PremierOpinion is actually a legitimate piece of software. However, a lot of researchers have actually categorized this program as an Adware. The reason for that comes from the fact that PremierOpinion also seems to be able to generate and display irritating web marketing contents such as pop-ups, flashy banners, intrusive box messages, page redirects, etc.
Normally, this would affect any browser that you might be using so it is irrelevant what your browsing program is – Chrome, IE, Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi or any other.
A lot of users have been complaining about a software application called PremierOpinion and its rather intrusive behavior so we have decided to write an article where we explain what exactly this PC program is, why it might be considered as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and how you could uninstall it and remove it from your machine if you have had it installed there.
What is PremierOpinion?
PremierOpinion is promoted as a software tool that allows users to state their opinions regarding various web services and products, thus, supposedly, having the opportunity to influence the future development of the said products/services. In addition, it is also claimed that people who use PremierOpinion would even be able to gain some financial income or win gift cards by using this tool.
Now, on paper, all that sound quite alluring but we already mentioned the potential downsides of having this application on your PC. With all that said, you might actually want to remove this program from your machine so that it doesn’t irritate you with its ads any longer. If removing this Adware is what you really wish, you can use our removal guide at the bottom of this post where you will find detailed instructions that will help you ensure the annoying advertising tool has been eliminated for good.
Why you must be careful with Adware programs
We cannot tell you whether or not to uninstall PremierOpinion – it is all up to you. After all, you might be okay with the ads and you might actually find this program to be useful. However, we must point out certain aspects of most applications that belong to the Adware category which are less than desirable.
First and foremost, not all adverts that get created in your browser by the Adware might be safe. In most cases, you will be displayed legitimate offers that will redirect you to actual web stores. However, it is also possible that some of the flashy banners and pop-ups could actually be coming from shady advertising networks with bad reputation. This might lead to the exposure of you machine to different hazards such as getting infected by some nasty virus like a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware. The best thing you could do in case you’ve got an Adware application in your system would be to ignore any content that it displays on your screen.
One other thing some potentially unwanted programs of the Adware kind tend to do is scan your browser activities and gather telemetry information without your agreement. The data is typically used to later modify the ads that the program generates and make them more relevant to your supposed interests. However, the personal data could also get sold to third-parties that could use it for other purposes . You can never be fully certain what is going to happen with your private browsing information once it gets collected so you might as well prevent any sketchy programs from collecting it.
File-bundling and other distribution methods
Another issue with PremierOpinion that many users have pointed out is its rather stealthy way of getting installed onto people’s computers. Of course, you could download the program willingly but since most users wouldn’t do that, the developers behind PremierOpinion have utilized a distribution method known as file-bundling. Basically, the less desirable program (the Adware in this case) gets put inside the installer of some other software. Typically, before the installation is launched, the user should be able to see what optional install clauses are there in the setup menu and uncheck anything that they don’t want to get on their PC. That said, the majority of customers tend to disregard the custom settings in the setup wizard and simply click on next until the installation process is launched. This is a mistake that you should avoid if you don’t want any PUPs getting installed on your PC. Always look at the optional clauses and if you see anything potentially unwanted, be sure to leave it out.
One other thing to mention that will keep your system clean and safe in future is that you must also be careful with what you do online – what sites you visit, what you click on and what messages and e-mails you open. Adhere to things that you know are safe. If, for example, you see a fishy-looking advert or website or if you receive an online message that looks like spam, just avoid those and do not interact with them.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Various forms of web adverts getting displayed on your screen each time you try to use your browser.|
|Distribution Method||Mostly file-bundles, although other methods such as spam e-mails and malvertising are not out of the question.|
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PremierOpinion “Virus” Removal
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 PremierOpinion 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 PremierOpinion from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove PremierOpinion 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.
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
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!