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.
|Type||Adware for Mac OS.|
|Short Description||Aims to get users to visit various forms of suspicious and third-party websites in order to generate profits for the adware program.|
|Symptoms||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.|
|Distribution Method||Suspicious websites|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss MacSwift.|
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.
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 MacSwift 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 MacSwift 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 MacSwift – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove MacSwift files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MacSwift, 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.