Ssoption is a potentially unwanted software of the adware family that floods the screen with aggressive advertisements, pop-up links, banners, and other promotional content. Ssoption is usually bundled with other free software and is hidden behind the Advanced installation settings of the setup wizard.
According to the creators of this program, it is designed to allow the users to play different flash games from their desktop through the use of a single client (the Ssoption client). However, there’s a catch – if you have Ssoption on your Windows 10 computer (or another Windows version), you will start seeing different kinds of advertisements and page-redirects getting spammed on your screen when you are surfing the web. It’s irrelevant what your browser of choice is, Ssoption can show its ads in Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera, or pretty much any other browsing program you could think of. Additionally, the search engine and homepage of the browser are also likely to get affected by this adware app. They may get modified and start to reroute your online searches to results that are advertised by the adware.
Needless to say, there’s no built-in mechanism or option in the unwanted program to cease its advertising and page-redirecting activities. The only effective method of ending its promoting campaign is to uninstall it fully from your Windows 10 PC.
What is Ssoption?
Ssoption is an unwanted app known for spamming the user’s screen with invasive advertising messages and redirecting the browser to questionable sites. The user isn’t given the option to control the Ssoption stream of ads and the only way to stop it is through uninstallation.
One of the biggest problems that users face when they encounter this unwanted adware program is that they don’t know how to uninstall it. If you have Ssoption in your Windows 10 computer, you may or may not be able to remove it in a conventional way. If you are lucky, a simple uninstallation would suffice and you won’t have to deal with this program any further. However, it’s also possible that this adware has made certain changes in the system settings that allow it to “entrench” itself on your computer and become rather difficult to get rid of. The good news here is that we can help you deal with this obstacle and uninstall Ssoption even if it seems like the program won’t go away no matter what you try.
The Ssoption virus is actually an adware app that cannot directly damage your computer and is mostly known for generating obstructive ads. Although the Ssoption virus won’t harm your system, it is still possible that it exposes it to other unwanted software and malware.
It is not uncommon for people to refer to this adware program as a virus and this is understandable. Ssoption is not a pleasant piece of software to have on the computer due to its ads and the fact that it can be somewhat difficult to eliminate could make it seem like it is a virus. Additionally, the fact that it often gets installed in the system in a stealthy way, through the help of other programs by being hidden behind their Advanced setup settings, also makes it look like this app should be categorized as a virus. However, the truth is that Ssoption is little more than an invasive promoting app and so there’s no need to get panicked if you encounter it (but there’s still a need to remove it).
Ssoption should I remove it?
You should remove Ssoption if you have it on your computer because this is the only way to make it stop showing ads on your screen and inside the browser. If you don’t remove Ssoption, its ads may potentially expose your PC to real viruses.
If you have encountered Ssoption on your Windows 10 PC, it’s definitely best if you uninstall it at the earliest opportunity both for your convenience and for the safety of your system. Detailed removal instructions for Ssoption can be found right below so go ahead and use them to delete this unwanted app.
One important thing we must note here before we wrap this up is that Ssoption is closely related to several other widespread unwanted programs for Windows 10 so if it is currently in your system, there’s a possibility you may have one or more of the following in there as well:
- Idle Buddy
- Bridlebuddles Service
- Relevant Knowledge
- Ingenering Group Inc Product
- Taskbar System
- Engineering Group Inc Product
If you think any of those are also present on the computer, select the link for the specific unwanted app to follow it to a separate article where you can learn more about the specific software/malware and find instructions on how to uninstall it.
Now, without further ado, we will show you what must be done if you have Ssoption on your Windows 10 computer.
How to Remove Ssoption
To Remove Ssoption, you can try deleting the program’s entry from the Control Panel of the computer like so:
- Access your computer’s Control Panel through the Start Menu and select the Uninstall a Program option.
- When a list of programs appears on your screen, look for an entry named Ssoption or something similar.
- Select the entry for the unwanted adware and click on Uninstall.
- Complete the steps from the uninstallation wizard to Remove Ssoption from your PC.
It is possible that this adware has introduced certain changes to different settings in your system making it more difficult to be removed. In this case, simply uninstalling the program from the Control Panel may not be enough to fully delete everything related to Ssoption from your computer. If you notice the ads and the other unpleasant effects of this app on your machine even after completing the steps from above, proceed to the instructions listed below and complete them.
