What is Omniboxes.com

Omniboxes.com is complex browser hijacker. This infection replaces your search and homepage settings in all installed browsers. It affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Omniboxes.com also hijacks browser shortcuts. So every time you open your browser you will see newtab redirected to Omniboxes.com redirects your searches to search.yahoo.com and may be affiliated with Yahoo. However, security experts do not recommend to use this search engine to avoid more serious infections. In this article you will find complete guide to remove Omniboxes.com from browsers.

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How Omniboxes.com infected your PC

Omniboxes.com spreads along with free programs. Downloaders or installers of free programs offer to set Omniboxes.com as your default search engine and homepage. Usually there is separate window or checkboxes that needs to be unchecked. Omniboxes.com also installs with malicious active module, that does not allow you to change settings back. Use SpyHunter 5 to remove Omniboxes.com from Windows computer.

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To remove Omniboxes.com completely we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of Omniboxes.com and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Remove Omniboxes.com manually for free

Here is manual step-by-step tutorial for full Omniboxes.com removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of Omniboxes.com installer on operating systems with latest updates and browser versions.

Remove Omniboxes.com from Control Panel

To start removing Omniboxes.com you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Omniboxes uninstall” or just “Omniboxes.com”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Latest versions of Omniboxes.com hijacker are protected by program called XTab that is located in C:\Program Files\XTab. This program is not present in the list of installed programs, but you can uninstall it manually by going to this folder and running uninstall.exe file. Or you can use SpyHunter 5 antimalware to remove it completely.

Remove Omniboxes.com from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find omniboxes uninstall.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Omniboxes.com from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find omniboxes uninstall and click Uninstall.

Remove Omniboxes.com from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find omniboxes uninstall, click Uninstall.

Remove Omniboxes.com from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Omniboxes.com from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate omniboxes uninstall in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate omniboxes uninstall in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Omniboxes.com

In some cases Omniboxes.com won’t uninstall and gives you message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Omniboxes. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing Omniboxes folder and files. This happens, because process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall Omniboxes.com in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting press F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove “Omniboxes uninstall”

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Omniboxes.com from Control Panel often does not bring desired effect. It sometimes have browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Omniboxes.com related extension from your browsers manually.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions/.
  3. Find suspicious extensions.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose suspicious extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Omniboxes from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Omniboxes.com, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Omniboxes.com.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Omniboxes.com does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find Omniboxes.com extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Omniboxes.com installs search engine that hijacks your browsers. Here is instruction to reset your browsers homepage, newtab and search engine to default values.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings/.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

Remove following files and folders

Omniboxes.com files:


Omniboxes.com folders:

C:\Users\{your username}\AppData\Roaming\omniboxes

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Cleaning browsers shortcuts

shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Omniboxes.com may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of antimalware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and antimalware programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like Omniboxes.com.

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