This page aims to help you remove Omniboxes. These Omniboxes removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. We have received complaints like “omniboxes kaldırma”, “omniboxes entfernen”, “omniboxes jak usunąć”, “omniboxes désinstaller” among other, showing that there is an extremely wide variety of nations infected by this critter.
If your computer has been infected by Omniboxes then you should know you are dealing with a type of malware that specializes in spamming Ads into your online browser. These Ads may take many forms – sometimes they are pop-ups, sometimes banners, rarely the Ads may also attach themselves to certain keywords in any text you are reading and pop-up when the mouse is hovered over. The Ads will quickly become very tiresome to put up AND they will also slow down your computer – especially if you have the habit of keeping multiple tabs open. The Ad injection is done via an add-on or plug-in into your Firefox, Chrome or IE browser. Applications like Omniboxes are commonly referred to as Browser Redirect and the only way to remove them is to uninstall them completely from your machine – simply removing the plug-in won’t be enough. Keep reading to learn how to do that.
|Danger Level||Medium (Will try to lure you into purchasing useless programs or worse)
|Symptoms||Pop-up Ads appearing all over, general PC slowdown, redirects towards omniboxes.com|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, downloaded for free by different platforms or online Ads.
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Omniboxes from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Omniboxes – know thy enemy
In order to be able to effectively deal with Browser Redirect you first need to learn the basic characteristics they all share.
First of all, note that most Browser Redirect applications, Omniboxes included, are not directly malicious. That means they will not try to harm your computer directly like a computer virus would. Browser Redirect is something you need to remove from your computer, but the reasons for that are because it is annoying and because it bloats your computer. The legal status of Browser Redirect allows the creators of this type of software to include it in many places – most prominently into different monetization platforms, download accelerators for free software download sites and the installers for many free and shareware programs.
Most people that realize they have Omniboxes installed on their machine don’t remember installing it themselves. Usually one of the above mentioned methods is to blame. Be very careful when installing free software – very often it will have Browser Redirect programs bundled inside of it (commercial software is less prone to contain Browser Redirect programs, but some caution is always advisable).
- In order to avoid becoming infected with Browser Redirect in the future never use the Default/Quick installation option of any installer you run on your PC. When you use this option you basically agree to install whatever else nasty present the creator of the installer has seen fit to put inside of it. What you need to do is to select the Advanced option – it will guide you through a series of menus and one of these will contain a list of all programs and features the installer will attempt to unload. Remove anything not needed by the main program from this list.
The Ads created by Omniboxes may be dangerous
Browser Redirect generally likes to go through your browsing history and select the most relevant Ads to display based on previous searches made. Sometimes they can also link to shops you visit frequently, but this is not always the case. There is basically no quality control over the sources that advertise through these Ads – you are just as likely to end up visiting a phishing site that will try to rob your bank account if you click on a rotten Ad. It is strongly recommended that you avoid visiting any Ads created by Omniboxes and absolutely never download and install any files prompted by them – the free offers are actually the most likely to contain a dangerous virus.
Another scam to be aware of is fraudulent bloatware offers. Basically these are junk programs that do nothing, but try to convince you that you have a problem with your PC should you make the mistake of installing them. These programs make up fake problems and flash urgent and over exaggerated warning messages.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this step. Omniboxes may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.
Repeat Step 2 for ALL browsers you have installed.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable. If your Home Page has been hijacked, go to —–> Internet Options> change the URL to whatever you use —> Apply. Reset Your IE Settings
Remove Omniboxes from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click (top right) ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the Browser Redirect/malware —> Remove. Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
Remove Omniboxes from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. Find the malware and select
Click —> Settings —> Search —> Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but your normal search engines. Reset Your Chrome Settings.
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) as well.
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
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. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
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, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.
In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like this:
If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a domain network, contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
A BIG WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part, so be extremely careful. If you make a big mistake, it can damage your system significantly. Accounts connected to your credit cards or important information may be exposed to Omniboxes. If you do not feel you can do this, download a professional remover.
Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show 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