If you are wondering what is SSOption, how was it started on your operating system and how to remove SSOption then you are a few scrolls away from finding the answers to all these questions.
SSOption Adware – Short Overview
SSOption is a rogue application that is classified as adware. This potentially unwanted program has been spread via shady techniques like software packages, malicious advertising and hacked websites. That’s why it tends to land on Mac / Windows operating systems without users’ knowledge and permission. Once SSOption adware manages to execute its files on a target system it alters some main browser settings. As a result, your favorite browser may be flooded with lots of annoying ads and configured to display a hoax search engine on the homepage and new tab pages. Security experts advise users whose systems are affected by SSOption to remove this adware program from their computer systems as soon as possible.
|Short Description||A questionable application that tricks you into installing it on your computer. Then it performs certain modifications that affect installed browsers without your knowledge. Lots of ads and sponsored content flood the affected browsers.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search engine in preferred web browser may be set to display hoax search engine. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may start automatically every time you start the affected system.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Websites|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss SSOption adware.|
What is SSOption? Is It a Virus?
SSOption also called SpecialSearchOption is a potentially unwanted application that has also been classified as adware. It is known to affect both Mac and Windows operating systems. Once the activation file of the program is started on the system, it becomes able to perform changes that affect some main browser preferences and system settings. The primary goal of this adware is to deliver intrusive advertisements that attempt to trick affected users into visiting web pages with sponsored content.
In fact, by doing this, the unwanted app attempts to generate revenue for its owners. It implements the so-called advertising model pay-per-click. Unlike legitimate platforms like Google Ads, the adware program SSOption won’t deliver ads related to secured and trustworthy websites/services only.
Hence, the ads displayed in affected browsers and directly in the program may open corrupted websites with misleading offers and rogue/malicious software. The advertisements that may be displayed by SSOption may be of the following types:
- Browser redirects.
- Push notifications.
- Highlighted text ads.
- Ad-supported search results.
Some of the ads may contain the following phrases:
- Powered by SSOption.
- Brought to you by SSOption.
- Advertisements by SSOption.
- Ads by SSOption.
- Ads powered by SSOption.
Beware with all those ads and websites because they may expose the operating system at risk of serious malware infections. Better refrain from visiting questionable sponsored content.
Yet another issue that is likely to occur after your Mac gets affected by the so-called SSOption virus is a privacy violation. Since the majority of PUPs for Mac and Windows aim to trick users into visiting sponsored web pages, they attempt to spy on affected users’ online behavior. By doing this, adware programs like SSOption help their operators to optimize their advertising campaigns. Once they know more details about users’ online behavior they can configure their software to deliver ads that match users’ interests. At worst, data records may be released on dark web markets for additional money revenue.
To sum up, SSOption is not a virus as it is not developed to compromise your system or personal data. However, as long as this program is running on your PC, it disrupts your online security. Furthermore, its presence on the system may be misused by experienced hackers who know how to use its files to bypass active security measures and enter your system without your knowledge.
For the sake of your online security, it’s best to consider the complete removal of SSOption “virus” from the affected browser and system.
How to Remove SSOption Adware
In order to remove SSOption adware along with all entries it created on the system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen operating system security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual SSOption adware 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.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.
- Guide 1: How to Remove SSOption adware from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SSOption adware from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SSOption adware from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SSOption adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SSOption adware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SSOption adware from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SSOption adware from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove SSOption adware from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SSOption adware
Step 2: Uninstall SSOption adware 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 SSOption adware 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 SSOption adware there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SSOption adware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SSOption adware 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 SSOption adware 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 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.
Remove SSOption adware 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 SSOption adware 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 SSOption adware 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 SSOption adware 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 SSOption adware will be removed.
Eliminate SSOption adware 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.