Omniboxes is a special form of computer infection classified as browser hijacker. When the infection reaches its destination it changes the home page settings of all installed browsers into omniboxes.com. When users look for the information through omniboxes.com page their search results will most commonly be delivered from Yahoo Search, or possibly from some other search engines which are legitimate. Yet, this fact surely doesn’t mean that Omniboxes Search hijacker has anything to do with such well-known search engine giants.
According to the information we get from the “About” page of Omniboxes hijacker, it has been developed by the Hong Kong company called SuperNet Technology Co.,Limited. We’ve seen plenty of other nasty hijackers developed by similar Chinese companies before. Just as an example, we could mention MyStartSearch, WebsSearches, iStart123, etc. All of these browser hijackers have been developed by some Chinese people who want to use your PC as the instrument for their personal enrichment. Yet, the methods they use for such purposes are absolutely illegal.
Omniboxes browser hijacker is spread in the Internet today through being bundled with a lot of free applications. You may install it after you decide to download and install certain PDF converter, audio or media player, or any other freeware whatsoever. In some cases this hijacker is implanted using a lot of tricky and misleading methods. This may be the case if your PC has already been contaminated by certain adware program, which might spew out such deceptive pop-ups.
You may trace Omniboxes in the Control Panel of your PC when you check the list of legally installed software in your PC. It will be titled as “Omniboxes uninstall”. Additionally, you may find Fast Start 4.3.0 add-on added to Mozilla Firefox and Quick Start extension into Internet Explorer browser. Plus, you will see HPNotify.exe (SupHPNot.exe) as an active (running) process when opening the Task Manager of your PC. This process is related to Search Protect program, which is included into the XTab folder in the Program Files directory of your PC.
If you’re experiencing the above-said problems with your browsers, this actually means that your PC is in a trouble. We’re not trying to scare you more, but we simply want to help you in cleaning your computer. Omniboxes is a disease infecting browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox mainly, however, to remove this hijacker it is not enough simply to change their home pages back to google.com or any other start page you prefer. This hijacker is furnished with its own protection modules which can be effectively deleted with the reliable antimalware tool we recommend for download below. Please carefully follow the removal instructions set forth below. Surely, if you require more help on our part, please feel free to contact us at any time. By the way, the guide below explains ways of both automatic and manual removal of Omniboxes virus. If you’re technically experienced PC user and know how to look for files, folders and registry entries and to manage them, then these instructions will help you to remove the hijacker manually and obviously for free. Alternatively, you may select our automatic removal tool called GridinSoft Trojan Killer.
Anti-malware tool necessary to remove Omniboxes virus.
Note that GridinSoft Trojan Killer is a shareware application. Its free 15-day trial is limited only to removal of 2 infections detected by it during scan. However, Trojan Killer has a free built-in module that helps you reset your browser after the attack of browser hijackers like Omniboxes. This free module helps you reset browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. If Trojan Killer has detected more than 2 threats on your computer and you would like to remove them for free, please let us know.
Video that explains removal of Omniboxes hijacker for free (manually):
Omniboxes virus step-by-step removal instructions.
Step 1. Uninstalling programs related to this hijack from the Control Panel of your computer (from the list above).
Instructions for Windows XP, Vista and 7 operating systems:
- Make sure that all your browsers infected with this browser hijacker are shut down (closed).
- Click “Start” and go to the “Control Panel“:
- In Windows XP click “Add or remove programs“:
- In Windows Vista and 7 click “Uninstall a program“:
- Uninstall programs related to this trojan from your PC (see the list above). To do it, in Windows XP click “Remove” button related to it. In Windows Vista and 7 right-click any suspicious adware program with the PC mouse and click “Uninstall / Change“. Note that these can be the programs like WindowsMangerProtect188.8.131.522, wpm_v184.108.40.2062.exe, SupTab, or similar junkware.
Instructions for Windows 8 operating system:
- Move the PC mouse towards the top right hot corner of Windows 8 screen, click “Search“:
- Type “Uninstall a program“, then click “Settings“:
- In the left menu that has come up select “Uninstall a program“:
- Uninstall related unwanted programs. To do it, in Windows 8 right-click the unwanted program with the PC mouse and click “Uninstall / Change“.
Step 2. Scanning your computer with a powerful anti-malware tool and resetting your browsers with its help.
- Download GridinSoft Trojan Killer through the download button below.
- Install the program and scan your computer with it.
- At the end of scan click “Apply” to remove all infections associated with this browser hijacker.
- Important! It is also necessary that you reset your browsers with GridinSoft Trojan Killer after removal of this virus. Shut down all your available browsers now.
- In GridinSoft Trojan Killer click on “Tools” tab and select “Reset browser settings“:
- Select which particular browsers you want to be reset and choose the reset options.
- Click on “Reset” button:
- You will receive the confirmation windows about browser settings reset successfully.
- Reboot your PC now.
Step 3. Repairing the Desktop shortcuts and Start menu objects related to your browser infected by this browser hijacker.
This browser hijacker also sets up its attribute to the Desktop icons and possibly some Start menu items of your browsers attacked by it. In order to fix this issue you need to right-click the Desktop icons and Start menu items related to your browsers attacked by this browser hijacker. Click “Properties” and check their destination path in the “Target” section of the shortcut tab. Make sure there’s nothing related to omniboxes.com in this destination path. If you see the website of this hijacker set there by default, remove it completely and leave only the clear destination path that leads to the executable of your browser.
Milestones to fix the Desktop shortcuts and Quick Launch and Stat menu items of your browser affected by this hijacker:
- Right-click the Desktop icons, Quick Launch or Start Menu items or your infected browser, click “Properties“:
- In the window that comes up click the “Shortcut” tab. Make sure that the target to your browser doesn’t have any “tails” that could lead to mystartsurf.com hijack. If you see such a “tail”, remove it. These are most common targets to all major browsers (if their installation path was initially set by default):
- After you remove all junk data from the Desktop shortcuts, Quick Launch and Start menu items of your browser affected by the hijacker, click “Apply” and “OK” to apply all introduced amendments made by you in an attempt to fix your browser:
“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” – for Internet Explorer
“C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” – for Mozilla Firefox
“C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” – for Google Chrome
“C:\Program Files\Opera\launcher.exe” – for Opera
Example of fixing the Desktop shortcuts and Start menu items related to your browser infected by this hijacker (YouTube video guide that is applicable for fixing all infected browsers):
Step 4. Additional removal instructions for Mozilla Firefox browser (if the above-said steps proved to be unsuccessful).
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:config” in the address bar and press “Enter” on your keyboard.
- Click “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
- This will open the Settings page of your Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “Keyword.url” in the search box, then right-click and reset it.
- Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box, then right-click and reset it.
- Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box, then right-click and reset it.
- Search for “browser.newtab.url“. Right-click and reset it. This is a very important step that will prevent the search page of this hijacker from opening in each new tab of your Firefox browser.
Additional video instructions to reset Google Chrome browser using the built-in feature of Google Chrome browser: