Online.io Removal Guide
What is Online.io?
Also Known As: Online.io virus
As is the case with all browser hijackers, Online.io gets installed through software bundles because you do not pay enough attention to how you install software. Fortunately for you, Online.io is not malicious and it will not harm your computer directly. But it will still behave in an irritating manner. It will alter your browser’s settings and potentially gather certain information about your browsing habits. Browser hijackers have no place on your computer and it is also worth noting that hijackers can sometimes lead users to potentially dangerous websites. If such a page is entered, the possibility of picking up malware is that much higher. You probably do not need much convincing but you should delete Online.io as soon as possible.
Potentially unwanted programs like Online.io travel via software bundles. They are attached to free software in a way that allows them to install alongside it if you do not notice it. Those items are option and can be deselected but that can only be done in Advanced (Custom) installation mode. When installing free software, choose Advanced settings, deselect the added items and you can then proceed to install the freeware. Do not opt for Default settings because in them, you will not be able to deselect anything and will be basically giving those added items the permission to install. Had you selected Advanced when you installed freeware, you would not need to worry about having to uninstall Online.io .
A browser hijacker will alter your browser’s settings as soon as it is installed onto your computer. In this case, you will suddenly find that Online.io has hijacked all your browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, and has set itself as your homepage and new tabs. These changes are made without your permission and cannot be undone unless you first remove Online.io from your computer. As soon as you see Online.io , you will immediately think something is wrong as it does not look like a legitimate search engine. If you try to use it, you will be redirected Google. It would not be surprising if it managed to alter your search results to include sponsored content as browser hijackers aim to generate pay-per-click revenue by redirecting users to those web pages. Online.io might also be monitoring your browsing activities and gathering data about what web pages you visit and what you search for. That information could then be sold to third-parties. A hijacker should not remain on your computer, therefore, delete Online.io .
STEP 1. Online.io removal guide
In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:
Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware removal tool from the link below:
If you need help in removing Online.io infection,
Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:
The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:
Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:
Scan computer for Online.io related files
Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:
When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:
(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.
STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser
GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:
Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings“
Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:
Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):
STEP 3. Protect your computer from Online.io reinfection
Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:
Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.
Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.
Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.
Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.
Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.
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