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How to Remove SectionBrowser Adware from Mac

This is an article that reveals removal steps for SectionBrowser adware on Mac. You can also find out how this potentially unwanted program acts and why it is recommendable to delete it from the affected system and browser.

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SectionBrowser Adware on Mac

SectionBrowser is yet another phony program that invades macOS. Without displaying any notifications, the program affects popular web browsers and becomes able to generate ads during browsing sessions. The program is classified as adware. Adware is a type of potentially unwanted application that affects operating systems to generate revenue for its developers. Once activated on a Mac, the program may also act as a browser hijacker that replaces browser’s homepage, new tab page and default search engine with a hoax search engine. It is highly recommendable that you remove SectionBrowser adware from the affected Mac as it lowers system security and endangers online privacy.

SectionBrowser Adware Summary

NameSectionBrowser / Section Browser
TypeAdware, Redirect, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable application that suddenly starts appears in the Applications list on your Mac.
SymptomsMain browser settings are altered. Sensitive data is obtained. Lots of deceptive ads flood browsing sessions and slow down browser performance.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Counterfeit Software Updates
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SectionBrowser Mac Adware – Spread and Impact

Being classified as an adware, SectionBrowser is a program that gets installed unnoticeably on Mac operating systems and gains permission to alter certain settings. As a typical potentially unwanted program, it lands on target devices without users’ knowledge. This could be explained by the fact that the propagation of PUPs is usually realized via shady spread techniques like software bundling, corrupted web pages, fake software update notifications, and others.

The main purpose of adware like SectionBrowser is to perform aggressive advertising in order to generate revenue for its developers. As a result, the affected browser may be inundated with lots of ads of all types – pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, images, videos, fake notification windows, etc. Since these ads may load on every website you visit, your browser could become sluggish or completely unresponsive sometimes. Pretty annoying, right?

Some of the most popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Safari may be affected by SectionBrowse Mac adware. Further changes, that may be applied by this undesired program are browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine being set to load a hoax search engine that redirects all searches to modified versions of legitimate search engines like Bing and Yahoo.

Yet another issue that may be caused by SectionBrowser is the collection of certain details that define your online browsing. The adware may activate tracking technologies that are designed to spy on your online behavior and transfer data to remote servers. Based on the collected data, the operators of the unwanted program may launch targeted advertising campaigns. Beware with ads generated by SectionBrowser adware on Mac. Some of the ads may be part of shady advertising networks that are used for the spreading of rogue applications and even malware.

Considering all issues that occur as a result of having SectionBrowser on your Мац, we recommend that you complete our detailed removal guide that follows. It will show you how to get rid of all harmful files installed by the hijacker and restore browser settings.

How to Remove Sectionadware Adware on Mac

In order to remove SectionBrowser adware along with all associated files installed on the system, you should follow several removal steps. The guide below reveals all removal steps in their precise order. You could follow either manual or automatic removal steps. In order to fully get rid of all present undesired programs and improve macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps.

In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. We will be glad to get in touch with you.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Step 1: Uninstall SectionBrowser Adware 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 SectionBrowser Adware:

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 SectionBrowser Adware. 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 SectionBrowser Adware. 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 SectionBrowser Adware 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 SectionBrowser Adware. 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: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

You can use the tool we recommended above in order to remove SectionBrowser Adware:



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Remove SectionBrowser Adware from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


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


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


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


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Erase SectionBrowser Adware from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


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


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


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



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Uninstall SectionBrowser Adware from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Delete SectionBrowser Adware from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


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


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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


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Eliminate SectionBrowser Adware from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


SectionBrowser Adware FAQ

What is SectionBrowser Adware?

SectionBrowser Adware is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.

Be aware, that SectionBrowser Adware may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.

Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.

Is SectionBrowser Adware a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The SectionBrowser Adware object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because SectionBrowser Adware can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Web pages that are scam.
  • Sites that may contain viruses.

These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.

Can my Mac get virus?

The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.

How did I get SectionBrowser Adware?

SectionBrowser Adware could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.

Also, SectionBrowser Adware adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.

You may have missed SectionBrowser Adware, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".

How to remove SectionBrowser Adware from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of SectionBrowser Adware from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.

An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were SectionBrowser Adware could be residing.

It will also make sure that SectionBrowser Adware is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.

How to protect my Mac from viruses?

To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:

1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.

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