Wondering what is Opera Browser Assitant, why it is running on Startup, does it belongs to Opera or is it a virus, or how to disable and remove it, you can find answers to these here.
You should always keep an eye on the Programs configured to run on Windows Startup as there is a chance for applications you install to bring unwanted software that could make your PC run slow with popup ads everywhere. One place to look for such programs is in the Startup tab of Task Manager, in that process today, we’ve noticed the “Opera Browser Assistant“, here are more details on it.
What is Opera Browser Assitant
Opera Browser Assistant is a component that comes included with the Opera browser. The aim of this app is to promote the Opera browser features through desktop notifications.
Opera Browser Assitant also checks any notifications that weren’t displayed on a scheduled basis and it also anonymously reports system events such as the low battery, low hard disk space, new WiFI network connected, and another browser installed.
Opera Browser Assistant location
If you’ve discovered Opera Browser Assistant with other Startup items in Task Manager, you can navigate to its location by right-clicking on it and by selecting the Open file location option or running the following command depending on Opera version you’re using.
%localappdata%\Opera Software\Opera developer\Assistant
%localappdata%\Opera Software\Opera beta\Assistant
Is Opera Browser Assistant a virus?
To know Opera Browser Assistant is a legit program/malware and to which publisher it belongs, right-click on it and select its properties dialog and check the Digital Signature tab. You shouldn’t expect any surprises here unless malware is disguised with that name.
We can safely say after verification that Opera Browser Assistant is an App from Opera and not Virus. It has been quietly installed on your computer with Opera.
Now there are two ways to remove this.
How to disable and remove or uninstall Opera Browser Assistant
- Open Task Manager
- Click on Startup Tab or Startup Apps
- Find and select Opera Browser Assistant Process and Click Disable button.
- Navigate to the paths mentioned above in File Explorer and delete all files and Assitant Folder.
There is another way where you can make Opera remove it (as it has installed it) by uninstalling the Opera browser without affecting user data, for this
1. Visit Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features
2. Select Opera and click Uninstall
3. In the Opera Installer dialog, don’t select “Delete my user browsing data” and again click Uninstall
4. Now Opera will uninstall and removes browser_assistant and other files including the Assistant folder.
5. Now reinstall Opera and pray for Opera Installer not to install its Browser Assistant this time.
Note: If you’re using more than one Opera version, ensure you’re uninstalling the right Opera version that has installed the Browser Assistant.
Has Opera browser sneakily installed Opera Browser Assitant on your computer also? Let us know in the comments below.