What is Optical Rate Pro

Optical Rate Pro is an unwanted web application that alters the settings to promote a number of browser changes on Mac. The most obvious change is related to the addition of a new search engine. Optical Rate Pro does it to insert sponsored content like ads, banners, and so forth. Also, regarding search queries entered by users, Optical Rate Pro redirects them through a chain of unwanted pages until you finally end up on legitimate Yahoo, Bing, or Google platforms. The reason why Optical Rate Pro does it is that developers need an intermediary engine to generate fake traffic. Then, once you get a couple of clicks using Optical Rate Pro, the developers will be able to earn some money on you. If you try to reset the settings using traditional ways, you will be promoted by a message like “Optical Rate Pro is controlling this setting”. You will see it each time unless the unwanted program is removed. The last, but not least threat imposed by Optical Rate Pro is data collection. Because it operates as adware and a browser hijacker having access to browser settings, it can record and sell personal data like passwords, IP addresses, geolocations, and other types of sensitive intel. This is why it is necessary to delete Optical Rate Pro from your computer as soon as possible.

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How Optical Rate Pro infected your computer

Alike other apps of this type, Optical Rate Pro exploits the inexperienced and unattentive behavior of users. Usually, developers succeed in the installation of unwanted software when users download freeware programs from third-party resources. Programs that have been pirated or cracked are oftentimes bundled into repacks that contain additional software. It is often located inside of “Advanced” or “Custom” sections that pop up during the setup. If you miss and leave them untouched, an additional program will be installed without your consent. In other cases, users check such sections but agree with the programs as they are claimed to be useful. As we already mentioned, there is nothing useful in such applications, on the contrary, they might harm your experience and steal some sensitive data. Using our guideline below, you will be able to remove the unwanted app and learn how to combat such threats in the future.

Download Optical Rate Pro Removal Tool for Mac

Download Spyhunter for Mac

To remove Optical Rate Pro completely, we recommend you to use Spyhunter for Mac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Optical Rate Pro and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of Spyhunter for Mac offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download CleanMyMac

To remove Optical Rate Pro completely, we recommend you to use CleanMyMac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Optical Rate Pro and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser.

Remove Optical Rate Pro manually for free

Note: Optical Rate Pro sets up to start on Mac OS startup. Therefore, before starting the removal, perform these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences, choose Users & Groups.
  2. Choose your account (set up as Current User).
  3. Click Login Items tab.
  4. Find “Optical Rate Pro” entry. Select it, and click the “-“ (minus) button to remove it.

Note 2: Optical Rate Pro won’t quit just by closing it, therefor use Force Quit to end the process.

  1. Press 3 buttons at the same time: Option, Command, and Esc (Escape). This is similar to Control-Alt-Delete on a Windows PC.
  2. Choose Optical Rate Pro in the list.
  3. Click Force Quit button.

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full Optical Rate Pro removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of Optical Rate Pro installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Remove Optical Rate Pro from Applications

Remove Optical Rate Pro from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. Optical Rate Pro might have an Uninstaller. If you see Uninstall Optical Rate Pro or Optical Rate Pro Uninstaller, double-click it and follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Otherwise, drag Optical Rate Pro from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Cannot uninstall Optical Rate Pro

If you can’t uninstall Optical Rate Pro using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Optical Rate Pro. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag Optical Rate Pro from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Optical Rate Pro.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove Optical Rate Pro add-on from your browsers

Removing Optical Rate Pro from Applications often does not bring the desired effect. It is a browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove the Optical Rate Pro extension from your browsers manually.

Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find Optical Rate Pro extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find Optical Rate Pro extension.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose Optical Rate Pro extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Reset browser settings

To finish Optical Rate Pro removal reset your browser settings to make sure, there are no leftover items in browser folders.

Reset Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
  4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
  5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
  6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
  8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
  9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

Reset Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox… button.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox to confirm.

Remove following files and folders of Optical Rate Pro


~/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/Services/com.Optical Rate Pro.service.app
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.Optical Rate Pro.service.plist
/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/System/com.Optical Rate Pro.system
/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.Optical Rate Pro.system.plist

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