Remove Redirect "Virus" (Mac Removal Guide)

Remove Redirect “Virus” (Mac)


Update August 2019. This article informs users about redirect and provides help for the removal process of all suspicious and potentially undesired files from the affected system. is an irritating website that affects popular browsers used on Mac devices. Once it gains access to the targeted browser it generates some kind of deceptive offer in an attempt to trick you into following specific instructions. Be careful if you notice this questionable website in your browser as it poses a real danger to your macOS. If you want to remove it from your Mac and stop seeing it, we suggest that you read this removal article.

Threat Summary
TypeBrowser Redirect, PUP
Short DescriptionDeceptive website that hijacks your preferred web browser.
SymptomsYou may start seeing various different types of redirects to web pages that aim to trick you into following misleading instructions.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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The domain is used by fraudsters for the spread of rogue software. The website, as well as several of its subdomains, tend to hijack popular web browsers (Chrome Safari, Firefox, etc.) used on Mac devices.

In order to make you more prone to purchase rogue application, enter sensitive credentials or follow other deceptive instructions that may endanger the overall security of your data and Mac, the redirect loads various types of fake messages like the one shown below:

Your OS Sierra is infected with (3) viruses!
Your OS Sierra is infected with (3) viruses. Our security check found traces of 2 malware and 1 phishing/spyware. System damage: 28.1% – Immediate removal required!
The immediate removal of the viruses is required to prevent further system damage, loss of Apps, Photos or other files. Traces of 1 phishing/spyware were found on your OS Sierra with.
Personal and banking information are at risk.
To avoid more damage click on ‘Scan Now’ immediately. Our deep scan will provide help immediately!
0 minutes and 00 seconds remaining before damage is permanent.


We know that this sounds devastating but don’t be scared. The information along with the ineffective timer is misleading. In fact, the purpose of

this scam message is to urge you to click on the ”Scan Now” and resolve all malware issues that endanger your Mac. However, by doing so you could only create some issues and this time they will be for real.

So no matter what the offer/scam message generated by redirect says be advised to avoid interacting with the presented content.

As of the reason why your preferred web browser keeps redirecting you to fake offers, it is most likely a

potentially unwanted program that has managed to land on your Mac against your will. Such programs are usually spread via the installers of various free and supposedly useful applications. Unfortunately, you could easily miss their presence as most of the installers are designed in a way that conceals the presence of added extras. Happily, in some cases, you could prevent unwanted programs from accessing your Mac by reviewing the Advanced/Custom configuration setup step. The information presented on this step may help you catch the PUP on time and opt out its installation.

When such a program is present on your device, you may also be noticing lots of additional annoying online advertisements. Similar to the discussed browser redirect, they will probably be designed in a way that tempts you into visiting poorly secured or deceitful web pages.

How to Remove Redirect “Virus” on Mac

In order to remove redirect along with all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you should complete several removal steps. In the guide below you will find all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of all present undesired programs and improve macOS security, we recommend that you should combine the steps. Have in mind that the names of all present infection files associated with this browser redirect may differ the name of the redirect.

In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. We will be glad to get in touch with you.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for four years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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