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Mac Ads – How to Remove Them

What are Mac ads? Why are you seeing unwanted advertisements on your Mac? What can you do to remove Mac ads?

This article has been created to show you how you can detect adware on your Mac and how to remove any adware components that may currently be in your Mac.

Аdware for Mac has dramatically increased lately and the trend is evolving. Such Mac ads are becoming more diverse and also harder to detect by victims since they often come as legitimate programs.

A recently detected unwanted program plaguing Macs is called DataTransportation.

DataTransportation is an adware program that could infiltrate your Mac device without your knowledge. Once installed on your device, it could affect the settings of your preferred web browser and then start displaying intrusive ads during your browsing sessions.

In this article we will explain how you can detect and remove unwanted Mac programs such as DataTransporation, and how you can protect yourself and your private information.

How Do Mac Ads Programs Spread?

Identifying Mac Ads programs can be done by simply looking at the symptoms based on the type of ad-supported programs lurking in the wild:

  • Mac Adware programs.
  • Browser Hijackers for Mac.
  • Push notifications “viruses” for Mac.

Adware programs may appear on your Mac using the following methods:

  • By pretending the program is a legitimate app.
  • By adding it automatically after visiting a website.
  • By getting the user to accept some sort of Push Notifications on a news website.
  • By slithering the unwanted app in the installer of another app and advertising it “as a free extra” or “an optional offer”, a method known as bundling.

How to Detect Adware on Your Mac?

Based on the methods of distribution we have shown you above, unwanted programs that generate Mac ads will lead to the following symptoms:

1st Symptom – Slow Performance of Your Mac

The main symptom of having an ad-supported program on your Mac is by experiencing performance slow-downs which are usually not typical. In general, macOS is a well-optimized operating system and should not lag in performance. In case your Mac’s performance is not as optimized as it usually is, this may be a sign of a virus or an ad-supported program that is using your CPU and other resources.

2nd Symptom: Different Types of Ads Randomly Appearing

If you are seeing aggressive Mac ads that take over your pages space and also randomly appear, then it is highly you have Mac adware. In some forms of adware, the ads can even be shown as search results. In this case, the unwanted program has browser hijacking capabilities, and has changed the default search engine of the affected Mac to a hoax one. So, instead of Google or some other legitimate search engine, you see a bogus engine, that shows you suspicious ads instead of results.

Another form of ads are the so-called Tech Support scam ads, whose primary purpose is to convince you that there is a serious problem with your Mac and you should either call a fake tech support number or download a fake antivirus or optimizer that will “fix your Mac”.

These fake optimizing programs, like Mac Auto Fixer, only want to drain money from your account by finding different fake errors and asking you to pay a lot of money to buy their licensed version in order to fix your performance problems.

Mac ads can be:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Ad-supported search results.
  • Highlighted text ads.
  • Banners on the sites you visit.
  • Highlighted text ads.

3rd Symptom: Having Suspicious Programs Installed on Your Mac

Here are some examples of programs that generate Mac ads:

Secure Mac TuneUp

Mac Purifier

Smart Mac Care PUP

Smart Mac Booster

These types of programs aim to convince you to pay for their full versions, which usually end up costing hundreds of dollars to show you pop-ups that your system is at risk. More so, a lot of users have complained for some of these programs to start automatically with the booting of their Macs and to run automatic scans that detect hundreds of errors each time, which is not likely to be true.

4th Symptom: You Have Unfamiliar Browser Extensions

One of the main methods used by adware on your Mac is by being automatically added as an add-on or a browser extension that seems to pretend it is useful. Most adware programs tend to imitate:

  • Toolbars.
  • Weather extensions.
  • Ad-blockers.
  • Movie streamers.
  • Geo-restriction unlockers.
  • News on-the-go.
  • File converters.
  • Page translators.

5th Symptom: Suspicious processes running in Activity Monitor

This symptom is also a key to detecting Mac adware components, because most ads come from such processes and they may still remain even after you manually delete the suspicious program. They often mean that the adware runs with administrative permissions and may even conduct other activities that may be unauthorized on your machine.

How to Protect Your Mac from Data Collection?

