PremierOpinion is a potentially unwanted program known to monitor your browsing habits, the applications you use as well as display unwanted advertising messages.
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 sounds 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 a bad reputation. This might lead to the exposure of your 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 the 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.
PremierOpinion Virus Removal
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning. You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone