I wrote this article to help you remove Optmz.Online. This Optmz.Online removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Optmz.Online is a malicious webpage and if it appears all the time, you should know there is a browser hijacker on your computer. It is lurking behind this page, using it as a front. Displaying the page is also its way of announcing its presence. But you should take it as a warning because that’s what it is. It confirms your PC and browsing experience are no longer safe. Not to mention your privacy. Don’t ignore the page`s appearance. Instead, the minute you spot it start looking for the hijacker`s hiding place and when you find it, delete it once and for all. There is nothing good you can receive from hijackers aside from messed up system and privacy risk.
The browser hijacker slithers in your system completely under the radar and, once there, starts meddling. First, it attacks your browser by altering its settings. One day you open your browser to see that both your homepage and search engine have been replaced with Optmz.Online. The hijacker is able to make reshuffles as it sees fit. Don’t try to remember when you agreed to that modification because you didn’t. In fact, the hijacker never even asked you. It doesn’t need your permission on this or any other change it makes. Now when you have been infected, your likes, dislikes, and preferences are not important. Once these changes have been made the Optmz.Online website becomes your constant online companion. You will see it each time you open a new tab or your browser in general. If you try loading some other page you get redirected back to it. All the time it is there. Does this sound annoying? Wait until you hear everything.
As you probably guessed, the Optmz.Online and the redirects are not the only problems you will have. The countless pop-up ads, which will be thrown your way every single day are probably even more irritating. The ads, together with the redirects, won`t leave you surfing the Web normally. You cannot work in that kind of situation. And you are 24/7 at risk of compromising your PC even more. You should now that the pages you get redirected to (not only Optmz.Online but the other as well) are highly unreliable and may or may not be full of malware. The same goes for the ads. They are as risky as the redirect. All of them hide more malicious programs in them, which are just waiting to be given a chance to wreck your system.
Let me warn you that this chance is given with only one single click of yours. Your click equals your consent. Unless you want to infect your PC further you should avoid all the hijacker generates. But even if you do so, your machine cannot do anything to avoid being constantly overwhelmed and interrupted. Very soon it will start experiencing frequent crashes and freezes. The speed will worsen significantly too. In general, your whole system will be corrupted. How long do you thing that can go on for? Your computer won`t hold on for long before it faces the Blue Screen of Death. And somehow, this is still not the worst problem you will face while hosting a hijacker.
All of the above-mentioned issues pale in comparison with the biggest problem you will face. The hijacker puts your private life at risk. It jeopardizes your personal and financial information and threatens to expose it to crooks. Hijackers, this one included, are able to spy on everything you do, catalog all the information and then send it to their authors. These crooks who now have access to your private life. Keep in mind that this door once opened, is very hard to close. Don’t let strangers be in possession of your financial and personal details. Don’t sit and wait for this to happen. The longer you hesitate the more time the hijacker has to accomplish its goals. Delete it right away and keep yourself safe. Our removal instructions below will help you clean your PC for good.
As explained, the hijacker gets in undetected but do you know how it does that? They need your permission upon their installment, without which they cannot invade. Since they need it, they ask for it. But of course, not openly. You wouldn’t allow them to enter if they use a big neon sign “DANGEROUS INFECTION” to ask you. Of course, not. That’s why they turn to the old but gold means of infiltration to trick you into giving them your approval and not even realize it. One of these tactics is freeware, for instance. It is one of the most popular ones. If you don’t take the time to read the Terms and Conditions, you are not careful what you agree with and just click “next”, they succeed. They need your negligence the most. The same goes for other methods like spam emails, corrupted links/pages, etc.
Sometimes a hijacker can be disguised as a fake program update. You should always be careful online as infections are lurking from everywhere. Also, a reliable anti-malware program may increase your chances at catching an intruder on time.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Optmz.Online from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.