PremierOpinion is a dangerous spyware threat that affects computers with the Mac OS X and Windows operating system. PremierOpinion is a spyware infection with adware techniques and has root components that allow PremierOpinion to start up automatically whenever the victim tries to shut PremierOpinion down. PremierOpinion has a characteristic start-up screen and pop-up window that can help you determine whether your computer is infected with this malware threat. If PremierOpinion is present on your computer, ESG security researchers strongly advise using the techniques outlined here to remove PremierOpinion and protect your computer with a reliable anti-malware scanner.
Common Sources of a PremierOpinion Infection
PremierOpinion is often contained in a fake screensaver for Mac OS X computer. Also, known as OpinionSpy, PremierOpinion can also be contained in various infected applications systems. In the case of Windows computers, removing PremierOpinion is as straightforward as going to the Control Panel’s Add/Remove Programs option and doing so. In the case of Mac OS X users, the removal procedure is a bit more convoluted.
Removing a PremierOpinion from a Mac OS X Computer
First, you will need to find the PremierOpinion in the Activity Monitor. This utility is in the Finder’s utilities folder. You can find PremierOpinion easily by typing ‘opinion’ in the Activity Monitor search box. You should also delete any applications in the Finder with the string ‘Premier’. To do that, it will be necessary to possess an administrator password. This is because PremierOpinion installs itself as a root application with privileges that allow PremierOpinion to start up automatically when deleted. Finally, ESG security researchers strongly advise downloading and installing a reliable anti-malware program for Mac OS X. This anti-malware program will ideally have a real time malware scanner that can monitor applications and activity on your computer in real time. In some cases, PremierOpinion actually contains an uninstaller that can simply be run to remove this application from your computer.
Mac OS X computers are Also Vulnerable to Malware Like PremierOpinion
Although Mac OS X computers are generally regarded as being safe from malware, this is not true. The fact is that ESG security researchers have observed an increase in malware similar to PremierOpinion, specifically designed to attack Mac OS X computer. The rise of third party platforms like Java and Flash also puts these systems at a greater risk for malware than ever before.
How Can You Detect PremierOpinion?
PremierOpinion Removal Details
PremierOpinion creates the following files in the system:
- C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\PremierOpinion\Support.lnk
- C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\PremierOpinion\About PremierOpinion.lnk
- C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\PremierOpinion\Uninstall Instructions.lnk
PremierOpinion creates the following registry entries: