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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

OnlineWorkSuite Toolbar

OnlineWorkSuite Toolbar is a new questionable browser extension that does not even seem to have a toolbar. In fact, this search website only has a few thumbnail links below the main search box. This tool claims to provide you access to spreadsheets, word documents, presentations, and more; however, these features do not appear to be functioning right now. The truth is that this new tool belongs to an ever-growing family of bad toolbars created by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. This family also includes OnlineMapSearch Toolbar, DailyProductivityTools Toolbar, and GetCouponsFast Toolbar among dozens of other questionable products. We have labeled this extension as a potentially unwanted program, or PUP. Since it may present to you potentially unreliable third-party content and it can also come on board with a bunch of other malware infections, we recommend that you remove OnlineWorkSuite Toolbar from your system.

It is possible to directly install this PUP if you visit its official webpage at or the Chrome web store, This extension does not seem to be popular yet as only 180 users have installed it in the past two weeks through the store. Speaking of which, you need to keep in mind that just because an application is available in the web store, it does not mean that it is a reliable one. Unfortunately, there can be dozens of potentially harmful tools in this store until reported. You should also be cautious when installing such a tool because this PUP, for example, wants to push you to install search extension. Of course, you can click on the tiny “No, thanks” button but it is more likely that you would not even see that and just let it on board, too.

Of course, these are only the official channels but how about the more questionable ones? You can also install this PUP by clicking on an unsafe third-party advertisement, such as a software update pop-up that claims that you need to update your Flash driver or any software but instead you install infections and PUPs. Clearly, it is even worse when you drop a whole bundle of malware threats onto your system by clicking on the wrong third-party content. This can happen if you download free programs from suspicious file-sharing websites, you visit shady websites hosting several third-party ads (gaming, gambling, torrent, freeware, and porn pages), or when your system is infected with adware programs or browser hijackers. It should be clear that you need to avoid suspicious websites and clicking on third-party ads to be able to prevent such attacks. If you may have installed this tool via a freeware bundle, we recommend that you scan your system with a trustworthy malware scanner to identify the rest of the threats right after you delete OnlineWorkSuite Toolbar.

Unlike most of its predecessors, this PUP does not seem to have a toolbar at all. In fact, it only displays a few thumbnail links below the search field. These links are supposed to redirect you to New Document, New Sheet, and New Presentation-related pages as the main features; however, you will only end up with an error pop-up saying “Oops, something seems amiss.” You can also open a file and convert a document to PDF or vice versa. So, practically, we can say that this tool does not deliver as promised, and you can delete OnlineWorkSuite Toolbar without a second thought. But there is more to it.

This search website is set as your home page and new tab page upon installation. This tool uses the questionable search engine to deliver you search results. This engine is indeed a customized and modified Google search engine that may display potentially unreliable third-party ads and results. When running a search, you end up on that may contain questionable ads and links. Engaging with such content could lead to further malware infections and also online scams if new tabs and windows open with malicious content. If you do not wish to figure out what might happen if you keep this extension on board, we suggest that you act now and remove OnlineWorkSuite Toolbar.

If you installed this PUP in all your major browsers, it may take a few steps to eliminate it. The official uninstaller only takes care of your Internet Explorer browser; thus, you need to manually reset Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome if you want to make sure that no leftovers remain. We have included the necessary instructions below. These are really easy steps to take even if you are not an experienced user. However, you may want to protect your computer more securely to prevent future malicious attacks from happening. Therefore, we suggest that you download and install a reliable malware removal application, such as SpyHunter.

Remove OnlineWorkSuite Toolbar from Internet Explorer

Windows XP

  1. Press Start on the Taskbar and select Control Panel.
  2. Open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click on the uninstaller and press Remove.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Press Win+R and enter Control Panel. Press OK.
  2. Select Uninstall a program.
  3. Click on the uninstaller and press Uninstall.

Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

  1. Tap Win+I and choose Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Click on the uninstaller and press Uninstall.

How to reset your browsers

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F and select Settings.
  2. Click Show advanced settings at the bottom.
  3. Click Reset settings at the bottom.
  4. Press Reset.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
  2. Press Refresh Firefox and press Refresh Firefox in the pop-up.
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