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MacMin Ads Removal And Description

macmin-siteAn 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.

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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.

What the application might do, according to their privacy policy is inject advertised content on any website’s ad space on Safari or any other web browser for Mac OS (Firefox, Chrome). However, this doesn’t mean that the app is not capable of displaying annoying pop-ups that interrupt the browsing process of the user or even cause redirects to unknown locations. We have looked into MacMin’s privacy policy, regarding information collection, and we have established that the company may not hold any responsibility, regarding what information do third parties collect. This means that they might not care about the affiliates that they are in bed with.

Another thing the app may do is situate various files on the computer, run background processes and others for the purpose of collecting different user information from the PC.

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.

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1. Remove/Uninstall MacMin

1. Remove/Uninstall MacMin in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall MacMin.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove MacMin from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select MacMin and click “Remove


    After MacMin is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate MacMin and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After MacMin is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select MacMin to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.


    After MacMin has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on MacMin
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall MacMin. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the MacMin will be removed.

    3. Remove MacMin automatically with Spy Hunter Malware - Removal Tool.

    3. Remove MacMin automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

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    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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