The application TechSignalSearch has been classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) due to the fact that it tricks users into executing it on their Mac systems without being aware of the process. Once executed on the system, TechSignalSearch might turn on tracking technologies that collect sensitive data and then transfer it to remote servers. The details may be misused for aggressive advertising and financial gains.
In this specific article, you can find more information about the nasty application TechSignalSearch as well as an in-depth removal guide with steps applicable to all Mac operating system versions.
|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 TechSignalSearch.|
TechSignalSearch Unwanted Mac App – Spreading Techniques and Impact
The TechSignalSearch is a potentially unwanted program that affects Mac systems with the goal to generate revenue for its owners. It realized this goal by delivering annoying ads. Once it finds a way to run its files on the system it alters main browser settings without asking for permission. Afterward, the program starts delivering bogus offers in the affected browser be it Safari, Chrome, Mozilla, Opera or another one that you prefer.
The ads by TechSignalSearch may be so intrusive that your browsing may regularly be interrupted by annoying redirects to questionable websites that present “special” offers. Beware with all those ads and websites because they may expose your Mac system at risk of serious malware infections. Hackers are constantly looking for ways to improve their propagation mechanisms with website corruption being one of their favorite approaches. In the event, that the undesired program redirects your browser to a web page controlled by hackers, you may become a victim of a drive-by attack.
Potentially undesired programs like TechSignalSearch are also categorized as adware. Adware is not a program created with malicious purposes as it primarily aims to deliver ads and monetize its presence on a computer system by tricking users into visiting sponsored web pages. However, sometimes adware can be malicious. Malware operators were detected to use such type of programs for man-in-the-browser (browser process injection) attacks.
Unfortunately, your Mac may be forced to load TechSignalSearch every time you turn it on. For the purpose, the undesired program creates files in hardly accessible system folders. As long as these files are present on your macOS, the undesired program may load on every system start. This behavior makes it a really persistent and annoying app.
How does TechSignalSearch affect Mac devices? The TechSignalSearch PUP is effectively being distributed via freeware installers, bundled packages and other undesired programs like Mac Cleanup Pro. So you might have let TechSignalSearch run on your Mac without even being aware. Software packages contain additional components that are not always disclosed properly (or at all), and you can get tricked into installing apps such as the discussed PUP for Mac. Sometimes this can be avoided if you check the Advanced or Custom option in an installation setup to see the full contents of what you are getting.
How to Remove TechSignalSearch from Affected Browser and macOS
In order to remove TechSignalSearch 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. Some of the files associated with TechSignalSearch cannot be removed manually except you are an experienced computer user. So the manual TechSignalSearch 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:
- 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 TechSignalSearch 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 TechSignalSearch 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 TechSignalSearch – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove TechSignalSearch files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as TechSignalSearch, 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.