OutputData is a potentially unwanted program that is considered to be a virus by affected Mac users. Its presence on the system may lead to some serious security and privacy-related issues. Once the program starts on the system, it may alter some of the main Safari and/or Chrome settings. Security experts advise affected users to remove OutputData from their affected Macs as soon as they detect its impact.
|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 |
Malware Removal Tool
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss OutputData.|
OutputData Unwanted Extension – Spreading Techniques and Impact
OutputData is a suspicious program that tends to affect popular web browsers for MacOS like like Safari and Chrome. Similar to other bogus apps reported by our team like WindowMode, ExtraWindow, CoordinatorPlus OutputData is presented as a useful application that is able to improve your browsing experience by offering seraching services. In reality, these apps have the primarily goal to hijack main browser settings which will enalbe them to spy on users’ online behavior.
This impact is related to some shady advertising practices applied by OutputData. Once it identifies which your online interests are it becomes able to deliver targeted sponsored content in the affected browsers. The advertisements that may be displayed by this app may be of the following types:
- Browser Redirect ads.
- Browser Redirect ads.
- Push notifications.
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
- 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”.
You may have missed the moment when OutputData landed on your Mac because potentially undesired programs like it are usually delivered via shady techniques like software bundling, corrupted freeware installers, various torrent files and other. All these techniques aim to trick users into installing unwanted programs without noticing the installation process.
So you might have installed OutputData while you were installing another supposedly useful app. Unfortunately, it is easy to agree with the installation of some extra apps without noticing their presence because the information about added extras is rarely disclosed properly. That’s why we recommend the help of the Advanced/Custom setup option. Sometimes it contains information about some additional apps that will be installed by default if you don’t unmark them.
For the sake of your Mac security, it’s best to consider the complete removal of OutputData “virus” from the affected browser and system.
How to Remove OutputData from Affected Safari and macOS
In order to remove OutputData adware 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 OutputData 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:
Step 1: Uninstall OutputData 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:
In case you cannot remove OutputData 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 OutputData – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove OutputData files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as OutputData, 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.