Do you know what PremierOpinion is?
PremierOpinion is classified as adware program although it might also be considered a potentially unwanted application. This is one of those apps that enter your system bundled with freeware, and you can actually choose whether you want PremierOpinion installed or not. Unfortunately, users seldom check all the points and steps when they setup a new application, so they may not even notice how PremierOpinion enters the PC. In order to remove PremierOpinion you may need to terminate all the unwanted applications and then invest in a licensed antimalware tool to delete the program’s directories.
This application is thought to be directly related to RelevantKnowledge which is yet another potentially unwanted program. Our security researchers suggest that the two applications are related because PremierOpinion usually comes bundled with third party installers as RelevantKnowledge, except that it installs a folder under a different name.
PremierOpinion is promoted at premieropinion.com and it is said to be “part of an online market research community with over 2 million members worldwide”. It basically says that it collects information on your web browsing habits in order to improve online marketing. PremierOpinion also assures that it “DOES NOT sell personal information; nor do members receive any advertisements as a result of their participation in PremierOpinion”.
To put it simply – PremierOpinion collects data on your internet usage and then sends it back to its servers in order to generate Internet traffic analysis. However, despite the fact that the application claims to be ad-free, PremierOpinion is known to pop-up surveys for users to fill out while they browse the Internet.
If you have visited premieropinion.com you can most definitely see that the application cannot be downloaded from the website. As it has been mentioned above, PremierOpinion is distributed bundled with freeware. It is most often downloaded with third party installers from tucows.com. When you make use of a third party installer to setup up a freeware application, you are quite often offered to install additional (and most probably useless) applications as well.
However, PremierOpinion does not get installed on your PC silently. Even when it is bundled with freeware, you can choose to uncheck the installation option for RelevantKnowledge and PremierOpinion will not be installed on the PC.
The troublesome part about PremierOpinion is that the application does not have an entry on the list of installed programs, so you cannot remove PremierOpinion via Control Panel. Manual file removal is not recommended unless you are an experienced computer user. Hence to terminate PremierOpinion for good, you should invest in a licensed antispyware tool, because this way you will be able to delete all the potentially malicious program files and registry entries for good.
How to remove unwanted applications
- Move mouse cursor to the bottom right of the screen.
- Click Settings on Charm bar and go to Control Panel.
- Select Uninstall a program and remove unwanted apps.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
- Go to Uninstall a program and remove undesirable applications.
- Click Start menu button and click Settings.
- Go to Control Panel and select Add or remove programs.
- Uninstall unwanted applications.
In non-techie terms:
PremierOpinion is a potentially unwanted application that finds out what websites you visit and then share this information with affiliated third parties to improve online marketing. Unfortunately, it may also expose your system to potential threats, so you are strongly recommended to remove PremierOpinion automatically with a powerful antimalware tool.