Remove CapitalProjectSearch PUP from Mac

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Many users consider CapitalProjectSearch as a virus. In fact, it is a potentially unwanted program that is being spread via shady techniques like software packages, malicious advertising and hacked websites. It is developed to affect Mac systems. Its presence on the system may lead to some serious security and privacy-related issues. Once the program is running on your Mac, it may alter some of the main Safari and/or Chrome settings. Security experts advise affected users to remove CapitalProjectSearch from their affected Macs as soon as they detect its impact.

Threat Summary

NameCapitalProjectSearch PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable application that hijacks Safari and Chrome browsers for Mac. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab page and search engine in preferred web browser may be set to display hoax search engine. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may start every time you start the affected Mac.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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CapitalProjectSearch Unwanted App – Spreading Techniques and Impact

CapitalProjectSearch is a suspicious program that tends to affect popular web browsers for MacOS like like Safari and Chrome. Similar to other undesired apps reported by our team like WindowMode, ExtraWindow, CoordinatorPlus CapitalProjectSearch is presented as a useful application that is able to improve your browsing experience by offering seraching services. In reality, all these apps are primarily spread with the goal to hijack main browser settings so that they can become able to spy on users’ online behavior.

This impact is related to some shady advertising practices applied by CapitalProjectSearch. Once it identifies which your online interests are it becomes able to deliver targeted sponsored content in the affected browsers. The advertisements that may be displayed by this app may be of the following types:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Browser Redirect ads.
  • Banners.
  • Browser Redirect ads.
  • Push notifications.
  • Banners.

    You may have missed the moment when you executed the unwanted CapitalProjectSearch on your Mac. This is due to the fact that potentially undesired programs like this one are usually delivered with the help of shady techniques like software bundling, corrupted freeware installers, various torrent files and other. All these techniques aim to trick you into installing unwanted programs without noticing the installation process.

    So you might have installed CapitalProjectSearch while you were installing another supposedly useful app. Unfortunately, it is easy to agree with the installation of some extra apps without noticing their presence because the information about added extras is rarely disclosed properly. That’s why we recommend the help of the Advanced/Custom setup option. Sometimes it contains information about some additional apps that will be installed by default if you don’t unmark them.

    For the sake of your Mac security, it’s best to consider the complete removal of CapitalProjectSearch “virus” from the affected browser and system.

    How to Remove CapitalProjectSearch from Affected Safari and macOS

    In order to remove CapitalProjectSearch adware along with all entries it created on the 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. The manual CapitalProjectSearch 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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    Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

    Get rid of CapitalProjectSearch PUP from Mac OS X.

    Step 1: Uninstall CapitalProjectSearch PUP and remove related files and objects

    Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
    We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP:

    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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP. 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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP. 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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP. 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

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

    Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

    When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.

    Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

    Remove CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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.

    Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

    Erase CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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.

    Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

    Uninstall CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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.

    Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

    Delete CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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".

    stf-safari preferences

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


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

    Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

    stf-safari uninstall

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

    Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

    Eliminate CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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.

    CapitalProjectSearch PUP FAQ

    What is CapitalProjectSearch PUP?

    CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP a Virus?

    No, but it is just as risky. The CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP?

    CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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, CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP, 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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP from my Mac?

    By removing its core files. To get rid of CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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 CapitalProjectSearch PUP could be residing.

    It will also make sure that CapitalProjectSearch PUP 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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