What is Omyweb?
According to cyber security specialists, Omyweb is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) which falls under the group of Browser hijackers. The aim of a browser hijacker is to generate advertising revenue. For example, a browser hijacker redirects the user’s homepage to the browser hijacker’s page that contains advertisements or sponsored links; a browser hijacker redirects the user web searches to a link the browser hijacker wants the user to see, rather than to legitimate search provider results. When the user clicks on advertisements in the search results, browser hijackers makers gets paid. The the developers behind browser hijackers can collect sensitive info such as user browsing habits as well as browsing history and sell this information to third parties for marketing purposes.
When your device is infected with the Omyweb browser hijacker you’ll be forced to use keysearchs.com as a search provider. It could seem not to be dangerous, but you still should be very careful, since it may show annoying and malicious advertisements created to force you into buying some questionable software or products, provide search results that may redirect your web browser to some deceptive, misleading or harmful web pages. We suggest that you use only the reliable search provider like Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Another reason why you need to get rid of Omyweb is its online data-tracking activity. It can collect user data, including:
- IP addresses;
- URLs visited;
- search queries/terms;
- clicks on links and advertisements;
- web browser version information.
In order to get rid of browser hijacker from your personal computer, clean the infected web browsers and return the Firefox, MS Edge, IE and Chrome settings to its default state, please use the Omyweb removal guidance below.
How can a browser hijacker get on your personal computer
Usually, PUPs and browser hijackers gets into your PC system as part of a bundle with free applications, sharing files and other unsafe apps that you downloaded from the Internet. The PUPs developers pays software creators for distributing broser hijackers within their applications. So, bundled applications is often included as part of the setup file. In order to avoid the installation of any browser hijackers such as Omyweb: select only Manual, Custom or Advanced install mode and reject all additional programs in which you are unsure.
|Type||home page hijacker, browser hijacker, search engine hijacker, redirect virus, PUP|
|Assocaited web domains||keysearchs.com|
|Affected Browser Settings||newtab URL, search provider, startpage|
|Distribution||fake update tools, misleading pop-up ads, free programs setup files|
|Symptoms||Advertisements appear in places they shouldn’t be. Every time you perform an Internet search, your browser is re-directed to another web-page. Your PC starts automatically installing unexpected apps. New web browser toolbars suddenly added on your internet browser. Unwanted changes in your browser like displaying new tabs you did not open.|
|Removal||Omyweb removal guide|
How to remove Omyweb from Windows 10 (8, 7, XP)
There are a simple manual steps below which will assist you to remove Omyweb from your MS Windows personal computer. The most effective method to delete this hijacker is to complete the manual removal tutorial and then use Zemana Free, MalwareBytes AntiMalware or Hitman Pro automatic tools (all are free). The manual solution will help to weaken this browser hijacker and the free malware removal tools will completely delete Omyweb and return the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer settings to default.
To remove Omyweb, follow the steps below:
- How to manually remove Omyweb
- Automatic Removal of Omyweb
- Block Omyweb and other undesired webpages
- To sum up
How to manually remove Omyweb
The tutorial will help you get rid of Omyweb hijacker. These removal steps work for the IE, MS Edge, Firefox and Chrome, as well as every version of computer operating system.
Uninstall potentially unwanted programs using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
We suggest that you begin the computer cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed applications and uninstall all unknown or suspicious programs. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious programs such as adware software and browser hijackers may be bundled with free programs. Remove the unwanted software can remove the intrusive advertisements or browser redirect.
Make sure you have closed all web browsers and other applications. Next, delete any unrequested and suspicious apps from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, click the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Select “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of software installed on your PC. Most probably, one of them is the Omyweb hijacker. Select the questionable program or the program that name is not familiar to you and uninstall it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in Microsoft Windows, select “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, select “Uninstall a program”.
