This article contains more information about the DTTarget app for Mac as well as steps to remove it.
DTTarget is an application that gets installed on Mac operating systems without asking users for their permission. It is flagged as a potentially unwanted program by most anti-malware tools. This program is designed to act like adware as well as browser hijacker. This means that it may alter main browser preferences and start generating annoying ads on affected systems. The end goal of potentially undesired apps like DTTarget is to generate revenue for its developers. Hence, it may be presenting affected users with ads that are related to bogus or even hacked websites.
Security experts advise affected users to remove DTTarget Mac program from their operating systems as soon as possible.
|Name||DTTarget / “DTTarget will damage your computer”|
|Type||Pop-up, PUP (Adware, Browser Hijacker)|
|Short Description||A questionable application that is possibly installed by another PUP. It may also trick users into installing it on their Macs. It performs certain modifications that affect the settings of installed browsers. Then it floods the affected browsers with lots of ads.|
|Symptoms||Browser homepage, new tab page and search engine may be set to display hoax search engine. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The undesired program may start automatically every time the affected system loads.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Websites, Fake Software Updates|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss DTTarget.|
DTTarget will damage your computer
DTTarget will damage your computer pop-up message appears on Mac operating systems that have been affected by a potentially unwanted program. It could be stemming from a well-known potentially unwanted application called Search Marquis.
This warning box claims that you need to move the DTTarget item to the Trash. It could also state that the system couldn’t find a file. However, the pop-up message may be so invasive that it may not go away when you move it to the Trash.
Similar to other annoying messages (Utility will damage your computer, “p” will damage your computer) this pop-up message poses a medium risk to system security as it may be caused by a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that is running the macOS. The alert is known to show up when an application wants to access or tries to tamper with files.
To determine the cause of the “DTTarget will damage your computer“, check out the last paragraph of this article for instructions and a possible solution.
What is DTTarget? Is It a Virus?
DTTarget is one of those questionable applications that suddenly appear in the Applications lists on Mac devices. This is the main reason many of the affected users call it a virus. The truth is that the app is not malicious as it is not designed to cause damage to systems it affects.
However, it still exposes affected systems to the risk of malware infections. Apps like DTTarget have the purpose to deliver sponsored content to affected users in order to generate revenue for their owners.
That’s why the owners of these apps neglect the security level of sponsored pages. As a result, you may be presented with vicious ads that link to poorly secured or even hacked web pages. Here are the types of advertisements that may be displayed by DTTarget Mac adware:
- Browser redirects.
- Push notifications.
- Highlighted text ads.
- Ad-supported search results.
Unlike legitimate advertising platforms like Google Ads, DTTarget Mac apps won’t always deliver ads by legitimate and trustworthy websites/services. For the best of your online security we advise you to avoid clicking on these ads as there is a potential risk that some of them are related to websites that may host malware; present scams; or push other rogue applications.
Since DTTarget may be able to act as a browser hijacker as well, it may alter some main browser settings. As a result, affected browsers may be redirected to hoax search engines like Search Marquis and Search Baron. The program may also hijack the homepages and new tab pages. This behavior of DTTarget makes it a program that has the traits of both adware and browser hijacker.
Yet another issue that is likely to occur after your Mac gets affected by the so-called DTTarget virus is a privacy violation. Since the majority of PUPs aim to trick users into clicking ads, they spy on affected users’ online behavior so that their developers can understand more about users’ interests. By doing this, adware programs help their operators to optimize their advertising campaigns.
Once they know more details about your online behavior they can configure their software to deliver ads that match your interests. At worst, data records may be released on dark web markets for additional money revenue.
Potentially unwanted programs like DTTarget are being spread via shady techniques like software packages, malicious advertising and hacked websites. All these techniques are designed in a way that tricks users into installing undesired programs on their computers without noticing that.
As long as the DTTarget Mac app is running on your Mac, it lowers your online security. The complete removal of the DTTarget “virus” from the affected browser and system guarantees that you can use your Mac safely again.
How to Remove DTTarget Mac App
In order to remove DTTarget 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 operating system security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual DTTarget adware 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.
Check also out our DTTarget video removal guide:
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 DTTarget and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 DTTarget 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove DTTarget – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove DTTarget files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as DTTarget, 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.
What is DTTarget on your Mac?
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 my Mac get a virus?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get viruses. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a virus:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What are the symptoms of DTTarget on your 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 DTTarget?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One reccomended 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, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps plus take care of them quickly. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to secure my passwords and other data from DTTarget?
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 website, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.