MaxOfferDeal may seem like a legitimate application at first, designed to help you out with different types of offers and promotions as well as deals. The application, however, comes packed full of different adware components that may not only advertise fake retailer websites, but also scam sites that are designed to steal your credit card and other personal or financial data.
The MaxOfferDeal Virus is the type of application that has been designed to act like a virus on your Mac. It’s main purpose is to get you to see ads in all forms and use different trackers (cookies, identifiers) to help determine your location and even display ads in your language. The problem here is that some of these advertisements can lead to very dangerous websites.
Classified by FortiLabs as adware for Mac, MaxOfferDeal is activated on your Mac once installed in it to display random advertisements. The typical behavior of it is to run in the background. Adware, like MaxOfferDeal is not malicious, but rather unwanted and users often remain unaware that it’s on their Macs. Read this article to learn how can you remove MaxOfferDeal completely from your Mac.
|Name||MaxOfferDeal also known as OSX/Adware.MaxOfferDeal (ESET Nod32)|
|Type||Adware for Mac|
|Short Description||MaxOfferDeal may modify the settings on your web browsers and obtain permissions on your Mac to show different third-party advertisements. Believed to also be related with the fake antivirus app for Mac, called Mac Security Plus|
|Symptoms||Your computer may begin to run slower than usual and you start to see different types of advertisements.|
|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 MaxOfferDeal.|
MaxOfferDeal – Description
MaxOfferDeal can be added to your Mac via abusing two main methods of being spread. One is to come together with the installation setup of another free app. There, the MaxOfferDeal app can be advertised as a “free extra” or an optional offer to your current installation. Most software download sites use these aggressive marketing bundles to slither third-party software onto your Mac for profit. Another method via which MaxOfferDeal can end up being on your Mac is if you have visited a low reputation site and the app is added via a script automatically on your browser or your Mac. This is why it is a good practice to have adequate web protection that blocks the low-reputation website.
Once MaxOfferDeal is added on your Mac, it may run one or more processes in the background without you noticing it to. These processes are responsible for the following types of ads that may appear on your Mac:
- Browser Redirects.
- Push notifications.
- Online search results that are ad-supported.
- Browser Banners.
These advertisements may not only slow down your Mac, but they could also contain tracking technologies, like:
- LSOs (locally shared objects or Flash Cookies).
The trackers that can be used by those third-party sites or MaxOfferDeal can obtain different information about your online browsing activity and behavior, like:
- Where you click on.
- What you search most often.
- What have you searched last.
- Your browser history.
- What you type while on your browser.
This data is usually safeguarded behind the privacy policies of websites that are legitimate. However, in this case, the third-party sites that are advertised by MaxOfferDeal could misuse it to sell it in the deep web or companies or even take advantage of the personal information. One example is if the site is a fake online shoe store and upon purchasing a shoe you are asked to pay with a credit card. The credit card details may deliberately be unsecured so that hackers can use this and steal your information. Then, they may start to make online purchases with your card and even design a fake card (copycat) to draw money from an ATM.
And scams are not the biggest threat when it comes to MaxOfferDeal. The ads that may be shown by this app may lead you to third-party sites that can also turn out to be:
- Virus sites that can infect your Mac with all sorts of malware.
- Phishing pages of sites you visit.
- Fake login pages for Facebook, Mail, etc.
So How Do You Remove MaxOfferDeal from Your Mac?
The removal of MaxOfferDeal can be done manually if you pay attention and follow the steps for manual removal below. If those steps do not seem to be sufficient and you still see ads, then the situation can be more complicated and you might have additional adware on your Mac. To remove all adware and viruses, experts always recommend that you download and run a scan with an advanced anti-malware for Mac. Such a reputable app aims to scan your Mac’s components and remove any traces of adware and malware from it so that you can use it in its full potential and stay ad-free.
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 MaxOfferDeal 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 MaxOfferDeal 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 MaxOfferDeal – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove MaxOfferDeal files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MaxOfferDeal, 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.