A new browser hijacker has been reported to gain popularity. It is associated with a hoax search engine, named Search(.)onesearch(.)org which redirects to Yahoo(.)com. The software is believed to collect personal information and display targeted advertisements that may redirect users to third-party websites. All users who have come across the Onesearch browser hijacker should immediately take actions towards removing it.
|Name||Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The application may set search(.)onesearch(.)com as a home page or a new tab page of the user`s browser, collect information and display adverts.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Java Update ads, redirects to third-party sites and different types of online ads. Other symptoms include impact in PC performance.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundling or automatic download.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker.|
Search(.)onesearch(.)org – How Did I Get It
One way to become affected by this hijacker is by bundled downloads. Since the hijacker is hard to find online, it may be included in the setups of free software that is downloaded often online. We are talking about your favorite file converter, media player as well as other applications that may have the OneSearch browser hijacker included “As a free extra” making users believe it is useful. What is more a lot of users skip such installation steps by clicking on the “Express” installation option. This is why it is strongly advisable to always download freeware programs from their official sites or reputable ones.
Search(.)onesearch(.)org – What Does It Do
Once it has been activated on your computer, the browser hijacker may begin to deploy various tracking technologies, such as:
- LSOs (Local Shared Objects)
- Web Beacons
This policy allows the company to change its terms about privacy at any time without the user’s consent. Also, besides that, there may be other dangers associated with Search(.)onesearch(.)com:
- Infect users with malware.
- Cause redirects to fake tech support sites that may scam users using burner phone numbers.
- Lead users to sites that use fake registration forms for rewards but instead gather personal infromation
Browser hijackers, such as Search(.)onesearch(.)com are usually created to generate hoax traffic towards other third-party websites and they are considered to be an indirect threat, because of the abovementioned dangers plus more yet to be discovered. Bottom line is, users should constantly stay updated with the latest cyber-security news.
Remove Search(.)onesearch(.)com Browser Hijacker Completely
Since such programs usually leave objects in Windows Registry as well as some other places on the hard drive of the user, it is advisable to follow the step-by-step removal instructions in order to fully get rid of it. Security engineers recommend using specific anti-malware software. This may allow you to completely check your system for any malicious objects that may currently reside in it and protect it in the future from such.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker.
Step 2: Remove Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker and click “Remove”
After Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Search(.)onesearch(.)org Browser Hijacker will be removed.