Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is search.ominent.com?
The Search.ominent.com Redirect is caused by a potentially unwanted application called "Ominent toolbar" created by weDownload Ltd.
This adware installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) with free software downloaded from the Internet. After successful infiltration, this browser hijacker modifies browser settings by assigning the homepage and default search engine fields to search.ominent.com
Commonly, computer users install this toolbar inadvertently without their consent when tricked into doing so by deceptive freeware 'download clients' - these small programs often hide the 'decline' button used to opt-out of installation of this potentially unwanted application.
Internet users should be aware that, today, most free software download websites use download clients offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins with the chosen free software. Reckless freeware installation can result in installation of adware, which subsequently causes unwanted ads or browser redirects.
Whilst the Ominent toolbar is not a virus or malware, it is categorized as adware. Users should be aware that the Internet search engine presented by search.ominent.com is crowded with the dubious sponsored search results, and thus, you are advised not to use this website for daily Internet searches.
Search.ominent.com Is just one of many browser hijackers distributed using a deceptive free software marketing method called 'bundling'. A previous variant was called Tuvaro. To avoid installation of browser settings-changing adware such as this, computer users should express caution when downloading free software.
Check each download step and decline installation of any advertised browser extensions. When installing the downloaded program, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this step will reveal any intended installation of bundled (unwanted) browser plug-ins.
The Ominent toolbar claims to make Internet browsing and searching faster and easier, however, it adds no significant value. If your Internet browsers redirect you to search.ominent.com, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this browser hijacker.
Screenshot of a deceptive free software download client promoting the search.ominent.com browser hijacker:
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- What is search.ominent.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Ominent toolbar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.ominent.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove search.ominent.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.ominent.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Search.ominent.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Search.ominent.com redirect 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 Ominent toolbar, select this entry, and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the Search.ominent.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.
Search.ominent.com homepage and default search engine removal from Internet 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 "Ominent Toolbar" and "ominent Helper Object," select these entries and click "Remove".
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove Search.ominent.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 default search engine:
Click on 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 "Search The Web (ominent)."
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ominent 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Look for "Ominent Chrome Toolbar," select this entry and click the trash can icon.
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages," hover your mouse over Search.ominent.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 "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...," remove "Ominent" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ominent 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons." Click on "Extensions" and remove "Ominent".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options," in the opened window remove Search.ominent.com and enter your preferred domain that will open every time you start Mozilla Firefox.
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: "ominent"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with ominent 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 ominent 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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