Idea Shared Virus on Mac – How to Remove It (Chrome/Firefox/Safari)
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Idea Shared Virus on Mac – How to Remove It

This is an article that has been created to help you understand what is Idea Shared Mac app and how you can remove it plus stop redirects and ads related to it.

Idea Shared is the name of a software for Mac, whose main idea is to enter your device while seeming as it is a helpful software of some sort. The main purpose of Idea Shared Mac app is to display various types of advertisements on your computer. These ads could be redirects, pop-ups, notifications, banners and many other forms. Since they can lead to third-party sites of unknown origin, we recommend that you read this article and learn how you can remove idea shared Mac app completely from your Mac.

Threat Summary

NameIdea Shared Virus
TypeRansomware, Cryptovirus
Short Description Idea Shared Mac app can distribute a lot of different advertisements on your Mac, that can often lead to unsafe sites.
Symptoms Idea Shared virus could show redirects, pop-ups, banners and modify your browser settings.
Distribution MethodSpam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files
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Idea Shared Mac App – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

The Idea Shared Mac app could be distributed in a software bundle schemes. This means that you could possibly encounter it while installing another free app downloaded from a software providing site. If so, you could see Idea Shared virus advertised as a free extra of some sort, promising to be a helpful offer added to the installation.

Usually, these install steps are often concealed well within the Custom or Advanced install steps and this is the main reason why you should never underestimate the software you are installing.

Once the Idea Shared Mac app has already been situated on your Mac, it may directly attack your browsers, more specifically:

  • Firefox.
  • Chrome.
  • Safari.
  • Opera.

In those browsers, the Idea Share Mac virus may change the settings, change New Tab and home pages and also deploy the following trackers:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Banners.
  • Geo-locators.
  • Highlighted text ads.

These trackers could help determine your location and even city or town and use it in the ads shown. The ads that could be displayed by Idea Share Mac can be very dangerous to your computer. These ads can often lead to scam or virus sites and this is the main reason why you should focus on removing Idea Share Mac from your machine.

How to Remove Idea Share Mac Fully

If you are determined to remove Idea Share Mac by yourself, then we recommend that you help yourself by following the removal instructions underneath this article. They have been created with the main goal to assit you in deleting it step by step from your Mac. For full removal and maximum detection we strongly advise removing Idea Share Mac’s files and objects automatically by downloaing and running a scan of your Mac, using an advanced Mac Cleaner software.

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

Get rid of Idea Shared Virus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Idea Shared Virus and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 Idea Shared Virus:

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 Idea Shared Virus. 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 Idea Shared Virus. 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 Idea Shared Virus 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 Idea Shared Virus. 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 Idea Shared Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Idea Shared Virus, 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.



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


Remove Idea Shared Virus 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 Idea Shared Virus 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.



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Uninstall Idea Shared Virus 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 Idea Shared Virus 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.

stf-safari-extensions


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 Idea Shared Virus 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 Idea Shared Virus 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.


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