How to uninstall Forms Wizard

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

Forms Wizard browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Forms Wizard?

Forms Wizard supposedly provides quick access to various online forms, however, it is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) categorized as a browser hijacker. Typically, browser hijackers promote the addresses of fake search engines and gather information relating to users' browsing habits. Forms Wizard promotes search.formswizardtab.com by changing certain browser settings. People often download and install browser hijackers (and other PUAs) unintentionally.

search.formswizardtab.com browser hijacker

Forms Wizard promotes search.formswizardtab.com (the address of a fake search engine) by changing browser settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Therefore, users are forced to visit search.formswizardtab.com when they open a browser/new window, new tab and enter search queries into the URL bar. Note that search.formswizardtab.com is classified as a fake search engine, since it is redundant and does not generate any unique results. I.e., it simply provides results generated by Yahoo. If used to search, it redirects to search.yahoo.com. In most cases, browser hijackers prevent users from removing the bogus address by reassigning it after each attempt is made to modify the setting. The same applies to Forms Wizard. Therefore, the only way to stop browsers from opening search.formswizardtab.com is to uninstall the hijacker from the browser and operating system. Furthermore, browser hijackers commonly gather various browsing data. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened pages, entered search queries, and other details. These apps might also be designed to gather sensitive, personal details. Furthermore, the people behind them sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, having a browser hijacked by an application such as Forms Wizard can lead to problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy or even more serious issues such as identity theft. You are advised against downloading or installing browser hijackers - you should remove them immediately from your system.

Threat Summary:
Name Forms Wizard
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), AVG (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/OpenDownloadManager), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Forms Wizard
Supposed Functionality This app supposedly provides various forms.
Promoted URL search.formswizardtab.com
Serving IP Address (search.formswizardtab.com) 54.209.225.0
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.
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More examples of browser hijackers are My Package Homepage, Ultra PDF Converter Plus and Weather Forecaster. Most promote fake search engines by changing browser settings and gathering information. Typically, they are advertised as useful apps that supposedly deliver various features, however, most do not operate as advertised and simply cause problems.

How did Forms Wizard install on my computer?

Most people download and install PUAs inadvertently by clicking deceptive advertisements or downloading/installing various software (typically, freeware). Many people download and install unwanted apps together with other software when PUAs are included into the setups. This distribution method is called "bundling". Generally, information about these additionally-included apps can be found in "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of the download/installation setup, however, many people leave these settings unchanged, thus granting permission for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed through the setups of regular software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to download all software from official websites. Do not use third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), dubious sites or other similar channels. Various third party installers should not be used. Note that download/installation set-ups often include "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings - check these and dismiss any offers to download or install additional (unwanted) software. If clicked, many intrusive ads (especially those displayed on pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.) open potentially malicious pages or cause download/installation of PUAs. Therefore, never click these ads. Unwanted redirects and/or annoying ads can usually be stopped by uninstalling unknown, unwanted or suspicious add-ons, plug-ins or extensions from the browser, and/or programs of this kind from the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Forms Wizard, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Forms Wizard browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Forms Wizard browser hijacker

Forms Wizard browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Forms Wizard browser hijacker installation setup

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Quick menu:

Forms Wizard 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.

search.formswizardtab.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Forms Wizard browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.formswizardtab.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 search.formswizardtab.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://search.formswizardtab.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 search.formswizardtab.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 "Forms Wizard".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.formswizardtab.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 search.formswizardtab.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 "Forms Wizard" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.formswizardtab.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 "Forms Wizard", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.formswizardtab.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 search.formswizardtab.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 "search.formswizardtab.com", 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 search.formswizardtab.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 search.formswizardtab.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 "Forms Wizard", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.formswizardtab.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 "Forms Wizard", remove hxxp://search.formswizardtab.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.formswizardtab.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.formswizardtab.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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage and new tab settings:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".

Change your default Internet search engine:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.formswizardtab.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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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