What is Optimum Search ?
Optimum Search is similar to Streamsearchvault.com which is categorized under browser hijacker. It is designed to promote a fake search engine by changing the browser settings and redirects to other predetermined malicious sites. It collects all your data which is private. It settled down on Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer etc. and other websites without the user consent. It also changes the default start page to search.optimum.icu, search provider to Yahoo.com and install two types of tracking cookies. In most cases it is distributed in the form of search optimum extension to attach to malware download which is available on sharing websites, or third party sites which are famous for bundling. Bundling is a type of marketing strategy which helps the attackers to promote their website, advertisement and earn profit in maximum numbers. Nevertheless creators claim that it will detect and prevent from address fraud, security, issues related to technical.
Optimum Search can change the web browser performance or even more. Once it is installed it will drop the extension which will display sponsored advertisement which is rogue. The main motive of is to monetize traffic and collect clicks from other third party websites. Whenever you are using the web pages which are redirected to malware you have to be very careful when clicking on links, attachment etc. they are usually filled with a database of malicious advertisement, who will not only promote their website but also spread other programs. The highest risk of malware infection is to click on ads which offer the online software updates and virus scan. Usually browser hijackers and other related programs are advertised as useful and valid however they never provide a valid feature, as well as not improve the browsing experience. Most are designed only for helping creators to earn revenue. It is useless and can be the reason behind some serious problem. Therefore we recommend you to uninstall Optimum Search from your system as soon as possible.
|Registered||It was created on 1997-03-20, updated in 2020-01-11 and will expire on 2021-03-21|
|Symptoms||Manipulate internet browser setting (new tab setting, homepage, default internet search engine), Hijacker forces the user to use their webpage and search from their internet search engine.|
|Distribution||it spreads bundled free applications, risk of downloading a browser hijacker after clicking on suspicious links of rogue software.|
|Description||It is a browser hijacker that redirects to malicious websites, Display of deceptive ads, Internet browsing tracking.|
|Affected OS||Windows (Vista,7, 8,8.1, 10,XP), Win64, Win32|
|Affected Browsers||Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer.|
|Damage||Privacy issues, decreased computer performance, tracking of browser|
|Removal||It is possible to remove Optimum Search from the computer. Scan your computer with SpyHunter|
How Optimum Search Affect My Computer
Commonly users download and install Optimum Search through dubious advertisements that implement a certain script or from installing/ downloading from software. In most cases this happens when creators distribute included in downloading set ups of software and presented in existing offers. This method of distributing is done by bundling. Bundling is a marketing strategy which gives money to creators in huge numbers. Some users do not know about malware so they click the links which are coming from hackers. The user clicks that link before knowing about the link is malware so that their system has installed a malicious program.
Removal Note on Optimum Search
If you want to remove Optimum Search which is installed in your computer then you can remove it by manual or automatic method. If you have the knowledge of computers then you can do it by yourself otherwise you can go through with the automatic process which we have instructed below. We are saying this because manual process takes time as well as it has many minute things that can be solved through technical experts who know about the computer.
Details of Antimalware with User’s Guide
Important Note: This virus seeks users to enable the web browser notifications. So, before opting for the manual removal process, execute these steps.
For Google Chrome (PC)
- Users need to Go to right upper corner of the screen and find three dots and click there open the Menu button
- Now in order to Select “Settings”. users need to Scroll the mouse downward to choose as “Advanced” option.
- Then Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward. Once done you need to select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Now Find all suspicious URLs and select and click on three dots on the right side
- Now all you have to do is to choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Firstly users should Go to right upper corner of the screen
- Then click on three dots in order to open the menu button and again click on “Settings”
- Now scroll down further to click on “site settings” and there after press on “notifications” option
- This would open a new window, now you need to choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- under permission section, users need to select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button.
