If you have suddenly found a new program called and you are wondering what is opera Stable? What is Opera stable doing on your PC, how it got there and what exactly does it do.
What is Opera stable?
The Opera browser is a perfectly legitimate internet browser developed by a company named OperaSoftware ASA and Opera Stable is the latest stable release of this browser. There is nothing malicious with the Opera browser. However the installation of Opera stable you have on your computer may or may not be legitimate.
Opera is less popular than its three major competitors in the browser scene – Chrome, Mozilla and Internet Explorer. To counteract that, Opera is often distributed as part of software bundles, through 3rd party programs and this leaves room for abuse from unscrupolous hackers.
The fact that Opera stable was installed without your explicit permission or knowledge is worrying enough to raise the question what is Opera stable. It could be the real thing, or it could be an injected, modified .exe of the original program that works as a rootkit giving access to other, more dangerous viruses. It is also very likely that other programs were installed alongside Opera stable – likely Adware or Spyware.
Regarless of the cause you should probably remove it
The thing with these randomly acquired programs is that you never know where the catch is until it is too late. If you want to test if the Opera browser is to your liking you should delete this copy and download the program from the official program developer. This way you will know for certain that the executable has not been tampered with.
If you have already tried to use the copy of Opera stable that is on your computer and you recieved search results from strange search engines then you should immediately remove it. (Opera default is Google, everything else means it’s a fake). It is also possible that you are subjected to a much larger then normal amount of Advertisements while you browse – again this means you are running an Adware program designed to look as Opera. It is even possible that Opera stable is just a virus masquarading under the name of known and trusted software.
- If you already tried to remove Opera stable through the control panel and it didn’t work or parts of it still remain then you are absolutely dealing with a virus. You will find the instructions how to remove the virus further below.
- In conclusion we’d like to say it is hard to determine what is Opera stable for sure until we test the particular sample that you have installed on your machine. The most prudent course of action is to remove it immediately and then re-download it from the official Opera site if you are curious and looking for a browser alternative.
- Finally try to remember what caused Opera stable to appear in your computer. The most likely culprit is probably a program you have recently installed and that program is possibly infected with a virus. After you deal with Opera browser you will have to adress the program that installed it as well. Keep on reading.
NOTE: The following guide should be exhaustive enough to cover all aspects of whatever virus or adware has infected you.
Opera Stable “Virus” Removal Guide
|Type||Potentially Unwanted malware.|
|Symptoms||Unwanted Ads and Toolbars, search engine redirects.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, Email attachments, online Ads, infected torrent files.|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|
Opera Stable “Virus” Removal Guide
Our first step here is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For W. 8 and 8.1 Users:
Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 10 Users:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Continue with Step 2.
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.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Opera Stable “Virus” . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Go to STEP 3.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Opera Stable “Virus” should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Go to STEP 3.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the virus and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
Go to STEP 3.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Go to STEP 3.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Continue with STEP 4.
Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Opera Stable “Virus” and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Windows Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Go to STEP 5.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this can damage your PC significantly if you make a big mistake. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional Opera Stable “Virus” remover. Additionally, accounts connected to your credit cards, or important information, may be exposed to the virus.
If you do not remove the virus completely it could leak the information to its creator, so be careful!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Move on to STEP 6.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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STEP 7 – Optimization
We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested – How To Remove Guide’s Optimization Tips.