Cover Open is an application for Mac, that is often mistaken with a app that is useful for your Mac. In reality, the program claims it can be beneficial for your Mac, but researchers believe that it can display some advertisements that often tend to lead to various third-party sites, some of which could be dangeorus. Read this article to understan more about how Cover Open works and how you can remove it fully from your Mac.
|Type||PUP for Mac OS|
|Short Description||A potentially unwanted program that may show advertisements or ask you to enroll in licenses.|
|Symptoms||Various types of ads may begin to appear on your Mac’s web browsers.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundling or by being downloaded from a site.|
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Cover Open – Update October 2019
According to recent reports Cover Open has been detected to still be active on users Macs and to be widespread via the most often used means of replication. Cover Open can also be seen in new and different forms since its creators have attempted to update it in various different ways.
Cover Open – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The Cover Open app may come on your computer by being advertised online as a legitimate app that can help with your Mac’s daily usage. It can also be shown as such somewhere in the install steps of another free Mac app you may have recently downloaded.
Once Cover Open is on your Mac, it may request various different permissions, especially over your web browser. These permissions can include:
- Read the data on the websites you visit.
- Change content on the sites you visit.
These permissions may be used by Cover Open to dipslay various different types of advertisements. The ads that may be shown by Cover Open could be of the following types:
- Browser Redirects.
- Online search result ads.
- Push notifications ads.
- Highlighted Text ads.
Most of the ads that may be shown on your computer as a result of Cover Open are not dangerous. But what makes Cover Open an indirect risk to your Mac is that some of the ads could eventually lead you to sites that are harmful or risky. Such sites can be:
- Phishing pages, that aim to steal you usernames and passwords.
- Scam sites that aim to get you to call fake tech support numbers or download rogue applications.
- Virus sites that could inject malicious scripts and infect your Mac with a virus.
These are some of the main reasons why Cover Open Mac app is considered by researchers a PUP (potentially unwanted program).
Remove Cover Open from Your Mac
If you want to get rid of Cover Open from your Mac, then we urge you to follow the removal steps down below. They have been created to help you delete the app step by step. Furthermore, be advised that apps, like Cover Open could eventually contain leftover files that may still remain on your Mac and keep showing ads or doing other stuff. This is why, to fully make sure that Cover Open and all of its risky files are gone from your Mac, we strongly recommend that you download a professional cleaner software for your Mac and run a scan with it, to delete all unwanted files and apps and secure it.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall Cover Open and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Cover Open via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove Cover Open – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Cover Open files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Cover Open, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Cover Open FAQ
What is Cover Open on your Mac?
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your Mac to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your MacOS.
Can my Mac get a virus?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get viruses. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a virus:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What are the symptoms of Cover Open on your Mac?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also most Mac threats in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your Mac may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Mac's Activity Monitor.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your Mac for viruses.
What types of Mac threats are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently infect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Adware and hijackers.
- Trojan horses and other spyware.
- Ransomware and screen-lockers.
- Cryptocurrency miner malware.
What to do if I have a Mac virus, like Cover Open?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps plus take care of them quickly. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to secure my passwords and other data from Cover Open?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.