From Mozilla Firefox
- At the right corner of the screen, users can find three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Now you need to Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” for the toolbar which is present in the left side on the screen
- Now you need to Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then select “Settings” option which is just next to “Notifications”
- This will open a new window, So now select all the suspicious URLs. Finally Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block” option
From Internet Explorer
- Open and select Internet Explorer window, then you need to select the Gear button which is present at the right corner
- Then Choose “Internet Options”
- users need to Select “Privacy” tab and then click on “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Finally you need to Select all the suspicious URLs and click on the “Remove” option one by one.
In Microsoft Edge
- First of all Open the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows PC. Then click on the three dots which can be found on right corner of the screen to open the menu option
- Now Scroll down to select “Settings”
- Then further Scroll down to select “view advanced settings”
- Under the option of “Website Permission”, users should click on “Manage” options.
- Now Click on switch under for each and every suspicious URL.
For Safari (Mac)
- click on “Safari” On the upper right side corner, select “Preferences”
- Now Go to “website” tab and then you need to choose “Notification” section which is on left pane
- Then Search for all the suspicious URLs and finally choose “Deny” option one by one.
Complete Manual Steps to Remove Optimum Search
For Windows 7 Users
The first step is to Click on “Start” button ( windows logo at bottom left corner of screen), Now select “Control Panel”. Then Locate the “Programs” and finally click on “Uninstall Program” option.
Windows XP Users
Firstly Click on “Start” and then select on “Settings”.
Now click on “Control Panel”.
Finally Search and click on “Add or Remove Program” option.
Windows 10 and 8 Users
Firstly right click on to the lower left corner of the screen. Under “Quick Access” menu, you need to choose “Control Panel”. This would open a new window, select “Program and Features” to find any suspicious program and remove them.
For Mac OSX Users
users need to Click on “Finder” option. Then select “Application” on new screen which gets opened. Now select “Application” folder and drag the app to “Trash”. Finally right click on the Trash icon and select to click on “Empty Trash” option.
under uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted application. Once found select all the unwanted and suspicious entries. Then finally click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
Once all the PUA and adware such as Optimum Search is uninstalled, it is advised to scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs which might be hidden. It is recommended to use anti-malware tool to scan PC.
How to Remove Optimum Search from Internet Browsers
Steps to Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from Internet Explorer
You need to Click on the gear icon which is at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Now Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search and check for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and then click on “Remove” option.
If you are still experiencing issues related to Optimum Search removal, then you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: First of all Press on “Start” and then click “Run”. In the newly opened window, you need to type “inetcpl.cpl” and then click on the “Advanced” tab and now press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, you need to type ‘inetcpl.cpl’ in the start search box and press enter. This will open a new window, here click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Double click to Open IE and then click on the “gear” icon. Select and Choose “Internet Options”
“Advanced” tab is to be selected in the new window
now Press and click “Reset” option
“Reset” button is to be presses again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
How to Remove suspicious and unwanted Extension from Google Chrome
Under menu option of Google Chrome, press on three vertical dots and then select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. Users need to search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If Optimum Search still persists or in case if users experience any issue in removing it, then opt to reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dot points which is at the top right corner and then choose “Settings”. you need to Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
You can notice the “Reset” option is there at the bottom. Now click on it.
Within then next opened window, one needs to confirm to reset the Google Chrome settings by clicking on the “Reset” button.
Remove Optimum Search plugins (including all other suspicious plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
First of all Open the Firefox browser, under menu you need to select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Now Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you experience problems in Optimum Search removal then reset the settings option in Mozilla Firefox. For this users need to Open the browser (FF) and now click on the “menu” and then click on “Help“.
Now Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
Now confirm and reset the Mozilla Firefox to its default settings by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
How To Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
In order to accomplish this task, Open Safari browser and then go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Now Click on the “Extension” and check all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall” on the selected extension.
Users need to Open the “Safari” and go to menu. Under the drop-down menu, select “Clear History and Website Data”.
within new opened window, you need to select “All History” option and then press on “Clear History” to Delete it.
Delete Optimum Search add-ons from Microsoft Edge Browser
First of all Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”.
Open Microsoft Edge Browser and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Now select on “show more” and select all and then click on “Clear” button.
Mostly, Potentially Unwanted Program and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only select legit website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Now select custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.