OneLaunch redirect removal instructions
What is OneLaunch?
OneLaunch is an ad-supported browser based on a free and open-source software project from Google called Chromium. It is worthwhile to mention that OneLaunch is distributed alongside with a Games toolbar. It is common that users download and install adware-type apps like OneLaunch without knowing about it, therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Ad-supported applications (and websites) generate advertisements. Some examples of types of ads that they generate are coupons, surveys, banners, pop-up ads. It is common that their ads, if clicked, open questionable websites. Also, sometimes they cause unwanted downloads and/or installations by running certain scripts. Another problem with adware-type apps is that they can be designed to function as data collectors targeting browsing data (like IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited sites) or even sensitive, personal information. What is worse, their developers could sell collected data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misuse it in other ways. It means that users who have apps like OneLaunch installed on their computers (or browsers) risk to encounter problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, or even become victims of identity theft. Therefore, such apps should never be trusted (download and installed).
|Name||Ads by OneLaunch|
|Threat Type||Push notifications ads, Unwanted ads, Pop-up ads|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
It is common that applications like OneLaunch are advertised as useful, legitimate applications that supposed to improve web browsing experience, deliver some features, etc. Although, most of them are useless to their users and can be the culprit of various problems. Some examples of other adware-type apps are Valerie, WikiNow and Chromium Shield. An app that is most similar to OneLaunch is called WebDiscover.
How did adware install on my computer?
As mentioned in the first paragraph, in most cases users download and install PUAs unintentionally. Usually they cause it by clicking various unreliable, deceptive advertisements or alongside with other programs (when developers distribute them by using a "bundling" method). In the second case users cause it when they finish download and/or installation processes without declining offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Usually it can be done via "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of download and/or installation setups. Deceptive ads can cause unwanted downloads and installations by running certain scripts, however, they cannot do that without being clicked.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to download software only from official, trustworthy websites. Other sources (or tools) like unofficial sites, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule and so on), third party downloaders, should not be used. The same applies to third party installers. Also, it important to check if download and/or installation setup has settings (like "Custom", "Advanced") before completing a download or installation process, its settings could be used to decline offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Additionally, it is advised not to click advertisements that are displayed on shady websites - they can be designed to promote potentially malicious websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. If there are any unwanted apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) installed on a browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system, then they should be removed. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Download page for OneLaunch:
OneLaunch's Games toolbar (maximized):
OneLaunch's Games toolbar (minimized):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is OneLaunch?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
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 potentially unwanted applications (in this case "OneLaunch"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes OneLaunch redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by onelaunch, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by onelaunch 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by onelaunch, 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.
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 browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by onelaunch, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by onelaunch from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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