What Is OpenBook Adware?
OpenBook is classified as an adware application, as a result of which you may start experiencing various unwanted ads. OpenBook is currently detected by two security engines on VirusTotal. The low detection rate means that the program can sneak undetected into your system. Thus, having anti-malware or anti-virus protection installed is highly advisable.
According to the detections, it appears that OpenBook is a variant of another adware program, known as BookLot. One of these detections is Adware.BookLot.Win32.1.
OpenBook may promise helpful functionalities related to Wikipedia, but instead it would only flood you with ads. Another possible risk for you is the collection of personal information and data, related to your browsing. Furthermore, the application itself may be bundled with even more adware. As a result of all these unwanted apps, your browsing experience and OS performance may be affected drastically. Continue reading to the end of the article for OpenBook removal advice.
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks Safari and Chrome browsers. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge. Generates annoying ads.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search engine in preferred web browser may be set to display a hoax search engine. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may start every time you start the affected computer.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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Why Do I Have OpenBook Installed on My Computer?
Being an application with a questionable origin, its developers tend to rely on shady methods to spread it across PCs. These methods include bundled installers, and using fake updates and tech-support scams.
A well-known method is called software bundling. It happens via various supposedly useful apps. Thanks to bundling, shady companies can promote potentially unwanted applications as additional downloads in freeware installers. These apps may not be malicious but they can be very irritating and difficult to remove. Furthermore, the longer an unwanted app is running on your system, the more vulnerable it becomes to other, more severe threats.
NB. It should be noted that bundling is not illegal but it often causes unwanted, additional downloads, even of legitimate products. To avoid it from happening, you should be more careful during the installation steps of freeware applications.
The moment OpenBook adware obtains access to your computer, it covertly modifies crucial system and browser settings. Changes aim to enable the app to generate intrusive ads on the affected device.
Adware developers monetize their shady apps through ads. Ads by OpenBook may be risky, though, as some of them may open corrupted websites. Such sites may host online scams, rogue applications, and even malware.
You should better ensure that your system is secured by removing the adware from your PC now.
Another possible installation method that could have brought OpenBook to your computer is unsafe browsing. If you tend to visit dubious websites, your browser may be flooded with ads promoting various shady products. If you are tricked by such an ad, you may end up downloading a product that you believe is useful. However, the program turns out to be ad-supported, or adware, as you start seeing various ads, banners, and pop-ups.
How to Remove OpenBook Adware
In order to rid of OpenBook along with all entries created on the Mac system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
Note. Before manually removing files or folders on your PC, make sure to identify the accurate components of OpenBook, because deleting other apps’ files or system settings files by mistake may trigger malfunction of installed apps or your system.
- Guide 1: How to Remove OpenBook from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of OpenBook on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove OpenBook in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase OpenBook from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall OpenBook from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove OpenBook from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate OpenBook from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable OpenBook Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove OpenBook from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove OpenBook
Step 2: Uninstall OpenBook and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by OpenBook on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by OpenBook there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of OpenBook from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall OpenBook and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove OpenBook via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove OpenBook files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as OpenBook, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove OpenBook from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase OpenBook from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall OpenBook from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove OpenBook from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the OpenBook will be removed.
Eliminate OpenBook from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by OpenBook from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".