Today we are targeting Omigaplus.exe – a potentially unwanted program that can be even called a virus. IMPORTANT – readers please stick around and read the article in full before getting rid of the malware. It should help in teaching you how to protect your computer from similar threats in the future.
Omigaplus.exe – a general overview
Omigaplus.exe belongs to the Adware virus family, which is the least dangerous of them all. It’s still something you probably don’t want in your computer though. It functions by generating a large variety of advertisements. These can vary between money-saving deals, pornography, offers for “free” utilities downloads or program updates. One can even encounter worrisome messages about missing plu-ins or required video player.
- It’s probably obvious but still important enough to stress this – IGNORE everything originating from Omigaplus.exe. The sole purpose of everything is either to waste your time, defraud you of money or install more Malware on your computer. Any ongoing downloads or installations related to Omigaplus.exe should be immediately terminated via the task manager (Ctr+Alt+Del)
There is a very important annotation to be made – Omigaplus.exe actually scans your computer, determines your hobbies from your browsing history and generate ads targetting your interests based on this data. The ads themselves are generated by your own CPU, so any slowness of the computer should most certainly be attributed to Omigaplus.exe. Worse yet, your data can be uploaded to the creator of the virus.
- If you like your privacy like most people do you should change all important passwords AFTER Omigaplus.exe has been removed from your computer.
Popular methods of spreading Adware
Before listing the two current most common methods there is an important disclaimer to make. Most Adware, unlike other more dangerous viruses, relies on the user to install it on his PC. To achieve that adware developers employ a variety of tactics, which are always aimed to trick the user or mask the true face of the Adware. Learning how to spot adware can be rather easy once you know a few things about them.
- Fake download/torrent sites – despite being public enemy number one for Google these sites still dominate the search engines. This happens due to the way they operate – basically they copy your search query and generate a file by the very same name. The exact match propels them to the first page of the search. The file generated is of course a virus. Note that the virus will always be an .exe file (or an archive containing the .exe file) unlike the legitimate file searched for. Do not download or install .exe files!
- Packaged in a foreign installer – mostly with free programs. Free programs often come with bundled adware in their installers. Thus one should always opt for the advanced installation option. Not only does it allow to change location of the program, but also it gives control over what extras are installed.
How to Remove Omigaplus.exe
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Omigaplus.exe has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Omigaplus.exe . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Omigaplus.exe should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Omigaplus.exe and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Omigaplus.exe. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.