How to uninstall Online Templates browseer hijacker?

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

Online Templates browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Online Templates?

Online Templates is advertised as an app which allows users to quickly access popular templates. However, this app is categorized as a browser hijacker. Applications of this type are designed to promote fake search engines by changing browser's settings and gather browsing-related information. Online Templates promotes search.onlinetemplatestab.com. It is common that people download and install browser hijackers unknowingly (inadvertently). Therefore, they are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Online Templates gets installed together with another PUA called Encrypted Search.

search.onlinetemplatestab.com browser hijacker

After installation Online Templates makes search.onlinetemplatestab.com as an address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. It means that search.onlinetemplatestab.com gets opened when users open a browser/new window, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. This search engine is useless (fake) because it does not generate unique, individual results. When used, search.onlinetemplatestab.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com, it provides users with results generated by Yahoo search engine. In most cases it is impossible to remove address of a fake search engine that was assigned by a browser hijacker from browser's settings as long as that PUA is installed on a browser and/or operating systems. It means that the only way to stop search.onlinetemplatestab.com from being opened on the aforementioned occasions is to remove Online Templates. Furthermore, browser hijackers usually are designed to collect various browsing data as well. For example, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations and other data of this kind. It is worthwhile to mention that some PUAs can be designed to collect sensitive information. Quite often people behind PUAs/their developers use PUAs as tools that help them to generate revenue. They sell gathered data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it in other ways. Browser hijackers could be the reason behind problems related to browsing safety, privacy, or even identity theft. Therefore, Online Templates, Encrypted Search or any other installed PUA (or PUAs) should be uninstalled as soon as possible and never downloaded, installed in the future.

Threat Summary:
Name Online Templates
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 This app supposed to deliver a quick access to various online templates
Promoted URL search.onlinetemplatestab.com
Serving IP Address (search.onlinetemplatestab.com) 35.174.169.2
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.
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Some examples of other browser hijackers are My Video Converter, Logic Search and Directions Tab. It is common that apps of this type advertised as tools that supposed to improve browsing experience, include various features and/or deliver other value. Nevertheless, most of them do not operate as they were advertised and often cause various problems. It is recommended not to trust (download and install) apps of this type.

How did Online Templates install on my computer?

Typically, people download and install potentially unwanted applications unwillingly (unintentionally). Quite often apps of this type are distributed through setups of other software. To be more precise, developers include them in various download and/or installation setups and present them as additional offers. In most cases these offers can be found in setup's settings like "Custom", "Advanced". Quite often people download and install software without checking (and changing) those settings. By leaving those settings unchanged they often allow for additionally included apps to be downloaded or/and installed alongside with software that they downloaded and/or installed willingly. Sometimes unwanted downloads and/or installations can be caused through deceptive ads that execute scripts designed to download and/or installation of unwanted application.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Files and programs should be downloaded from official web pages and via direct links. Other channels, tools like third party downloaders (and installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule) questionable websites, etc., should not be used. Quite often they are used to distribute PUAs or even malicious programs. Download and/or installation setups that contain settings like "Custom", "Advanced" should be checked for offers to download and/or install various potentially unwanted applications. Those offers should be declined before finishing downloads and/or installations. Advertisements that appear on untrustworthy websites (e.g., on pages related to pornography, gambling, adult dating) should not be clicked. Those ads often open various untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or download, install unwanted apps. Any unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) that are installed on a web browser should be uninstalled. 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 Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Online Templates browser hijacker installation setup:

Official Online Templates browser hijacker installation setup

Online Templates asks for a permission to access and modify data:

online templates browser hijacker asks for a permission to read and change data

Website promoting Online Templates browser hijacker:

Website used to promote 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)

Disable pop-up notifications in Google Chrome web browser

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"

Disable pop-up notifications in Android Google Chrome web browser

Mozilla Firefox:

  • 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"

Disable pop-up notifications in Mozilla Firefox web browser

Internet Explorer:

  • 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

Disable pop-up notifications in Internet Explorer web browser

Microsoft Edge:

  • 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)

Disable pop-up notifications in Microsoft Edge web browser

Safari (Mac):

  • 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

Disable pop-up notifications in Safari web browser

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Quick menu:

Online Templates 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.onlinetemplatestab.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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 (which 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.onlinetemplatestab.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.onlinetemplatestab.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.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:

Removing search.onlinetemplatestab.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 "Online Templates".

Optional method:

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.

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.onlinetemplatestab.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 "Online Templates" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Encrypted Search"), and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.onlinetemplatestab.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 "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:

Removing search.onlinetemplatestab.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 "hxxp://search.onlinetemplatestab.com" and "hxxp://encryptedsearch.org"", 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.onlinetemplatestab.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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.onlinetemplatestab.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 "Online Templates", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Encrypted Search").

Change your homepage:

Removing search.onlinetemplatestab.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 "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:

Removing search.onlinetemplatestab.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.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, 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.onlinetemplatestab.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.

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