There are many types of malware and one of them is adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software). The adware, which causes the appearance of onlinelink.site pop ups or the redirect to this unwanted web-page, have a negative impact on the functioning of your machine. It alters computer settings, generates lots of various pop ups, slows down the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and the speed of your internet connection. Moreover, it may lead to the fact that web-sites are slow to load and the browser interface can even freeze. The main function of the ad supported software is showing pop-ups, so it may redirect your internet browser to an unwanted web page like onlinelink.site, instead of the one that you want to visit. Even if you try to type an address into the internet browser’s address bar, then the web-browser is anyway will display an unwanted ad page.
The malicious programs from the ad supported software family that alters the settings of browsers usually affects only the Google Chrome, FF, Edge and Internet Explorer. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a internet browser’s shortcut, so every time you start the browser, instead of your start page, you will see the annoying onlinelink.site pop ups.
The adware is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, changes internet browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the ad supported software can install additional browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject advertising links within the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Microsoft Edge’s screen. Moreover, the ad-supported software may install a browser hijacker that once started, will alter the web browser’s startpage and search engine. And finally, the ad supported software can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web pages you are opening, what you are looking for the Net and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
We recommend to get rid of the ad-supported software, which redirects your internet browser on the onlinelink.site unwanted site, as soon as you found this problem, as it can direct you to web-resources which may load other dangerous software on your computer.
How does onlinelink.site pop ups get installed onto computer
How to manually remove onlinelink.site pop-ups
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually get rid of onlinelink.site pop-ups from the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Edge.
- Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove onlinelink.site redirect
- Remove onlinelink.site pop-ups from FF
- Remove onlinelink.site pop-up from Google Chrome
- Get rid of onlinelink.site pop-up from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you start the computer cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed software and uninstall all unknown or suspicious programs. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious applications such as adware and browser hijackers may be bundled with free applications. Delete the unwanted software may delete the annoying pop ups or web-browser redirect to unknown or unwanted pages.
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Next, click “Uninstall a program” It will open a list of all software. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort programs by date of installation in the Control panel.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove onlinelink.site redirect
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut which you use to launch your web browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the browser which is redirected to the onlinelink.site or other unwanted web page.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The ‘ad-supported’ software can replace the contents of this field, which describes the file to be start when you launch your web-browser. Depending on the web browser you are using, there should be: Google Chrome: chrome.exe, Opera: opera.exe, Firefox: firefox.exe, Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe. If you are seeing an unknown text similar “http://site.address” which has been added here, then you should delete it, as shown in the following image.
Next, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you start the web-browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the onlinelink.site web-page or any other unwanted web sites that is advertised by the ad-supported software. Once the step is finished, we recommend to go to the next step.
Remove onlinelink.site pop-ups from FF
If the FF settings have been modified by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help you to remove the reroute onto onlinelink.site page.
First, start the Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Next, click the Help button () as shown below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser address bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the screen below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation dialog box, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the adware. When it’s finished, click the “Finish” button
Remove onlinelink.site pop-up from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to get rid of the malicious and ad-supported extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s homepage and search engine by default that have been replaced by adware.
- Open the Chrome, then press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu. Click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click the “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- Further, press the “Reset settings” button, which located at the bottom of the Advanced settings page.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, look the blog post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of onlinelink.site pop-up from Microsoft Internet Explorer
To remove the onlinelink.site pop ups you need to reset the IE to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your PC system.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown in the following image.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and press the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as on the image below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
When the task is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying onlinelink.site web-site opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ programs.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This displays a dialog box that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be show just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your machine. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of it. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ application, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete like below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicios program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
Remove onlinelink.site pop-up with Malwarebytes
Remove onlinelink.site pop-up manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your personal computer. The Malwarebytes is a reputable malware removal application. It can automatically detect and remove the ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) of the your system. Moreover, this free program will help you to remove web browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your PC may be infected too. You can follow the instructions below to delete the onlinelink.site annoying pop-up completely.
Download Malwarebytes Free from the link below.
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Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup like below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your machine.
When setup is finished, you will see window like below.
Now click on the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the adware that causes the redirect to onlinelink.site web site. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
Once the scanning is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing the adware related files, folders, registry keys. When the disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart the personal computer.
The following video explains the step-by-step guide above on how to delete ad-supported software with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
How to stop onlinelink.site pop ups
To increase your security and protect your PC system against new unwanted popups and malicious web-pages, you need to use an application that blocks access to malicious pop ups and web pages. Moreover, the program can block the open of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard program using the following link.
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- After the download is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the install is done, click “Skip” to close it and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see a quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you run your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop ups, onlinelink.site redirects, as well as other dangerous or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your Windows desktop.
Get rid of onlinelink.site popups and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot remove the annoying onlinelink.site pop ups from the Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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Once the downloading process is finished, open the file location. Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is started, you will see a screen like below.
Now, press the “Scan” button for checking your PC for the malicious extensions and adware which opens pop-ups from onlinelink.site web page. Once the scan is finished, it will show a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt. Click “OK”. When the clean up is complete, AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your system.
Look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the AdwCleaner to remove adware, browser hijackers and other malicious programs.
Now your PC should be clean of the onlinelink.site popups. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popups and annoying dangerous web sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malware and ‘ad-supported’ software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new malicious programs and ‘ad-supported’ software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove onlinelink.site pop-ups from your personal computer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.