onewebsearch.com Removal Procedure (Home page and New tab)

By | Posted on July 19, 2013 | Updated on January 18, 2014

onewebsearch.com is considered as one of the nastiest browser hijacker. It changes the home page settings of Internet Explorer to show its own search box. Firefox and Chrome browsers are similarly affected by onewebsearch.com redirect. New tab will open to onewebsearch each time you open these two web browsers.

Free programs that you may download from several web sites are the most common carrier of this adware. onewebsearch.com installer files are wrapped to software that you may use without a costs. As a consequence for using free programs, you will get an adware in return. Most of the time, victims are not aware of the installation conducted by adware. If there is a chance that onewebsearch.com will prompt you for option, it could be unnoticeable. Thus, more computer users are getting this browser hijacker when running default installation of downloaded programs.

When onewebsearch.com got onto your browsers home page and new tabs, it simply means that it has successfully injected an add-on. Some thinks that simply removing the add-on will stop the bothering caused by onewebsearch.com hijacker. It is not. The adware have other hidden entities embedded on some part of the system. Thus, removing onewebsearch.com is a bit complicated.

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Online Security Scanner Report for onewebsearch.com:

Despite the fact that many computer users hated onewebsearch.com for its intrusions, several security web sites still define the domain as safe. Keep in mind that these web site scanners will look for malware activities on the said URL, and if found, that is the time it will be labeled risky or unsafe. In the case of onewebsearch.com, Trojans, malware and adware are redirecting web browsers to onewebsearch.com, which is a clean site. Several tests conducted by our team shows that Google Safe Browsing did not listed the site as not malicious/suspicious. While Browser Defender states that onewebsearch.com is Safe to Visit. Other results from online scanners are listed below.

Norton Safe Web : Safe (click to view)
McAfee Site Advisor : Link is Safe (click to view)
AVG Site Reports : Currently Safe (click to view)

onewebsearch.com Removal Procedure

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

This rootkit and virus removal tool is free and easy to use. It scans, detects and removes any rootkit, malware as well as threat like onewebsearch.com. The tool is powerful enough to find malicious items that are hidden on the computer.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file to your Desktop so that we can access the file easily.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool Download Link

2. After downloading, navigate to the file location and double-click it. This will start the installation procedure. User Account Control will prompt if you want to run the program, click Yes to continue.

sophos_exe

3. On initial launch of the program, it will display a welcome screen as shown in the image below. Click Next to start the installation procedure.

sophos-welcome

4. Next, you need to accept the license agreement before Sophos Virus Removal Tool can be installed onto the computer. Choose ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’. Then, click Next button.

sophos-license

5. On the next prompts, please click appropriate button to proceed. At the end of the installation process, it will display InstallShield Wizard Completed. Just leave the Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool with a check mark. Then, click Finish.

6. The tool will download necessary updates so Internet connection is required at this point. Lastly, Sophos Virus Removal Tool displays the welcome screen.

sophos-update

7. Click on Start Scanning button to begin checking the system for presence of rootkit and virus. The tool reveals items that were found linked to onewebsearch.com. It also detects and removes other malicious files.

sophos-startscan

Stage 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to onewebsearch.com. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Stage 3: Remove Adware Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted onewebsearch.com from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of onewebsearch.com on the affected browser.

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from onewebsearch.com

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with onewebsearch.com. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to onewebsearch.com.. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.

2. A new tab will appear. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tuneup. Click the Refresh Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.

4. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. onewebsearch.com should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.

2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.

IE Reset

3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference.

Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain it the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by onewebsearch.com and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please see add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

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