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Opera redirect virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Opera redirect virus is a set of potentially malicious applications that could lead to severe consequences

Opera redirect virus
Opera redirect virus is a set of potentially unwanted programs that affect Opera browser users exclusively.

Opera redirect virus is a phrase used to describe a variety of potentially unwanted programs related to the Opera web browser. They can range from browser hijackers to adware. PUPs usually infiltrate the device with the help of software bundling or are manually installed by the user from a deceptive site. Upon infiltration, Opera redirect virus can make a lot of significant changes to the browser or/and the system. Even though constant pop-up ads cause immense frustration to users, the biggest danger lies in potential malware infections that could consequently lead to computer inclusion into a botnet, crypto-mining, sensitive data gathering, and similar privacy issues. Recently, users have been complaining about their browser redirecting them to redirector.opera.com and its subdomains, which is most likely linked to adware infection.

Summary
 Name  Opera redirect virus
 Type  Potentially unwanted programs/malware
 Infiltration  Software bundling, browser vulnerabilities, deceptive websites, etc.
 Symptoms  Altered homepage and search engine, sponsored links, persistent pop-up ads and redirects,   etc.
 Main dangers  Severe malware infections, sensitive information leak
 Elimination Use security software such as Reimage to get rid of unwanted programs or check our manual removal guide below

Opera web browser is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems.[1] It is one of the oldest browsers that is is still relatively popular, so there is no surprise that crooks target its users. Also, the unwanted programs seem to be targeting Opera browsers exclusively while skipping Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari – hence the Opera redirect virus name.

Opera browser hijack symptoms are as follows:

  • altered homepage, default search engine, and new tab;
  • redirects to suspicious websites during a web search, clicking links or visiting random websites;
  • an increased amount of ads or pop-ups;
  • an appearance of unknown browser extensions, add-ons or toolbars.

Opera redirect virus is similar to Chrome, Firefox or IE redirect viruses. The purpose of the infection is to force user’s browser to open new tabs and trigger visits to affiliate websites. In various forums,[2] users report about being redirected to travel, music, gaming, and similar sites. Undoubtedly, this activity is annoying and diminishes browsing experience significantly.

Opera redirect problems might end up worse than expected. Some PUPs initiate redirects to potentially dangerous websites. For instance, you might end up on tech support scam or phishing[3] site where cyber criminals hope to obtain your personal information. Furthermore, you might be forced to visit a domain where malicious JavaScript[4] code could use a flaw in the unpatched software to inject malware.

Moreover, some versions of Opera redirect malware might also display pop-ups and ads that are misleading. They might promote bogus security software, notify about available updates or warn about the alleged virus attack. However, you should never click these advertisements because they are most likely to infect you with a trojan.

Therefore, if you have noticed suspicious activities on Opera, such as redirects, changed homepage, etc., you should take care of your computer’s security. We firmly recommend installing anti-spyware or anti-malware like Reimage to clean your device from PUPs.

Manual Opera redirect virus removal option is also available. However, it might be a complicated task because it’s hard to tell what program is responsible for the infection. But if you want to try to find and locate malicious components, you should not forget to check opera://extensions page and uninstall unknown add-ons.

However, sometimes Opera redirect problem is related to browser’s settings itself. Therefore, you can check if “Enable automatic redirection” option is checked or not. You can do it by following this path: Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Network > uncheck “Enable automatic redirection.”

Redirector.opera.com – a deceptive redirect virus

Users recently reported a spike of Redirector.opera.com redirects on Opera web browser. Just as most potentially unwanted applications, it gets installed together with shareware and freeware programs, although users might install questionable applications like system optimizers and similar useless software after being tricked by clever social engineering.

Those who have their browsers affected by Redirector.opera.com can expect a large number of pop-ups, banners, deals, offers, in-text links, during their browser sessions. Additionally, these disturbances can also show up when Opera is not in operation. For that reason, Redirector.opera.com removal becomes necessary.

If you notice pop-up ads that are marked by Redirector.opera.com, you need to eliminate adware that is associated with the redirect. Please use our instructions below for that.

Opera redirect malware
While Opera has no connection to deceptive and malicious software, bad actors often abuse the browser in order to serve users sponsored content.

Dissemination methods of the redirect malware

Potentially unwanted programs that are responsible for Opera redirects to sponsored websites usually spread attached in software packages. Security experts from Poland[5] tell that proper installation of programs is necessary to avoid accidental installation of PUPs:

  • Download programs from the reliable websites only. Avoid file-sharing sites and rely on the official trusted developers sites.
  • Always opt for Advanced/Custom installation method instead of Quick/Standard/Recommended. The latter settings rarely disclose about third-party apps that are included in the package. Thus, using this setup, you give indirect permission to install them without even realizing it.
  • Read Terms of Use and other official documents before clicking “Agree” button.
  • Unmark all pre-selected additional apps or agreements to change your current search engine with an unknown provider.

However, PUPs often are presented as useful browser add-ons, extensions or programs. Sometimes, they pretend to be updates for popular applications, such as Adobe Flash Player. Therefore, you should never forget that reminders to install available updates popped up in the form of ads are fake, and you should not click them.

Eliminate Opera redirect virus

As you already know, redirects are initiated by a potentially unwanted program, usually a browser hijacker. Therefore, in order to stop this activity, you have to find and remove the source of the problem – PUP. For that, you have two options – manual and automatic elimination.

In order to remove Opera redirect virus manually, you have to investigate the system attentively. You have to find unknown programs installed to your computer and check the list of Opera extensions. The instructions below will give you more details where to look up for hijacker-related entries.

However, some hijackers are fileless. It means that you will not be able to find and delete PUP manually. For this reason, you will have to opt for automatic Opera redirect virus removal option. Bear in mind that you have to run a full system scan with a professional and up-to-date anti-malware or anti-spyware.

 

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Opera redirect virus, follow these steps:

WindowsMac OS X

Uninstall Opera redirect from Windows systems

If you are suffering from Opera redirects, you have to check if any unknown programs haven't been installed to your computer. The instructions below will show you how to achieve this goal.

If you cannot find any programs, you have to Opera's extensions and look up for the hijacker there. You can access the list of installed add-ons following this address: opera://extensions page.

If you find unknown extensions, uninstall them ASAP. Then reset the browser:

  1. Open Opera and access About Opera page.
  2. Under the Path section select Profile and copy the address.
  3. Open File Explorer and paste the copied address.
  4. Click on Opera Software folder. Here you will find Opera Stable folder. Delete it.
  5. Close the browser.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Opera redirect and related programs
    Here, look for Opera redirect or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Opera redirect from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

WindowsMac OS X

Erase Opera redirect from Mac OS X system

First of all, you have to follow the instructions below to get rid of suspicious applications that may have been installed on your Mac silently. Then, check the list of Opera's extensions and uninstall unknown add-ons, extensions, toolbars or similar entries.

When all potentially dangerous entries are wiped out, you have to clean install Oper. Before that, we recommend backing up all bookmarks and other necessary information because it would be lost.

  1. Uninstall Opera as an ordinary application from your Mac.
  2. Then delete Opera profile data.
  3. Go to official Opera's website and download the latest version of the browser.
  4. Follow the installation guidelines.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Opera redirect or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

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