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OSX.Trojan.Gen Malware – WHAT IS IT + How to Remove It

What is OSX.Trojan.Gen detection? What does it mean to see OSX.Trojan.Gen? How to remove OSX.Trojan.Gen completely from your Mac?

OSX.Trojan.Gen is the detection name for most Trojan horses that infect Mac computers. The detection’s origin is traced back to multiple antivirus programs. The bad news is that some Trojans are very advanced and simple detection and quarantine is not enough to remove them fully. Their main goal is to enter your Mac undetected and steal information, install other viruses or spy on you. If you see the OSX.Trojan.Gen detection on your Mac, then we recommend that you read this article.

Threat Summary

NameOSX.Trojan.Gen
TypeTrojan Horse for Mac OS
Short DescriptionAims to slither on your Mac undetected and perform series of malcious activities.
SymptomsOne of the symptoms could be a fake app posing as a legitimate one. The virus aims to be completely undetected, so other symptoms could include odd behaviour of your Mac.
Distribution MethodVia malspam or via compromised websites.
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OSX.Trojan.Gen – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

OSX.Trojan.Gen is a Trojan horse type of threat. Typically it enters your computer by posing as a legitimate app that may be downloaded from a third-party site with low-reputation. The OSX.Trojan.Gen can also be sent to you via e-mail and there, it may infect via a malicous URL in the e-mail itself or could wind up on your computer as a result of being attached to those e-mails as a fake document that appears important.

Once on your computer, the OSX.Trojan.Gen can be capable of doing a lot of bad stuff. Some of them are listed underneath:

  • Activate your camera or microphone.
  • Log your keystrokes.
  • Track you location via FindMyMac.
  • Read your IP and MAC addresses.
  • Copy files from your Mac.
  • Delete files from your Mac.
  • Steal AppleID passwords and IDs.
  • Steal saved passwords on your browser.
  • Download other viruses on your Mac without your knowledge.
  • Update itself.

The “gen” in the detection OSX.Trojan.Gen stands for the word generic and it means that this Trojan is in fact malware, but it’s not known. This means that it may even have other new activities that may be performed on your computer.

The main idea behind this Trojan is to take over control of your Mac for the benefit of the hackers behind it. This is the main reason why it’s removal is highly recommended.

How to Effectively Remove OSX.Trojan.Gen

To make sure that this malware is fully erased from your Mac, we recommend that you see step 1 and 2 in the removal instructions below. If they do not help you, then we suggest that you use an advanced malware removal software. Such tool will detect the virus files and objects, related to OSX.Trojan.Gen and make sure that they are fully erased and your Mac is safe, so you can change all your passwords afterwards.

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Preparation Phase:

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 OSX.Trojan.Gen and remove related files and objects

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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 OSX.Trojan.Gen:

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 OSX.Trojan.Gen. 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 OSX.Trojan.Gen. 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 OSX.Trojan.Gen 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 OSX.Trojan.Gen. 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: Remove OSX.Trojan.Gen – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

2. After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

stf-safari-extensions

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

6. Click 'Uninstall'

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the OSX.Trojan.Gen 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.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

2. Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

4. After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

2. Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

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


Step 3: Scan for and remove OSX.Trojan.Gen files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as OSX.Trojan.Gen, 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.


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