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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Connects to the internet without permission

Omniboxes.com

Omniboxes.com is a search engine that is used by a browser hijacker from a prominent hijacker family. If your default homepage gets changed to Omniboxes.com, you should not panic. It doesn’t mean that your computer has been taken over by cyber criminals. If you remove Omniboxes.com at once, you will be able to protect your system from potentially malicious exploitation. Hence, check the manual removal instructions below this description to restore your browser settings and get rid of this infection once and for all. When you are done, do not hesitate to invest in a licensed computer security application.

When you get infected with this browser hijacker, it modifies basic browser settings (like the default search engine and homepage) on Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. What’s more, it seems that Omniboxes.com affects the Mozilla Firefox browser the most because the malicious installer our team tested also added Search Enginer and Fast Start extensions to the browser. Needless to say, additional unsolicited extensions only slow down your browser performances and consequently expose you to potentially corrupted content. Thus, if you want to avoid being monitored, you need to delete Omniboxes.com and everything related to it from your system.

According to our research, Omniboxes.com may be distributed with a variety of adware and freeware applications. For example, it might be bundled with Pro PC Cleaner, RocketTab, VuuPC, PC Speed Up, and many other unwanted applications. Our sample of this malicious infection was downloaded from girlquizijin.com, but there might be an entire list of third-party websites that promote and distribute Omniboxes.com. After all, all the previously released hijackers from the same group like MyStartSearch.com, Webssearches, Sweet-page, isearch.omiga-plus.com, and so on. None of these infections could have been downloaded directly. This means that browser hijackers from this group indulge in bundled download distribution system.

Consequently, we can see that Omniboxes.com doesn’t enter the target system surreptitiously. If a browser hijacker spreads in bundles, it means that the user is very important in this distribution scheme as well. In other words, if one didn’t initiate the freeware download, Omniboxes.com wouldn’t be able to access a particular computer.

Once the infection has taken place, the Omniboxes.com will employ tracking cookies to collect information on what websites you visit and what you usually search for online. As a result, you will be shown customized ads that should lure you into partner websites.

Your job is to avoid clicking anything provided by Omniboxes.com. You must protect your computer from harm by terminating this browser hijacker immediately. You can delete all the visible infection symptoms manually, but don’t forget that an automated malware removal tool would be your best choice because this way your computer would be protected against similar infections in the future.

How to delete Omniboxes.com

Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

  1. Move the mouse cursor to the bottom right of your desktop.
  2. Click Settings on the Charm bar and select Control Panel.
  3. Open Uninstall a program and remove Omniboxes uninstall.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

  1. Click the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program and remove Omniboxes uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start button and go to Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Add or remove programs and uninstall Omniboxes uninstall.

Remove Omniboxes.com from the browser

Modify Target Line Settings

  1. Right-click your browser’s shortcut and click Properties.
  2. Select the Shortcut tab and locate the Target line.
  3. Delete everything OUTSIDE of the quotation marks.
  4. Click OK.

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Alt+T and go to Internet options.
  2. Change your homepage address under the General tab and click OK.
  3. Press Alt+T again and go to Manage add-ons.
  4. Click Search providers on the left.
  5. Set a new default search engine, delete Omniboxes.com and press Close.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the search engine icon on the left of the search box.
  2. Choose Change Search Settings on the drop-down menu.
  3. Set a new default search engine and remove Omniboxes. Click OK.
  4. Press Alt+T and go to Options.
  5. Change your default homepage address under the General tab.
  6. Click OK and press Alt+T again.
  7. Go to Add-ons and open the Extensions tab.
  8. Disable and remove Fast Start and Search Enginer.
  9. Restart the browser for the changes to take effect.

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and go to Settings.
  2. Mark Open a specific page or set of pages under On Startup.
  3. Click Set pages and change your homepage address. Click OK.
  4. Select Manage search engines under Search.
  5. Set a new default search engine, remove Omniboxes and press Done.
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Comments

  1. Steve Feb 22, 2015

    Great Video and Instructions Thanks

  2. jojoval Feb 23, 2015

    tanx a lot guys

  3. pape Feb 26, 2015

    thanks guys

  4. Daniel Mar 2, 2015

    Great help. "Modify Target Line Settings" I miseed that and gave me a headache trying to solve IE.
    Thanks!

  5. kvg Mar 5, 2015

    i spent 5 hours trying to fix this and you solved it in minute! thanks!

  6. eugen Mar 11, 2015

    Thanks!

  7. EUGEN Mar 11, 2015

    Thanks! AGAIN :)

  8. Streelo Mar 13, 2015

    Thank you so much!

  9. Tippaporn Mar 24, 2015

    Instructions for Firefox don't work.

  10. moh May 27, 2015

    I got the damn thing in a bundle with "free video cutter". I went through my windows 7 files in safe mode and deleted every file change that occurred on the day.

    After a battle to get the os to kick off in normal mode, the persistent bastard came back.

    I will try your method and report back.

  11. moh May 27, 2015

    The responses to the moves you suggested for windows 7 came slightly different to your instructions.

    Repairing Internet Explorer was quick, but Google Chrome was hard. It also had the Bing obtrusive nusance. Omniboxes imposed itself as "manage search engines under omnibox". So I will delete and re-install Google Chrome, or maybe I will just delete it and do without it, the same way I did before with the damn Firefox that was lumbered with advertising material.

  12. ExternalIQ Jun 15, 2015

    I don't see the program in remove program, and also not in msconfig and not in Startup for Taskmanager!

    EMAIL ME plz: ExternalIQ@gmail.com

  13. motherfuer Sep 25, 2015

    thanks ;)

  14. motherfuer Sep 25, 2015

    thanks ;)

  15. Ben Nov 13, 2015

    Hi, I can't find the omniboxes.com in control panel.
    Please help!

  16. Ben Nov 14, 2015

    Hi, I can't find the omniboxes.com in control panel.
    Please help!

  17. Danijel Nov 30, 2015

    I can not find it in add/remove programs, there is no Omniboxes

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