How to Remove Optimum Search

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How to remove Optimum Search?

To try and remove Optimum Search quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then go to the Extensions tab inside your browser.
  3. Look for and find the Optimum Search extension (also find any other unfamiliar programs).
  4. Remove Optimum Search by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm to get rid of Optimum Search and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Optimum Search removal guide below.

The Optimum Search Virus

Optimum Search is an unwanted app that is known for changing the browser’s homepage to https://search.optimum.icu and triggering sudden redirects to Search.optimum.icu and other unfamiliar websites. The Optimum Search virus can be described as a browser hijacker and its presence in the computer is undesirable as it may cause potential security issues.

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The Optimum Search Virus will redirect your searches

If you have recently realized that this app has nested itself inside your Firefox, Chrome, Edge, or another browser you prefer to use, then it is time to learn more about the specifics of this unwelcome piece of software as well about the steps you’d need to take in order to remove it.

We already mentioned that this app changes the homepage of the browser and causes automatic page redirects but this is hardly everything it does. Other things hijackers like this one are known for are replacement of the default search engine, generation of aggressive and, sometimes, misleading ads, changes in the toolbar, and even tracking of the user’s browsing history. Now, none of this may sound like a particularly serious issue, and, when examined separately, it may indeed not be. However, when combined, all of these little changes and modifications in the behavior and settings of your browser could quickly lead to more serious problems. In order to prevent those more serious problems from ever taking place, it’s advisable to remove the Optimum Search hijacker as soon as possible (and we will help you do it!).

The Optimum Search Extension

The Optimum Search Virus is a cause of a sheer irritation for the user while the latter is surfing the Internet. The Optimum Search Virus causes ads, sudden page redirects, browser changes that make it more difficult to use the browser can all be quite unpleasant to anyone who needs to use their browsing program on a regular basis. However, these aren’t the potential problems that a browser hijacker may cause we are referring to.

The real issue with apps like the Optimum Search extension isn’t what they, themselves, could do on your computer, but what online content they might expose you to. Even if the Optimum Search extension doesn’t have the ability to harm your computer, the fact that its ads and redirects may eventually land you on sites that try to scam you or that distribute Trojans, Ransomware, and other viruses is a good enough reason to uninstall the hijacker ASAP and remove all of the changes it has imposed on your browser.

A lot of the products, sites, and services that apps of the browser hijacker category promote aren’t of particularly high quality or particularly reliable. Sadly, some of the promoted sites and products may even be linked to more harmful programs such as Trojans, spyware, worms, viruses, Ransomware, and so on. Also, some of the sites you may get redirected to by Optimum Search virus may try to trick you into believing that your computer has been infected by a dangerous malware threat and that the only way to secure your system is if you download some obscure app offered by the site. Of course, this is an obvious scam, but there are many inexperienced users who may fall for it.

SUMMARY:

Name Optimum Search
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The symptoms most commonly related to browser hijackers are the change of the homepage of the browser and the generation of aggressive clickbait ads.
Distribution Method Spam emails and social media messages, as well as file bundles, are often used as tools for spreading hijackers.
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How to get rid of Optimum Search

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Optimum Search from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Optimum Search from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Optimum Search from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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!


4 Comments

  • hi, about a week ago my search engine went to optimum search. I’ve been trying to delete it from the extensions but it wont work. I tried getting rid of it many times but I kept giving up. I told my dad and my brother, but they cant do it either. I did so many googling, youtubing, but non of it helped. I don’t know what happened. I’m getting frustrated that it’s not going to google when I want it to. Has anyone dealt with this problem and got rid of it. if so please give me some tips and tricks on how to do it.

    ps- this is on my home laptop, NOT MY SCHOOL ONE.

    • Hi Caitlyn, try checking out our removal guide at the bottom of the article, we have covered everything you need to do to get rid of Optimum Search, if you are having trouble following the steps in our guide you can download Spy Hunter and use it to help you remove the malware from your computer.

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