What is PromoteOptimization
PromoteOptimization is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) that falls under the category of Adware. When adware gets inside your Mac, it might carry out various malicious tasks. Some of the more common acts on MAC computers include: adware software can display various pop ups and/or annoying ads;adware can redirect your internet browser to shady web sites; adware can slow down your computer; adware can modify browser settings.
Even worse, adware software can be used to gather confidential information about you such as what web-pages you are opening, what you are looking for the Net and so on. This privacy data, later, may be transferred to third parties.
By following guidance below it is easy to scan and remove adware software from Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and your MAC. Learn how to remove any unwanted ads and adware apps, as well as how to run a full Mac virus scan.
How does PromoteOptimization get on your MAC
|Name||PromoteOptimization, Promote Optimization 1.0 app|
|Type||adware, PUP (potentially unwanted program), pop up ads, pop-ups, pop-up virus|
|Removal||PromoteOptimization removal guide|
How to Remove PromoteOptimization adware
Fortunately, it is not hard to remove adware infection. In the following tutorial, we will provide two methods to free your MAC system of this adware software. One is the manual removal solution and the other is automatic removal way. You can select the solution that best fits you. Please follow the removal steps below to delete PromoteOptimization adware right now!
To remove PromoteOptimization, use the steps below:
- How to remove PromoteOptimization adware without any software
- Automatic Removal of PromoteOptimization adware software
- How to stay safe online
- To sum up
How to remove PromoteOptimization adware without any software
This part of the article is a step-by-step instructions that will help you to remove PromoteOptimization adware manually. You just need to follow every step. In this case, you do not need to install any additional apps.
Delete potentially unwanted software using the Finder
One of the first things to attempt for removal of adware software is to check your MAC OS installed programs screen and look for unwanted and dubious programs. If there are any apps you do not recognize or are no longer using, you should remove them. If that doesn’t work, then you may need to use adware removal tool like MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
Carefully browse through the list of installed applications and remove all dubious and unknown programs.
Once you’ve found anything questionable that may be the PromoteOptimization adware or other potentially unwanted application, then right click this application and select “Move to Trash”. Once complete, Empty Trash.
Remove PromoteOptimization adware from Safari
The Safari reset is great if your web browser is hijacked or you have unwanted add-ons or toolbars on your web browser, that installed by an malicious software.
Run Safari web-browser. Next, select Preferences from the Safari menu.
First, click the “Security” icon. Here, choose “Block pop-up windows”. It will block some types of popups.
Now, click the “Extensions” icon. Look for suspicious add-ons on left panel, select it, then press the “Uninstall” button. Most important to remove all dubious plugins from Safari.
Once complete, check your start page and search engine settings. Click “General” icon. Make sure that the “Homepage” field contains the website you want or is empty.
Make sure that the “Search engine” setting shows your preferred search provider. In some versions of Safari, this setting is in the “Search” tab.
Delete PromoteOptimization from Firefox by resetting web browser settings
Resetting Mozilla Firefox web-browser will reset all the settings to their default values and will remove PromoteOptimization ads, malicious add-ons and extensions. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
First, run the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, press the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button like below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove PromoteOptimization from Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Google Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the internet browser’s settings like default search engine, start page and newtab that have been changed by the PromoteOptimization adware software.
First start the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will show the Google Chrome menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the addon signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Chrome menu once again. Further, press the option called “Settings”.
The internet browser will display the settings screen. Another method to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, similar to the one below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation dialog box as on the image below.
You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The browser will launch the procedure of cleaning. When it’s done, the internet browser’s settings including search provider, homepage and new tab back to the values which have been when the Chrome was first installed on your MAC OS.
Automatic Removal of PromoteOptimization adware software
Using a malware removal utility to scan for and delete adware hiding on your MAC is probably the simplest way to remove the PromoteOptimization adware. We suggests the MalwareBytes Free utility for Apple Mac MAC OSs. It is the anti malware application for Mac OS that offers a free malicious software removal.
How to remove PromoteOptimization with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM)
If you are still having problems with the PromoteOptimization removal or just wish to scan your MAC occasionally for adware and other malware, then download MalwareBytes. It is free for home use, and detects and removes various unwanted software that attacks your computer or degrades MAC OS performance. MalwareBytes Free can get rid of hijacker infection, adware, potentially unwanted apps as well as malware, including ransomware and trojans.
MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) can be downloaded from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: September 10, 2020
When downloading is done, run it and follow the prompts. Click the “Scan” button . MalwareBytes Free program will scan through the whole Apple Mac for the PromoteOptimization adware. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes application is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as threat. Make sure to check mark the items that are unsafe and then press “Remove Selected Items” button.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) is a free program that you can use to delete all detected folders, files, malicious services and so on.
How to stay safe online
One of the worst things is the fact that you cannot block all harmful web sites using only built-in Windows capabilities. However, there is a application out that you can use to block unwanted browser redirects, advertisements and popups in any modern browsers including Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. It is named Adguard and it works very well.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of AdGuard for Mac.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
After the downloading process is complete, run the downloaded file. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guidance. Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your Apple Mac, AdGuard will start automatically and stop annoying pop ups, block malicious and misleading web-pages.
To sum up
Now your computer should be free of the PromoteOptimization adware. We suggest that you keep MalwareBytes Anti Malware (to periodically scan your MAC system for new adwares and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and malicious webpages). Moreover, to prevent any adware, please stay clear of unknown and third party software.
If you need more help with PromoteOptimization related issues, go to here.