Computer infected with Opti-page.com Search Redirect virus, how can I remove the redirect? My homepage has been set to this Opti-page.com and unfortunately I cannot get pass the page however hard I’ve tried. I never want it to be my homepage but it is. I scan my whole machine with different antivirus software but they all cannot detect this redirect. What else could I do to remove it?
Computer Hacked by Opti-page.com Search—How to Get Rid of It?
Opti-page.com search redirect, being a fake search engine, is different from the legit ones such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, Wikipedia etc. The difference between it and other legal search engine is that the search result is displayed not according to the relativity but to the condition of the sites sponsor. Though it has a fine-look appearance which is extremely to a normal search engine, it is indeed a browser hijacker item. You can beware that when and how it becomes your homepage is a mystery. It seems to come out of nowhere. In fact, this redirect virus is promoted via other free downloads or sponsored links. An easy way it is spread is by bundling to other programs and it could be installed to a target PC along with the installation of the program.
As soon as Opti-page.com Search Redirect virus gets installed onto a compromised computer, it begins to cause occurring of new tabs which often display various advertisements. It is always trying to mislead you to click on any links that it is sponsored. In fact this redirect virus has been modified by its creator and will be able to seek out the vulnerable parts of an invaded PC then take use of them. It enables other online threats and risks to get into the compromised computer. In other words, it allows any potential risks to infect your machine. If you keep this virus in a computer, it will finally mess everything up. A symptom is that you can feel clearly that the performance of the machine is poor.
Interface of Opti-page.com Search Browser Hijacker
Common Symptoms of Redirect Virus Infection :
1. Your homepage, search provider, desktop backgrounds are changed;
2. Constant pop ups and new tabs of ads occur often;
3. It works badly when you try to run some usual software or programs;
4. Unknown websites are listed in the bookmarks without your intention or notice;
5. Folder options, task manager, registry editing tools are disabled.
6. Advertisements from stranger companies start to appear out of nowhere.
7. The browser behaves unusually such as URL/link redirects will occur.
8. Unwanted and unknown Plug-in/extension or add-ons have been attached to the browsers.
9. Useless shortcuts are on desktop or creepy websites are added to favorites/bookmarks without your knowledge.
Computer users often get this redirect virus when they open the attachments of some unknown or strange mails. You need to take care when you install or download any soft ware online. Be careful when you are going to click on back links on a page. You may also realize that the promote part under the search bar changes all the time. What it displays there is trying to lead you to click on it and redirect you to a unsafe page. And on those pages you are never careful enough because they are full of unstable factors and unsafe contents.
Note: Manual Removal, though is the most effective way to remove the virus, requires expertise and which is for advanced users, if you don’t have much experience in dealing with redirect virus. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for removal assistance.
Your computer might infect this virus via unsafe freeware, shareware or advertising-supported programs such as various browser add-ons or toolbars. Once it enters in your computer.
Manual Removal Step by Step Instructions
Step A: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the Opti-page.com redirect Virus. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find.
Step B: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
Step C: Press Windows+R keys to pull up Run box and type in “regedit” to open Registry Editor.
Step D: Delete all these associated files and registry entries with this browser hijacker in Registry Editor. The registry files are listed randomly. Besides, you need to delete the infection files of the redirect virus from your system files to prevent it from coming back. Those files are named randomly also but may be different on different operating systems.
Step E: Change home page back from this unwanted Opti-page.com redirect virus on targeted browsers.
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To sum up: Opti-page.com search redirect is not a good search engine but a fake one which gives computer users unreliable search results from which they may get different kinds of computer threats. Despite of those unwanted problems it may cause to your computer such as delay in running any programs, being unable to set the homepage back and disturbing ads occurring, this redirect virus is also updated to access to system files and reveal the sensitive database on the infected hard drives. You may get spam mails, trash messages and new mails sent without your intention, etc. All of the contacts can be indirect victims of this redirect item. If you want to end all these you need to get this Opti-page.com search off from your computer as soon as possible!
Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on October 22, 2013 1:08 pm