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Remove PremierOpinion virus (Removal Instructions) - Sep 2019 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Premier Opinion – a potentially unwanted program that has a poor reputation linked to data tracking tasks

Premier Opinion rogue app
Premier Opinion is a suspicious program that tracks your browsing activities

Questions about PremierOpinion virus

Premier Opinion, also known as PUA:Win32/PremierOpinion and developed by VoiceFive Inc., claims to be a part of an online market but has a questionable reputation instead. According to various sources, the program might display intrusive ads but it might not as it all depends on the version of the application that is installed. However, mostly, Premier Opinion virus aims to track users' browsing habits, even gather some personal details, and overload the desktop with questionable surveys and offers. These activities are not only annoying but they can be potentially dangerous too as by revealing some sensitive data to the program developers you risk getting your information lost in some type of hacker's hands. 

Name Premier Opinion
Also known as PUA:Win32/PremierOpinion
Developer VoiceFive Inc.
Type Potentially unwanted program (PUP)
Main symptoms Numerous survey ads appearing while using the affected web browser, in-text links, questionnaires
Background activities Data tracking. The app is interested in users' browsing habits, demographic information, and application usage
Affected operating systems  Windows OS, Mac OS X
Elimination Uninstall PremierOpinion add-on, run Reimage to get rid of its leftover effect

People who are working behind Premier Opinion virus try to motivate its members by the promising the opportunity to earn cash or other material benefits. However, it seems that this program is just another adware-type application that can barely give anything useful in return. All of the benefits are linked towards the developers.

According to Microsoft Security Intelligence group, Premier Opinion is a potentially unwanted program that can be downloaded from various third-party websites such as www.permissionresearch.com and www.opinionsquare.com. Its distribution has been discovered to be the most popular in China, The United States, France, The United Kingdom, and Spain.[1]

Additionally, potentially unwanted programs such as Premier Opinion are capable of bringing other third-party content with them. The same Microsoft experts have discovered that this adware-type application can also install Internet Download Manager, NVIDIA Virtual Audio 1.2.40, HTML5 Video Player 1.2.5, and other third-party products.

As soon as it manages to get inside the system, Premier Opinion program modifies each of Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) without user's consent. Be careful because this program may also change your homepage or new tab URL zone and initiate other changes on each of your web browser apps.

Premier Opinion PUP
Premier Opinion is an adware-type virus which uses numerous features used to display continuous survey ads on users' web browsers.

Afterward, victim's browsing sessions are flooded with Premier Opinion ads which are typically filled with offers to participate in multiple surveys. In fact, by clicking on any of its ads, you may find yourself on suspicious sites which are used for spreading questionable programs, like other adware, browser hijackers or even dangerous viruses.[2]

You might not notice that advertisements come directly from Premier Opinion and its websites, however, later on, you might see some texts near those ads that announce about the appearance of this adware. The adverts can claim:

  • “Ads by PremierOpinion”;
  • “Powered by PremierOpinion”;
  • “Brought to you by PremierOpinion”;
  • “Ads powered by PremierOpinion”;
  • “Advertisements by PremierOpinion”.

If you want to stop these redirects from happening, run a full system scan with Reimage. The app will help you double-check the system and see if it is infected. In addition, you can perform Premier Opinion removal on Mac or Windows operating systems manually with the guide given below. These instructions are also suitable for web browsers.

Premier Opinion virus
Premier Opinion is a potentially unwanted program that can bring other third-party content to the computer

Additionally, people are willing to uninstall Premier Opinion not just because of its ads, survey offers and similar pop-ups that are caused by this PUP on every shopping website they visit. It seems that this program can also cause much more damage and can lead you to dangerous, privacy-related issues. Besides, if you carefully read the Privacy Policy, Premier Opinion adware is able to do the following:

Once you agree to participate in this program, we may notify you of survey opportunities through e-mail, pop-ups, toast windows, U.S. mail, and other means. If you elect to participate in a survey, we require that you provide complete and accurate information about yourself and your household.

Note that we do not recommend providing your private details under any circumstances.[3] Due to the reasons mentioned above, we neither suggest installing this unreliable application nor continue using it if you have already done so. Instead, you should remove Premier Opinion to avoid further issues.

Besides, the developers of Premier Opinion agree that various information about the user can be collected. This might not only include the IP address, browser type, geographic location of the person but the company might also be able to see the user's name/surname, email address, mobile phone number, and similar private data:

We may collect personal information about you when you voluntarily provide us with such information, such as through our Website. We may collect such information directly from you or we may receive it from a third-party company that is acting on our behalf or that otherwise refers you to us. For example, you may provide us with personal information when you submit an online form or otherwise communicate with us through our Website. This information may include your name, address, phone number, and email address, among other types of information, including any personal information you provide to us in a message.

Adware comes in one package with regular software

If you wonder how potentially unwanted programs get installed on your computer, the answer is simple — you may have installed free applications from the Internet recklessly. PUPs travel in so-called software-bundles, which is a popular marketing technique employed by many adware developers.

This method relies on the belief that while installing software, the user will pick Quick or Recommended settings and won't be able to decline the installation of the potentially unwanted program. In other terms, the latter parameters skip many steps of the process, including the one which contains a pre-marked box allowing to infiltrate the adware program.

To avoid that, you should opt for Custom or Advanced configuration and install professional security software. It will help you to examine files for malicious programs before the download and protect your computer from various threats. Additionally, we suggest not installing PDF converters,[4] video streaming apps, or download managers since they are the most likely to hold the PUP inside their installer.

Premier Opinion adware

The easiest way to remove Premier Opinion virus

According to BedyNet.ru[5] experts, you can quickly finish Premier Opinion removal if you decide to do it automatically. We recommend this method because PUPs contain numerous browser extensions and add-ons which might be hardly identifiable. If you want to get rid of the annoying surveys and ads successfully, you must uninstall them all.

Therefore, the best option would be to remove Premier Opinion with the help of robust antivirus software. However, you can use the steps given below this article to fix your computer system manually. You will have to delete adware-related elements from your computer and then reset your web browsers. 

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 PremierOpinion virus, follow these steps:

Erase PremierOpinion from Windows systems

To clean your Windows OS, follow the guide below and remove all suspicious browser extensions and plug-ins.

  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 PremierOpinion and related programs
    Here, look for PremierOpinion 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'

Delete PremierOpinion from Mac OS X system

To uninstall PremierOpinion from MacOS users, use the help of this guide.

  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 PremierOpinion 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'

Remove PremierOpinion from Internet Explorer (IE)

If the adware has left some rogue extension or add-ons in Explorer, you can easily remove these objects with the help of the following guidelines:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for PremierOpinion and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete PremierOpinion removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall PremierOpinion virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, PremierOpinion should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of PremierOpinion from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Clean Mozilla Firefox from suspicious content by completing the following steps:

  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 PremierOpinion 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete PremierOpinion removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate PremierOpinion from Google Chrome

Fix Chrome by uninstalling elements which are linked to the virus.

  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 PremierOpinion 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete PremierOpinion removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase PremierOpinion 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 PremierOpinion or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 PremierOpinion removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. giorgiop says:
    November 14th, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    il tutto del virus e che si rigenera con tanta facilita che nelldi 5 max10 ritorna con tutti i suo file e altro ,nonostante che lo cancelli in tutti i modi …..

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