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.
|Type||Browser Hijacker for Mac OS|
|Short Description||May display various different types of ads on your Mac, some of which could be dangerous. May alter your browser’s settings.|
|Symptoms||Pop-ups, worsened browser performance.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled 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.
Steps to Prepare Before Removal:
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.
What is CentralStructured Pop-Up on your Mac?
The CentralStructured Pop-Up threat is probably a potentially unwanted app. There is also a chance it could be related to Mac malware.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your Mac to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your MacOS.
Can Macs Get Viruses?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get malware. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a threat:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What Are The Symptoms of CentralStructured Pop-Up On Mac?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also most Mac threats in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your Mac may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Mac's Activity Monitor.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your Mac for viruses.
What Types of Mac Threats Are There?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently infect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Adware and hijackers.
- Trojan horses and other spyware.
- Ransomware and screen-lockers.
- Cryptocurrency miner malware.
What To Do If I Have a Mac Virus, Like CentralStructured Pop-Up?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One recommended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you.
There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to Secure My Data from CentralStructured Pop-Up?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our MacOS Virus section, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.
About the CentralStructured Pop-Up Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this CentralStructured Pop-Up how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific macOS issue.
How did we conduct the research on CentralStructured Pop-Up?
Please note that our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware definitions, including the various types of Mac threats, especially adware and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).
Furthermore, the research behind the CentralStructured Pop-Up threat is backed with VirusTotal.
To better understand the threat posed by Mac malware, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.