How to delete GetFormsOnline

What is GetFormsOnline

GetFormsOnline is a Chrome browser extension that helps you find your government form PDF files. It also happens to be an advertising platform that takes over the search engine and fills your search results with ads.

If you want to get rid of the GetFormsOnline toolbar, you only need to go to your browser settings. The developer, Mindspark, is known for distributing potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and most of their products collect information about their users’ browsing habits in order to advertise to them.

How to delete GetFormsOnline

Details about GetFormsOnline

The description of this extension starts like this: The Google Chrome has the permission system which limits how much an app or an extension can do to a browser or a mobile OS. According to Chrome,

We can look at the permissions that GetFormsOnline has declared: Unlike the extensions that don’t rely on ads, GetFormsOnline declares that they need your browsing history. And it’s the same with most of the extensions which declare that they need your data for advertising in their Privacy Policy. Your browsing history and even specific search terms, your IP, your demographic info is collected by GetFormsOnline.

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This is not necessarily malicious, but if this information is leaked or sold to the wrong people, it could be used in malicious ways. Besides, it’s risky to grant excessive permissions to any extension that asks for them. Flawed extensions can poke security holes in your browser, enabling malware, like adware, to infect the browser.

The GetFormsOnline extension is associated with Ask and MyWay (that’s the search engine that’s forced on the users of GetFormsOnline). GetFormsOnline was developed by Mindspark, a company that has already developed many clone browser hijackers, like AnytimeAstrology, TotalDatingGuide, and Myfashiontab.com.

What does GetFormsOnline do?

GetFormsOnline is supposed to help you more easily find government forms, so it puts a few links to a website which has a collection of various government forms, getformsonline.com.

GetFormsOnline does more than just add links to the new tab — it replaces the whole page with one of its own. And it modifies browser settings to replace the search engine — without even warning the user. Now, when you search for things using the search bar provided by GetFormsOnline, you will see a lot of ads in the results page. That’s what the new search engine is for — to be able to advertise the users of GetFormsOnline. Not just advertise, but also collect information about the users and share it with advertisers to be able to advertise more effectively. It might be more appropriate to call GetFormsOnline adware, as its reason for hijacking the browser is to be able to advertise to you.

Are there alternatives?

Modify your new tab page yourself! All that GetFormsOnline does for the forms is put a few links to getformsonline.com. You can do that, too — and more. Chrome, Safari, Firefox and other browsers usually have some options for customising your new tab page. Take advantage of these options. If you like getformsonline.com, add it to the new tab page. Set whichever search engine you like as your default one. The GetFormsOnline toolbar is ugly and outdated, and you can do better.

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How to remove GetFormsOnline

Access your browser settings and remove any extensions that you don’t want in your browser. If you want to make sure that no adware is on your computer afterward, you can use an antivirus program like Anti-Malware Tool or Anti-Malware Tool, but if you did not accidentally download or install anything, removing GetFormsOnline should get rid of the excessive ads and restore the search engine and the new tab to normal.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to GetFormsOnline. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove GetFormsOnline Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for GetFormsOnline or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall GetFormsOnline Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for GetFormsOnline or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete GetFormsOnline Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for GetFormsOnline or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If GetFormsOnline.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove GetFormsOnline Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for GetFormsOnline or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that GetFormsOnline is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the GetFormsOnline program.
  7. Select GetFormsOnline or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from GetFormsOnline

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete GetFormsOnline

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect GetFormsOnline, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find GetFormsOnline in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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