Are you seeing Free Forms New Tab in the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Edge every time you start the browser? This means that your system has become a victim of unwanted software from the browser hijacker family which imposes changes to internet browsers settings. Currently, the “Free Forms” hijacker infection are widely spread, due to the fact that most people are trying to find free software, download and install them on the PC without proper attention to the fact that a browser hijacker can penetrate into the personal computer along with them.
The Free Forms browser hijacker infection can also modify the default search provider that will virtually block the possibility of finding information on the Net. The reason for this is that the Free Forms search results can open lots of ads, links to unwanted and ad web-sites. Only the remaining part is the result of your search request, loaded from the major search providers like Google, Yahoo or Bing.
While redirecting, your browser’s status bar may show the following messages: ‘Waiting for Free Forms’, ‘Transferring data from Free Forms’, ‘Looking up Free Forms’, ‘Read Free Forms’, ‘Connected to Free Forms’.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, certain browser hijacker infections like Free Forms to also modify all web browsers shortcuts that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every infected shortcut will try to reroute your internet browser to undesired web sites, certain of which might be harmful. It can make the whole machine more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
So, it’s very important to free your system of hijacker as quickly as possible. The step-by-step guidance, which is shown below, will allow you to delete Free Forms from the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE and other browsers.
How to remove Free Forms New Tab Search
In the instructions below, we will try to cover the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer and provide general advice to get rid of Free Forms startpage. You may find some minor differences in your Microsoft Windows install. No matter, you should be okay if you follow the steps outlined below: delete all suspicious and unknown programs, reset web browsers settings, fix web-browsers shortcuts, use free malware removal tools. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your web browser or reboot your PC system.
How to remove Free Forms without any software
The useful removal instructions for the Free Forms search. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Free Forms search let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Uninstall PUPs through the Windows Control Panel
Check out the MS Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed software. We advise to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of programs by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and suspicious programs, they are the ones you need to uninstall.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, click the Windows button , then press Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click “Start” and select “Control Panel”.
It will open the Windows Control Panel as displayed on the screen below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all applications installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, and delete any suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Get rid of Free Forms from Mozilla Firefox
Resetting your Mozilla Firefox is good initial troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser application, including the redirect to Free Forms web page.
First, open the Firefox and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, click the Help button () as on the image 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 adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker infection that cause a redirect to Free Forms web page. After, it is finished, press the “Finish” button.
Remove Free Forms from Google Chrome
In order to be sure that there is nothing left behind, we suggest you to reset Chrome web-browser. It will return Chrome settings including start page, newtab page and default search provider to defaults.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter.
The internet browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as displayed below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation dialog box. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The internet browser will start the process of cleaning. When it is finished, the web browser’s settings including start page, new tab page and search provider by default back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your PC system.
Delete Free Forms home page from Internet Explorer
In order to restore all internet browser home page, new tab and default search provider you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The IE will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your PC system for the changes to take effect. It will remove hijacker infection that redirects your browser to intrusive Free Forms page, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like start page, new tab page and search engine by default to default state.
How to automatically remove Free Forms hijacker infection
Use malicious software removal tools to get rid of Free Forms automatically. The free applications tools specially created for hijacker, ‘ad supported’ software and other potentially unwanted applications removal. These utilities can get rid of most of hijacker from Chrome, IE, FF and Microsoft Edge. Moreover, it can remove all components of Free Forms from Windows registry and system drives.
How to get rid of Free Forms with Zemana Free
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) that are completely clean your PC of the browser hijacker. The tool is an advanced malicious software removal application developed by (c) Zemana lab. It is able to help you delete PUPs, hijackers, ad-supported software, malware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
Download Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) by clicking on the link below.
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When the downloading process is finished, close all programs and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the setup file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you set up Zemana Anti-Malware on your personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker that created to reroute your browser to the Free Forms site.
As the scanning ends, Zemana Free will display a scan report. Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Next” button. The Zemana AntiMalware will remove hijacker infection that causes web-browsers to display annoying Free Forms site. When that process is finished, you may be prompted to restart the PC system.
Remove Free Forms search with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your machine of the browser hijacker. The free utility is an advanced malware removal program created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It is able to help you get rid of hijackers, potentially unwanted software, malicious software, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
- Download MalwareBytes Free by clicking on the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
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Update: April 15, 2020
- When the download is finished, close all software and windows on your machine. Open a folder in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is finished, click the “Scan Now” button .MalwareBytes AntiMalware application will scan through the whole PC for the hijacker that causes web-browsers to display unwanted Free Forms web site. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient.
- As the scanning ends, MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will open a scan report. You may move threats to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Quarantine Selected”. When disinfection is done, you can be prompted to restart your PC system.
The following video offers a steps on how to remove hijacker infections, ad-supported software and other malware with MalwareBytes Free.
Use AdwCleaner to remove Free Forms homepage
AdwCleaner is a free removal utility that can check your PC system for a wide range of security threats such as adware, malware, PUPs as well as browser hijacker which cause a reroute to Free Forms web-site. It will perform a deep scan of your machine including hard drives and Microsoft Windows registry. Once a malicious software is detected, it will allow you to remove all detected threats from your personal computer with a simple click.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Category: Security tools
Update: March 22, 2021
When downloading is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the utility is launched, you will see a screen as shown in the following example.
Further, press “Scan” button to begin scanning your system for the hijacker infection that reroutes your web-browser to unwanted Free Forms page. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When AdwCleaner has completed scanning, you’ll be opened the list of all detected threats on your personal computer as displayed on the screen below.
Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt as displayed in the figure below.
You need to click “OK”. After that process is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your machine. When your computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to block Free Forms
We recommend to install an ad-blocking program that can block Free Forms and other unwanted web pages. The ad-blocking utility such as AdGuard is a program which basically removes advertising from the World Wide Web and stops access to malicious web sites. Moreover, security experts says that using adblocker applications is necessary to stay safe when surfing the Net.
Download AdGuard program on your Windows Desktop from the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After the downloading process is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is finished, you will see a window as shown in the following example.
You can press “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and stop advertisements, web-sites such Free Forms, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. 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 can be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent your PC from the attack of Free Forms hijacker
The hijacker is usually is bundled with free applications and install themselves, with or without your knowledge, on your personal computer. This happens especially when you are installing a free software. The program installer tricks you into accepting the install of third party programs, which you don’t really want. Moreover, some paid applications can also install third-party software which you do not want! Therefore, always download free software and paid programs from reputable download pages. Use ONLY custom or manual setup mode and never blindly click Next button.
Once you have complete the guide above, your computer should be clean from this hijacker infection and other malicious software. The Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Edge will no longer display intrusive Free Forms start page on startup. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the undesired Free Forms .