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Forbrowser Mac App – What Is It + How to Remove

Forbrowser Mac App explanation and removal. What to do if your computer is infected by Forbrowser Mac App? How to remove Forbrowser from Mac?

Forbrowser Mac App is one of those applications that aim to convince users that they are helpful and legitimate type of apps for their Mac. In reality, however, things may not be as they seem, since Forbrowser could begin to show different forms of advertisements on the user computer. This article aims to explain what exactly is Forbrowser app and how you can remove it safely from your Mac.

Threat Summary

NameForbrowser Mac App
TypeUnwanted Rogue App for Mac OS
Short DescriptionAims to display different types of ads and track information.
SymptomsYou may see pop-ups, redirects, browser search ads, banners and other ad content.
Distribution MethodVia web page or software bundling.
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Forbrowser Mac App – Update October 2019

According to recent reports Forbrowser Mac App has been detected to still be active on users Macs and to be widespread via the most often used means of replication. Forbrowser Mac App can also be seen in new and different forms since its creators have attempted to update it in various different ways.

Forbrowser Mac App – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

Forbrowser Mac App may be downloaded from a place other than the offical Apple AppStore and it could be added via third-party sites. The main reason for that is because Forbrowser may not be a verified app. Another way via which this pesky software could end up being pushed on your Mac is to be added to the setup of another app as an “optional offer”, like it usually goes in one of the install steps. Usually, users tend to fast click their way through the installation process or skip such steps and this is how they let apps, like Forbrowser hitchike other apps installations.

Once on your computer, Forbrowser may appear that it is a legitimate browser or an app for your browser that can help in a way. However, the main idea of Forbrowser is to begin changing the settings of your web browsers, whether they are Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari or other.

Then, Forbrowser may start to show different advertisements on your Mac. Some of them could be of the following types:

  • Browser redirect.
  • Pop-up ads.
  • Banners.
  • Ad-supported search results.
  • Highlighted text on the sites you visit.

The ads themselves could be ok, but some of the content that are shown by Forbrowser may redirect you to different dangerous websites, many of which could be scam sites or malicious sites that can land malware on your Mac.

Remove Forbrowser from Your Mac

In order to make sure that Forbrowser is gone from your Mac, one way is to use the removal manual underneath. It contains the steps that are necessary for removing Forbrowser from your Mac effectively. Also, for maximum effectiveness and full removal we do recommend that you get rid of Forbrowser automatically by downloading and running a scan with an advanced Mac virus cleaner software. Such app is designed to detect and delete all files related to Forbrowser from your Mac so that it is clean of such threats.

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Preparation Phase:

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 Forbrowser Mac App and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Forbrowser Mac App:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Forbrowser Mac App. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Forbrowser Mac App. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Forbrowser Mac App 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1. Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2. Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3. Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Forbrowser Mac App. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Remove Forbrowser Mac App – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

2. After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

stf-safari-extensions

5. Click once on the extension you want to remove.

6. Click 'Uninstall'

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Forbrowser Mac App will be removed.

How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

2. Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

4. After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

2. Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

4. After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


Step 3: Scan for and remove Forbrowser Mac App files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Forbrowser Mac App, 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.


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