How to remove Ads by OptiBuy from Mac browsers?

Ads by OptiBuy may be the problem and the cause of headache for many users. Indeed, their permanent occurrence doesn’t help users to concentrate on things that are really important. As soon as users turn their computers on and go online to look for something important to them, these ads and pop-ups will appear and obviously distract users’ attention. Some people might try to tolerate this problem and postpone fixing it for some later time. It is surely a mistake. If you’re one of those users who permanently faces these OptiBuy Ads and pop-ups everywhere in your browser, make sure to implement all the necessary measures to get rid of this adware effectively from your Mac.

Example of OptiBuy adware installer bundled with other free apps for Mac:

Ads by OptiBuy
Ads by OptiBuy

Quick facts about OptiBuy adware.

What happens with your browser when OptiBuy adware is enabled?

OptiBuy, as we’ve said in the upper paragraph, is the adware. This term stands for the software designed to present a lot of ads through your browser. The program adds its special add-on (extension) into Google Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox browsers mainly. Plus, it will be definitely listed in the place where you may check all legally installed applications in your computer. So, once this application is installed, users start facing a lot of its ads, pop-ups, alerts and other forms of intrusive advertisement.

What caused OptiBuy adware to become active in your browser?

OptiBuy adware is installed together with other free software. Users need to pay close attention to what other extras they’re suggested to make the part of their Macs. In case you read about certain additional programs while installing freeware, make sure you always switch to the advanced or custom installation mode. This is the place where you may uncheck all these not necessary applications from being installed into your system by default.

Some users don’t pay enough attention to what exactly they bring into their Macs in addition to the main applications of their choice. So, they may easily allow OptiBuy adware and all sorts of other useless extras to become the part of their computers. Most often these ads will appear when users go to various e-commerce websites, such as Walmart, Amazon, Ebay, etc. Indeed, sometimes these ads may be even relevant to your search queries. However, this doesn’t mean that the adware is a good program. Quite to the contrary, in fact. The only purpose of OptiBuy is to bring profit to those people who own and distribute it. When you click on its ads or buy anything through them, this obviously bring profit to those who stand behind it. Yet, you can’t save more money from your online shopping by means of OptiBuy adware.

Ways to remove OptiBuy adware intrusion.

To fix this problem with your computer we recommend that you scan your Mac with MacBooster, which is a powerful anti-malware program. It is able to detect all unwanted junk applications, including OptiBuy, and to get rid of them in an effective way (with its full professional version). You will also need to reset your browsers with the help of MacBooster as explained in the guide below. In case you require more help on our part, please feel free to contact us at any time.


Detailed OptiBuy adware removal steps.

STEP 1. Scanning your workstation with anti-malware software for OptiBuy adware detection.

Detailed steps to remove OptiBuy adware from Mac:

  1. Download MacBooster by clicking on the “Download” button above.
  2. Install the application.
  3. Click on “Scan”:
  4. Macbooster - Scan
    MacBooster – Scan
  5. The application will begin scanning your computer:
  6. MacBooster scanning process
    MacBooster scanning process
  7. Once the scanning is over, click on “Fix”, then select “Activate Now”:
  8. MacBooster - Activate Now
    MacBooster – Activate Now
  9. Activate the program, then apply all fixes and restart your system:
  10. Repeat scanning.
  11. Follow additional tips below to repair your browser infected by OptiBuy adware.

STEP 2. Remove OptiBuy adware from Google Chrome browser.

