NeedWebSearch is software that should supposedly enhance browsing by providing better searching services. Many users think that NeedWebSearch is a virus primarily because they find out that the app has been installed on their Macs without their permission. Hence, the program is categorized as a potentially unwanted program for Macs. Undesired programs like NeedWebSearch are spread via shady techniques that trick users into executing them on their Mac systems. The moment such a program is started on the machine, it may alter primary settings of installed web browsers like Safari, Chrome, etc. Then it may activate tracking technologies to spy on certain online activities.
We recommend that you consider the removal of NeedWebSearch and all files related to this Mac virus. In our guide, you will find instructions on how to remove NeedWebSearch and how to restore the security of the affected system.
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks Safari and Chrome browsers for Mac. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search engine in preferred web browser may be set to display hoax search engine. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may start every time you start the affected Mac.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss NeedWebSearch.|
NeedWebSearch Unwanted Mac App – Spreading Techniques and Impact
NeedWebSearch is categorized as a potentially unwanted program due to the fact that it tends to appear on Mac devices without users’ knowledge or permission. The sudden and unexpected appearance of this program makes many users believe that NeedWebSearch is a virus. In fact, the app is not developed with the intent to corrupt Mac systems or personal files so it cannot be classified as a malicious app.
However, when NeedWebSearch manages to infect a Mac operating system, an issue that usually occurs after the installation of another free software, it becomes able to apply some changes that expose the system at risk of serious malware infections. Once started on your Mac, NeedWebSearch “virus” alters some main browser settings in order to become able to spy on your online activities and send harvested data to its servers.
This is often realized with the help of tracking technologies like cookies, web beacons, scripts, and others. Therefore, the NeedWebSearch undesired program may obtain details like:
- Visited URLs and websites
- Browser’s home page
- Search queries
- Search queries on the visited web pages
- Type of used browser
- Operating system type
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Geographic location
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
Purposes of data collection are not quite clear. On the one hand, the owners of this undesired program may use data records for the launch of targeted advertising campaigns. If this happens, your affected browser may be inundated with a large number of annoying ads that attempt to trick you to click them. On the other hand, the owners of NeedWebSearch Mac “virus” program may release harvested details on dark web markets for financial income.
The presence of NeedWebSearch on your Mac may lead to some serious system security and privacy-related issues. To avoid all unpleasant issues that may come as a result of having the NeedWebSearch program on your Mac, navigate to the removal instructions below and get rid of this undesired and potentially harmful program.
How to Remove NeedWebSearch from Affected Browser and macOS
In order to remove NeedWebSearch along with all entries it 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 NeedWebSearch 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 NeedWebSearch 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 NeedWebSearch 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 NeedWebSearch – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove NeedWebSearch files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as NeedWebSearch, 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.