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TaskBrowser Adware on Mac – How to Remove It

What is TaskBrowser? Is it a virus? How to remove TaskBrowser from your Mac?

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TaskBrowser Adware

TaskBrowser is presented as a useful tool that enables you to schedule tasks in your browser. TaskBrowser has the strange behavior to appear on Mac operating system without users’ knowledge. That’s why it is classified as a potentially undesired program. The program is known to act like typical adware. Soon after it starts on your Mac, it will apply certain operations that affect installed browsers. Afterward, it will start generating annoying ads while you’re browsing the web. Another issue that may occur as a result of the unnoticed activation of TaskBrowser on your macOS is data collection. Adware programs usually activate different tracking technologies to harvest details about users’ online behavior.

In the event that this undesired app has affected your Mac, we recommend you to follow our TaskBrowser removal guide.

Threat Summary

NameTaskBrowser
TypePotentially Unwanted Program, Adware
Short DescriptionRogue application that affects your Mac without your knowledge.
SymptomsYou see the program in your Applications list. It loads every time you start the system. Many annoying advertisements flood your browser. Main browser preferences are altered.
Distribution MethodBundled packages; Freeware installers; Corrupted Web Pages
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TaskBrowser App on Mac – Spread and Impact

The TaskBrowser app is being spread via shady methods that attempt to trick you into installing it without noticing its presence. This process can happen with the help of software bundles, corrupted web pages, fake software update notifications, and other similar methods. To prevent installing potentially undesired programs like TaskBrowser you need to practice caution and choose wisely the sources that you download programs from.

Contrary to believes that TaskBrowser is a virus, it is an adware program that has the primary goal to monetize its presence on affected systems. For the purpose, it affects installed browsers and start delivering annoying ads. You can notice various types of ads generated by TaskBrowser adware while using the affected web browser. The ads may appear as pop-ups, banners, redirect pages, in-text links, images and so on.

Soon after the installation of TaskBrowser on your Mac, you could notice additional browser modifications. For example, the start page, the new tab page and the default search engine may be configured to display a hoax search engine. In the event that the program is causing redirects to search engines like Yahoo and Bing, then it may be considered as a browser hijacker as well.

Another issue TaskBrowser adware may cause is the collection of certain details from the affected browser and system. Unfortunately, this process may be initiated without your permission. Data collection is often realized via different tracking technologies such as cookies, web beacons, pixels and others. Once activated on your Mac, these technologies may start recording various details about your online interests and browsing behavior.

As of data records, they could be used for aggressive advertising campaigns target of which will be you and your device. Your browser may be flooded by lots of annoying ads, your browsing sessions may be interrupted by constant redirects to poorly secured and potentially dangerous web pages.

The owners of this undesired program may use data records to serve target ads directly in your affected browsers. The ads generated by TaskBrowser are likely to be very intrusive. Your browser may become sluggish.

The presence of TaskBrowser 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 this adware program on your Mac, navigate to the removal instructions below and get rid of this undesired and potentially harmful program.

How to Remove TaskBrowser from Affected Browser and macOS

In order to remove TaskBrowser along with all its entries from 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 TaskBrowser 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.

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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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 TaskBrowser 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 TaskBrowser:

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 TaskBrowser. 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 TaskBrowser. 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 TaskBrowser 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 TaskBrowser. 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 TaskBrowser – 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

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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 TaskBrowser 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 TaskBrowser files from your Mac

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


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for TaskBrowser:


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