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ApplicationWork Mac Virus (application.work) – How to Remove

This article aims to explain what is the ApplicationWork virus for Mac and show you how to detect and remove this virus completely from your Mac.

New malware for Mac users was recently detected to haunt users. The malware can be recognised by the Application.work or ApplicationWork.app objects created on the affected Macs. The main goal of this malware could be to perform spyware activities on the computers infected by it and also steal critical information. Another scenario is that this virus may also introduce a lot of ads during browsing and collect browser information. Either way, the removal of ApplicationWork is stronlgy reccomended. Read this article to understand more on ApplicationWork and how you can effectively remove it from your Mac.

Threat Summary

NameApplicationWork
TypeMalware for Mac OS
Short DescriptionAims to slither in the form of an app in order to perform Spyware activities and/or introduce ads on the infected Mac.
SymptomsNo symptomps, only the ApplictionWork.app working actively on the computers of victimms plus an added extension in Safari and other browsers.
Distribution MethodLikely via software bundling or by pretending to be a legitimate App in the AppStore.
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ApplicationWork – How Did I Get It

There is more than one ways via which the ApplictionWork app may have landed on your Mac. One of the versions is if you have downloaded it from the AppStore. Many malicious apps have been downloaded from the AppStore, while pretending to be legitimate ones. In addition to this, the ApplicationWork app may also land on your Mac as a result of software bundling. Software bundling is basically when you try to install another free app and somewhere in its setup process, ApplicationWork may appear in the form of a “free extra” or “optional offer”, added to the install process.

Another mean of distribution which may also be used by ApplicationWork could be if the program is added on the computer of the victim by being downloaded from a site, that is advertising it as a legitimate app aiming to help improve the application experience on your Mac in some way. Usually some unwanted programs, like Secure Mac Tuneup or others of those type are falsely advertised on the web as useful programs, but they could turn out to be exactly the opposite.

ApplicationWork Malware – More Information

There is a lot of mystery surrounding the real purpose of ApplicationWork malware. For one, it could be a PUP, created to show different types of ads on your browsers:

  • Redirects.
  • Banners.
  • Text ads.
  • Ad-supported search results.

Another scenario is if the ApplicationWork malware is in fact a Trojan, which is the most likely scenario. If so, the ApplicationWork malware can perform the following virus activities on your Mac:

  • Take screenshots.
  • Copy files.
  • Obtain information from your browser.
  • Obtain passwords and AppleID.
  • Steal financial information.
  • Log the keystrokes you type.

In addition to this activities, the ApplicationWork malware may also check if there are other devices connected to your Mac and may also relay information to its C&C server.

The malware could also self-update itself to remain undetected and run active processes without you even noticing. ApplicationWork may also be the type of malware that could be capable of downloading and running various different types of files and objects on your computer, including other viruses. One possible sign of presence of a virus as a result of having ApplicationWork added could be that it may ask you to give it permissions over your Mac. If so, you should not allow it any permissions what so ever.

The ApplicationWork malware could be seen in two main forms:

  • Application.Work file.
  • ApplicationWork.app file.

But there may also be other objects that could be related to ApplicationWork malware app.

Remove ApplicationWork Malware from Your Mac

If you want ApplicationWork gone, then we recommend that you follow the removal steps down below. They have been created to help you locate and delete the files as well as browser extensions that may be related to ApplicationWork malware. The main idea behind them is to help you to manually do that. However, be advised that the ApplicationWork threat may be persistent and may remain active on your computer even if you remove its virus files. This is why we stronlgy recommend that you download an advanced anti-malware software, like the one below. It has been created to help you remove the ApplicationWork threat completely and safely and also to protect your Mac against future infections.

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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 ApplicationWork 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 ApplicationWork:

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 ApplicationWork. 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 ApplicationWork. 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 ApplicationWork 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 ApplicationWork. 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 ApplicationWork – 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 ApplicationWork 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 ApplicationWork files from your Mac

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