What kind of application is Ocean Saver?
Upon conducting tests on the Ocean Saver browser extension, we determined that it is a browser hijacker developed to promote oceansaver.net, a fake search engine. This extension achieves this objective by modifying a web browser's settings. Typically, users download and install/add browser hijackers unintentionally.
Ocean Saver browser hijacker overview
Ocean Saver promotes a fake search engine by modifying a web browser's default settings. This app achieves it by changing the browser's homepage, new tab page, and default search engine settings to point to oceansaver.net. This fake search engine shows results generated by Bing (oceansaver.net redirects to bing.com) - a legitimate search engine.
It is important to mention that search results shown by shady search engines may include additional advertisements or sponsored links that generate revenue for the developers of the fake search engine. In some cases, fake search engines may collect the user's search history and other browsing data for the purpose of targeted advertising or other malicious activities.
Typically, users must remove a browser hijacker to remove a fake search engine from the hijacked web browser's settings. Our removal guide is provided below.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Ocean Saver|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names (oceansaver.net)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (oceansaver.net)||220.127.116.11|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Browser hijackers in general
A browser hijacker is a piece of software that modifies a web browser's default settings, such as the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine, to direct the user to unwanted websites. This can include promoting fake search engines, displaying unwanted advertisements, and collecting user data.
How did Ocean Saver install on my computer?
Browser hijackers may be bundled with free software or downloaded from untrusted websites. In such cases, users unknowingly install the hijacker along with the intended software. Also, it can be caused by clicking on links or ads that are designed to redirect users to a website that installs the browser hijacker.
Shady advertisements and deceptive installers can also be used to trick users into downloading and installing/adding browser-hijacking apps.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
Only download software from trusted sources, avoid clicking on suspicious links or ads and keep your web browser and other software up to date with the latest security patches. Avoid downloading apps with no or few reviews. Deselect additionally included (unwanted) apps before finishing downloads and installations.
If your computer is already infected with Ocean Saver, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Oceansaver.net redirects to bing.com (GIF):
Permissions asked by Ocean Saver browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced IT skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Ocean Saver?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Ocean Saver application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Ocean Saver browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove oceansaver.net homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove oceansaver.net redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Ocean Saver browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the oceansaver.net website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Ocean Saver browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove Ocean Saver browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:
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 "Ocean Saver" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Ocean Saver", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.oceansaver.net) 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 "oceansaver.net", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the oceansaver.net 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 extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Ocean Saver", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable "Ocean Saver", remove hxxp://oceansaver.net 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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 oceansaver.net 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 oceansaver.net 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit oceansaver.net website?
The revenue generated by the creators of oceansaver.net is directly correlated to the number of visitors to their website.
Is visiting oceansaver.net a threat to my privacy?
Fake search engines may, in certain instances, gather the user's browsing data and search history to facilitate targeted advertising or other malicious actions. Thus, using oceansaver.net may cause issues related to online privacy.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are distributed using various methods, including browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, software bundles, and similar techniques.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove a browser hijacker?
Combo Cleaner can scan your computer and remove any browser-hijacking applications that are already present. It is important to note that manual removal may not always be effective, particularly when there are multiple hijackers present that keep reinstalling each other.