The Olpair Virus: What It Is and How to Remove It

Say goodbye to this irritating malware

A conceptual illustration of the Olpair virus destroying a laptop computer.

 Lifewire / Theresa Chiechi

Did you mistakenly accept push notifications on your web browser and now you keep seeing intrusive pop-up banners all the time? You may have been infected with the malware virus affects web browsers rather than operating systems. It can disrupt service on all known web browsers including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, and the Android version of Google Chrome. iOS based devices are unaffected by

What Is the Olpair Virus?

The Olpair Virus is an irritating form of adware/malware that forces your web browser to show multiple pop-up ads, redirects, and notifications.

Alone, it's merely irritating rather than dangerous, but it can open your computer up to the risks that come from viewing unsafe advertisements that deliver much more nefarious viruses. 

How Does Olpair Work?

Also sometimes known as Pair, Olpair is primarily a pop-up virus. It forces your browser to show multiple pop-ups and notifications for adverts with those adverts often being suspicious and malicious in themselves.

On the surface, it's not as dangerous as a 'true' virus or form of malware, but it is very annoying. It also leaves your system less secure as if you're faced with multiple banners and adverts, you may end up mis-clicking and accidentally opening one more easily than without the virus on your computer. 

It's important that you delete the threat quickly so that the problem doesn't escalate and get worse.

How Do I Know I Have the Olpair Virus?

Olpair is quite easy to spot because it inundates you with pop-up banners and advertisements. These ads tend to be for unfamiliar sounding websites that seem suspicious. On older computers, you may find it slows the system down and even makes it crash if there are too many browser windows to contend with.

On Android smartphones, Olpair demonstrates similar symptoms and disruption as it's primarily a browser-based virus rather than one that requires specific software. 

Occasionally, you can have Olpair installed on your system without realizing it. That's why it's important to run regular antivirus software scans or use malware detection tools to spot any potential issues before they get worse. 

How Did I Get the Olpair Virus?

Olpair typically comes bundled with free programs that you've downloaded. It ships with numerous software utilities that are available through download managers. That's because it's not exactly a 'true' virus so it can hide among a number of notifications asking you to install extra pieces of software.

Open-source media player app, Kodi is one significant source for Olpair with the virus often being bundled alongside the multiple add-ons that are supported by the media player. 

It's also possible to get the virus by accepting notifications on your web browser, so always be alert to what you click on. 

How Do I Get Rid of the Olpair Virus?

The most effective way to get rid of the Olpair adware virus is to use antivirus software, as well as a malware removal app. 

Antivirus software can take several hours to complete the process, depending on the speed of your computer, but it also offers you the best methods in which to remove the malicious files. 

It's also worth installing a malware removal tool which helps detect malware like Olpair and delete it before it causes any problems.

Like antivirus software, malware scanning can take many hours depending on the size of your computer's hard drive, as well as its speed. 

You can also use System Restore to return to an earlier point on your computer before you picked up the Olpair virus. Be sure to pick a time period where you know you definitely didn't already have the virus on your computer. 

Unlike other viruses and malware, it is possible to manually remove Olpair reasonably simply by uninstalling specific apps relating to it. Both Windows and macOS have clear ways to uninstall apps you no longer want to use.

Look for unusual sounding program names such as Babylon Toolbar or WebCake - anything that you don't recognise installing yourself. 

It's highly unlikely that you'll need to reformat and reinstall your computer, but it is the best guarantee that you've completely deleted Olpair from your system. 

It can take a long time to do and requires a certain amount of knowledge when it comes to setting your computer up. Don't rush into the decision; try all other methods first. 

How Can I Avoid Getting the Olpair Virus Again?

There are a few key ways in which you can lower your chances of being re-infected with Olpair (or receiving any other virus). There are also specific tips that relate directly to Olpair.

  • Update your antivirus software and malware protection. Keep your antivirus software and malware protection up to date. New virus definitions are released regularly and these keep your PC informed on what to look for with new virus and malware-based threats. 
  • Be wary of new programs. It's important to know the source of the programs and apps you've downloaded. Less reputable sites bundle in extra add-ons that you don't require such as Olpair. 
  • Stick to well-known websites. Olpair can also infect your computer through the suspicious websites you might browse. Clicking on the 'wrong' link can lead to you downloading Olpair. Be careful on websites such as torrenting sites. 
  • Don't click on banner ads. When a pop-up banner appears when browsing a website, don't click on it. Often, it's safest to go to a different website than stay on a site that inundates you with pop-up adverts.