An application called MacMin, otherwise detected by top antivirus programs as OSX/Vidinstaller, MacOS:VindInst-C[Adw], Adware.OSX.FkCodec.B, Trojan.Vindinstaller.3, HEUR:Trojan-Downloader.OSX.VIdsler.a and OSX/FkCodec-A should not be on your trusted list, experts advice. This PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) designed for Mac OS systems has been classified as adware that aims to display advertisements, based on behavioral targeting. This includes beacons, pixels, Adobe Flash cookies and other tracking technologies that collect information from the user. The program also cooperates closely with third parties which, when checked ,claim they may obtain personal information from the user. Security investigators advise removing all content associated with MacMin.
MacMin – How Did I Install It?
MacMin can be officially downloaded from their website as a macmin.dmg file (an executable file for Mac OS). However, most adware applications, such as MacMin come in combination with other free software from the same provider or bundled with third-party freeware applications. Users tend to disregard the ‘Advanced’ option in a setup program when they attempt to install software, and this is how this program may come as an extra on the computer.
MacMin – What Does It Do?
MacMin presents itself as a legitimate application that is easy to use and assists the user in choosing the best offers and discounts for products they are looking for. Unfortunately, this app uses tracking technology to obtain possibly user data such as browsing history, clicks, online searches and others to specify user interests. Based on those, the app may begin to apply affiliate schemes with third parties that may or may not generate them profits-per-click brought from clients who usually aim to drive traffic to their sites.
Such practices may prove to be a big risk for the user since the third parties have their terms and conditions regarding information collection, and some of them may not even be legitimate. This may mean that those parties might be anything, varying from online scammers to sites that advertise malware (malvertising) usually in the form of plugin updates or software downloads.
Removal Manual For MacMin Adware
In case you feel threatened by what this malicious app may be capable of, experts advise to act immediately. First, follow the step-by-step removal manual below. After, even though you may know you way around cleaning a computer system from viruses, experts recommend downloading a professional anti-malware tool. Every infection is different, because of the operating system infected and the files places. Cyber criminals and scammers regularly update their PUPs and malware apps so that they can put different files in different file directories. This is why an anti-malware tool is preferred, since it:
- Has constant updates on the latest threats.
- Has regular updates on its scanning mechanisms that detect any files out of the ordinary.
By installing such a program, you insure yourself for the full elimination of any traces of MacMin from your computer after manual uninstalls and ensure your protection against future threats.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove MacMin from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MacMin from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MacMin from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MacMin from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MacMin from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MacMin from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MacMin from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MacMin from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MacMin
Step 2: Uninstall MacMin and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by MacMin on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by MacMin there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MacMin from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MacMin 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 MacMin 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 MacMin 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 MacMin 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 MacMin 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.
Remove MacMin 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 MacMin will be removed.
Eliminate MacMin 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.