What is OnlineMusic Search? And how does it function?
OnlineMusic Search is a browser extension for Google Chrome browser that claims to allow users to search the web for unlimited music, songs, albums and music videos easily. This is why a lot of users – especially the ones who are fond of music – are lured into adding this extension to their Google Chrome browser. However, what these users don’t know is that OnlineMusic Search is actually an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It is currently ranked as a poor browser extension by security experts due to some of its unwanted behavior.
Once it is added on the browser, OnlineMusic Search quickly changes the home page and search engine without any permission from the users. Because of that, users will be redirected to various unsolicited suspicious websites that could potentially harm the computer. And whenever you use its search engine, you will be redirected to music.eanswers.com. Aside from that, this adware also causes annoying pop-ups, banners and links. Obviously, its main goal is not to provide music to its users but to gain profit from pay-per-click marketing.
It’s such a bummer especially if you’re expecting this extension to be useful only to find out that your privacy is at risk when you use this extension because as it turns out OnlineMusic Search also has the ability to monitor your online activities just so it can gather your personal information and produce more targeted ads. So if you want to keep browsing the internet safely it would be wise to remove OnlineMusic Search from your computer as soon as possible.
How is OnlineMusic Search distributed online?
OnlineMusic Search is distributed on the Chrome Web Store and on its official website. However, security experts found that it is also advertised on pop-up advertisements which are mostly displayed on free sharing sites. It was also determined that OnlineMusic Search is also added as an optional download in software bundles. So if you don’t remember installing this extension, then it may have sneak into your computer when you installed a software bundle.
To remove OnlineMusic Search, follow the long and thorough instructions below carefully.
Step 1: Open your Google Chrome browser and click the wrench icon. And from the drop-down menu click on Tools and then select Extensions.
Step 2: Under the Extensions tab, select OnlineMusic Search extension and other suspicious browser extensions related to it and then click on the Trash icon.
Step 3: Click on Remove button from the confirmation dialog box.
Step 4: Reset Google Chrome. To do that, click the three stripes icon located at the upper-right corner of your screen. And then select Settings.
Step 5: under Settings, look for Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page and click on it.
Step 6: Then click on the Reset browser settings button.
Step 7: After that, a dialog box pops up, click the Reset button to Reset Chrome.
Step 8: After you reset Chrome, enable the Phishing and Malware Protection in Chrome to prevent browser hijackers like OnlineMusic Search extension from infecting your computer again in the future. To do that, click Settings once again.
Step 9: Select the Show advanced settings again.
Step 10: Go to the Privacy section and check the Enable phishing and malware protection option.
Step 11: Restart Chrome and tap the Win + R keys to open Run and then type in appwiz.cpl to open Control Panel to uninstall any suspicious program related to the browser hijacker.
Step 12: Look for OnlineMusic Search under the list of installed programs. Once you’ve found it, uninstall it.
Step 13: Close the Control Panel and tap the Win + E keys to open File Explorer. Navigate to the following directories and look for the adware installer like the software bundle it came with as well as other suspicious files and delete them.
Step 14: Close the File Explorer and empty your Recycle Bin.
Follow the advanced steps below to completely remove OnlineMusic Search and its residues from your computer.
Perform a full system scan using SpyRemover Pro. To do so, follow these steps:
- Turn on your computer. If it’s already on, you have to reboot
- After that, the BIOSscreen will be displayed, but if Windows pops up instead, reboot your computer and try again. Once you’re on the BIOS screen, repeat pressing F8, by doing so the Advanced Option shows up.
- To navigate the Advanced Optionuse the arrow keys and select Safe Mode with Networking then hit
- Windows will now load the SafeMode with Networking.
- Press and hold both R key and Windows key.
- If done correctly, the Windows Run Boxwill show up.
- Type in explorer http://www.fixmypcfree.com/install/spyremoverpro
A single space must be in between explorer and http. Click OK.
- A dialog box will be displayed by Internet Explorer. Click Run to begin downloading the program. Installation will start automatically once download is done.
- Click OK to launch it.
- Run SpyRemover Pro and perform a full system scan.
- After all the infections are identified, click REMOVE ALL.
- Register the program to protect your computer from future threats.