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How to Remove UpgradeCoordinator Mac Virus

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UpgradeCoordinator Mac App

UpgradeCoordinator is an application for Mac that affects popular browsers to push bogus search engines and generate ads. It tends to appear on Mac operating systems without any notifications. This comes as a result of the program being propagated via shady methods like software bundles, corrupted websites, fake software updates and infected software installers. The sudden appearance of UpgradeCoordinator Mac app makes affected users believe that it is a virus or virus related. As soon as, it gets installed on a system it alters some main browser settings and starts redirecting people to various sponsored pages, websites with doubtful content and poor security. By doing this, UpgradeCoordinator undesired program endangers the system security indirectly.

If you see UpgradeCoordinator app on your Mac, we recommend that you scan your system for any present suspicious/harmful files and ensure to remove them in full.

UpgradeCoordinator Summary

NameUpgradeCoordinator / Upgrade Coordinator
TypePUP, Adware, Browser Hijacker
Short DescriptionA questionable program that hijacks browsers installed on Mac operating systems to start delivering ads.
SymptomsAffected browser is inundated with lots of annoying ads. The browser loads slower than ususal. The unwanted program may start every time you start the system.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Redirects by Shady Websites
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UpgradeCoordinator on Mac

UpgradeCoordinator is a strange application that can appear in the applications list on your Mac. Since it is a potentially undesired program, it may get installed on the system without your permission. The program is known to affect Mac devices via corrupted websites, fake software installers, and software packages.

Various third-party apps are designed to push such apps as additional extras. Unfortunately, their developers rarely disclose properly the details about added extra apps like UpgradeCoordinator. That’s why users tend to give their consent for the installation of such apps inadvertently.

This annoying issue may be prevented. Every time you decide to install a new app on your Mac, do check the Advanced/Custom option. There you may find out that some additional apps are going to be installed by default. Then you can look for an option to unmark them and continue with the installation process.

The moment UpgradeCoordinator Mac app gets installed, it can access installed browsers and alter some main preferences. Affected by the app may be the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine. In addition, UpgradeCoordinator may install a browser extension so that it can support browser tracking prcess. Eventually, the following details may be collected and transferred to remote servers:

  • 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)
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

Data records are likely to be used for the configuration of aggressive advertising campaigns that flood the affected browser with lots of annoying advertisements (pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, redirects, images, etc.)

The ads generated by UpgradeCoordinator Mac app may be related to suspicious or even hacked web pages. In the event that you load such a page in your browser, you may let it trigger an unnoticed download process of some kind of malicious software on your Mac. Be careful and refrain from clicking suspicious ads.

Security experts advise affected users to remove UpgradeCoordinator and associated files from their affected Macs as soon as they detect their unwanted impact.

How to Get Rid of UpgradeCoordinator on Mac

In order to remove UpgradeCoordinator app along with all associated undesired programs, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents both 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 UpgradeCoordinator 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 UpgradeCoordinator 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 UpgradeCoordinator:

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 UpgradeCoordinator. 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 UpgradeCoordinator. 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 UpgradeCoordinator 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 UpgradeCoordinator. 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 UpgradeCoordinator – 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

stf-safari-extensions

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 UpgradeCoordinator 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 UpgradeCoordinator files from your Mac

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


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