Advanced Ssoption Removal Instructions
First, you must find the process or processes that this program runs on your computer and quit them.
- Go to the Task Manager app – you can invoke it by pressing together Ctrl, Shift, and Esc.
- You must now go to Processes in the Task Manager and try to find a process (or processes) that are linked to the adware. The process(es) you are looking for may have the same name as Ssoption but may also have a totally different name in order to throw you off.
- Tip: If you don’t see a Ssoption process listed in the Task Manager, look for other entries that seem out of place – ones with high RAM and CPU consumption that don’t seem related to any of the programs that are open at the moment are potential suspects. Just be sure to look up the name of any processes you deem suspicious so that you don’t accidentally try to quit a legitimate process that is essential to your system.
- When you find the Ssoption process (or another one you think is related to the adware), right-click it and go to the File Location.
- The files stored in the location folder must be scanned for harmful code – use the scanner shown below to test those files:
- If the results tell you that any of the files are infected/malicious, the process they are related to should be stopped – go to the Task Manager again, select the suspected process, and quit it by clicking on the End Process button in the bottom-right corner of the Task Manager.
- To finalize the current step, go back to the location folder and delete it alongside all the files that are in it.
- It is possible that you get an error message when you try to do this because one or more of the files in that folder can’t be removed at the moment. If this happens, delete the rest of the files and return to delete the location folder with the remaining files once you have completed the other steps.
If you have missed any of the Ssoption processes during the previous step, you may have a hard time deleting this adware so we advise you to boot your PC into Safe Mode which should keep the unwanted program from automatically launching any disruptive processes on your computer. Follow the link we’ve provided if you need assistance with enabling Safe Mode.
You must now check the Hosts file of your computer for unwanted changes made by the adware.
- You can access the computer’s Hosts file by placing the following line in the Start Menu and hitting Enter: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts.
- When you are at the Hosts file, you must see if there are any strange IP addresses and settings rules written after Localhost. If there are, this means the file has been manipulated by third-party software.
- We will still have to look at the third-party IPs in your Hosts file before we could confirm that they are from Ssoption so you will have to send them to us through the comments.
- If in our reply to your comment we confirm that the IPs have been put there by the Adware, make sure to delete them from the file and then save the changes.
Your next task is to delete (disable) any unwanted startup entries from your system that may be linked to Ssoption.
- Go to the System Configuration settings by typing system configuration in the Start Menu and pressing Enter.
- Select Startup to see the startup items of your computer and if any of them are named Ssoption or anything close to that, remove their ticks.
- Do the same with other startup items that are unfamiliar, an unknown manufacturer, or generally seem out of place.
- Once you think you’ve disabled all unwanted startup items, click on OK to save the changes and to exit the System Configuration settings.
Before you proceed with this final step, be warned that you will have to delete certain items from the Registry Editor of your computer. If you delete the wrong items, you may end up harming your computer’s system so it is important to complete this step very carefully. Always make sure to ask us in the comments about Registry items that you are not sure about before you delete them.
- To access the Registry Editor, you can type regedit in the search box below the Start Menu and click on the first shown icon (should be regedit.exe)
- Windows should ask you if you are sure you want to allow the Registry Editor to make changes in the system – click on Yes when asked that.
- When the Registry Editor shows up, select the Edit menu and then select Find.
- In the small search box, type Ssoption and click on Find Next to search for the first Registry item related to the adware.
- If the search yields a result, click on the found item and delete it.
- Search again, delete the next Ssoption item and keep doing this until there are no more results from the search.
- Next, find the following folders/directories in the left panel of the Registry Editors by expanding the folders there:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
- In each of these Registry directories, try to find folders/items that do not belong there. The names of those items should stand out due to being very long and/or because they consist of randomized characters (letters, numbers) that don’t seem to make much sense. If you see any such suspicious entries, delete them if you think they are unwanted. If you are unsure, consult our team by leaving us a comment down below.
We strongly recommend that you complete all the removal steps included on this page if you have the Ssoption adware on your Windows 10 PC (or another version of Windows). If the manual steps were not enough to fully delete Ssoption, you can also try the automatic removal tool included in the guide as it can quickly locate all data and settings related to the adware and delete them for you. In addition, it can also keep your system away from harm in the future by protecting it against a wide variety of online threats, including other Adware, Browser Hijackers, Spyware, Trojans, etc.