Optimal State Mac

Optimal State

Optimal State is a browser-redirecting Mac software that seeks to advertise different sites and products inside the browser without authorization from the user. Optimal State hijacks the starting page of the browser and replaces the search engine to automatically cause page-redirects that the user can’t control.

Optimal State Mac

Optimal State is an app on Mac.

If you have been exposed to the unpleasant activities of this app, we suggest you take a careful look at the next paragraphs to learn more about the specifics of this unwanted app and to find out what the best way to remove it is.

Optimal State for Mac

Optimal State for Mac is a browser-hijacking and ad-displaying software that aggressively fills the tabs of the main browser with unwanted advertising messages and automatic page-redirects. Optimal State for Mac can be installed in all popular browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and others.

Even though this rogue browser add-on is unlikely to cause damage to the system of your Mac or to the data that you keep on the computer, you are still strongly advised to remove it because, for as long as the hijacker app stays installed on your Mac, the chances of getting the computer exposed to more hazardous threats are significantly increased. It is true that Macs don’t get Trojan Horse infections or attacks from Ransomware threats as often as other computers do but this doesn’t mean it is impossible for this to happen and the problem with the hijacker that’s attached to your browser is that its ads, redirects, pop-ups, and browser changes could make it more likely for your Mac to get attacked by malware.

What is Optimal State?

Optimal State is a page-redirecting tool created for the purpose of improving the ratings of certain sites by drawing more traffic to them through aggressive page-redirects. The only way you can prevent Optimal State from rerouting your browser to different unknown sites is by uninstalling it.

Some users who try to remove the hijacker on their own face difficulties with the uninstallation process and this makes them think that they might be dealing with a real virus threat or another form of malware such as a stealthy Trojan Horse or a data-targeting Ransomware cryptovirus. However, there’s no need to panic – most browser hijackers are specifically made to be difficult to remove from the computer and it is normal if you haven’t been able to eliminate this unwanted app on your own. The good news is that we can offer you a hand with the uninstallation of the hijacker right here on this page.

The OptimalState app

The OptimalState app is what has brought the hijacker component into your browser without your knowledge. The OptimalState app is used as a means of distribution for the hijacker that’s hidden inside of it and which gets added to the browser automatically.

To get rid of the browser hijacker such as Optimal State, Vevatom or tBrains you will also need to remove the app that has brought it there in the first place. In the next lines, you will learn how to do that in a matter of minutes. 


Name Optimal State
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms An increased number of ads and sudden page-redirects appearing in the browser are a common symptom associated with browser hijackers.
Distribution Method The main technique used to spread hijackers is when the unwanted software is combined with another app and disguised as a bonus feature that has been added to said app.
Detection Tool

Remove Optimal State from Mac

For a quick way to remove Optimal State try to do this inside your Mac browser:

  1. Open your Mac browser.
  2. Go to Preferences.
  3. Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
  4. Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Optimal State.
  5. Remove Optimal State from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.

If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of Optimal State!

Optimal State Mac

The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:

You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.

Alternatively, you can simultaneously press (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).

If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.

In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.

Close the dialog box/window.

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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Optimal State Mac

Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:

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Now click on Sample at the bottom:

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Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:

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    The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.

    On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.

    First, Force Quit Safari again.

    Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.

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    Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,

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    and then again on the Extensions tab,

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    Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
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    The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.

    Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
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    Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.

    Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab

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    Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
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    Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

    Optimal State Mac How to Remove Optimal State From Firefox in OSX:

    Open Firefoxclick on Optimal State Mac (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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    The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

    Optimal State MacHow to Remove Optimal State From Chrome in OSX:

     Start Chrome, click Optimal State Mac —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  Optimal State Mac.

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     Click Optimal State Mac again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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