In this article, you will find more information about the application InnovativeShare which was detected to affect Mac operating systems. At the end of the article, you will be presented with a detailed removal guide.
InnovativeShare App on Mac
InnovativeShare is another questionable app that mysteriously appears on Mac devices. Even though it pretends to be a useful and legitimate app, it has been classified as a potentially unwanted program. InnovativeShare is spread via shady techniques that trick users into installing it on their Mac systems. Once started on the system, InnovativeShare may alter main browser settings and activate tracking technologies. Then it becomes able to generate annoying ads and collect sensitive data from affected browser and system.
|Type||Unwanted Rogue App for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Aims to display different types of ads. Tracks information without permission.|
|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 InnovativeShare.|
InnovativeShare Mac “Virus” App – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
InnovativeShare is an app that appears on different Mac operating systems without users’ permission. Even though affected users consider it as a virus, it has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program. Its invasive behavior and suspicious activities, however, pose a certain danger to systems it affects. As long as InnovativeShare is running on your Mac, the system is more vulnerable to malware attacks.
As a potentially undesired program, InnovativeShare may be downloaded from dubious websites and questionable online networks. Among the most common techniques used for the propagation of bogus apps like InnovativeShare are software bundles, corrupted websites, malicious advertisements and torrent websites.
Once started on your computer, InnovativeShare shows in the window of your installed applications. It may add an unwanted Safari extension as well. Beware that this program is not designed to enhance browsing or improve online performance. The main idea of InnovativeShare 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 InnovativeShare 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.
How to Remove InnovativeShare Virus on Mac
In order to remove InnovativeShare undesired app, you should complete several removal steps. The guide below reveals all essential removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen PC security, we recommend that you combine the steps. Manual threat 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 InnovativeShare 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 InnovativeShare 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 InnovativeShare – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove InnovativeShare files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as InnovativeShare, 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.