This page aims to help you remove Ssoption “Virus”. Our uninstall instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
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 One such piece of software is Ssoption – this app is promoted as an automatic updater for outdated software on the user’s PC. 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.
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.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Ssoption from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Ssoption from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Ssoption from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Speaking of file bundling, 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.
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.|
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!