ImaginePrime is a browser extension that is not exactly what you would want to have on your Mac. The browser extension aims to be added via suspicious sites or several other types of methods and its primary goal is to deliver a lot of ads and extract information from your computer. ImaginePrime virus extension is classified by security experts as a PUA (potentially unwanted application), since the ads it delivers may not only slow down your Mac, but they may also lead to dangerous websites. Read this article to understand how ImaginePrime virus extension works and how to remove it from your Mac.
|Type||PUA for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Aims to change your web browser settings and deliver all sorts of ads on your Mac that may lead to dangerous websites.|
|Symptoms||Pop-ups, banners, browser redirects, changed home and new tab page of your Safari, Chrome, Opera and Firefox browsers.|
|Distribution Method||By being advertised on suspicious pages or being bundled with third-party installers.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss ImaginePrime Virus.|
ImaginePrime – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
The primary method of distribution that is used by ImaginePrime is believed to be conducted via multiple different methods. One of them Is believed to be a browser redirect that advertises ImaginePrime as a legimate browser extension that can contribute in one way or another to your online browsing activities. Such redirects can happen if you visit a low reputation site without an ad blocker or if you already have some sort of adware on your Mac. Another distribution method used is likely via an ImaginePrime app that carries the extension with itself. The ImaginePrime app may either be added by the user, thinking it is a legitimate program that can help out or of it comes bundled with the installers of other apps. If so, ImaginePrime virus could be advertised as a “free extra” or an “optional offer” to your Mac.
ImaginePrime virus can be added to your browser and the only thing you will notice is the extension prompt that is shown:
Once it is added, it may begin to change your browser’s settings. It could change you home page, your new tab page to display a third-party site, whose primary purpose is to lead traffic and generate views. Such sites often have fake search engine, that actually display advertisements instead of actual search results.
Not only this, but also another side effect of having ImaginePrime on your computer is that it may display the following types of ads:
- Ad-supported search results.
- Browser Redirects.
- Highlighted text ads.
These ads can be dangerous in more than one way for your computer. The main dangers that are associated with them could be redirects to malicious or scam sites.
Remove ImaginePrime from Your Mac
To remove ImaginePrime effectively from your Mac, we strongly recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneath. They have been created with the main idea to help remove ImaginePrime either manually or automatically from your computer. If you want to remove ImaginePrime automatically from your Mac, then we suggest that you use an advanced malware cleaner. Such professional cleanup software aims to effectively scan your computer and help you get rid of all traces by ImaginePrime from your Mac.
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 ImaginePrime Virus 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 ImaginePrime Virus 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 ImaginePrime Virus – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove ImaginePrime Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as ImaginePrime Virus, 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.