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Remove Opti-Page.com redirect (Removal Guide) - Jun 2018 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Opti-Page.com – fake engine that attempts to give the impression of legitimacy

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Opti-Page.com is a search engine created by Babylon Ltd. Developers claim that this page offers better search results and improves your online experience. However, it does nothing similar to that. This PUP[1] makes changes to your browser settings and causes unwanted activities while you use it. It might not only prevent from removing its domain from the homepage but display modified search results too. So, you might easily end up on useless or infected websites.

Name Opti-Page.com
Developer Babylon Ltd.
Type Browser hijacker
Affected browsers Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Firefox.
Symptoms Redirects, changed search engine and new tab settings, increased number of ads.
Distribution Insecure software installation
Removal  Best tool for Opti-Page removal is Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Opti Page is offered to download during the installation of freeware or shareware. However, users who rush through the installer, tend to leave pre-selected agreement to install this search tool. For this reason, changes to the browser are unexpected. If you notice this activity on your browser and PC you are possibly infected with browser hijacker:

  • Your every attempt of search is placed on Opti-Page.com;
  • You see new toolbars or bookmarks added to your browser;
  • You get redirected to questionable websites with every click on a page;
  • You see an increased number of advertisement in a pop-up, banner, and other forms;
  • Your browser starts to work sluggishly.

Opti-Page might seem legitiamte search engine at first. However, if you try to replace it with Google or Yahoo, your changes will be reverted. This activity does not describe a reliable tool. Thus, the hijacker is capable of altering some system or browser settings. It always re-assigns itself as default search engine after a system reboot.

Opti-Page.com browser hijacker

However, using OptiPage is not recommended because it displays search queries from the unknown database. Differently than other hijackers, this one does not redirect to popular search engine results. In this case, developers of the hijacker are capable of modifying what links you see on the results page. 

Some of the links in the results page might be safe and useful. However, among them might be the ones who are not. Usually, people who want to increase traffic to their websites, use fake search engines to do so. The same activity can be done by cyber criminals too.

Opti-Page.com virus might redirect to dangerous websites once you click on a link on a search result or some advertisement. You can accidentally visit a site that is used for spreading malware or stealing personal information or money. Therefore, you should stay away from the clickable content while your browser is hijacked. 

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Another reason to remove Opti-Page.com from your browser is data collecting. Any unwanted program can get access to your browsing history and tendencies. Your personal data is not available for them, but IP dresses, geolocation[2] and mostly searched or viewed sites can be tracked. This collected data later can be used by third-party advertisers.

The advertisement is placed, created and modified according to your personal information. Searched deals, offers, and other purchasing related information. This helps to ensure that you are clicking on those banners, pop-ups and possibly purchasing suggested items or software. Virukset.fi[3] recommends to pay attention and do not buy anything of off those advertisements. This can lead to dangerous activity and possible cyber infections. Meanwhile, authors of the Opti Page virus generates revenue from your clicks.

This reason makes Opti-Page.com removal crucial for your system. It is recommended to do as soon as possible because time is not on your side. The more time browser hijacker gets on your computer, the more data it can collect. Eventually, your browser will get flooded with suspicious content. You should take anti-malware tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to wipe out hijacker immediately. Opti-Page.com fake search engineOpti-Page.com - virus that targets your browser

Insecure software installation can lead to browser hijacker infections

Steps during freeware installations are often skipped, and people do not pay enough attention to what they are downloading for real. Users may think this is simpler because it is quick, and they do not need to know every little detail about installation. Although, this speeding through processes like this is not helpful for you. You are at high risk of getting infected by PUP.

These programs come with freeware in bundles as additional pieces and spread in your system without your knowledge. Virus developers know about this tendency that people love to rush and they can easily get profit out of this. Unwanted programs are avoidable, but you need to be aware of the processes being your every click. Opti-Page.com virusOpti-Page.com hijack - virus that secretly collects data

To avoid installing browser hijacker or other shady apps, you should remember a few simple tips:

  1. Always use reliable download sources (yes, you should stay away from torrents and file-sharing sites!).
  2. Read Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and other provided documents by the developers (if they are not provided, do not install the program).
  3. Use Advanced/Custom setup to see additional apps and opt them out (Quick/Standard settings do not have this feature and allow third-party apps to get inside without warning you).

Uninstall Opti Page correctly by following our guide

To remove Opti-Page.com, you should use anti-malware tools because PUP might contain various additional files. Those can affect your general PC performance and systems’ speed. Also, it is dangerous because unwanted programs attract other possible threats. Deleting every little piece by hand is difficult, so be sure to use certified tolls designed merely for this.

Opti-Page.com removal, when done properly, can be beneficial because these programs can find all other additional threats and get rid of them before they even did something. Also, after this infection is off your computer, you sound not forget about possible repetition. Always have software from professional providers and keep your applications, anti-spyware tools up to date.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Opti-Page.com redirect, follow these steps:

Delete Opti-Page.com from Windows systems

Remove all entries related to OptiPage from your Windows computer:

  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 Opti-Page.com and related programs
    Here, look for Opti-Page.com 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 Opti-Page.com 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.

Eliminate Opti-Page.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Opti-Page.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Opti-Page.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 Opti-Page.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 Opti-Page.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Opti-Page.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Opti-Page.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 Opti-Page.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 Opti-Page.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Opti-Page.com redirect 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 Opti-Page.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

Erase Opti-Page.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If you have the hijacker on your Firefox browser follow this elimination guide:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Opti-Page.com and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Opti-Page.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Opti-Page.com from Google Chrome

You can delete Opti-Page browser hijacker from the Chrome:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Opti-Page.com and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Opti-Page.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Opti-Page.com from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Opti-Page.com or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Opti-Page.com, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Opti-Page.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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