Premier Opinion “Virus” Removal (Oct. 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Premier Opinion “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Is coming across lots of pop-up and banner ads while browsing the web familiar to you? Does this occur no matter what browser app you use, be it your Chrome, Explorer or Firefox? Maybe you really have no clue what’s going on with your computer. We are glad to inform you that we have answers for all your questions. The program which may have been annoying you lately is Premier Opinion “Virus”. It falls into the Adware category. More info about this sort of software in general and Premier Opinion particularly is shared in the paragraphs below. 

Premier Opinion “Virus”

What type of programs are identified as Adware? Can Premier Opinion “Virus” harm your system?

Almost all programs that are able to broadcast a huge number of various online ads are representatives of this software group. Actually, their basic “skills” are the following: the broadcasting of many pop-ups, banners and tabs and the promotion of different products and services. The great news is that this relatively irritating type of software is really INCAPABLE of putting your PC in danger in any way. Clearly, no Adware has a virus-like nature and features. All that any Adware products are able to do is to affect your most popular browser apps such as Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. Some of them may be able to fully research your browsing tendencies and match the flow of ads to your recent searches. Some professionals and users might perceive such a feature as disturbing enough to classify Adware as potentially unwanted.

What are the main differences between any version of Adware and any version of the most common malware?

In this next paragraph we are going to discuss the basic differences between the programs from the Adware family and the ones falling into the malware category. We are going to take Premier Opinion “Virus” and a Trojan, and a type of Ransomware as illustrations of our statements. In case a contamination with Premier Opinion takes place, you may get overwhelmed with ads (that seem to match your interests), and your PC might even slow down as a result of that intensive generation of online advertisements. Nonetheless, this can’t result in any violation of your privacy, or any kind of harassment. If an infection caused by either a Ransomware program or a Trojan horse occurs, you are likely to experience hacking of your entire system, a thorough scan of it, encryption or destruction of  files, blackmailing for ransom, theft of account credentials or even espionage.

For the purpose of removing Premier Opinion “Virus”, we have provided a Removal Guide at the end of this article with detailed instructions on how to perform the uninstallation safely and successfully.  

Premier Opinion “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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!

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

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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Premier Opinion 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 Premier Opinion from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Premier Opinion 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!

So Premier Opinion is harmless and legitimate, isn’t it?

Our answer is positive here since Premier Opinion represents a legal marketing tool, especially created to advertise goods and services online by exposing the infected users to as many pop-up ads as it is possible. Software developers and producers work hand in hand so as to ensure effective advertising. Typically, programmers get paid, based on the number of the opened or clicked-on ads as a whole. The manufacturers make large profits from all the people who order their advertised products. This is really a normal industry practice.

How may such an Adware-based program get installed on your computer?

Another aspect of the way Premier Opinion and Adware act in general, which may raise some suspicions and concerns among users and additionally contribute to this software’s relatively negative image, is the methods its creators use to get it distributed. To begin with, let’s point out some of the potential Adware sources – program bundles. Such mixes of applications, programs and games may be downloaded from anywhere on the Internet completely for free. This may appear tricky as you might just be interested in trying out a particular program from that bundle. However, you could install all of its contents if you don’t know the way to safely install software in general. Actually, this is the ultimate part of the Adware prevention technique – to install software properly. A wisely performed installation process could only take place if you learn to always choose the Custom/ Advanced wizard feature. All the other options like Default or Automatic are actually bad for your PC’s safety and health, so you should always strive to avoid them.   

SUMMARY:

Name Premier Opinion
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some particularly irritating advertisement generation. A complete PC slowdown is possible.
Distribution Method Via software bundles most often. Also, via torrents, file-sharing and streaming web platforms, shareware, contaminated pages.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


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