What is PDFSpark? Why does it load on your Mac? How to get rid of the undesired app PDFSpark and secure your system?
The program called PDFSpark is classified as a potentially unwanted program due to the fact that it has been detected to sneak into Mac devices without users’ knowledge. In the event that your Mac has been affected by PDFSpark, you may see the program to load every time you start the device. Even if this program is not intended to harm your operating system or data, it could obtain rights to spy on your online activities and then make you a target of aggressive advertising campaigns. Furthermore, its presence on your Mac could be misused by its owners for the installation of additional spyware programs or malware at worst. So we recommend you to keep up with our removal guide and learn how to fully remove PDFSpark from your Mac.
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)|
|Short Description||PDF manager that starts loading on your Mac against your will.|
|Symptoms||Lots of ads flood your preferred web browser. It becomes sluggish and sometimes unresponsive. Certain details are recorded by the program and sent to remote servers.|
|Distribution Method||Software Bundling, Freeware Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss PDFSpark.|
PDFSpark “Virus” – What is It All About?
On its official website PDFSpark is presented as a useful all-in-one PDF manager that features read, convert and annotate options:
And once you open it on your Mac you could see its interface, as shown in the picture below:
In fact, PDFSpark should not be considered a virus as it does not necessarily aim to harm your system. However, as the program often appears on Mac devices without users’ will, it is classified as a potentially unwanted program. Such type of programs is spread via shady techniques like freeware installers, software bundles, malvertising, and other undesired apps. Most of the times undesired programs like PDFSpark come as a result of their unattended installation. This event usually occurs during the installation of a desired program. To prevent being tricked into installing undesired apps while installing desired ones, you need to read carefully all details mentioned at each install step of the installer. And whenever you see that it offers and Advanced/Custom configuration option, please do choose it. By doing this you could reveal the presence of bundled apps and eventually opt out their installation.
Generally, the purpose of PUPs like PDFSpark is to access target web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari), alter some of their settings and start delivering lots of annoying advertisements during browsing sessions. So by having it on your device, you are forced to see various deceptive offers and lots of annoying coupons, banners, pop-ups, pop-unders while browsing the web. Be advised to avoid clicking on the ads you see, as they could land you on bogus websites that present deceptive offers or even on web pages corrupted by hackers.
Another issue related to the presence of PDFSpark “virus” on your Mac is unsolicited data collection. Since the main idea behind the creation of PUPs especially of adware type is revenue generation, their owners often configure them to activate different tracking technologies when started on a target machine. By doing this they become able to identify your interests and then use the data for the display of targeted ads.
Considering all issues caused by PDFSpark PUP, we recommend that you should remove it from your Mac as soon as possible.
Remove PDFSpark “Virus” from Your Mac
In order to remove PDFSpark “Virus” along with all associated files, you should complete several removal steps. The guide below you presents all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of this particular undesired program and strengthen the security of your Mac we recommend you to combine the steps. Have in mind that files associated with this PUP may be detected with names different than PDFSpark.
In case you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.
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 PDFSpark 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 PDFSpark 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 PDFSpark – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove PDFSpark files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as PDFSpark, 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.