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Group Source Mac Adware Removal Guide

In this article, you will find more information about the dubious Group Source Mac app as well as how to remove it from an affected browser and system.

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Group Source Mac Adware

Group Source is how a suspicious app on Mac is called. This app tends to land on macOS by being spread via shady methods. All these methods attempt to trick people into installing undesired apps on their Macs without noticing this process. The intrusive behavior of Group Source is typical for unwanted programs of adware-type. Once this program finds a way to trick you into starting it on your Mac, it alters main browser settings that let it deliver various ads. Like many other adware programs (QSearch, Interactive Speed, MainBoardSearch), Group Source aims to collect data from devices it affects. Hence, such an app poses serious danger to both your online security and privacy. We recommend that affected you remove this undesired app from your Mac system as soon as possible.

Threat Summary

NameGroup Source adware
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable application that infects Mac operating systems by applying certain modifications to browsers’ settings. Afterward, the program starts generating lots of ads and sponsored content in the affected browsers.
SymptomsBrowser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may start automatically every time the affected system is started.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Websites
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Group Source

Group Source also spelled as GroupSource is a troublesome application that affects Mac operating systems. Its primary goal is to generate revenue for its developers by delivering intrusive advertisements. So the moment, this program finds a way to your Mac it will alter some of the main settings of your installed browsers and probably install a dubious browser extension. The program may also be configured to adjust the settings of the browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine in order to push a hoax search engine like SearchMine.net

Sometimes apps like Group Source change main browser preferences by setting the browser to redirect your sessions to legitimate search engines like Yahoo and Bing. On the one hand, this issue may be very annoying as your preferred search engine may be Google or DuckDuck Go or another one. On the other hand, your online activities will no longer be private enough as the undesired program will be spying on your:

  • Browsing history.
  • Clicks on links.
  • Search queries.
  • Clicks on ads.
  • Visited websites.
  • And other technical details.

One of the main reasons why adware apps like GroupSource collect data from Macs they affect is better ad targeting. Since developers who create adware aim to deliver ads in order to earn money, they want to understand more about your online interests. That’s why their nasty software activates various tracking technologies on your affected device.

Soon after Group Source gets installed on your Mac, it starts generating ads that are related to poorly secured websites and scam pages. Hence, the ads displayed by Group Source may open corrupted websites with misleading offers and rogue/malicious software. The advertisements may be of the following types:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Browser redirects.
  • Push notifications.
  • Banners.
  • Highlighted text ads.
  • Ad-supported search results.

Beware with all those ads and websites because they may expose the operating system at risk of serious malware infections. Better refrain from visiting questionable sponsored content.

Like other potentially unwanted programs for Mac Group Source program tends to land on Mac operating systems without users’ knowledge and permission. In fact, it is spread via shady techniques like software packages, malicious advertising, and hacked websites. The primary method via which unwanted software tends to be distributed is bundling. This means that you could encounter these programs in the installers of other free programs, where they could be advertised in one of the installation steps as “free extra” or “optional offer”.

Security experts advise users whose systems are affected by Group Source to remove this adware program from their computer systems as soon as possible.

How to Remove Group Source Adware

In order to remove Group Source 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 operating system security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual Group Source adware 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 a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of Group Source adware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Group Source adware 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 Group Source adware:

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 Group Source adware. 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 Group Source adware. 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 Group Source 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:

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 Group Source adware. 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: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

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Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Group Source 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.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase Group Source 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.



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Group Source 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.



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Delete Group Source 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Group Source adware 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.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Group Source 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.


Group Source adware FAQ

What is Group Source adware?

Group Source 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 Group Source 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 Group Source adware a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The Group Source adware object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because Group Source adware can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

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 Group Source adware?

Group Source 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, Group Source 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 Group Source 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 Group Source adware from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of Group Source 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 Group Source adware could be residing.

It will also make sure that Group Source 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.

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