Choose the suspicious or any unknown applications, then click “Uninstall/Change” button to uninstall this undesired program from your computer.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Select an undesired program, then click “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Remove Omyweb hijacker from browsers
This step will show you how to delete malicious extensions. This can delete Omyweb browser hijacker and fix some surfing problems, especially after browser hijacker infection.
|Google Chrome||Mozilla Firefox|
You can also try to get rid of Omyweb hijacker by reset Google Chrome settings.
If you are still experiencing problems with Omyweb browser hijacker removal, you need to reset Firefox browser.
Another way to get rid of Omyweb hijacker from IE is reset IE settings.
Automatic Removal of Omyweb
Manual removal tutorial may not be for an unskilled computer user. Each Omyweb removal step above, such as removing questionable programs, restoring hijacked shortcut files, removing the hijacker from system settings, must be performed very carefully. If you are unsure about the steps above, then we recommend that you use the automatic Omyweb removal instructions listed below.
Use Zemana Anti Malware to get rid of Omyweb hijacker
Zemana is an amazing utility to remove Omyweb browser hijacker from your browser. It also removes malware and adware from your personal computer. It improves your system’s performance by uninstalling PUPs.
- Zemana Anti Malware can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web browser will show the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the downloading process is done, please close all apps and open windows on your personal computer. Next, start a file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will launch the “Setup wizard” of Zemana Anti Malware onto your PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana will launch and show the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan” button to start scanning your computer for the Omyweb hijacker. While the Zemana Free tool is scanning, you may see how many objects it has identified as being affected by malicious software.
- Once the scanning is complete, it will open the Scan Results.
- Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click the “Next” button. The utility will delete Omyweb hijacker and move the selected items to the program’s quarantine. After the cleaning process is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
- Close the Zemana AntiMalware and continue with the next step.
Run Hitman Pro to remove Omyweb from the PC system
If Zemana AntiMalware cannot get rid of this browser hijacker, then we advises to use the Hitman Pro. The Hitman Pro is a free powerful, professional removal utility for malware, adware, PUPs, toolbars as well as Omyweb hijacker. It completely removes all traces and remnants of the infection.
Installing the HitmanPro is simple. First you will need to download HitmanPro by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
Once the download is finished, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the HitmanPro icon. It will start the Hitman Pro tool. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to open the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Next” . HitmanPro program will scan through the whole personal computer for the Omyweb browser hijacker. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete.
Once that process is complete, HitmanPro will open a screen which contains a list of malware that has been detected similar to the one below.
Review the report and then click “Next” button. It will open a prompt, press the “Activate free license” button. The Hitman Pro will begin to remove Omyweb hijacker. Once finished, the utility may ask you to reboot your PC.
How to remove Omyweb with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM)
Remove Omyweb browser hijacker manually is difficult and often the hijacker is not fully removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) which are completely clean your computer. Moreover, this free program will help you to remove malware, PUPs, toolbars and adware that your computer can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When the download is finished, close all programs and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called MBSetup as shown on the screen below.
When the setup begins, you’ll see the Setup wizard that will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer.
Once installation is complete, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan” button . MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) tool will start scanning the whole PC system to find out Omyweb browser hijacker. This process can take some time, so please be patient. During the scan MalwareBytes Anti Malware will locate threats exist on your device.
Once finished, MalwareBytes Free will open a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found. Next, you need to click “Quarantine” button.
The Malwarebytes will now begin to get rid of Omyweb browser hijacker. When the task is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your PC system.
The following video explains few simple steps on how to get rid of hijacker, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM).
Block Omyweb and other undesired webpages
Run an ad blocker utility such as AdGuard will protect you from harmful advertisements and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and block phishing and spam web-pages. Additionally, ad-blocker applications will allow you to avoid unwanted popups and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of AdGuard for Windows. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading is done, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen like below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide as displayed on the image below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your PC system, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop undesired ads, block Omyweb, as well as other malicious or misleading webpages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
To sum up
Now your PC should be free of the Omyweb hijacker. We suggest that you keep Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your device for new browser hijackers and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you block annoying advertisements and malicious web pages). Moreover, to prevent any browser hijacker, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to scan for PUPs.
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