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Powerlift Virus (Mac) – How to Remove It

your-mac-is-infected-with-4-virusesThis is an article that has been created in order to explain what is Powerlift and how you can remove it fully from your computer.

Powerlift is a virus that is classified by researchers to be a potentially unwanted software. Its primary purpose is to be installed on your computer as a program that appears to be useful in one or more ways while in the same time it may also start to show all types of advertisements on your Mac. The Powerlift virus may lead you to different sites, some of which could be scam sites or malware and this is why it may be indirectly dangerous to your Mac. Read this article to learn how to remove Powerlift virus from your Mac.

Threat Summary

NamePowerlift Virus
TypePUP for Mac OS
Short DescriptionPowerlift could begin to display multiple different redirects on user computers.
SymptomsBrowser redirects begin to appear. Users can see all forms of ads.
Distribution MethodVia software bundling.
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Powerlift – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

The main activity of Powerlift could be involving around spreadin ads and modifying your web browsers Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox. But for this to happen, Powerlift has to be on your Mac. The software uses cunning tactics to get installed on your machine. One of them is if it comes bundled together with different types of freeware programs. These software could spread Powerlift as a “free extra” or “optional offer”, advertised in combination with the installation.

Once Powerlift virus has been installed on your Mac, it may start ot modify your web browsers. It may change their home pages and request permissions to display the following types of ads:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Banners.
  • Browser Redirects.
  • Ad-supported search results.
  • Highlighted text ads.

One of the redirects it could lead to has been reported to be the following:

Powerlift virus has been created with the main purpose to show these ads. The ads themselves are not harmful, but they often lead to different third-party websites. These sites could eventually lead to dangerous types of domains, that may scam you out of your information or even infect your Mac with malware.

Remove Powerlift Virus and Try to Restore Files

Powerlift virus can be removed from your Mac if you follow the removal steps that are underneath. They have been designed to help you effectively isolate and remove Powerlift from your Mac. If you want the most effective removal, then we recommend that you download and run a scan of your computer, using an advanced anti-malware software. Such specific cleaner will scan your Mac and make sure that all of the unwanted and virus files are removed completely from it.

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Preparation Phase:

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 Powerlift Virus and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Powerlift Virus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Powerlift Virus. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Powerlift Virus. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Powerlift Virus 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1. Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2. Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3. Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Powerlift Virus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Remove Powerlift Virus – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

2. After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

stf-safari-extensions

5. Click once on the extension you want to remove.

6. Click 'Uninstall'

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Powerlift Virus will be removed.

How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

2. Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

4. After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

2. Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

4. After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


Step 3: Scan for and remove Powerlift Virus files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Powerlift Virus, 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.


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