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How to remove “omniboxes” (Virus Removal)

omniboxes (omniboxes virus) is an adware detection that employs deceptive marketing tactics to infiltrate a computer system without user consent or knowledge. Once omniboxes adware is contracted, the program and browser attachments that it utilizes will serve targeted advertisements on visited webpages and can perform activities that computer users find undesirable.


What is omniboxes?

omniboxes is promoted as freeware that can be used to display online deals, coupons, and sales for the products you view online and a website that “aims to bring the best online experience.”

  • This program accesses user browsing data (including all activities, bookmarks, and history) and modifies existing browser settings (including the homepage, new tab, browser shortcut, and default, managed, or provided search engine).
  • This program serves targeted advertisements (including banner ads, in-text advertisements that appear as hyperlinked text, and pop-under advertisements).
  • This program causes browser redirects to omniboxes.com, search.yahoo.com, and other sponsored webpages.
  • This program allows additional unwanted programs to automatically install without user knowledge.
  • This program bundles with third-party malware and malicious files without user knowledge.

How did omniboxes get on my computer?

omniboxes adware and similar threats are commonly contracted with downloadable content, such as freeware, shareware, torrents, and other items. In many cases users may be given the opportunity to accept or decline a ‘custom’ offer to install this adware and other programs; However, the offer to decline the adware from installing is often ignored or presented in a deceptive manner.

Potential omniboxes malware can also be contracted from questionable advertisements, most notably found on media sharing websites and websites that promote prohibited content. In many scenarios, questionable advertisements may claim that an update or other item needs to be installed in order to trick users into clicking the ads and installing potentially harmful content.

How to remove omniboxes

Step 1: Uninstall omniboxes from Windows

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2. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to gain access to the Windows 8 Start Menu. Windows 8 may also select Programs and Features).

3. In Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

4. In the list of installed programs, search for omniboxes. Once the program is located, double click the unwanted program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. *Follow any on-screen instructions that may prompt to remove this program. Repeat the steps to remove additional unwanted programs.

5. Restart your computer.

Step 2: Remove omniboxes add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the omniboxes extension and other suspicious extensions and remove them individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the omniboxes add-on and other suspicious add-ons and remove them if located.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the omniboxes add-on, click it, and click the Remove button. Remove other suspicious add-ons if found. If the Remove button does not appear you must first uninstall associated software through the Control Panel.

Step 3: Scan your computer for omniboxes malware

1. Install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Anti-Malware program after the program is installed.


3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to install updates if prompted to do so.

4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with potential omniboxes malware after using Malwarebytes it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

CCleaner Startup

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall omniboxes using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential omniboxes malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

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