GetFormsOnline is a browser hijacking program that may be held responsible for the recent changes in your browser’s homepage or search engine and the stream of intrusive new tabs and advertisements. At first glance, this program may look like nothing more than a new browser component or a plugin, which may be promising to enhance your web experience.
However, the real purpose of this software is to aggressively advertise certain web pages, services, and products and to redirect your searches to them as much as possible. Such behavior is generally NOT related to some virus-like activity (similar to a Trojan horse or Ransomware for example) but still, it may seriously interfere with the way you use your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or any other browser. For this reason, you may wish to remove GetFormsOnline from your system and in the next lines, we are going to show you how to safely do that.
What are users reporting about GetFormsOnline?
Many users, who face a hijacker like this for the first time, report that their browser starts to behave strangely the moment this program appears there. Some of the most common complaints are related to changes in the users’ browser homepage or search engine, the installation of some unfamiliar browser tabs or components and the redirection of the users’ searches across different domains. Additionally, they can experience a huge amount of ads that may appear on their screen in the form of pop-ups, banners, blinking boxes, links and on screen messages. Such activity is basically driven by the desire of the owners of GetFormsOnline to drag traffic and clicks to certain services, products or sites, which pay them for advertising. This is, fortunately, not activity that is related to some form of cybercrime (like a virus infection or some Trojan or Ransomware attack) and is only an aggressive method of online marketing, typically employed by browser hijacking pieces of software. These pieces of software do not intend to cause harm to the system, but there are a few major drawbacks, which may encourage users to think of uninstalling them.
Browser-hijackers, even those that do not bother users with tons of commercial offers and redirects, may initiate some activities, which can be seen as invasive. For instance, most of the programs that serve as online advertising tools tend to collect browsing-related data every time the users use the affected browser. In most of the cases, this data could be sold to third parties as valuable marketing information. In addition, you are likely to begin to experience frequent redirects to certain sponsored sites, ads, banners, new tabs, and pop-ups. It is not excluded that you may find yourself on some unfamiliar domains where no one can guarantee the safety of the content that you are going to interact with. Keep in mind that some web pages may contain fraudulent items or viruses and for this reason, it is not advisable to land on sites you are not familiar with. One sure way to stop the browser hijacker from redirecting you to them is to remove it and in the paragraph below, we have published a detailed removal guide on that.
Ways of spreading of GetFormsOnline:
This browser hijacker is actively spreading through different web pages, ads, and email messages. You may also come across it if you frequently download software from torrent sites, freeware or shareware platforms or some free installers, that are available on the web for free. Usually, GetFormsOnline may become part of your system if you install it along with some free file converter or media player. You have probably unknowingly approved the installation of the browser hijacker when you have selected the “Recommended” settings during the setup process. Typically, software bundles that are available for free contain similar add-ons. If you want to avoid installing unnecessary and optional applications like GetFormsOnline, you better choose the “Custom” settings every time you run a new installer on your PC. Carefully check each step and remove the bookmarks from the applications that you consider potentially unwanted.
How to uninstall GetFormsOnline effectively?
Browser hijackers, unlike viruses, usually do not cause a great inconvenience when removing them. You can remove GetFormsOnline by simply scanning your system with a professional removal tool like the one below. This is the quicker solution than the manual removal. However, manual removal can be as effective as the automatic one if you follow all the steps carefully. You can finally combine these two methods to make sure the hijacker is completely removed. The next time you install a new application, please also note the Privacy Statement.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Changes in your browsers’ homepage or search engine, generation of ads, new tabs and pop-ups.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, ads, free download links from the web, freeware or shareware sites, torrents.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove GetFormsOnline from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove GetFormsOnline from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove GetFormsOnline from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!