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PracticalDivision Adware on Mac

PracticalDivision is a potentially unwanted program of adware-type that aims to trick people to install in on their Macs so it can then start delivering annoying ads. It is also possible that the program will change main browser preferences like a typical browser hijacker.

Once PracticalDivision gains access to a Mac operating system, it performs a set of modifications in order to become capable of spying on browsing actions and delivering sponsored content. Ads by this adware program may show up on almost all websites. We should warn affected users that some of the ads may be related to poorly secured or hacked websites.

Considering all the issues related to the presence of PracticalDivision adware on a Mac, we recommend that affected users should complete a thorough removal process and delete undesired/harmful files from the compromised system and browser.

PracticalDivision Adware Summary

NamePracticalDivision / Practical Division
TypePUP, Adware
Short DescriptionA questionable application that gets installed on Mac operating systems without users’ knowledge and then applies changes that help it serve sponsored content.
SymptomsSuddenly the adware appears in the Applications list. The number of ads displayed in browsers increases. Main browser preferences may be modified. The program loads every time the affected Mac is started.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Shady Websites
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More Details About PracticalDivision Adware on Mac

PracticalDivision is an app that has been categorized as adware. It affects Mac operating systems aiming to generate revenue for its developers. This potentially undesired program is designed to alter system settings as well as browser settings. By doing this, PracticalDivision adware becomes able to present affected users with sponsored content. PracticalDivision is likely to transfer all data records to remote servers. By doing this the unwanted program enables its owners to misuse the details for aggressive advertising and financial gains.

How this program invades Mac operating systems is via shady techniques like software packages, freeware, bogus websites and other undesired programs like Mac Cleanup Pro. Actually, most of the time users agree to install adware like PracticalDivision despite the fact that they don’t want such apps to be running on their Macs. The installation of undesired programs often remains an unnoticed process because users’ attention is focused on the installation of another program or software update.

We are here to help, so we will give you some tips on how to prevent such issues. The unnoticed installation of undesired programs is preventable after a thorough read of details listed under the Advanced/Custom setup option. Oftentimes, the information listed there states clearly that some additional apps will be installed by default, if not unmarked. It is also important that you choose wisely your download sources. You better bet on the official website of a desired program or its trusted partners/providers.

The ads delivered by PracticalDivision may be so intrusive that your favorite browser may become sluggish. What’s even more annoying is the regular interruption of online surfing caused by annoying redirects to questionable websites that present “special” offers. Beware with all those ads and websites because they may expose your Mac system at risk of serious malware infections. Better refrain from visiting questionable sponsored content.

Even though this adware is not a malicious program, it can trick you into visiting hacked web pages. As a result, you may become a victim of a drive-by attack and then malware infection. That’s why we recommend the immediate removal of PracticalDivision virus from your affected Mac and browser.

PracticalDivision Mac Adware Removal Guide

In order to remove PracticalDivision adware along with all its entries from the affected system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. Some of the files associated with the adware cannot be removed manually except you are an experienced computer user. So the manual adware removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide.

In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Step 1: Uninstall PracticalDivision Adware 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 PracticalDivision Adware:

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 PracticalDivision Adware. 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 PracticalDivision Adware. 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 PracticalDivision Adware 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 PracticalDivision Adware. 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: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

You can use the tool we recommended above in order to remove PracticalDivision Adware:



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Remove PracticalDivision Adware from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


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


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


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


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Erase PracticalDivision Adware from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


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


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


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



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Uninstall PracticalDivision Adware from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Delete PracticalDivision Adware from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


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


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the PracticalDivision Adware 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.


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Eliminate PracticalDivision Adware from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


PracticalDivision Adware FAQ

What is PracticalDivision Adware?

PracticalDivision Adware is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.

Be aware, that PracticalDivision Adware may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.

Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.

Is PracticalDivision Adware a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The PracticalDivision Adware object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because PracticalDivision Adware can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Web pages that are scam.
  • Sites that may contain viruses.

These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.

Can my Mac get virus?

The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.

How did I get PracticalDivision Adware?

PracticalDivision Adware could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.

Also, PracticalDivision Adware adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.

You may have missed PracticalDivision Adware, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".

How to remove PracticalDivision Adware from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of PracticalDivision Adware from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.

An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were PracticalDivision Adware could be residing.

It will also make sure that PracticalDivision Adware is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.

How to protect my Mac from viruses?

To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:

1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.

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