Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Search.ominent.com redirect removal instructions
What is search.ominent.com?
The Search.ominent.com Redirect is caused by a potentially unwanted application called "Ominent toolbar" created by weDownload Ltd. This adware installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) with free software downloaded from the Internet. After successful infiltration, this browser hijacker modifies browser settings by assigning the homepage and default search engine fields to search.ominent.com
Commonly, computer users install this toolbar inadvertently without their consent when tricked into doing so by deceptive freeware 'download clients' - these small programs often hide the 'decline' button used to opt-out of installation of this potentially unwanted application.
Internet users should be aware that, today, most free software download websites use download clients offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins with the chosen free software. Reckless freeware installation can result in installation of adware, which subsequently causes unwanted ads or browser redirects. Whilst the Ominent toolbar is not a virus or malware, it is categorized as adware. Users should be aware that the Internet search engine presented by search.ominent.com is crowded with the dubious sponsored search results, and thus, you are advised not to use this website for daily Internet searches.
Search.ominent.com Is just one of many browser hijackers distributed using a deceptive free software marketing method called 'bundling'. A previous variant was called Tuvaro. To avoid installation of browser settings-changing adware such as this, computer users should express caution when downloading free software. Check each download step and decline installation of any advertised browser extensions. When installing the downloaded program, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this step will reveal any intended installation of bundled (unwanted) browser plug-ins. The Ominent toolbar claims to make Internet browsing and searching faster and easier, however, it adds no significant value. If your Internet browsers redirect you to search.ominent.com, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this browser hijacker.
Screenshot of a deceptive free software download client promoting the search.ominent.com browser hijacker:
- What is search.ominent.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Ominent toolbar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.ominent.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove search.ominent.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.ominent.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Search.ominent.com redirect 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 Ominent toolbar, select this entry, and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the Search.ominent.com website), 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.
Search.ominent.com homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Search.ominent.com from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons." Look for "Ominent Toolbar" and "ominent Helper Object," select these entries and click "Remove".
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove Search.ominent.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start 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 "Search The Web (ominent)."
If you continue to have problems with redirects to Search.ominent.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 the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Search.ominent.com from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Look for "Ominent Chrome Toolbar," select this entry and click the trash can icon.
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages," hover your mouse over Search.ominent.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 "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...," remove "Ominent" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with the removal you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Search.ominent.com from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons." Click on "Extensions" and remove "Ominent".
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 Search.ominent.com and enter your preferred domain that will open every time you start Mozilla Firefox.
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: "ominent"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to Search.ominent.com, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" 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 Search.ominent.com redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of Search.ominent.com redirect 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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