The OptiBuy is an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). The ‘ad supported’ software may modify the settings of internet browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari or install a malicious browser extension, which created to generate a large number of intrusive pop-up advertisements. It will lead to the fact that when you start the internet browser or surfing the Web, it will always be forced to show lots of pop-up ads, even when your internet browser is configured to block advertisements. On current date, the adware continues to increase the number of computers that have been infected.
The adware is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, alters browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the ad-supported software can install additional browser extensions, addons and modules that will inject advertising links within the Mozilla Firefox, Chrome and Safari’s screen. Moreover, the adware may install web-browser hijacker that once started, will change the browser’s home page and search engine. And finally, the ‘ad supported’ software can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web sites you are opening, what you are looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
Table of contents
- What is OptiBuy
- How to remove Ads by OptiBuy adware
- How to block OptiBuy redirect
- How to OptiBuy adware get installed onto Mac
- To sum up
We suggest you to remove OptiBuy adware and clean your computer from unwanted pop up ads as soon as possible, until the presence of the ad-supported software has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the step by step guidance below that will help you to completely delete the redirect to unwanted ad web-pages, using only the built-in Mac OS features and a few of specialized free malicious software removal utilities.
How to remove Ads by OptiBuy adware
The ‘ad supported’ software is a form of malware that you might have difficulty in removing it from your Mac. Happily, you have found the effective OptiBuy pop-up ads removal steps in this article. If you’ve any questions or need assist then type a comment below. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your browser or restart your system.
Uninstall unwanted and suspicious software
The process of ad-supported software removal is generally the same across all versions of Mac OS. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed applications on your system and remove all unused, unknown and suspicious software.
Open Finder and click Applications.
Look for the OptiBuy, right click to it and select Move to Trash or drag it from the Applications folder to the Trash. Most important, scroll through the all list, and move to trash any unknown and suspicios applications. Don’t forget, choose Finder -> Empty Trash.
Remove OptiBuy pop ups from Mozilla Firefox
If your Firefox internet browser is rerouted to unwanted ad sites without your permission or a an unknown search engine opens results for your search, then it may be time to perform the browser reset.
Open Firefox. Type into the address bar about:support
Press Enter. It will open the Troubleshooting Information screen as shown below.
Click on the Reset Firefox button. It will open the confirmation prompt. Click to Reset Firefox button once again.
Remove OptiBuy pop-up ads from Google Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the browser’s settings such as start page, new tab page and search engine by default that have been modified by the OptiBuy adware which designed to redirect your browser to various ad sites.
Click on Chrome’s main menu button () and select Settings option as shown below.
It will open the Chrome settings screen. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the Show advanced settings (look the example below).
Chrome’s advanced settings should now be displayed. Scroll down until the Reset browser settings. Next, click on the Reset browser settings button. It will open the confirmation prompt. Click to Reset button to continue.
Get rid of OptiBuy popup advertisements from Safari
Click Safai menu and select Preferences.
It will open the Safari Preferences window. Next, click the Extensions tab. Look for OptiBuy on left panel, select it, then click on the Uninstall button.Most important to remove all unknown extensions from Safari.
Once complete, click General tab. Change the Default Search Engine to Google.
Find the Homepage and type into textfield “https://www.google.com”.
Automatically delete OptiBuy pop-up ads with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC system of the adware. The free tool is an advanced malicious software removal application made by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It is able to help you remove intrusive OptiBuy popup advertisements from your internet browsers, potentially unwanted applications, malware, browser hijacker infections, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC system for free.
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM) from the link below.
Once downloaded, click on the Scan button to start a system scan like a shown below.
When the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click Remove Selected Items button. MalwareBytes Anti-malware for Mac will start to remove all malicious files and folders.
How to block unwanted pop-up ads
Use an ad-blocking utility such as AdGuard will protect you from harmful advertisements and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and stop phishing and spam web sites. Additionally, ad blocker software will allow you to avoid annoying popup ads and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
- Download AdGuard program using the following link.AdGuard for Mac download
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 1, 2016
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your Apple Mac, AdGuard will start automatically and block unwanted pop-ups, annoying ads, as well as other malicious or misleading web page. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply click on the AdGuard icon.
How to OptiBuy adware get installed onto Mac
To sum up
Now your Mac should be clean of the OptiBuy that causes a ton of intrusive pop up ads. We suggest that you keep Malwarebytes Anti-malware (to periodically scan your Mac system for new malicious software, browser hijackers and adware) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-ups and harmful web sites). Moreover, to prevent adware, please stay clear of unknown and third party software, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to detect PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with OptiBuy pop-ups related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.