Are you repeatedly seeing the “ValidBoostd will damage your computer. The file was downloaded on an unknown date” pop-up in your browser? Beware that this pop-up is trying to scam you and is most likely connected to an unwanted app such as Mac Cleanup Pro.
What Is “ValidBoostd will damage your computer”?
There are numerous examples of pop-ups that look like the ValidBoostd scam: Update will damage your Mac, Scan Event Handler will damage your computer, hpPreProcessing.filter will damage your computer, to name just a few. The constant generation of these pop-ups means that cybercrooks are relentless in their attempts to trick you into performing specific actions that will endanger the safety of your Mac device. All these pop-ups claim to be associated with Apple. Keep in mind that fraudsters often use the names of popular companies to make their scams look legitimate.
You should not trust anything that the ValidBoost pop-up says, and instead you should proceed towards scanning your system for adware.
|Name||ValidBoostd will damage your computer|
|Short Description||A scam message claiming that “ValidBoostd will damage your computer”.|
|Symptoms||A nagging pop-up that is most likely linked to a potentially unwanted app called Mac Cleanup Pro.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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Why Do I see the “ValidBoostd will damage your computer” Scam Message?
In most cases, such intrusive, unwanted pop-ups stem from suspicious domains. There could be a number of suspicious domains rotating the scam. It is also possible that the pop-up message is triggered by a potentially unwanted app (PUA), that sneaked into your system without your knowledge. We believe this PUA may be Mac Cleanup Pro, or another similar rogue program.
Mac Cleanup Pro has been distributed via freeware installers and bundled packages. In such packages, additional components for installation are not always disclosed properly (or at all), and you can get tricked into installing apps such as Mac Cleanup Pro. 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.
The bundling of software is done for monetization purposes, and is mostly popular among developers of adware (ad-supported software). Adware has proven to be very dangerous to users, even malicious, as seen in the Wajam adware case.
If you visited a suspicious website, you could also be witnessing fake alert messages about viruses and other issues detected on your Mac.
It is highly likely that messages such as “ValidBoostd will damage your computer” are promoting rogue security software. Rogue programs may be triggering the pop-ups as well, meaning that another distribution channel spreading the scam is, indeed, a rogue program.
To determine the cause of the “ValidBoostd will damage your computer“, check out the last paragraph of this article for instructions and a possible solution.
Remove “ValidBoostd will damage your computer” Pop-Up
In order to remove “ValidBoostd will damage your computer” scam message and all files that are causing it to appear in your Safari and other affected browsers, it is advisable to complete the steps described in the guide below the article. These steps provide both manual and automatic removal instructions that should be able to fix the issue for you.
- Guide 1: How to Remove ValidBoostd will damage your computer from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of ValidBoostd will damage your computer on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove ValidBoostd will damage your computer in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase ValidBoostd will damage your computer from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall ValidBoostd will damage your computer from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove ValidBoostd will damage your computer from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate ValidBoostd will damage your computer from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable ValidBoostd will damage your computer Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove ValidBoostd will damage your computer from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove ValidBoostd will damage your computer
Step 2: Uninstall ValidBoostd will damage your computer and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by ValidBoostd will damage your computer on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by ValidBoostd will damage your computer there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of ValidBoostd will damage your computer from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall ValidBoostd will damage your computer 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 ValidBoostd will damage your computer 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: Scan for and remove ValidBoostd will damage your computer files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as ValidBoostd will damage your computer, 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.
Remove ValidBoostd will damage your computer 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.
Erase ValidBoostd will damage your computer 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.
Uninstall ValidBoostd will damage your computer 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.
Remove ValidBoostd will damage your computer 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the ValidBoostd will damage your computer will be removed.
Eliminate ValidBoostd will damage your computer 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by ValidBoostd will damage your computer from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".