Numerous reports from reputed security experts suggest that Ssoption is frequently getting distributed alongside other software that might also be unwanted. For example, Adware programs or Browser Hijacker apps could also be getting spread alongside Ssoption meaning that if you currently have the PUP on your computer, it is highly likely that you also have other undesirable software as well that needs to get removed.
It is supposed to locate programs that need updates and then automatically update them to their latest patches. There could also be other supposed functions to this program such as “helpful” browser modifications. This isn’t some nasty Ransomware or Trojan Horse virus, yet the presence of this program on your computer can be quite irritating and frustrating to say the least due to certain traits of the app we are going to be covering later in this article.
That is why most researchers consider it to be a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and in the next lines we will explain to you exactly why that is. Since many of you might have come here seeking ways to get rid of this PUP, know that we have that covered in our guide down below. The instructions in it will teach you how to quickly and easily remove and uninstall the pesky app alongside any other unwanted software that might have gotten installed on your PC alongside it.
However, before you try out the instructions from the guide manual, we advise you to first read what else information this current article has to offer you. It is important to be well acquainted with the distribution techniques used for spreading unwanted programs like Ssoption and it is also necessary to have a good idea about the potential issues that might come from such software.
What is Ssoption?
There are a lot of malicious virus programs out there that can harm your computer and your virtual safety in all kinds of ways. However, there are also a lot of otherwise legitimate and relatively harmless pieces of software that are still regarded as unwanted because they might have certain undesirable traits and features. One such piece of software is Ssoption – this app is promoted as an automatic updater for outdated software on the user’s PC.
One thing that seems to be present with most forms of PUPs is the way they are getting distributed. You see, most regular programs get downloaded from their official sites and that is how they get installed onto the users’ computers with the users actually wanting to install the said program. However, with potentially unwanted apps like Ssoption things are different. Most such programs get distributed via certain rather sneaky methods such as file-bundling, spam messages and malvertising.
Here, we need to pay some extra attention to the file-bundling technique since it seems to be the one that tricks the most users into installing unwanted software on their computers. A file bundle is basically a software installation package – there is one main program in the package which is typically the one that the user actually wants to install and there are some added optional apps. One such optional app could be the Ssoption.
Now, it is possible to install the main program and leave out the unwanted bundled software but most users make the mistake of going for the Quick setup option under which the installation of all the added applications is typically enabled by default. That is why, it is essential that you always use the Custom installation menu when setting up any new software on your PC – from there, you can choose which of the bundled programs to leave out of the installation process.
The functionality of Ssoption
We cannot tell you just how effective Ssoption is when it comes to updating your outdated programs. However, a lot of reports from both users and experts claim that this tool tends to display misleading results about programs that need to be undated and that it later prompts the customer to install some fake updates that are actually more unwanted programs. This is yet another major red flag when it comes to the legitimacy and the effectiveness of the PUP in question and one other reason why it is deemed undesirable. Even if it has the actual ability to automatically update some of your software, the fact that it might trick you into installing more unwanted programs and the fact that it could get installed on your PC without your knowledge should be enough to make you think about whether it’s actually a good idea to allow this program to stay on your PC.
|Danger Level||Low (Isn’t going to harm your PC but could persuade you into installing more unwanted software and might come bundled with undesirable apps)|
|Symptoms||If you are constantly getting nagged about updating something on your PC even if all your programs are up to date, then you probably have this PUP on your machine.|
|Distribution Method||Sketchy web ads, misleading spam messages and software bundles are the most commonly employed methods.|
Remove Ssoption “Virus”
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The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Ssoption “Virus” software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Ssoption “Virus”
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Ssoption “Virus” on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
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Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Ssoption “Virus” in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Ssoption “Virus” and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Ssoption “Virus” in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Let us know in the comment sections if you need assistance in any of the steps or would like to share valuable information about Ssoption “Virus”
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