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Remove Opti-page.com Browser Hijacker

remove Opti-page.com browser hijacker

This article is created to help you remove Opti-page.com browser hijacker from affected browsers and Windows system. In case that you want to start the removal right now, go straight to the instructions at the end of the article.

Opti-page.com is a suspicious domain that provides a dubious search engine. This website has been reported to hijack commonly used browsers aiming to trick infected users into utilizing its services. Hijacked browsers can be set to display Opti-page.com on their homepage and each new tab page. The default search engine is replaced with the one provided by Opti-page.com hijacker. Another adverse impact obtained on devices infected by the hijacker is an increased number of nasty advertisements that appear all over the browser.

Threat Summary

NameOpti-page.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe domain Opti-page.com can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.
SymptomsThe homepage, new tab and search engine of affected browsers can display the main page of Opti-page.com hijacker. Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Opti-page.com – Spread Techniques

There are several methods that may be used for the distribution of Opti-page.com browser hijacker. Installers of third-party apps are the most preferred by hackers as the hijacker can unnoticeably infiltrate your system. Such installers can have additional components that are not appropriately disclosed by the developers. These components usually contain potentially unwanted programs and are set for an automatic installation. To prevent them from accessing the system without your knowledge you should always choose the Advanced or Custom install options. There should be mentioned all additional components that get installed by default. Look for options to deselect them and make sure that only the primary app will be installed.

The Opti-page.com hijacker may occur after a visit of compromised advertisement. Visiting the websites promoted by such advertisements can result in an automatic download of the potentially unwanted app that causes constant redirects to Opti-page.com domain.

Opti-page.com hijacker can affect the following browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Opti-page.com – More Details

Opti-page.com is classified as a browser hijacker due to its capabilities to alter essential browser settings without your consent. Once it gains access to your system Opti-page.com replaces the homepage, new tab page and default search engine of each target browser. As a result, you see its main page each time you open an affected browser. Currently, its main page has a simple design that resembled a lot the design of some reliable search engines like Google and Bing. The hijacker provides a dubious search engine and of course several advertisements as you can see in the picture below:

opti-page.com browser hijacker main page

In case that you decide to use the suspicious search engine of Opti-page.com be careful what information you enter in the search field as the website can record it on its servers.

The credibility of the search results generated by the hijacker is not good at all. So be advised to practice caution before you decide to visit a website presented in the Opti-page.com search results.

After intrusion, the hijacker may also install a toolbar with various functionalities in the affected browser. However, it advisable to avoid using it as it is yet another attempt of Opti-page.com to obtain your online actions and preferences.

If you notice the Opti-page.com hijacker in your browser you need to check the list of the installed extensions/add-ons as the infection is believed to be able to deliver and enable a suspicious extension of the same or similar name in your browser. The extension may be installed with the purpose to generate a lot of annoying advertisements.

The hijacker aims to generate as many advertisements as possible to all affected users because each click on an ad generates revenue to its creators. The model is called pay-per-click and is widely used by website owners to monetize their projects.

Opti-page.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy page of Opti-page.com can be accessed by the bottom navigation menu on its main page. The information presented on this page reveals that Babylon Ltd. is the company owner of Opti-page.com hijacker. The company acknowledges the automatic collection of the following details from all users of their services:

  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Browser user agent
  • Referring page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Date/time stamp
  • email (in case you provide it)

Babylon Ltd. can use the obtained information to provide targeted advertisements and sponsored content during each your browsing session.

In addition, the website installs cookies on your computer to track more details about you and your browsing habits. Even though the cookies are not set to obtain any personally identifiable information the Opti-page.com web site can record such details if you provide them.

If you don’t feel quite comfortable with the collection of the data you provide online you should prevent Opti-page.com browser hijacker from having access to your system and browser.

How to Remove Opti-page.com Hijacker

Below are listed all the steps that will help you to remove Opti-page.com hijacker completely from an affected Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer, or Safari browser. The guide includes steps that reveal how to remove the nasty program from the Windows system as well. You can choose whether to follow a manual or an automatic removal. Beware that the manual instructions are not always enough to eliminate the infection because some leftovers may remain on the system. As a result, you may still experience redirects to Opti-page.com website while browsing the net. Maximum efficiency can be achieved with the help of an advanced anti-malware tool as it can quickly locate all leftovers.

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Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove Opti-page.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Opti-page.com

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Opti-page.com 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Opti-page.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Opti-page.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Opti-page.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Opti-page.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Opti-page.com and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Opti-page.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Opti-page.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Opti-page.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Opti-page.com 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Opti-page.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Opti-page.com 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.


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Erase Opti-page.com 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.



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Uninstall Opti-page.com 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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Opti-page.com 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Opti-page.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Opti-page.com 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.


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