This article has been created with the main purpose of explaining what is the MacSwift virus and how you can stop ads from it on your Mac.
SIDENOTE: This post was originally published in September 2018. But we gave it an update in August 2019.
MacSwift is one of the most notorious applications known for Mac devices that are characterized with the heavy displaying of advertisements on user computers. The MacSwift adware may display pop-ups, redirections and other forms of ads, the outcome of which is to slow down your Mac and make it very difficult to use it in multiple ways. This is why If your computer has been infected by the MacSwift adware, we suggest that you read the article underneath thoroughly.
|Adware for Mac OS.
|Aims to get users to visit various forms of suspicious and third-party websites in order to generate profits for the adware program.
|The Mac user may see pop-ups, redirects, taken over banner spaces, highlighted text, ad-supported search results and other ad content. The Mac in question may slow down in terms of performance.
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MacSwift Adware – How Did I Get It
The primary method of distribution employed by programs’ like MacSwift is to enter your Mac via the setup of another free third-party app you are trying to install. This is also known as software bundling and is a form of aggressive advertising. Such apps are usually the common apps you download for free online. In their setups, an installation step may ask you to accept and install the free extr MacSwift which usually promises to be useful for your browsing experience in a way of some sort.
In addition to this, there is another method by which this unwanted program may infiltrate your computer and this is by installing itself from a website which prompts you to add it as a useful browser extension to your Mac.
MacSwift Adware – More Information
The MacSwift adware is the type of program which aims to display ads on your Mac. But the program may also perform much more than just display advertisemetns. It may also employ different types of tracking technologies on your Mac, such as:
The program’s main idea is to obtain different data about your Mac and your online usage and they do not even hide this fact in their Pivacy Policies, where the “MacSwift” developers claim to obtain information and share it with third-parties under specific and usually shady circumstances. This may result in a lot of negative consequences for you, especially if you enter your credit card details and other personal data online.
But the main idea behind MacSwift is to get you to visit various different websites by showing you different forms of advertisements such as:
- Online search results.
- Highlighted text ads.
But the slowing down of your PC due to advertisement should not bother you as much as the websites you visit via those ads. These sites are often pay-per-click domains that generate money to the developers of MacSwift by driving hoax traffic to third-party websites. And these sites often are not the most friendly ones as they can pose a lot of dangers for you and your Mac.
The main dangers to which you may be exposed as a result of visiting advertisements shown by MacSwift on your Mac could be:
- Getting your Mac infected with malware.
- Visiting a scamming site that may ask you to call a fake tech support number which is basically the scammers’ way to your data.
- Redirecting you to a site that may download various unwanted programs to your Mac which pretend to fix viruses but instead only want you to pay their licensed versions.
Remove MacSwift Adware from Your Mac
If you wish to remove the MacSwift adware from your Mac, you can try and follow the removal instructions underneath. If the manual removal does not help, then you can attempt to use what most security experts would advise using – an advanced anti-malware program. Such software aims to automatially scan for and detect intrusive programs on your Mac and remove them plus setup real-time shields, aimed at minimizing te chances of such infections occuring again in the future.
Steps to Prepare Before Removal:
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.
What is MacSwift on your Mac?
Can Macs Get Viruses?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get malware. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that almost all of the Apple devices can become infected with a threat.
What Types of Mac Threats Are There?
What To Do If I Have a Mac Virus, Like MacSwift?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One recommended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you.
There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to Secure My Data from MacSwift?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our MacOS Virus section, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.
About the MacSwift Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this MacSwift how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific macOS issue.
How did we conduct the research on MacSwift?
Please note that our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware definitions, including the various types of Mac threats, especially adware and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).
Furthermore, the research behind the MacSwift threat is backed with VirusTotal.
To better understand the threat posed by Mac malware, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.