Remove General Launch Adware (Mac Virus Removal)
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Remove General Launch Adware (Mac Virus Removal)

General Launch adware mac removal guide

General Launch

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.

Threat Summary

NameGeneral Launch adware
TypePUP
Short DescriptionA 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 MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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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:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Browser Redirect ads.
  • Banners.
  • Browser Redirect ads.
  • Push notifications.
  • Banners.

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.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for four years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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