Only-search.com redirect removal instructions
What is only-search.com?
The Only-search.com website is promoted using a browsers hijacker, which installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) using free software downloads. After successful infiltration, this browser hijacker assigns the browser homepage and default search engine settings to only-search.com This website is crowded with deceptive ads and employs a dubious Internet search engine that presents questionable search results. Note that clicking ads or sponsored search results displayed by this website may lead to installation of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) or even malware.
This website is promoted using a browser toolbar called 'Only toolbar' and installs together with free software using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Today, the majority of download websites employ 'download clients' to manage the process of freeware download. These programs promote free browser plug-ins and toolbars, and moreover, some are deceptive and conceal the 'decline' button otherwise used to cancel installation of advertised browser add-ons. Only-search.com is a deceptive website and you are advised against its use for daily Internet searches.
Only toolbar is similar to many other potentially unwanted applications that are used to hijack Internet browser settings and force computer users to visit certain websites. Examples include SearchGol toolbar and Delta toolbar. These toolbars install without users' consent together with free software downloaded from the Internet. To avoid installation of browser hijackers, pay close attention to each freeware download and installation step. If your download is managed by a download client, decline any offers to install free browser add-ons. When installing free software, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any hidden installation options. If your Internet browsers redirect you to only-search.com, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate the Only search browser hijacker from your computer.
Search protect application blocking user attempts to change the homepage and default search engine settings:
Deceptive free software installer distributing this browser hijacker to Mac users:
Deceptive free software installers used in only-search.com browser hijacker distribution (Windows users):
Instant automatic removal of Only-Search.com browser hijacker:
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- What is only-search.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall "BitGuard", "Only Chrome Toolbar" and "Only toolbar" applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove only-search.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove only-search.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove only-search.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Only-search.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Only-search.com redirect 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 "Only-Search", "BitGuard", "Only Chrome Toolbar" and "Only toolbar", select each and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling PUPs that cause browser redirects to the Only-search.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Only-search.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "onlytoolbar Toolbar" and "onlytoolbar Helper Object", select these entries and click "Remove".
To change your homepage from Only-search.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.only-search.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change 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 "Only Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the only-search.com browser hijacker, 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 "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate the "Only Toolbar", select it and click the trash can icon.
Change the Google Chrome homepage from Only-search.com to your preferred domain - Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://www.only-search.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change 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" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Only Search" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the only-search.com browser hijacker, 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" and remove "onlytoolbar.com".
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), and then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://www.only-search.com and enter your preferred domain.
Change 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: "only-search"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with only-search.com browser hijacker 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Change your homepage:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.
Change your default search engine:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" 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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