SearchFormsOnline - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

SearchFormsOnline is a browser add-on, compatible with all most common web browsers. It was developed by a well-known company called Mindspark Interactive Network. Yet it’s not reliable and we don’t recommend to use it on your personal computer.

If you have recently discovered that your computer is infected with this malware but don’t know how to deal with this problem, you have come to the right place. In this article we will provide you with detailed instructions how to eliminate SearchFormsOnline either manually or automatically so proceed reading.

Automatic removal of virus is must easier and less time consuming, thus we recommend to choose this option. All you have to do is to download reliable anti-malware application, such as SpyHunter or Reimage install it on your computer and then run a full scan of all files stored on your computer. Either one of these application should detect and eliminate the virus just in a few minutes. It will also protect your computer from similar infections in the future, so it’s worth to keep it installed. You can use other anti-malware software of your choice too.

In case for some reasons you don’t want to download any additional anti-malware software, you can get rid of  SearchFormsOnline manually as well. However, this process might be complicated if you have no background in this field. That’s why we have developed a step-by-step SearchFormsOnline manual removal guide – it can be found below this article. So scroll down below and check it out. If you manage to complete all steps correctly, you should be able to get rid of SearchFormsOnline manually by your own. However, it’s still recommended to scan your computer with anti-malware software afterwards, because SearchFormsOnline can infiltrate other malware into your system. It needs to be removed too.

If you have some questions regarding this topic, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. To learn more about specific features of SearchFormsOnline please continue reading this article.

About SearchFormsOnline browser hijacker

As we have mentioned before, SearchFormsOnline works as browser add-on that can be added to all most common web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or even Safari. That means Apple users can get infected as well.

Once inside of your computer it will change settings on web browsers, and homepage on any of them will look like this:

SearchFormsOnline_browser_hijacker_virus_remove

SearchFormsOnline is presented as a tool that will allow users to find various forms fast and effortless, such as passport and visa forms, tax forms, immigration forms, DMV forms, Healthcare forms ad employment forms. However, this tool has some side effects that you should know about. First of all, it has some attributes of an adware so once installed it will display various advertisements on your web browsers. Those ads can come in all kinds of forms, such as pop-up, pop-under, in-text, banner or contextual advertisements. New tab or even window with ads on it can be opened at any time as well.

Usually ads displayed by SearchFormsOnline appear when you are browsing e-commerce websites, such as eBay or Amazon. You will be offered to purchase some particular goods at very appealing price rate. Do not fall for that trick – most of the time those offers are fake, they are just trying to win your attention and make you click on one of those ads this way. And we don’t recommend to do that.

If it happens so that you click on the ad displayed by SearchFormsOnline you will be immediately redirect to other websites that might be owned by various cyber criminals, such as hackers or scammers. This way your computer can get infected with other viruses or if you attempt to purchase something there you can even get scammed and lose your hard earned money. That’s the main reason why you should keep SearchFormsOnline installed on your computer.



Automatic SearchFormsOnline removal tools

 
 
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Manual removal of SearchFormsOnline virus

How to remove SearchFormsOnline using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like SearchFormsOnline install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to SearchFormsOnline .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing SearchFormsOnline from your browsers

  Top How To remove SearchFormsOnline from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to SearchFormsOnline, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove SearchFormsOnline from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything SearchFormsOnline related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to SearchFormsOnline, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove SearchFormsOnline virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove SearchFormsOnline virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the SearchFormsOnline from the list.

How to remove SearchFormsOnline from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to SearchFormsOnline and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to SearchFormsOnline, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove SearchFormsOnline from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, SearchFormsOnline should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove SearchFormsOnline from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall SearchFormsOnline and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to SearchFormsOnline, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove SearchFormsOnline, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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