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Remove CentralStructured Pop-Up “Virus” (macOS Instructions)

Are you trying to get rid of an annoying pop-up named “CentralStructured”?

You are not the only one dealing with this issue. Several Mac users have reported having trouble removing permanently a couple of pop-ups known as “ExtraBrowser” and “CentralStructured“. Note that these two pop-ups may be coming from different adware applications which have been bundled in one installer. You could be witnessing either one of them, or both of them simultaneously.

You may be seeing a white screen showing up on the desktop, first saying that it is loading and then that the installation is complete. It appears that all these issues are stemming from adware applications which may have sneaked into your system.

Threat Summary

NameCentralStructured Pop-Up
TypeBrowser Hijacker for Mac OS
Short DescriptionMay display various different types of ads on your Mac, some of which could be dangerous. May alter your browser’s settings.
SymptomsPop-ups, worsened browser performance.
Distribution MethodBundled installers, Unsafe Browsing
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CentralStructured Pop-Up – Why Do I Keep Seeing it?

The CentralStructured pop-up may be related to an adware application or a bogus search engine known as AuraSearch (aura-search.net). If your browser’s homepage and new tab page is changed to aura-search.net without your consent, then you are dealing with a browser hijacker.

You should keep in mind that AuraSearch could be bundled with a variety of potentially unwanted applications (or PUAs) with browser-hijacking capabilities, so unless you do a thorough search on your Mac or scan it with an anti-malware program, you cannot be certain what caused it. The CentralStructured pop-up you’re seeing in your browser is most likely related to the same PUA/adware.

You may have missed the moment when the PUA causing the CentralStructured pop-up landed on your Mac because PUAs are usually delivered via shady techniques such as software bundling, corrupted freeware installers, various torrent files and other. All these techniques aim to trick users into installing unwanted programs without noticing the installation process.

In a nutshell, you might have installed a potentially unwanted application while you were installing another supposedly useful app (a method shortly known as bundling). 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 in a proper manner.

There is also the possibility of a drive-by download. If you don’t recall downloading any app, be it legitimate ot suspicious, you may havе visited an infected website. Note that even legitimate websites can get infected. Long story short, the infected website could leverage a vulnerability in your web browser to carry out a drive-by download. Once the adware/PUA is installed, it may start performing a list of illicit actions, such as collecting your information, redirecting you to malicious websites, and generating lots of intrusive advertisements on all the pages you visit.

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

Remove CentralStructured Pop-Up

To remove CentralStructured pop-up completely from your Mac, we recommend that you follow the removal steps that are underneath this article. They are made with the main idea to assist you in eradicating the pop-up and the PUA/adware generating it, step by step, from your Mac. For best removal, we recommend that you download and run a scan of your Mac, using a specific anti-malware program.

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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 CentralStructured Pop-Up 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 CentralStructured Pop-Up:

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 CentralStructured Pop-Up. 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 CentralStructured Pop-Up. 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 CentralStructured Pop-Up 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 CentralStructured Pop-Up. 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 CentralStructured Pop-Up – 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 CentralStructured Pop-Up 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 CentralStructured Pop-Up files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as CentralStructured Pop-Up, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for CentralStructured Pop-Up:


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