Only Search remove
raglo last edited by
I've by an accident gotten "Only Search" into my Opera browser as a start page and search engine, and I've tried to reomve it from the browser settings, uninstall every suspicious file, scanned with different malware programs and nothing works. Please give me some good advice, I want this crap away from my browser.
joegd21 last edited by
Press Alt+P for settings, in the first section (on startup) click ''set pages'', check if there is a suspicious URL, if so, remove it from the list (by pressing the X at the right of the URL) and set the page that you want to start with. If there isn't any suspicious URL then it could be caused by a malware that your antivirus software couldn't find...
raglo last edited by
There are no suspicious URL in the settings, so could possible be a malware.
linuxmint7 last edited by
Do a scan with Malwarebytes ?.
blackbird71 last edited by
Only-Search is considered a Potentially Unwanted Program (PuP) that usually gets installed by having been being bundled with some freeware program that a user chooses to install. It can hijack and redirect a browser homepage, search engine, and/or certain browser settings (to allow cross-site scripting for its own advantages), as well as can alter various existing program shortcuts on a system, pointing them toward its own web page. The goal of all this is to gain click-revenue from ads and sponsored links thereon for its makers.
Depending on how it was installed and the malware barriers then present in your browser and system, it may have only altered a few things in the browser all the way up to burying itself very deeply into the operating system of the computer. Typically Only-Search's browser extension/plug-in has been known to afflict IE, Firefox, or Chrome-based browsers.
Adequate removal methods for the program depend on the depth of infection. Usually, it's best to start with using removal tools like both AdwWare Cleaner and Malwarebytes (and in stubborn cases, even a third tool like Hitman Pro) to get rid of anything related to Only-Search from the registry and program files. Then a user needs to check each of his desktop, taskbar, and start-page program shortcuts to make sure that the "hxxp://www.Only-Search.com" term (here obfuscated from "http" to keep the link unclickable) has not been appended to each/any shortcut's executable and start paths... if it has, delete just that term and save the shortcut. Also, after all this, it's still wise to make sure Only-Search isn't present in the browser's home-page/speed-dial settings nor in its list of plug-ins/extensions. Finally, verify that any browser cross-site scripting 'prevention' settings haven't been altered.
If all else fails or you're shy about trying this on your own, you should proceed to a reputable security clean-up site like DSLR Security Cleanup, Wilders, etc to have a security guru guide you through the process.