Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Search.ominent.com redirect removal instructions
Search.ominent.com Redirect is caused by a potentially unwanted application called "Ominent toolbar" that is created by weDownload Ltd. This adware installs on user's Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) with free software downloaded from the Internet. After successful infiltration this, browser hijacker alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default search engine to search.ominent.com Most commonly computer users end up installing this toolbar without their consent when being tricked into doing so by deceptive freeware download clients that hide the decline button used to opt-out installation of this potentially unwanted application.
Internet users should be aware that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients that offer installation of some advertised browser plug-ins with the chosen free software - reckless freeware installation can easily end up in installation of adware which then cause unwanted ads or browser redirects. While Ominent toolbar is not a virus or malware it can be categorized as being adware, Internet users should know that the Internet search engine that is presented in search.ominent.com is crowded with the shady sponsored search results and thus it's not recommended to use this website for one's daily Internet searches.
Search.ominent.com Is just one of many browser hijackers that are being distributed using a deceptive free software marketing method called bundling, previous its variant was called Tuvaro. To avoid installation of such browser's settings altering adware computer users should be very careful when downloading free software. Check every download step and decline installation of any advertised browser extensions. When installing the already downloaded program always choose "custom" or "advanced" installation options (instead of "quick" or "typical"), this step could reveal installation of any bundled (unwanted) browser plug-ins. Ominent toolbar promises to make user's Internet browsing and searching faster and easier, however in reality it doesn't add any significant value - if your Internet browsers redirect you to search.ominent.com use the provided removal guide and eliminate this browser hijacker.
Screenshot of a deceptive free software download client promoting search.ominent.com browser hijacker:
Search.ominent.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel."
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 program which causes browser redirects to Search.ominent.com website scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software. Remove all the entries that this program detects to make sure 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 "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons." Look for "Ominent Toolbar" and "ominent Helper Object," select these entries and click "Remove".
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options," in the opened window remove Search.ominent.com and enter your preferred domain that will open every 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 "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), 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 having problems with redirects to Search.ominent.com you can 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 on "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 on "Advanced " tab, then click Reset.
Remove Search.ominent.com from Google Chrome:
Click on bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Look for "Ominent Chrome Toolbar," select this entry and click on a trash can icon.
Click on the wrench (bars) icon, 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 on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings," in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...," remove "Ominent" and add or select your preferred.
Remove Search.ominent.com from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons." Click on "Extensions" and remove "Ominent".
To reset your homepage click "Tools," 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 having problems with redirects to Search.ominent.com you can reset you Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox," in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.