  • Right-click on the Desktop shortcut of Google Chrome and select “Properties“.
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of your browser should be set as “C:/Program Files/GoogleChrome/Application/chrome.exe”. If you see anything added after the path to the browser executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK“:
  • Fixing Google Chrome Desktop shortcuts
    Fixing Google Chrome Desktop shortcuts
  • Similarly, right-click on quick launch icon of Google Chrome, then right-click again on the name of Google Chrome browser and click on “Properties“:
  • Google Chrome quick launch properties
    Google Chrome quick launch properties
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters of Google Chrome in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of Google Chrome should be set as “C:/Program Files/GoogleChrome/Application/chrome.exe” If you see anything added after the path to Google Chrome executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK” (similar to fixing Desktop shortcut of Google Chrome).
  • In Google Chrome, click on its “Settings” button in the form of three vertical dots, then select “Settings“:
  • Google Chrome settings
    Google Chrome settings
  • Find “On start-up” settings, then click on “Set pages” link:
  • Google Chrome - Set Pages
    Google Chrome – Set Pages
  • Remove pages added by the hijacker by clicking on the “X” next to it. Add “google.com” as a new startup page, or any other page you prefer. Finally, click on “OK“:
  • Google Chrome - Add a new page
    Google Chrome – Add a new page
  • In Google Chrome, click on the menu button in the upper-right section of the screen which either looks like three vertical dots. Scroll down to the bottom of the drop-down menu and click on “Settings” (as shown in one of the images above).
  • Select “Extensions” in the left part of the window. Uncheck suspicious extension, then click on the Trash icon next to it.
  • Google Chrome extensions
    Google Chrome extensions
  • NOTE. Final optional steps. Use these steps only if the above-mentioned methods to remove OptiBuy adware from Google Chrome did not help. When in Google Chrome settings mode, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Show advanced settings“:
  • Google Chrome - Show Advanced Settings
    Google Chrome – Show Advanced Settings
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Reset settings” button:
  • Google Chrome - Reset Settings
    Google Chrome – Reset Settings
  • In the pop-up window, click on “Reset“:
  • Google Chrome - Reset
    Google Chrome – Reset

STEP 3. Remove OptiBuy adware from Mozilla Firefox browser.

  • Right-click on the Desktop shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select “Properties“.
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of your browser should be set as “C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe”. If you see anything added after the path to the browser executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK“:
  • Mozilla Firefox shortcut properties
    Mozilla Firefox shortcut properties
  • Similarly, right-click on quick launch icon of Mozilla Firefox, then right-click again on the name of Mozilla Firefox browser and click on “Properties“:
  • Mozilla Firefox quick launch properties
    Mozilla Firefox quick launch properties
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters of Mozilla Firefox in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of Mozilla Firefox should be set as “C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe” If you see anything added after the path to Mozilla Firefox executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK” (similar to fixing Desktop shortcut of Mozilla Firefox).
  • Click on Mozilla Firefox “Settings” button in the form of three horizontal lines in the right upper part of the windows. Click on “Options“:
  • Mozilla Firefox options
    Mozilla Firefox options
  • In the “Home Page” field, change the parameter to “google.com” or any other home page you like. Or you may simply click on “Restore to Default” button:
  • Mozilla Firefox - Restoring home page to default
    Mozilla Firefox – Restoring home page to default
  • In Mozilla Firefox, click on the icon that looks in the form of three horizontal lines in the upper-right section of the browser window. Click on “Add-ons“:
  • Mozilla Firefox add-ons
    Mozilla Firefox add-ons
  • Click on the “Extensions” tab in the left part of the windows. Check suspicious extensions. If you identify them, click on “Disable“, then on “Remove“:
  • Disabling and removing extensions from Mozilla Firefox
    Disabling and removing extensions from Mozilla Firefox
  • NOTE. Final optional steps. Use these steps only if the above-mentioned methods to remove OptiBuy adware from Mozilla Firefox did not help. Click on the icon that looks in the form of three horizontal lines in the upper-right section of Mozilla Firefox and select the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu:
  • Mozilla Firefox question mark
    Mozilla Firefox question mark
  • Click on “Troubleshooting information” in the slide-out menu:
  • Mozilla Firefox - Troubleshooting information
    Mozilla Firefox – Troubleshooting information
  • Select the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the new web page:
  • Refreshing Mozilla Firefox
    Refreshing Mozilla Firefox
  • Finally, click on “Refresh Firefox” again to confirm the action.

STEP 4. Remove OptiBuy adware from Opera browser.

  • Fix Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items of Opera browser similar to fixing procedures for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Note that the path to Opera executable should be set as “C:/Program Files/Opera/launcher.exe”.
  • In Opera, click on its “Opera” button and select “Settings“:
  • Opera settings
    Opera settings
  • Click on “Set pages“:
  • Opera - Set Pages
    Opera – Set Pages
  • Add “google.com” as the new startup page, or any other page of your choice. Click on “OK“:
  • Opera browser - home page settings
    Opera browser – home page settings
  • Click on “Opera” menu in the upper-right part of the browser. Select “Extensions“, then click on “Manage extensions“:
  • Managing Opera extensions
    Managing Opera extensions
  • If you find anything suspicious, disable and delete it.

STEP 5. (optional) Removing malware from Safari in Mac OS X.

To clean Safari browser please follow this guide.

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