Most browser hijackers and adware use tracking technologies on the affected Macs, that collect information during your online browsing and are difficult to detect. These technologies may be cookies; Locally Shared Objects (Flash cookies; pixels; tags; geo-locators; search cookies; session cookies.

These information trackers may collect the following information from your Mac:

  • Browsing history.
  • What you type online.
  • Your search history.
  • Your online clicks.
  • Your bookmarks.

In order to protect your privacy online you will need to mask your identity and hide your traffic with encryption. The only capable service to do that is VPN software for Mac.

How to Remove Mac Ads?

There are several steps you need to go through to remove these unwanted applications from your Mac, starting with securing it and then going through removing all of the adware components, manually or automatically.

Manual Removal of Mac Ads

Step 1: Disconnect from the web and try to stay offline for as long as possible and when possible while you fix the issues.

Step 2: Change all of your passwords from a safe machine and do not type any passwords on your Mac, since some adware programs may use cookies to obtain information about them.

Step 3: Stop the adware and delete it by following the sub-steps below:

1. Uninstall Mac Ads software and remove related files and objects

Step 1: Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:

Step 2: Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:

Step 3: In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Mac Ads Viruses:

To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.

Step 4: Click on the “Go” button again, but this time select Applications. Other ways is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.

Step 5: In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Mac Ads Viruses. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.

Step 6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Mac Ads Viruses. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (““) icon to hide it.

Step 7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

1.Go to Finder.
2.In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
3.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.
4.If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

2. Remove Adware extensions from your Mac’s browsers

Remove Mac Ads Viruses – related extensions from your Mac’s browsers.

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Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu.

Select the Extension and click “Remove

After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Step 1: Remove Safari extensions

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on the extension you want removed.
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Mac Ads Viruses will be removed.

    Step 2: Reset Safari

    IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

    Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

    Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.

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    How to Remove Mac Ads Viruses from Windows.


    Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Mac Ads Viruses

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    We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

    Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

    1. Hold Windows key() + R


    2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


    3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
    Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


    4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


    5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


    Step 2: Uninstall Mac Ads Viruses and related software from Windows

    Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


    1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


    2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


    3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


    Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Mac Ads Viruses on your computer.

    The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

    You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Mac Ads Viruses there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

    1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


    2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


    3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
    Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

    IMPORTANT!
    Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
    This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

    Step 4: Scan for Mac Ads Viruses with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


    It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


    2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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    3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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    4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

    SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

    If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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    Get rid of Mac Ads Viruses from Mac OS X.


    Step 1: Uninstall Mac Ads Viruses and remove related files and objects

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    We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
    Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


    1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


    2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


    3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Mac Ads Viruses:

    Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


    4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


    5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Mac Ads Viruses. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


    6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Mac Ads Viruses. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


    7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

    • 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 Mac Ads Viruses 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:

    Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

    1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

    2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

    3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Mac Ads Viruses. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

    You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

    → ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    /Library/LaunchDaemons

    Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


    Step 2: Scan for and remove Mac Ads Viruses files from your Mac

    When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Mac Ads Viruses, 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.


    Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Mac Ads Viruses:


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    Remove Mac Ads Viruses 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.


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    Erase Mac Ads Viruses 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.



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    Uninstall Mac Ads Viruses 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.



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    Remove Mac Ads Viruses 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".

    stf-safari preferences


    Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

    stf-safari-extensions


    Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


    Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

    stf-safari uninstall

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Mac Ads Viruses will be removed.


    How to Reset Safari
    IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

    Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

    Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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    Eliminate Mac Ads Viruses 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.


    Remove Push Notifications caused by Mac Ads Viruses from Your Browsers.


    Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome

    To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:

    Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.

    settings

    Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:

    advanced settings

    Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:

    Content Settings

    Step 4: Open “Notifications”:

    notifications

    Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:

    Block, Edit or Remove

    Remove Push Notifications on Firefox

    Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.

    options

    Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":

    Settings

    Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”

    remove push notifications firefox

    Stop Push Notifications on Opera

    Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings

    opera

    Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.

    content settings

    Step 3: Open Notifications:

    notifications

    Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):

    three dots

    Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari

    Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.

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    Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".


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