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Program Initiator Mac App

Program Initiator is an application that affects Mac devices and alters the settings of installed browsers. It is classified as an adware that generates intrusive ads. Sometimes apps like ProgramInitiator behave as browser hijackers as well. In such a case the unwanted program alters browser preferences including those for the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine.

This adware for Mac tends to appear on people’s devices without any notification. This due to the fact that adware apps are being propagated via shady methods like software bundles, corrupted websites, fake software updates, and infected software installers.

If you see the Program Initiator app on your Mac, we recommend that you scan your system for any present suspicious/harmful files and ensure to remove them in full.

Program Initiator Adware Summary

NameProgram Initiator / ProgramInitiator
TypePUP, Adware, Browser Hijacker
Short DescriptionA questionable program that hijacks browsers installed on Mac operating systems to start delivering ads.
SymptomsAffected browser is inundated with lots of annoying ads. The browser loads slower than ususal. The unwanted program may start every time you start the system.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Redirects by Shady Websites
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Program Initiator on Mac

As soon as, Program Initiator adware gets installed on a macOS it alters some main browser settings and starts redirecting browsing to various sponsored pages and poorly secured websites. By doing this, the adware endangers the overall system security.

The bogus program Program Initiator can appear in the Applications list without your permission. The program is known to affect Mac devices via corrupted websites, fake software installers, and software packages. Lots of supposedly useful third-party apps are designed to install such apps as extras added to their installers.

Unfortunately, information about these extras is rarely disclosed properly in apps’ installers. This could be explained by the fact that fraudsters aim to trick users into installing undesired apps inadvertently. rarely disclose properly the details about added extra apps like Program Initiator.

This annoying issue is preventable. Important details about added apps may sometimes be found in the Advanced/Custom configuration option. Hence, the default installation of undesired programs may be opted out.

The moment Program Initiator Mac app is started on a Mac, it alters some main browser preferences. Affected by the app may be the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine. In addition, Program Initiator adware may install an unwated browser extension that will support a browsing tracking process. Eventually, the following details may be collected and transferred to remote servers:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

Data records are likely to be used for the configuration of aggressive advertising campaigns that flood the affected browser with lots of annoying advertisements (pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, redirects, images, etc.)

The ads generated by Program Initiator Mac app may be related to suspicious or even hacked web pages. In the event that you load such a page in your browser, you may let it trigger an unnoticed download process of some kind of malicious software on your Mac. Be careful and refrain from clicking suspicious ads.

Security experts advise affected users to remove Program Initiator and associated files from their affected Macs as soon as they detect their unwanted impact.

How to Get Rid of Program Initiator on Mac

In order to remove the Program Initiator app along with all associated undesired programs, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents both manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual Program Initiator 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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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 Program Initiator 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 Program Initiator 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 Program Initiator 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 Program Initiator 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 Program Initiator 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 Program Initiator 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: Remove Program Initiator Adware – 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 Program Initiator 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.

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 Program Initiator Adware files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Program Initiator Adware, 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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