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Remove Open-fast.com (Free Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Open-fast.com is a cheaply designed greeting card service that may result in personal data disclosure

Open-fast.comOpen-fast.com is a suspicious site that might steal your WhatsApp account login details

Open-fast.com is a website that users may encounter at any time during the web browsing sessions on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or another browser. Allegedly, visitors can enter their dad's name and create a greeting card for Father's day in June, sharing it via the WhatsApp – a popular communication service. Just multiple other online greeting services created by (possibly) same individuals, Open-fast.com looks cheap and reminds of animations that date 20 years ago.

Regardless to its design, Open-fast.com virus goal is to make users create the greeting card and share it on WhatsApp, which changes the status on it by using a background script “whatsapp://send?text=I'm *name* %0Aopen this once%0A open-fast.com/?n=name %0A.” Consequently, users may end up get registered to a premium SMS service or have their WhatsApp account compromised. As evident, Open-fast.com is a scam that should not be trusted and should never be used due to security reasons.

Name Open-fast.com
Type Greeting card creation site; frequent redirects could indicate adware infection
A part of WhatsApp virus
Similar sites Sarthaks.clubSurprise4u.xyzWish-you.co, etc.
Related script  whatsapp://send?text=I'm *name* %0Aopen this once%0A open-fast.com/?n=name %0A
Main dangers  Users might expose their WhatsApp login information to unknown third-parties or lose money due to premium SMS service
Further actions If you experience redirects, pop-up ads, changed web browser homepage and search engine, you might be infected with a potentially unwanted program. To get rid of it, follow our manual removal guide below or employ an anti-malware app. To stop the premium SMS service, you will have to contact your phone operator and explain the situation
Recovery  In the case of the adware infection, you might find your system crashing or returning errors. If that is the case, you can scan your computer with ReimageIntego to fix virus damage

Online scammers are particularly innovative, and they are constantly coming up with new ideas on how to trick regular users into subscribing for something they did not intend to in the first place. For example, over the past few years, users have been struggling with push notification viruses like Sauwoaptain.com, tech support scams as “Your system is infected” or rogue system optimizers, such as Mac Tonic. Open-fast.com is yet another scam that uses social engineering,[1] and it is especially effective among users who are not that familiar with this type of online fraud.

As evident, the goal of every online scam is to trick users into making them spend money or provide private information that can be later sold for profits. At the time when ransomware is locking thousands of users' data every day and where high-profile data breaches are a daily occurrence,[2] users should make sure that they do not get tricked by Open-fast.com and similar scams.

Open-fast.com virusOpen-fast.com is a website that users might be redirected to due to adware infection

Generally, Open-fast.com is not attractive and simply looks cheap, which might discourage some users from using the service. Nevertheless, because it is seemingly free, users might find it useful for delivering greetings cards to their fathers. The provided message reads:

Name,

Wishing you happy Father's day!

God gave me the greatest gift I ever had,
God gave me the best friend in the form of my dad.
Father's Day wishes for a dad who is one in a million!

!! Wishing you a very Happy Father's Day. !!

As evident, you should not use Open-fast.com for any means, and also never click the “Click here to share on Whatsapp” button, as it may result in sensitive information exposure or monetary loss due to premium server SMS you might be subscribed to via your phone.[3]

Note that in case you are experiencing frequent redirects to Open-fast.com and similar scam sites, you should scan your machine with anti-malware software or check the list of the installed programs, as you might be infected with adware. In such a case, check the instructions to remove Open-fast.com adware from your machine. If you are still having trouble after that and your system is crashing or is working slowly, we suggest using repair software ReimageIntego.

Online fraud costs users millions of dollars each year

Unfortunately, but there are thousands, if not millions of websites that are filled with false claims and fake promises or users receiving benefits allegedly free. And while there are multiple sites that are legitimate and do not use fraud to monetize, there are many traps that inexperienced users can fall into, consequently losing money, disclosing their credit card details, or infecting their machines with malware.

Therefore, it is important to get deceived by online scams – here are a few tips from industry experts:[4]

  • Beware that company logos, and other attributes can be copied, so a site that claims to be partnered with Microsoft is not that until it has some proof;
  • There is not such a thing as online virus detection. In order to spot malware on your system, you need to have a dedicated anti-malware program installed on your device;
  • Microsoft of Apple technicians would never call you before prior notice;
  • Tech giants do not provide tech support numbers in their error messages;
  • If you see a site that offers a free gift like an iPhone and it seems too good to be true, it is likely a scam. To check whether a retailer is actually giving away iPhones (never happened before, but who knows?), visit its official website;
  • Do not provide credit card details for services that claim to be free, unless you know that it is legitimate and can be trusted;
  • Stay away from unknown and suspicious websites offering random services like greeting cards, there is likely fraud involved (use trusted services instead).

Open-fast.com background scriptOpen-fast.com uses a background script to change status of WhatsApp

Get rid of adware and prevent Open-fast.com from using your data

Open-fast.com removal does not usually requires much effort – simply close down the tab that you had it open on Google Chrome Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or any other browser, and never click on the “Click here to share on Whatsapp” button, and you will be safe. However, if you already clicked on the button, you might have provided your login details to unknown actors. In such a case, you should immediately change the password of your WhatsApp account.

You should also remove Open-fast.com premium SMS service so that you would not be charged periodically. To do that, you will have to contact your phone operator and ask for further instructions. Nevertheless, this is not necessary if you noticed no unauthorized payments via your phone (so check your phone bill).

Finally, you should check your machine for potentially unwanted programs – we provide the instructions below. If you noticed suspicious browser activities such as redirects or increased amounts of ads, you need to find and delete adware from your machine. You can do it by checking the instructions below or scanning your device with a security tool. For the best results, you should also reset your browser.

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To remove Open-fast.com, follow these steps:

Delete Open-fast.com from Windows systems

To get rid of unwanted programs from Windows, follow these steps:

To remove Open-fast.com from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Open-fast.com (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of Open-fast.com from Mac OS X system

macOS users should perform the following actions when trying to eliminated adware:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Open-fast.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Open-fast.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Open-fast.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Open-fast.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Open-fast.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Open-fast.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Open-fast.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Open-fast.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Open-fast.com from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Open-fast.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove Open-fast.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Open-fast.com and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Open-fast.com did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Open-fast.com removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Open-fast.com from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome as explained below:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Open-fast.com by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Open-fast.com-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Open-fast.com removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Open-fast.com from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Open-fast.com and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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