints a huge black mark on an already controversial website in the community.

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What Happened?

On December 12th, the URLResolver addon was updated to v5.0.46. Included in the code changes for the update is the addition of the Indigo plugin as a dependency: Since URLResolver is a dependency for other Kodi addons, your Kodi box may have automatically tracked and updated URLResolver to v5.0.46. If it did, you are probably seeing Indigo popups on your Kodi main screen now. This isn’t the first time that TVAddons has taken steps install their junk on your Kodi setup without your permission. Both Blamo and 13 Clowns repos were taken over after the developers quit in order to install Indigo and its dependencies as well. The fix for this is a little bit more complicated than when TVAddons hacked the 13 Clowns repo and added their dependencies there, since it could be any number of addons on your system using URLResolver. Let us try to explain how to remove TVAddons from your box:

Affected Addons

The number one culprit appears to be the Rising Tides Kodi addon, which has the TVAddons repository as a dependency into it. Other addons use URLResolver as a dependency, but may or may not update to infect your machine. We expect to see addons remove URLResolver as a dependency completely as a precautionary measure. It is NOT the developer’s fault. At one point, URLResolver was a legitimate Kodi resolver dependency that powered a large number of Kodi users. You may choose to take a day away from Kodi and wait for these developers to update their addons to remove URLResolver. This way, you can simply uninstall TVAddons and keep these addons once they are no longer pointing to the URLResolver repo.

Step 1 (Optional): Uninstall the Infected Kodi Addon

  1. From the Kodi main menu, navigate to Add-ons > Video Add-ons.
  2. Hover on top of the addon and press the menu (‘c’) button.
  3. Select Information.
  4. Click on Uninstall and accept the prompt asking you if you are sure

Step 2: Uninstall the Indigo Kodi Addon

  1. From the Kodi main menu, navigate to Add-ons > Program Add-ons.
  2. Hover on top of Indigo and press the menu (‘c’) button.
  3. Select Information.
  4. Click on Uninstall and accept the prompt asking you if you are sure.

Step 3: Uninstall the TVAddons Kodi Repo

  1. From the Kodi main menu, navigate to Add-ons > My Add-ons (Package Icon).
  2. Click on Install From Repository
  3. Hover on top of the TVAddons Repository and press the menu (‘c’) button.
  4. Select Information.
  5. Click on Uninstall and accept the prompt asking you if you are sure.

After that, give Kodi a restart. If you don’t get an Indigo popup, then you are not infected anymore. If after restarting, another addon is pulling the TVAddons repository in, then you will see Indigo reinstall itself and show up again. Comment below or get in touch with us on Twitter if you are having any trouble! We’d also like to improve the step-by-step instructions above if you are still having issues.

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