Receiver Helper Mac
Receiver helper is an undesired program which is configured to perform changes that affect both installed browsers and operating system.
The methods of its propagation are often shady and that’s why users don’t notice the installation process. By having typical adware traits, the app is associated with the generation of various annoying online ads. As a browser hijacker, ReceiverHelper Malware alters main browser settings as well. It can change the homepage, new tab page and default search engine with bogus search engines like Safe Finder, Search Mine and Akaimaihd. The unwanted app also generates pop-up warnings of malware.
Receiver Helper is an app for Mac that has been classified as an adware. It can also act as a browser hijacker.
We recommend that you consider the removal of Receiver Helper and all files related to this Mac virus. In our guide, you will find instructions on how to remove Receiver Helper and how to secure the affected system.
ReceiverHelper Malware is a potentially unwanted program that affects Mac operating systems. It is spread via various shady techniques which often leads to its unnoticed installation. The sudden and unexpected appearance of this program makes many users believe that Receiver Helper is a virus for Mac. The good news is that the app won’t cause damage to the systems it affects. The bad news is that this potentially unwanted program can harvest sensitive details, alter main browser settings and deliver various types of ads that may be related to corrupted websites.
Receiver Helper malware Summary
|Name||Receiver Helper malware|
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)|
|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 Receiver Helper malware.|
Receiver Helper manages to run on a Mac operating system, it becomes able to apply some changes that make the system vulnerable to malware infections. Once started on your Mac, Receiver Helper unwanted app alters some main browser settings with the purpose to become able to harvest details that define your online activities. Harvested data is sent to its servers. The program may also push questionable search engines and cause redirects to them.
Receiver Helper Mac “Virus”
Receiver Helper is targetting more victims as users report that their Mac systems have been affected. It is important to check the programs installed on your Mac and be careful of what you use to search the Web space with. Programs which claim to be useful instead of having useful features stated are often a hoax and should not be run. Receiver Helper Mac is nothing but a nuisance.
Unsolicited data collection is often realized with the help of tracking technologies like cookies, web beacons, scripts, and others by programs like ReceiverHelper. Eventually, once installed on your Mac the Receiver Helper 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)
Since the owners of Receiver Helper unwanted app on Mac are unknown, all purposes of data collection remain a mystery. Commonly, data records are used for the launch of targeted advertising campaigns. If this happens, your affected browser will be inundated with a large number of annoying ads that attempt to trick you to visit bogus/harmful websites. It is also possible that the owners of Receiver Helper Mac “virus” program may release harvested details on dark web markets for financial income.
An additional issue that may occur after Receiver Helper Mac malware is started on the operating system is your Mac regularly generating annoying pop-up messages that claim the following:
Receiverhelper Malware will damage your computer
Receiverhelper.app will damage your computer
The presence of Receiver Helper 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 Receiver Helper program on your Mac, navigate to the removal instructions below and get rid of this undesired and potentially harmful program.
Remove Receiver Helper Mac or it Will Damage Your Computer
In order to remove Receiver Helper Mac malware along with all entries it created on the system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents manual and automatic removal approaches. 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 Receiver Helper virus 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 – Step 3.
In some cases, after having uninstalled the Receiver Helper Mac app, certain files might be left behind on the system. After removing Receiver Helper Mac malware and rebooting the system, ensure that the files or folders related to the unwanted app and listed in these sections have been removed from your system.
- /Library/Internet plug-ins/
Notice: Before manually removing files or folders on your Mac, make sure to identify the accurate components of Receiver Helper, because deleting other apps’ files (or system settings files) by mistake may trigger malfunction of installed apps or even your system.
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 Receiver Helper malware 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 Receiver Helper malware 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 Receiver Helper malware – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove Receiver Helper malware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Receiver Helper malware, 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.