We always want our web searches to be swift and accurate, and sometimes it might seem that employing additional apps could help us achieve that. However, we would recommend dropping OptimumSearch right now because this app is a potentially unwanted program. It means that it might come with additional features that could be either annoying and potentially problematic. You can remove OptimumSearch manually by following the removal instructions you can find at the bottom of this description. To find out more about the extension, continue reading our entry.
OptimumSearch works as a browser extension that is compatible with the Chrome browser. Due to its nature, it is impossible to categorize the app as a malicious infection. After all, it cannot enter the target system unless users allow it to. Likewise, it also has multiple ways to reach its target system.
Although these programs often have official websites where you can read more about the app and decide whether you want it or not; it is also possible to this extension to enter your system in software bundles or through pop-ups and redirects. Therefore, you need to be really attentive when you download software from file-sharing websites. You might be adding more programs to your computer than you think.
What’s more, when you browse websites that are full of random pop-ups, you should close those pop-ups without even bothering to interacting with their content. If a pop-up doesn’t allow you to close your browser’s window (which might happen, too), feel free to close the browser’s process with the Alt+F4 command.
It’s also possible to get OptimumSearch from the Chrome Web Store, but it doesn’t matter how this extension reaches your computer. The end result is always the same: the app gets added to your browser and it performs a variety of modifications.
Please note that right before OptimumSearch is added to your browser, it requests several permissions. If you add this extension, you automatically give it the following permissions:
Of course, if you are not aware of the fact that this extension was added to your browser, it might seem that it was taken over by a browser hijacker. However, that is not the case. All the modifications are authorized, even if you were not aware of that.
Can OptimumSearch actually provide you with relevant search results? To some extent, yes. After all, the extension will monitor your web browsing history, and that way, it will be able to generate custom content that you might find interesting. However, there is another side to this coin, too. Let’s not forget that OptimumSearch has to survive somehow, and that’s why it is very likely that it will also promote commercial content as well.
Unfortunately, potentially unwanted applications can seldom review third-party content, and they cannot be held responsible for whatever happens to you when you interact with that content. Hence, you need to seriously weight all the pros and cons when it comes to dealing with unfamiliar third-party content promoted by OptimumSearch.
For those reasons and other security issues, we would recommend removing OptimumSearch today. Of course, you can delete the app via your browser’s settings, but it would be better if you reset your browser’s settings to default. This way, you would remove all the tracking cookies and other unwanted applications that might have been added to your browser.
After that, invest in a licensed antispyware tool and run a full system scan. Potentially unwanted programs tend to travel in groups, and so you have to make sure that your system is safe and clean.