What Is Special Search Option
Special Search Option, also known as SSOption is the name of a potentially unwanted program. This software may seem like a legitimate search tool that may seem to be a useful add-on to your web browser, but in reality it is more of a problem than a solution. The reason for that are the tons of ads that may be shown by the Special Search Option software. Since Special Search Option is made for pure profit, these ads’ primary purpose could be to lead you to risky websites or sites that may scam you out of your information. This is why experts strongly advise to remove Special Search Option from your computer as soon as you can.
Special Search Option Summary
|Name||Special Search Option or SSOption|
|Type||Browser Hijacker / PUP|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your computer.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Special Search Option.|
Special Search Option – More Information
Special Search Option is classified as a browser hijacker. These types of programs all aim to show tons of ads. Other such programs we have recently detected are PDFConverterSearch, Viral Updates Today and Recontent Redirect Virus.
The way all of these programs work is first they find they way into your browsers and computer. This is done by something known as bundling. Special Search Option could be added to your web browser by pretending to be a legitimate program that is ‘free extra’ offered as a bonus in the installer of some free app you may have recently downloaded. Such free apps are often posted on software download websites and they may be file converters, photo editors, YouTube downloaders and other freeware. The way it works is the prompt to add the Special Search Option is enabled by default in one of the install steps of the “Custom” or “Advanced” install options. Since the average user tends to click on the “Express” install, they may often let Special Search Option to get added to their computer automatically.
Once Special Search Option or SSOption is in your PC, it may attack your Safari, Chrome and Firefox browsers and change their default search, new tab and home pages to its own. It may also change other settings of your computer that may automatically run your browser without your consent. The main idea is for SSOption to show a lot of ads through these pages. The ads that may be seen as a result of Special Search Option are:
- Ad-supported searches.
- Browser redirect ads.
- Highlighted ads in text.
- Banner promotions.
- Push notification adverts.
Special Search Option could also use different cookies, tags, geo-locators, pixels and other forms of advertisements in order to get information from your computer. The main idea here is to track what you do online and target you with ads. But this information may also be leaked since these apps are often with misleading Privacy Policies.
The information that may be obtained from tracking your online activity is the following:
- The browsing history.
- Bookmarks you have set up.
- The sites you have visited.
- Clicks you have made.
And these trackers may stay for a lot of time on your computer, since they are used as objects that are dropped on your drive and are difficult to find and delete.
Special Search Option is not risky mainly due to the trackers it uses, though. The main risks that are associated with Special Search Option are related to the main activity of this app – the ads. These ads are not officially classified as legitimate and may bring risky sites to your computer, such as:
- Virus URLs or malware sites.
- Tech Support scam pages.
- Fake survey scams.
This is the main reason to consider removing Special Search Option as soon as you can from your computer.
How to Fully Remove Special Search Option
Special Search Option is the type of software that may be a bit tricky to fully delete. This is why for its complete uninstall, we strongly recommend that you follow the removal instructions that have been posted underneath this article. They have been created with the primary purpose to help you to delete this software from your browsers and your PC altogether. But for the most effective removal, we strongly suggest you to follow the experts’ advice and scan your device with an advanced anti-malware app. Such a professional tool is designed to detect and remove all unwanted and virus objects and make sure they are fully gone from it.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Special Search Option from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Special Search Option on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Special Search Option in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Special Search Option from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Special Search Option from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Special Search Option from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Special Search Option from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Special Search Option Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Special Search Option from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Special Search Option
Step 2: Uninstall Special Search Option 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 Special Search Option 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 Special Search Option there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Special Search Option from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Special Search Option 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 Special Search Option 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 Special Search Option files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Special Search Option, 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 Special Search Option 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 Special Search Option 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 Special Search Option 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 Special Search Option 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 Special Search Option will be removed.
Eliminate Special Search Option 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 Special Search Option 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".