What is OptimizationTool?

OptimizationTool is a deceptive application that may get on your Mac and corrupt browser settings so that a user is forced to carry out all searches via a new custom search engine. OptimizationTool replaces the primary search provider of the browser with a fake one in order to provide users with altered results. Furthermore, it will fill your system with a huge amount of diverse advertising (pop-ups, video/audio ads, coupons, best deals, etc.) as well as constant redirects to affiliate websites. It can initiate the automatic download and installation of other unwanted programs. The only way to avoid such a scenario is to completely remove OptimizationTool from your device. You should be able to do this without too many troubles by following our instructions below,

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Also, you can try to remove OptimizationTool manually.

Alternative solution. Step 1: Remove OptimizationTool from Mac

OptimizationTool may not have the app associated with it in Applications. However, we recommend you to inspect the list of installed applications and remove unknown or suspicious ones. Look for OptimizationTool or OptimizationTool.app.

Mac OSX:

  1. Open Finder
  2. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications
  3. If you see Uninstall OptimizationTool or OptimizationTool Uninstaller, double-click it and follow instructions
  4. Drag unwanted application OptimizationTool from the Applications folder to the Trash (located on the right side of the Dock)

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Mac OSX

Step 2: Remove malicious entries from Profiles (Mac)

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on Profiles.
  3. Click on unsigned and suspicious profiles on the left panel.
  4. Click the minus button below to delete rogue settings.

mac profiles

Step 3: Remove OptimizationTool from browsers

Safari:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari menu.
  3. Choose Extensions.
  4. Find OptimizationTool or other suspicious extensions.
  5. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Safari.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click the Chrome menu (3-dots icon) in the top right corner.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find OptimizationTool or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose OptimizationTool or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Step 4: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

Reset browser setting in Safari:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on the Safari menu.
  3. Choose Reset Safari….
  4. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Safari.

Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

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