When the message “hlpradc will damage your computer” keeps popping up again and again on your Mac, you should check your operating system for any present harmful files. This persistent message has been reported to harass Mac users who have inadvertently installed a potentially unwanted application on their computers. The main idea behind hlpradc is the creation of multiple different types of files and objects on computers. Then these malicious entries may be used for the collection of different information and the installation of malicious software.
|Type||Virus for Mac OS|
|Short Description||May enter your Mac and begin to display an error message, claiming that a file is harmful and should be moved to Bin.|
|Symptoms||An error message claiming it blocked hlpradc on your Mac.|
|Distribution Method||Rogue applications, Corrupted websites, Malicious advertisements|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Hlpradc.|
Hlpradc Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
Our team detected that hlpradc error message along with navlibx and several other messages belong to the so-called “Will damage your computer” series of errors. These messages feature a file name or an app name in brackets, for example “hlpradc” followed by the message “will damage your computer.” Here is a picture of the annoying “hlpradc will damage your computer” pop-up message that is currently an evolving threat:
All hlpradc error message reads is:
hlpradc will damage your computer. You should move it to the Bin.
The file was downloaded on an unknown date.
Report malware to Apple to protect other users.
The message is so persistent that each time you click Move to Bin button it just comes back. The main idea of this error detection is to signal for a file that may expose your MacOS at risk of malware infection. Apparently, it is designed to resemble the official notification window generated by the built-in technology Gatekeeper. Gatekeeper is a macOS technology designed to prevent you from inadvertently installing garbage software.
Here is what pop-up will be generated by the Gatekeeper when it detects an app with revoked developer signature or certain specific malware that is present in Apple’s malware definitions:
The sudden appearance of hlpradc virus message on prevails on Mac devices that are running the latest update of the operating system known as Catalina. But what is causing hlpradc message to pop-up on screen?
Helpermcp may be an app dropped silently by another potentially unwanted program like Advanced Mac Cleaner, Mac Cleanup Pro, etc. It may not have any apparent mechanism for being launched but only file traits. Some files associated with this threat may be found and deleted from the following folder locations:
- ~/Library/Application Support/adc/hlpradc
- ~/Library/Application Support/adc/com.adscleaner.hlpradc.plist
Running software that hasn’t been authorized by a trustworthy developer may expose your computer and personal information to malware that can harm your Mac or compromise your privacy. So it is best to consider the immediate removal of hlpradc virus and associated files from the affected Mac.
Remove Hlpradc Virus from Your Mac
Unfortunately, hlpradc and associated files cannot be uninstalled by simply closing the browser and dragging the undesired app to the Trash. If you want to remove the hlpradc virus from your Mac OS in full we recommend that you use a specific anti-malware for Mac. The main goal of such a program is to scan your operating system and terminate the files with malicious behavior. It will also clean up any malicious code in your repositories. With a specific anti-malware program, youр Mac will be protected better in the future.
- Guide 1: Get rid of Hlpradc from Mac OS X.
- Guide 2: Remove Hlpradc from Google Chrome.
- Guide 3: Erase Hlpradc from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 4: Uninstall Hlpradc from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 5: Delete Hlpradc from Safari.
- Guide 6: Eliminate Hlpradc from Internet Explorer.
Get rid of Hlpradc from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Hlpradc 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 Hlpradc 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: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Hlpradc from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Hlpradc from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Hlpradc from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Delete Hlpradc from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Hlpradc will be removed.
Eliminate Hlpradc from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
What is Hlpradc?
Hlpradc is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.
Be aware, that Hlpradc may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.
Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.
Is Hlpradc a Virus?
It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:
- Phishing sites.
- Web pages that are scam.
- Sites that may contain viruses.
These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.
Can my Mac get virus?
The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.
How did I get Hlpradc?
Hlpradc could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.
Also, Hlpradc adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.
You may have missed Hlpradc, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".
How to remove Hlpradc from my Mac?
By removing its core files. To get rid of Hlpradc from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.
An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were Hlpradc could be residing.
It will also make sure that Hlpradc is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.
How to protect my Mac from viruses?
To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:
1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.