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Remove Omyweb (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Omyweb – a browser hijacker that redirects all searches to a fake keysearchs.com search engine

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Omyweb is a browser hijacker because as soon as it ends up on a computer it changes its default search engine to keysearchs.com. That search engine is fake, meaning it doesn't produce any search results itself., it redirects people to other legit search engines. Due to the stealthy manner of installation, this software is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

When Omyweb virus is installed, and users type something in the URL bar they get redirected first to the keysearchs.com and then, depending on their geolocation, either to google.com or through a sequence of two websites – my-search.com, search-checker.com, until getting to a proper search engine in bing.com

name Omyweb
type Browser hijacker
Distribution Google Chrome app store, freeware bundles
symptoms Depending on users geolocation, all search is redirected from keysearchs.com to either google.com or bing.com (through two other sites)
Risks Browser hijackers are known to collect browsing and private data which might be sold to third-parties
removal Users who decide to remove Omyweb should do it with the help of professional anti-malware tools
system fix Browser hijacking add-ons/software might damage system files and registry. After Omyweb removal it's highly recommended to use a system tune-up tool like the ReimageIntego app to repair any system irregularities

Typically, browser hijackers[1] change all browser settings, such as the new tab preference, the home page, default search engine, and so on. Furthermore, Omyweb PUP creators collect browsing and personal data of the users, that includes IP addresses, geolocations, visited sites, search inquiries, etc. Then this collected data can be sold to third-parties, which may not necessarily be the good guys.

On top of that, browser hijackers like Omyweb could push additional installation of PUPs. And what's it promotes websites that pay the most, so it could be sites of cybercriminals with malicious content on them. As soon as someone is redirected to these kinds of sites a payload file of severe malware could be downloaded instantly and infection would be started.

That's why keeping browser hijackers is a risky business. We recommend uninstalling it as soon as you notice changes in your browser preferences. You can do it manually using our guide shown at the bottom of this article. If you can't be bothered with manual Omyweb removal, then use a powerful anti-malware app like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to do the dirty work for you.

When you remove Omyweb or any other browser-based threats like adware or hijackers, you should run a full system scan with a powerful system repair program to find and fix any modifications done to computer system files and their settings. Apps like the ReimageIntego will fix these issues caused by any malware with a push of a button.

Omyweb PUPOmyweb - is the redirect virus that can access information about your browsing habits.

Stealthy installation techniques of browser hijackers

Although some browser hijackers are offered in-browser app stores, most of them are installed using a more stealthy approach – software bundling.[2] With this method, more than one application is offered, and with the installation of the desired program, at least one or two PUPs are preselected for installation.

To evade potentially unwanted programs from installing on devices, everyday computer users should always opt for the Advanced or Custom installation instead of the Quick one. When the latter is chosen, all software within the bundle will be installed automatically.

Omyweb redirectOmyweb is the browser hijacker that alters preferences without permission.

When choosing the Advanced/Custom mode, the users can look through what would be installed on their devices. Users should unmark all of the pre-ticked boxes if the apps that are offered isn't what they wanted and get just the one they need.

Uninstalling Omyweb browser hijacker from your device

Unwanted PUPs aren't considered as severe malware but it surely can deliver one. Furthermore, browsing and personal data collection that is being done by the browser hijackers like Omyweb virus could lead to identity theft, loss of finances, or becoming a victim of some sort of cybercrime.

We advise to remove Omyweb from all devices as soon as any changes are noticed in the browser preferences, like the changed default search engine, the altered home page, etc. Either use our guide below or trust anti-malware software to do the work for you.

Experts[3] advise using a powerful system repair tool after Omyweb browser hijacker removal to undo all changes made to the system registry and other core settings that the browser intruder could have done.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Omyweb, follow these steps:

Remove Omyweb from Windows systems

You should go through the system and remove Omyweb from the machine

To remove Omyweb from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Omyweb (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete Omyweb from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Omyweb from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Omyweb-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Omyweb, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Omyweb and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Omyweb-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Omyweb from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Omyweb and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Omyweb removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Omyweb from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Omyweb-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall Omyweb from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Omyweb and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Omyweb did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Omyweb removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Omyweb from Google Chrome

You might want to reset the browser to default, so the browser is running normally again

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Omyweb by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Omyweb-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Omyweb removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Omyweb from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Omyweb and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Omyweb registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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