Omiga Plus Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Omiga Plus virus removal instructions
What is Omiga Plus?
The 'Omiga Plus virus' is a term used to describe a browser hijacker, which modifies users' Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) settings by assigning the homepage and default search engine to isearch.omiga-plus.com This adware is especially rogue since it also changes the browser shortcut targets, thus making any homepage or default search engine settings adjustments impossible. Commonly, Internet users experience redirects to isearch.omiga-plus.com after downloading and installing free software. At time of research, this browser hijacker was distributed via 'download clients', which offer installation of Omiga Plus software - a free program used to organize desktop icons.
Note that this software distribution method (using free software downloads) is called 'bundling'. The problem with this method is that marketers often use deceptive tactics, and in many cases, Internet users install potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) without their consent. Omiga Plus software is not related to virus or malware infections, however, installation causes browser redirect issues, and thus, you are advised to avoid installation of this program. The isearch.omiga-plus.com website is used to search the Internet, however, the search engine provided is crowded with dubious sponsored search results - clicking on these can cause serious security infections. To keep your computer safe from possible malware infections, eliminate the Omiga Plus browser hijacker from your computer.
The isearch.omiga-plus.com browser hijacker is similar to other adware, which modifies users' Internet browser settings, including, for example, qvo6 and DoSearches amongst many others. Technically, these programs are not viruses or malware, however, they are categorized as adware or potentially unwanted applications. If you experience browser redirect issues, avoid clicking displayed ads and do not use the search engine displayed. The correct way to approach these redirect issues is to remove the adware causing them. To avoid installation of such browser hijackers, Internet users should be attentive when downloading free software. If your download is managed by a download client, decline any offers to install additional browser plugins, toolbars, etc. When installing the downloaded freeware, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled adware. If your Internet browser/s redirect you to isearch.omiga-plus.com, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate these redirect issues.
Deceptive free software installer used in isearch.omiga-plus.com browser hijacker distribution:
- What is Omiga Plus?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Wsys Control applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove isearch.omiga-plus.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove isearch.omiga-plus.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove isearch.omiga-plus.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Omiga Plus virus removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features."
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "Wsys Control", select it and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Wsys Control, which causes browser redirects to isearch.omiga-plus.com, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Omiga Plus virus removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Omiga Plus virus from Internet Explorer:
Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:
The isearch.omiga-plus.com browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the Internet Explorer shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://isearch.omiga-plus.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
Change your homepage:
To change your homepage from isearch.omiga-plus.com to your preferred domain:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove isearch.omiga-plus.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "omiga-plus".
If you continue to have problems with redirects to isearch.omiga-plus.com, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Omiga Plus virus from Google Chrome:
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
The isearch.omiga-plus.com browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate your Google Chrome shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://isearch.omiga-plus.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
Remove unwanted extensions:
Click the bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Extended Protection" and "Lightning Newtab", select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
To change your homepage from isearch.omiga-plus.com to your preferred domain - click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over isearch.omiga-plus.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "omiga-plus" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with the removal of isearch.omiga-plus.com browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Omiga Plus virus from Firefox:
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
The isearch.omiga-plus.com browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate your Mozilla Firefox shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu choose "Properties". In the opened window locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://isearch.omiga-plus.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove isearch.omiga-plus.com and enter your preferred domain.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "omiga"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to isearch.omiga-plus.com, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menuin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" icon then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Omiga Plus Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Omiga Plus Virus be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
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