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Should I remove Optical Surf?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #44,776
Reach 0.0020%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 0.85 days
25.19 days >
Average installed length: 13.23 days


2015.02.25.160327 3.57%
2015.02.24.200328 3.57%
2015.02.21.072535 3.57%
2015.02.18.042535 3.57%
2015.02.17.232537 3.57%
2015.02.15.112531 3.57%
2015.02.15.062531 3.57%
2015.02.14.152527 3.57%
2015.02.05.112435 3.57%
2015.02.01.012424 3.57%
2015.01.30.192428 3.57%
2015.01.29.232426 3.57%
2015.01.28.122421 3.57%
2015.01.19.212344 3.57%
2015.01.19.062343 3.57%
2015.01.18.152348 3.57%
2015.01.15.122345 3.57%
2015.01.15.072346 3.57%
2015.01.14.152315 3.57%
2015.01.13.042301 3.57%
2015.01.10.162252 3.57%
2015.01.10.112251 3.57%
2015.01.10.012300 3.57%
2015.01.04.142334 3.57%
2015.01.04.042334 3.57%
2015.01.03.082329 3.57%
2015.01.02.122327 3.57%
2015.01.02.022325 3.57%

Optical Surf

What is Optical Surf?

Yontoo's Optical Surf displays several types of advertising is the web browser such as coupons, price-comparisons and banner ads by injecting them directly in the HTML. From the terms: "One feature of the plugin that may be enabled for you is displaying relevant coupons, deals, and special offers. When you visit a website of a merchant or affiliate store that participates in the coupon program, the plugin is designed to recognize the website to determine whether there are coupons, deals, or special offers available. If there are applicable coupons, deals, or special offers available, it will make all reasonable business efforts to display an alert with the coupons, unless the website has opted out. You may then click on the alert displayed to see all specific coupons, deals, and special offers found as you browse the website. The plugin is an optional application and you can always choose whether to use it or not as part of your browsing experience. You can remove or disable the application at any time. When the plugin recognizes that the end user has visited a partner site it will show all available offers for that partner in a slider visible in the top right hand portion of the browser. Clicking on any of the offers within the slider will result in a redirect that will drop affiliate cookies on to the end user computer and resolve the end user to the advertiser page/offer."


The most used version is 2015.02.25.160327, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is OpticalSurfbho.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 17 files and is usually about 499.22 KB (511,198 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Generally known to have a low reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Optical Surf.
OpticalSurfbho.dll (50b880a4693b9980440d8faab59e316b) has been flagged by the following 31 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 663 Gen:Variant.Adware.SwiftBrowse.9
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 Riskware.Agent
ALYac Gen:Variant.Adware.SwiftBrowse.9
AVG 2016.0.3141 BrowseFox.F
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.BrowseFox.BO
Bitdefender Gen:Variant.Adware.SwiftBrowse.9
Comodo Security 21588 Application.Win32.BrowseFox.JM
Cyren W32/S-7bed2e86!Eldorado
Dr.Web Trojan.Yontoo.1734
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:Variant.Adware.SwiftBrowse
ESET-NOD32 9.11397 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.O potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate 4/13/2015 Riskware/BrowseFox
F-Prot v6. W32/S-7bed2e86
F-Secure 11.2015-13-04_2 Gen:Variant.Adware.SwiftBrowse
G Data 15.4.25 Gen:Variant.Adware.SwiftBrowse
K7 AntiVirus 13.202.15421 Trojan
K7GW 13.202.15421 Trojan ( 0040f9921 )
Malwarebytes v2015.04.13.01 PUP.Optional.OpticalSurf.A
McAfee 5600.6797 Artemis!50B880A4693B
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Adware.SwiftBrowse.9
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.BPlug.ddwtte
Panda Antivirus Generic Suspicious
Qihoo-360 HEUR/QVM30.1.Malware.Gen
Sophos 4.98 Generic PUA NH
Symantec 4/13/2015 rev. 2 Yontoo.C
Tencent Trojan.Win32.Qudamah.Gen.13
Trend Micro 10.465.13 TROJ_GEN.R047C0OAG15
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.103 TROJ_GEN.R047C0OAG15
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Kranet
VIPRE Antivirus 38896 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
updateOpticalSurf.exe (807ff6e075ae5acb05955cbca81edb59) has been flagged by the following 15 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG BrowseFox.BDA
Avira ADWARE/BrowseFox.Gen7
AVware Adware.BrowseFox
Baidu-International Adware.MSIL.BrowseFox.bH
ESET-NOD32 11069 a variant of MSIL/BrowseFox.H
F-Prot W32/S-8f34879e!Eldorado
K7 AntiVirus 9.192.14746 Adware ( 700000121 )
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.OpticalSurf.A
McAfee BrowseFox-FTQ
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 BrowseFox-FTQ
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.Adware.708
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA AO
Symantec 20141.2.0.56 Yontoo.C
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0113
VIPRE Antivirus 36962 Adware.BrowseFox
       View all 46 all detections
Optical Surf has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove Optical Surf.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Optical Surf
URL: opticalsurfturf.com/support
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Optical Surf
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Optical Surf\OpticalSurfuninstall.exe
Estimated size: 499.22 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Optical Surf

Program module:OpticalSurfbho.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Optical Surf
Path:C:\Program Files\Optical Surf\OpticalSurfbho.dll
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) OpticalSurfbho.dll - Optical Surf
  • OpticalSurfUn.exe
  • OpticalSurfUninstall.exe
  • updateOpticalSurf.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • OpticalSurfBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Optical Surf' with the class of {a082f7ff-722a-4d9e-9096-baad9817e88a}.
  • updateOpticalSurf.exe runs as a service named 'Update Optical Surf' (Update Optical Surf).

How do I remove Optical Surf?

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Or, you can uninstall Optical Surf from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Optical Surf, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Optical Surf.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Optical Surf you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win Vista (SP2) 4%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 57.14%
Windows 8 32.14%
Windows XP 7.14%
Windows Vista 3.57%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 28.57%
Windows 8.1 17.86%
Windows 7 Professional 14.29%
Windows 7 Home Premium 14.29%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.14%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 3.57%

Distribution by countryGeography

26.47% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 26.47%
  IQ 5.88%
  Hungary 5.88%
  MA 2.94%
  SN 2.94%
  Australia 2.94%
  Lithuania 2.94%
  New Zealand 2.94%
  Egypt 2.94%
  Singapore 2.94%
  BD 2.94%
  DZ 2.94%
  Canada 2.94%
  PR 2.94%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.77%
Acer 23.08%
Dell 19.23%
Samsung 7.69%
Toshiba 7.69%
American Megatrends 3.85%
Intel 3.85%
Lenovo 3.85%
Common models
HP 15 Notebook PC 8.33%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 4.17%
Gigabyte H81M-HD3 4.17%
Acer Aspire E1-531 4.17%
Acer AOD270 4.17%
TOSHIBA Satellite L875D 4.17%

About Yontoo Technology

Yontoo, a subsidiary/alias of ad-hijacker Sambreel, is a publisher of ad-supported web browser extensions designed to inject and display advertisements within the browser.
Publisher URL: www.yontoo.com


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