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Remove OneLaunch (Simple Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

OneLaunch – a potentially unwanted program that can annoy users with its constant activities and alterations on the PC

OneLaunchOneLaunch is the PUP that acts as a typical browser-based threat because it controls what sites you visit.

OneLaunch is a potentially unwanted program (or PUP for short) that docks a toolbar at the top of your desktop after installing an open-source web browser from Google Inc. called Chromium. Due to the fact that most software like this is installed on computers without the direct approval of their owners, this software is categorized as PUP.

Moreover, PUPs are run by the ad developers. Some advertisements can be harmless, but some might be deceitful and redirect OneLaunch users to malicious sites where more PUPs are downloaded or even worse – malware payload files. These days you don't even have to click anything, as there are drive-by downloads that automatically download infectious files from malicious websites.

That being said, it's not the safest thing to keep any PUP installed on your device, whether it is browser hijackers or adware, all of these programs could lead to more serious infections, that would take a lot of time and money to fix. So use our free guide below on how to remove the OneLaunch virus.

name OneLaunch
type Adware, browser hijacker, PUP
Distribution Users can download the PUP from its official website. Also spread with freeware bundles
Symptoms OneLaunch app icon and a new toolbar docked at the top of the desktop
Risks Due to the shown ads, users might get redirected to third-party sites with malicious content. PUPs are able to collect browsing and personal info that may be sold to the highest bidder, e.g., cybercriminals with ill intentions
Removal At the bottom of this article, you'll find extensive instructions on how to get rid of this software from any computer platform
System health Users should perform a full system scan with the ReimageIntego app to restore any changes that the culprit of this article could have made to system files and their settings

OneLaunch isn't considered malware, but that doesn't mean that it is safe to use it. PUPs like this are known to have the ability to collect different types of data – IP addresses, geolocation, typed in search inquiries, visited pages, and so on. This gathered information can be sold to the highest bidder, which might be cybercriminals.

Hackers or any third-party could use this information for various, malicious purposes, which could lead to loss of personal or financial information or even identity theft.[1] There are many uses for such personal or just advertising-helpful information about users.

PUP developers rely on sponsors and cannot control all the redirects and sources that users get exposed to. So we strongly advise users to remove OneLaunch from their computers. Afterward, run a full system scan with trustworthy anti-malware software like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes to make sure no additional PUPs or malware were installed.

After OneLaunch removal, it is recommended to take care of your overall system health due to the fact that most PUPs usually damage or modify system settings and files. To undo all these changes, experts[2] recommend using a system tweaking tool like the ReimageIntego.

OneLaunch PUPOneLaunch - the potentially unwanted program that redirects to various shady services all the time.

Stealthy PUP distribution techniques and how to avoid them

Potentially unwanted programs like browser hijackers such as Funsearch, MyNewsFree, or adware like Elara, are spread using a stealthy approach – deceitful ads and software bundles.[3] So people commonly don't even know how they even got the software on their devices.

Software bundles are usually downloaded via non-official distributors of the desired software and contain more than one program. All boxes opting in for the installation of additional applications (potential PUPs) are preselected so if a user chooses Quick/Standart installation all apps in the bundle are installed.

To avoid this trick used by the PUP distributors, users just have to be patient. Pick the Custom or Advanced installation mode and deselect all the pre-ticked boxes from applications you didn't even know will be installed on your device and you have no interest in acquiring.

OneLaunch virusOneLaunch - a program that can act as a useful service or even needed feature, but it is considered harmful.

The help that you need when trying to remove OneLaunch properly

As we've stated before, it might be unsafe to keep using OneLaunch for at least a couple of reasons. So we recommend uninstalling it and then performing a full system scan with a dependable anti-malware engine, just to be sure that no additional PUPs or malware found its way onto your device.

After OneLaunch removal, we highly recommend using a system repair tool to scan the whole system. PUPs can make alterations to various core system settings, such as the system registry, that if left unattended might lead to performance loss, crashes, overheating, etc.

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 OneLaunch, follow these steps:

Remove OneLaunch from Windows systems

The PUP can act as a hijacker or the ad-supported program, so you need to fully get rid of the OneLaunch redirect

To remove OneLaunch 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 OneLaunch (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.

Erase OneLaunch from Mac OS X system

Remove OneLaunch from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for OneLaunch-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 OneLaunch, 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 OneLaunch and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the OneLaunch-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of OneLaunch 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 OneLaunch 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 OneLaunch removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete OneLaunch from Microsoft Edge

Clear the browser yourself to avoid redirects and ad-supported content in the future

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 OneLaunch-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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 OneLaunch 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 OneLaunch and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla 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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case OneLaunch 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 OneLaunch removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate OneLaunch from Google Chrome

Find similar intruders and delete them or reset the web browser fully to default

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 OneLaunch 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like OneLaunch in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the OneLaunch-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 OneLaunch removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove OneLaunch 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 OneLaunch 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 OneLaunch 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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