Remove Hotels Booking from your browser

Also Known As: ourflightsearch.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Hotels Booking browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Hotels Booking?

Hotels Booking is advertised as an app that supposedly enables people to find and book hotels, however, it is categorized as a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted application (PUA). Like most browser hijackers, Hotels Booking promotes a fake search engine (in this case, ourflightsearch.com) by changing browser settings. Furthermore, apps of this type are often designed to gather information relating to users' browsing habits. Hotels Booking is classed as a PUA, since people usually do not generally download or install these apps intentionally.

ourflightsearch.com browser hijacker

Most browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Hotels Booking assigns these addresses to ourflightsearch.com, a fake search engine that does not generate unique results. It simply provides results generated by Google (google.com) or Yahoo (search.yahoo.com). Typically, it is impossible to change settings that are appointed by a browser hijacker unless the app is uninstalled. In this case, users of Hotels Booking are forced to visit ourflightsearch.com when they open a browser (new window), new tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar as long as they have this app installed on their browsers. Most browser hijackers also collect various data. Developers use them as information tracking tools that record details such as users' IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and other data. Some browser hijackers are capable of accessing sensitive information. In most cases, the developers misuse the data to generate revenue. They often share the details with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who also misuse private information. Therefore, it is never safe to use browser hijackers or fake search engines, since they can cause problems such as identity theft, issues with browsing safety, privacy, and so on.

Threat Summary:
Name Hotels Booking
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.
Browser Extension(s) Hotels Booking
Supposed Functionality This app supposedly allows users to book hotels directly from the browser.
Promoted URL ourflightsearch.com
Serving IP Address (ourflightsearch.com) 99.84.252.40
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
Removal

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Hotel Booking is just one of many browser hijackers. Some other examples of PUAs are Accurate Weather Today, Find My Nascar Lineup, and Email Search Tools. Generally, these apps modify browsers settings so that people are forced to use a fake search engine. PUAs also gather various information relating to web browsing activity. Most browser hijackers do not operate as advertised and are useless.

How did Hotels Booking install on my computer?

Developers often hide PUAs in "Advanced", "Custom" and other options/settings of the download or installation set-ups of regular software. This distribution method is called "bundling" and is used to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps together with other software. Typically, these unwanted downloads and installations happen when people download and install software without checking and changing the settings that are included in the set-ups. Additionally, they can be caused by clicking intrusive advertisements, many of which are designed to run scripts that download and/or install unwanted software. Note that many people download and install browser hijackers and other PUAs unintentionally.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download software from official websites and avoid using third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, and so on. If a setup includes "Custom", "Advanced" or other similar options, check these and deselect any offers to download or install unwanted apps. Do not click ads that are displayed on dubious web pages - they can cause redirects to potentially malicious sites or unwanted downloads/installations. Remove all unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons) that are installed on the browser immediately. The same should be applied to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Hotels Booking, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Hotels Booking browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Hotels Booking browser hijacker

Hotels Booking asks for various permissions on Google Chrome:

Hotels Booking wants to access various data on Chrome

Hotels Booking asks for various permissions on Mozilla Firefox:

Hotels Booking wants to access various data on Firefox

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Quick menu:

Hotels Booking browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

ourflightsearch.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Hotels Booking"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the ourflightsearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Hotels Booking browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing ourflightsearch.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing ourflightsearch.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://ourflightsearch.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 your default search engine:

Removing ourflightsearch.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 "Hotels Booking".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ourflightsearch.com redirect, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing ourflightsearch.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Hotels Booking" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing ourflightsearch.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Hotels Booking", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.ourflightsearch.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing ourflightsearch.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "ourflightsearch.com", and when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ourflightsearch.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing ourflightsearch.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Hotels Booking", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing ourflightsearch.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Hotels Booking", remove hxxp://ourflightsearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing ourflightsearch.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "ourflightsearch.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ourflightsearch.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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