Interactive Speed Mac is a doubtful search engine that hijacks commonly used web browsers in order to urge you into using its services. As it is designed to modify basic browser settings without explicitly notifying users it is considered to be a potentially unwanted program more specifically classified as a browser hijacker. Once this program is running on your Mac it could alter the settings of the homepage, new tab page and default search engine in all target browsers. Keep reading to understand more about the impact of this hijacker and how to remove it properly from your Mac.
Interactive Speed Mac
Interactive Speed Mac could have accessed your Mac along with another recently downloaded app. Various doubtful websites offer free download options for attractive third-party apps most of which are used for the distribution of potentially unwanted programs like this hijacker. The tricky part is with the installers of these programs as usually the installation code of various PUPs is hidden there. In the same time the installers could be programmed to install all additional programs by default. Happily, there is a way to prevent the occurrence of such annoying issues. And it is usually hidden in the Advanced or Custom configuration options as they may reveal you more details about installer’s components.
|Name||Interactive Speed Mac|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to get it to cause browser redirects and display different advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements, which results in slowing down of your PC.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Interactive Speed Mac.|
Interactive Speed Mac Virus Description
Another event that might have helped Interactive Speed Mac to sneak into the system is a drive-by attack. This kind of attack enables attackers to inject the installation code of the PUP into the source code of various web pages and then set them to drop it on the systems of all users who land on them.
Once files associated with Interactive Speed Mac are started on your Mac you may start to see its deceptive search engine each time you open your preferred web browser. This happens due to the fact that these files are programmed to access browser settings and then implement some changes.
Changes usually affect the homepage, new tab page and default search engine of the targeted browser. Eventually, all they could display the deceptive search engine provided by Interactive Speed Mac hijacker:
Based on our research experience on other browser hijackers similar to Interactive Speed Mac we could suggest that some or all of the following details may be obtained by this hijacker:
- Clicks and visited pages.
- Browser’s home page.
- Search queries.
- Type of device and technical information about it.
- Type of used browser.
- Operating system type.
- Internet protocol (IP) address.
- Geographic location.
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP).
- Information collected by cookies, web beacons or other related technologies.
As we mentioned the data is likely to be used for advertising campaigns target of which will be you. The ad selection is likely to be based on your online interests revealed by the harvested data. If you want to stop this nasty hijacker from violating your browsing experience and keep your system protected against additional malware attacks you need to remove all potentially harmful files from your Mac as soon as possible.
Remove Interactive Speed Mac Browser Hijacker
In order to remove the annoying Interactive Speed Mac hijacker along with all its associated files from your Mac you should complete all steps listed in the removal guide that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this undesired program in full.
In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.
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 Interactive Speed Mac 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 Interactive Speed Mac 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: Remove Interactive Speed Mac – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Interactive Speed Mac files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Interactive Speed Mac, 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.