Mac "Virus" - How to Remove it
THREAT REMOVAL Mac “Virus” – How to Remove It

This blog post has been created with the main reason to help you understand what is the so-called “virus” related to and show you ways via which you can remove it from your computer.

A new unwanted software that is related to a suspicious search engine coming from the domain was recently detected to be added on Mac devices. The unwanted software aims to display different forms of advertisements on the user computer and then use these to perform multiple different types of tracking. In addition to the ads, the “virus” which is in fact a PUP (potentially unwanted program) may lead users to various third-party websites, the main goal of which is to usually either redirect users to scam sites or even infect them with malware. This is why, this program is classified as potentially unwanted and indirectly dangerous to users. This is the main reason why we recommend that you read this article, if you experience problems on your Mac and want to remove completely.

Threat Summary PUP
TypeBrowser Hijacker for Mac OS
Short DescriptionAims to change the settings of Safari and other web browsers installed on Macs and display a lot of third-party advertisements, some of which may be dangerous to users.
SymptomsSlow and sluggish performance of the Mac. Changed browser settings. Different types of ads show uninvited.
Distribution MethodVia bundling or websites.
Detection Tool See If Your System Has Been Affected by PUP


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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss PUP. – How Did I Get It

The primary method of replication that is used in association with this browser hijacker is believed to be conducted via what is known as software bundling. This method is the including of the program files of the hijacker to another free app that you may have added to your Mac from a third-party website. The main idea behind this is for the free apps to be spread via various different types of programs, the main ones of which are believed to be often used free apps, like media players, torrent software and several other types of applications.

In addition to this, the program may also be automatically added as a web browser extension. This can happen via JavaScript which ads it as soon as you visit a suspicious site and accept the app to be installed. Often it is pretending to be a free toolbar that is used to provide easier access to different e-mails, Facebook, news and the weather. – More Info

Once the browser hijacker is added on your web browser, you may immediately start seeing it to be set as a default home page:

The browser hijacker, displays a search engine, which when used redirects you via a new tab to results from, that are cramped up with advertisements to third-party websites.

Some of the ads which you click on may even lead you to another third-party engine, which does not have anything to do with Yahoo search as well:

These types of clicks leading to third-party search sites also contribute to the main version that the browser hijacker does not have it’s own search engine, which is typical for hoax search engines. Furthermore, the browser hijacker is also the type of software aimed at creating multiple different types of cookies and other tracking technologies on your Mac as we have detected:

These tracking technologies all aim to obtain the following types of information from your web browser:

  • Browsing history.
  • Search history.
  • Online clicks information.
  • Data on the websites you have bookmarked.
  • The ads you have clicked on.

This information is often used to display different types of advertisements. These ads may not only slow down your Mac, but also represent couple of risks to It, such as they may lead you to scam sites and they may even lead you to malicious sites, that may infect your Mac with malware. They are different types:

  • Browser redirects.
  • Pop-ups.
  • Online search results.
  • Banners.
  • Highlighted text ads.

Besides the unusually high amount of advertising, the hijacker may also perform other unwanted activities on the victim machine, such as to display multiple pop-ups that it wants the user to allow push notification. This may further contribute the process of showing third-party ads on your Mac:

Remove PUP from Your Mac

If you want to remove the from your Mac effectively, we would suggest that you follow the removal instructions that are underneath this article. They have been created with the main goal of making it easier for you to find and remove any apps, associated with the PUP from your Mac either manually or automatically. If the manual removal fails, we recommend what most security experts would advise you to do and that is to download and run a scan of your Mac, using an advanced anti-malware software. It’s primary purpose is to scan your Mac for any malware and remove it completely so that the machine stays protected.


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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