In this article, you will find more information about the nasty application IdeaShared as well as a detailed removal guide with steps applicable suitable for all Mac operating system versions.
IdeaShared is another questionable app that was detected to affect Mac devices. Even though it pretends to be a helpful and legitimate tool, it has been classified as a potentially unwanted program that tricks users into installing it on their Mac systems. Once executed on the system, IdeaShared may activate tracking technologies that collect sensitive data and transfer it to remote servers. Then the program could begin to deliver different forms of advertisements based on the harvested details.
|Type||Unwanted Rogue App for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Aims to display different types of ads. Tracks information without perission.|
|Symptoms||You may see pop-ups, redirects, browser search ads, banners and other ad content.|
|Distribution Method||Via web page or software bundling.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss IdeaShared PUP.|
IdeaShared Mac “Virus” App – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
IdeaShared is an app developed to be compatible with different Mac operating systems. It has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program due to invasive behavior and suspicious activities. Even though IdeaShared is not a virus, it lowers Mac security by running on the system.
As a potentially undesired program IdeaShared may be downloaded from a place different than the official Apple AppStore. It often lands on Mac devices via third-party sites. The most common techniques used for the propagation of bogus apps like IdeaShared are software bundles, corrupted websites, malicious advertisements and torrent websites.
Once started on your computer, IdeaShared may appear in your applications and Safari browser as well. Beware that it is not an app that can enhance browsing or improve online performance. The main idea of IdeaShared is to alter essential settings of installed browsers and become able to spy on your online activities. It is likely to affect Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and other trustworthy web browsers.
Then the undesired app may start to show different advertisements on your Mac. Some of them could be of the following types:
- Browser redirect.
- Pop-up ads.
- Ad-supported search results.
- Highlighted text on the sites you visit.
The sponsored content generated by IdeaShared may redirect you to different dangerous websites. Such websites could attempt to make you a victim of an online scam. You may also be presented with various phishing web pages that aim to steal sensitive credentials. At worst, your affected browser will be redirected to a malicious site that is configured to deliver malicious software on your Mac.
Remove IdeaShared from Your Mac
In order to remove IdeaShared undesired app along with all harmful entries 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 macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual IdeaShared 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.
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 IdeaShared PUP 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 IdeaShared PUP 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 IdeaShared PUP – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove IdeaShared PUP files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as IdeaShared PUP, 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.