Online Templates browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Online Templates?
Online Templates is advertised as an app that allows people to quickly access popular templates. In fact, this app is categorized as a browser hijacker. Applications of this type promote fake search engines by changing browser settings - online Templates promotes search.onlinetemplatestab.com in this way. They also gather browsing-related information. People commonly download and install browser hijackers inadvertently. Therefore, they are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Note that Online Templates is installed together with another PUA called Encrypted Search.
After installation, Online Templates assigns search.onlinetemplatestab.com as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Therefore, search.onlinetemplatestab.com is opened when users open a browser/new window, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar. This search engine is useless (fake), since it does not generate unique results. When used, search.onlinetemplatestab.com simply redirects to search.yahoo.com (providing results generated by the Yahoo search engine). In most cases, it is impossible to remove the address of the fake search engine that was assigned by the browser hijacker from the settings as long as the PUA is installed on the browser/operating system. Therefore, the only way to stop search.onlinetemplatestab.com from being opened on the aforementioned occasions is to remove Online Templates. Furthermore, browser hijackers usually collect browsing data. For example, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations and other data of this kind. Note that some PUAs collect sensitive information. People often behind PUAs (the developers) use them to generate revenue. They sell gathered data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it in other ways. Browser hijackers can lead to problems relating to browsing safety, privacy or even identity theft. Therefore, Online Templates, Encrypted Search and other PUAs should be uninstalled immediately and never downloaded or installed in future.
|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)||Online Templates|
|Supposed Functionality||Quick access to various online templates.|
|Serving IP Address (search.onlinetemplatestab.com)||126.96.36.199|
|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.|
|Additional Information||Online Templates is distributed with another browser hijacker called Encrypted Search.|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Some examples of other browser hijackers are My Video Converter, Logic Search and Directions Tab. These apps supposedly improve the browsing experience, include various features or deliver other value, however, most do not operate as advertised and simply cause problems. Do not trust or download/install apps of this type.
How did Online Templates install on my computer?
Typically, people download and install potentially unwanted applications inadvertently. These apps are distributed through the set-ups of other software. I.e., developers include them into download and/or installation set-ups and present them as "additional offers". In most cases, these offers can be found in settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced". People often download and install software without checking and changing these settings, often allowing additionally-included apps to be downloaded and installed together with regular software that they wish to downloaded and install. Unwanted downloads and installations can also be caused through deceptive ads that execute scripts designed to download and installation PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Files and programs should be downloaded from official web pages and via direct links. Other channels and tools such as third party downloaders/installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule) dubious websites, etc., should not be used - they are often used to distribute PUAs or even malicious programs. Check download and installation settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced" - dismiss any offers to download or install potentially unwanted applications before finishing the process. Do not click advertisements that appear on untrusted websites (e.g., on those relating to pornography, gambling, adult dating). They can often open untrusted, potentially malicious websites or download and install unwanted apps. Remove any unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons) that are installed on the web browser. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Online Templates, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Online Templates browser hijacker installation setup:
Online Templates asks permission to access and modify data:
Website promoting Online Templates browser hijacker:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window and select "Settings"
- Click on "Site permissions" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen and select "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL under "Allow" section and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Online Templates?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Online Templates application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.onlinetemplatestab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Online Templates browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.onlinetemplatestab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.onlinetemplatestab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Online Templates browser hijacker removal:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Online Templates"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.onlinetemplatestab.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Online Templates browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.onlinetemplatestab.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:
Click 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 "Online Templates".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.onlinetemplatestab.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.
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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Online Templates" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Encrypted Search"), and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Online Templates" or "Encrypted Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.onlinetemplatestab.com or hxxps://encryptedsearch.org) 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:
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 engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "hxxp://search.onlinetemplatestab.com" and "hxxp://encryptedsearch.org"", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.onlinetemplatestab.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Online Templates", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Encrypted Search").
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Online Templates" or "Encrypted Search", remove hxxp://search.onlinetemplatestab.com or hxxp://encryptedsearch.org and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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 button.
Computer users who have problems with search.onlinetemplatestab.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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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:
Click the Edge 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:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge 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 near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.onlinetemplatestab.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.onlinetemplatestab.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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