General Launch is a potentially unwanted program that is considered to be a virus by affected Mac users. Its presence on the system may lead to some serious security and privacy-related issues. General Launch is a program that is designed to deliver various annoying ads in users’ browsers. This behavior of General Launch makes it an adware. The program may also operate as a browser hijacker. Hence, it may change main settings of installed browsers. Affected may be Safari, Chrome, Firefox and other browsers. Security experts advise affected users to remove General Launch from their affected Macs as soon as they notice it.
|Name||General Launch adware|
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks Safari and Chrome browsers for Mac. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search engine in preferred web browser may be set to display hoax search engine. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may start every time you start the affected Mac.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss General Launch adware.|
General Launch App on Mac
General Launch is a suspicious program that tends to affect popular web browsers installed on MacOS including Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc. This app on Mac is classified as a potentially undesired program due to the fact that it gets installed without users’ knowledge. Similar to other bogus apps reported by our team (UpgradeAssist, SearchEngineLibrary, Receiver Helper) General Launch is primarily developed to hijack main browser settings in order to spy on users’ online behavior and inundate their browsers with numerous aggressive advertisements.
All those annoying ads delivered by General Launch are related to some shady advertising practices. Beware with suspicious ads and refrain from clicking them. Otherwise, you may fall victim to online fraudsters or malware attacks.
To make you more prone to click the ads it delivers in affected browsers, General Launch adware activates tracking technologies that collect data from both the affected browser and system. Once it delivers harvested data to its operators, they can see which your online interests are and set their advertising campaigns accordingly. The types of ads that are likely to flood the affected browsers may be:
- Browser Redirect ads.
- Browser Redirect ads.
- Push notifications.
You may have missed the moment when General Launch landed on your Mac because adware programs like it are usually delivered via shady techniques like software bundling, corrupted freeware installers, various torrent files and other. All these techniques aim to trick users into installing unwanted programs without noticing the installation process.
So you might have installed General Launch while you were installing another supposedly useful app. Unfortunately, it is easy to agree with the installation of some extra apps without noticing their presence because the information about these extras rarely appears in the regular installation steps. That’s why we recommend the use of the Advanced/Custom setup option. Sometimes this step contains information about some additional apps that you will install by default if you don’t unmark them.
For the sake of your Mac security, it’s best to consider the complete removal of General Launch app from the affected browser and system.
How to Remove General Launch from Affected Safari and macOS
In order to remove General Launch adware along with all entries it created on the system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual General Launch removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.
- Guide 1: Get rid of General Launch adware from Mac OS X.
- Guide 2: Remove General Launch adware from Google Chrome.
- Guide 3: Erase General Launch adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 4: Uninstall General Launch adware from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 5: Delete General Launch adware from Safari.
- Guide 6: Eliminate General Launch adware from Internet Explorer.
Get rid of General Launch adware from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall General Launch adware 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 General Launch adware 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: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove General Launch adware from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase General Launch adware from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall General Launch adware from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Delete General Launch adware from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the General Launch adware will be removed.
Eliminate General Launch adware from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
General Launch adware FAQ
What is General Launch adware?
General Launch adware is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.
Be aware, that General Launch adware may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.
Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.
Is General Launch adware a Virus?
It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:
- Phishing sites.
- Web pages that are scam.
- Sites that may contain viruses.
These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.
Can my Mac get virus?
The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.
How did I get General Launch adware?
General Launch adware could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.
Also, General Launch adware adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.
You may have missed General Launch adware, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".
How to remove General Launch adware from my Mac?
By removing its core files. To get rid of General Launch adware from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.
An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were General Launch adware could be residing.
It will also make sure that General Launch adware is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.
How to protect my Mac from viruses?
To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:
1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.