What is Search.onesearch.org?
Search.onesearch.org is a devious browser hijacker that pretends to offer great services just to attract you. Once installed, this hijacker redirects to a third-party search engine and utilizes data-tracking tools to spy on you and record information that could be used to select more attractive advertisements. Although we classify this threat as a hijacker, it would not be wrong, to some extent, to call it an advertising-supported program. After all, it was developed as an advertising tool. Nevertheless, it is also capable of modifying the settings on your Chrome/Internet Explorer/Firefox browser, which is why it is recognized as a browser hijacker. Regardless of which browser this threat corrupts, you need to delete it as soon as possible. The good news that removing Search.onesearch.org is fairly simple, and you should not have any problems even if you have little to no experience.
How does Search.onesearch.org work?
As you might have noticed already, Search.onesearch.org has a tag suggesting that it is introduced by OneSearch.org. Well, this page is identical to the hijacker itself. It is most likely that this hijacker was introduced to you by a suspicious extension offering you seemingly beneficial services. Other hijackers from the same family (e.g., Search.easymoviesaccess.com, Search.mymoviesxp.com, or Search.email-dhp.com) are all linked to specific extensions. The distribution of these extensions has been proven to be very diverse. If you do not download them via their official download pages or the Chrome web store (in some cases), it is most probable that you will download them with the assistance of software installers. The parties controlling these installers are generally unknown, and they tend to spread multiple unreliable programs at the same time using misleading pop-up offers. Due to this, if you have discovered the Search.onesearch.org hijacker, we suggest that you scan your PC to check if other infections exist.
The interface of the hijacker does not look suspicious. In fact, it looks like any other search provider with a search box in the middle. The unique part about this hijacker is the bar at the top that provides links to different emailing accounts, including Gmail, AOL, and Yahoo. Additionally, this bar provides a link to your local weather forecast – which suggests that this hijacker knows your geographical location – as well as an alternative search box. When it comes to web surfing, Search.onesearch.org is completely unreliable because it uses the Yahoo search engine to showcase modified search results without you suspecting it. It was found that all your search queries are rerouted via the extsearch.maxwebsearch.com server to search.yahoo.com. This is how the hijacker promotes third-party links, and it is important for the parties involved that you interact with these links; otherwise, the creator behind the product will not gain attention, and the creator of the hijacker will not earn a commission.
The developer of the hijacker uses data-tracking tools, including HTTP cookies, to learn more about you. The data collected by these cookies could help select the most attractive and appealing offers. The thing is that these offers might be empty, and the attractive deals might be a mere instrument of attraction. Although we do not claim that all offers introduced to you by Search.onesearch.org will be misleading and unreliable, you have to be extremely careful because ads hiding scams and misleading offers could pop up as well. You also need to keep in mind that misleading offers might look completely harmless. Overall, it is best to stay away from these suspicious ads, and deleting the hijacker is what we advise.
How to eliminate Search.onesearch.org
Search.onesearch.org does not offer a single beneficial service. Sure, it might look like a genuine search provider, and it seemingly provides you with beneficial offers. Unfortunately, this hijacker can redirect you to a search results page that contains modified results and sponsored links. Furthermore, seemingly useful offers are likely to turn out to be worthless or even misleading. In general, there is no reason to trust or use this browser, and so we recommend removing it as soon as possible. We suggest deleting Search.onesearch.org using the guide below. We have tested these instructions, and we can assure you that they will help you eliminate the hijacker. Now, when it comes to third-party malware possibly bundled with this hijacker, we advise erasing it using automated malware removal software.
N.B. If you want to erase the hijacker from Internet Explorer, you need to uninstall the unwanted app from your Windows operating system.
Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista
- Simultaneously tap Win+R keys on your keyboard to launch RUN.
- Enter Control Panel into the Open box and click OK.
- In the Uninstall a program menu Uninstall the unwanted app.
- Move the cursor to the left of the Taskbar and click the Start button.
- Open the Control Panel menu and double-click Add or Remove Programs.
- In the Change or Remove Programs menu Remove the unwanted app.
- Open the browser and tap Alt+F to access the menu on your right.
- Select More tools and then click Extensions to find active add-ons.
- Click the recycle bin button and choose Remove.
- Open the browser and tap Ctrl+Shift+A to access the Add-ons Manager.
- In the menu on the left click Extensions.
- Find the unwanted add-on and click the Remove button on its right.
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