Genieo Redirect Virus – How to Remove It from Your Mac

Genieo Redirect Virus – How to Remove It from Your Mac

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This article has been created to explain what is the Genieo virus and how to remove it from your Mac completely.

Macs are increasingly becoming a growing target for adware devolopers that aim to push their unwanted programs. Genieo is one of those hijacker, which

initially begun as adware for Windows, setting the as a default search engine and displaying multiple ads on Windows computers. And it appears that now Genieo continues it’s saga of pushing unwanted software on Mac’s as well. Read this article to understand how to remove Genieo hijacker from your Mac and how to stop such programs in the future.

Threat Summary

TypeBrowser Hijacker/Adware for Mac OS
Short DescriptionAims to hijack the web browsers of the compromised Mac’s to show third-party content.
SymptomsDifferent types of advertisements may start appearing. Your browsers’ settings might be changed to show redirects.
Distribution MethodVia bundling or by you installing it from a website.
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Genieo.

Genieo PUP – How Did I Get It

According to their site, where the software could be added to the victim’s Mac, Genieo claims that they offer a custom home page, that is interactive and features that latest news, according to ti’s users’ interests. However, the truth is significantly different than what is advertised, since this hijacker may change the home page and the new tab page of your web browsers to to push it’s third-party content, that may not always lead you to safe sites.

Another method by which Genieo may be spread is to be included in the installers of other third-party programs. The software may be offered in one of the installation steps, usually located in the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation tabs. This may ultimately result in Genieo to be even added by installing something in it’s Express installation mode and skipping the Advanced installation steps.

Genieo Hijacker – More Information

When we checked the cookies on the default search engine set by Genieo on your web browser, we have established that the ammount of tracking tech used is unusually high and some of the cookies may stay on your browser for years, because of their expiration date being set to several years after you install Genieo.

Not only this, but the search engine itself is not HTTPS secured, which is highly untypical for a search engine and is characteristic to hoax search pages:

More to it, the Privacy Policy on the search engine itself claims that there might be situations in which they may collect certain type of information directly from your Mac.

Usually unwanted programs, like Genieo often engage in partnerships with third-party sites with whom they cooperate to show a lot of advertisements, based on the information that is collected by the user, via the cookies set by the search engine. But this is a knife with two blades, since these Genieo redirects and ads may pose different risks:

  • Genieo may lead the vicitm to sites that may download malware, disguised as an app or an update.
  • Users may be convinced to fill out their personal data in fake survey or login web pages, which is also known as phishing attack.
  • The victims might be tricked into believing fake web pages that claim their Mac is at risk and call scammers’ phone numbers who pretend to be tech support.
  • The victims may input malicious code that might cause severe slowdowns on their computers and even crashes on their computers.

In addition to this, the same people who likely made Genieo are the same people who want to push third-party sites for profits without morally deciding which sites to push, thus making the app more risky for the average user.

Remove Genio from Your Mac

If feel unsafe using Genieo and you have decided to remove this unwanted program from your browser and your Mac, we recommend that you read this article as it will help you to fully remove Genieo either manually or automatically. If manual removal does not seem to work. It is highly advisable to download an advanced anti-malware software, which is created to ensure that all traces of Genieo are removed and also make sure that you are as protected as possible against future invasive apps just like it.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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