Remove Kromtech MacKeeper Virus (Mac Removal Guide)
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Remove Kromtech MacKeeper Virus (Mac Removal Guide)

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Update August 2019. What is Kromtech ? How to remove it from the affected system ? How to restore browser settings ?

Kromtech.net is the domain of a questionable website that is currently used for the spread of the ad-supported application MacKeeper. That’s why it is called Kromtech MacKeeper virus. It affects popular web browsers like Chrome and Safari for Mac. The reason why many users considered it to be a virus is its unwanted appearance in their preferred web browser. If your web browser is constantly loading Kromtech virus then it is possible that you have an undesired program installed on your Mac.

Threat Summary

NameKromtech virus
TypeBrowser Redirect, Potenitally unwanted program (PUP)
Short DescriptionQuestionable website that gains access to popular web browsers installed on Mac devices without users’ permission. Offers ad-supported Mac optimizer.
SymptomsWeb traffic is redirected to landings hosted on Kromtech.net
The redirect attempts to convince you to download ad-supported Mac optimizer
Main browser settings may be altered by an associated undesired program
Distribution MethodFreeware installations, Bundled packages, Infected web pages
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Kromtech MacKeeper Virus – Ways of Distribution and Impact

Once affected by Kromtech virus your Safari/Chrome/Firefox/Opera browser will automatically open a new browser tab that is showing landing pages with deceptive offers. The landings were reported to be hosted on different subdomains like app4.kromtech.net, app7.kromtech.net and app6.kromtech.net

As soon as one of those web pages load in the browser it could attempt to open another webpage that offers a bogus system optimizer called

MacKeeper.

MacKeeper is an ad-supported program that has been detected to display various types of pop-ups, which are not malicious, but could lead to suspicious sites and may definitely be irritating. The program itself claims to optimize and improve the performance of your Mac, but the bad news is that the very opposite is happens when this program is running on a Mac device.

Here is how an affected user describes the problem with Kromtech MacKeeper virus:

Every single time when I open Safari and as soon as I open another webpage, automatically another browser tab opens with a landing page of Kromtech: https://app4.kromtech.net/landings. if I paste the entire link here – it will appear as a link to MacKeeper.

The purpose of all those redirects to Kromtech.net is to convince you to follow deceptive instructions and eventually install a bogus app like MacKeeper. Since every next subdomain could be configured to display different offer, you may also be asked to enter sensitive credentials; subscribe to push notifications or visit another suspicious link.

For the sake of your security, we recommend that you close the web page with this annoying Kromtech virus.

Furthermore, the unexpected appearance of this redirect may also be a sign of an undesired program installed on your Mac. The spread of potentially unwanted programs is often realized via software bundles and freeware packages.

So you may have installed the program during the installation of a desired program. This nasty side effect usually occurs as a result of improperly disclosed information about extras added in freeware installers. The good news is that the details presented in the Advanced/Custom configuration step may enable you to learn about the presence of added PUPs and eventually prevent them from accessing your device.

Remove Kromtech MacKeeper Virus from Mac

In order to remove Kromtech MacKeeper virus along with all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you should complete several removal steps. In the guide below you will find all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of all present undesired programs and improve MacOS security, we recommend that you should combine the steps. Have in mind that the names of all present infection files associated with this browser redirect may differ the name of the redirect.

In case you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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