WindowGroup is considered to be an undesired program as it lands on Mac devices without users’ knowledge and permission. Once installed, this program may alter some main Safari or Chrome settings. Then WindowGroup may also become able to deliver sponsored content in the affected browsers. Unfortunately, another issue that may occur is unsolicited data collection.
Security experts advise affected users to remove WindowGroup and associated files from their affected Macs as soon as they detect the impact.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP|
|Short Description||A questionable browser extension that hijacks Safari browser. 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.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss WindowGroup.|
WindowGroup Unwanted Extension – Spreading Techniques and Impact
WindowGroup is a suspicious browser extension that tends to affect commonly used web browsers installed on macOS. Similar to WindowMode, ExtraWindow, CoordinatorPlus and several other that seem to be from one and the same family, WindowGroup pretends to be a useful application that aims to improve your browsing experience. In reality, these apps primarily aim to hijack the settings of commonly used web browsers on Mac like Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera. Modifications of main browser preferences are usually applied without your knowledge or permission.
This impact could be explained by the fact that once WindowGroup has access to a target browser it becomes able to inject sponsored content during browsing sessions. The advertisements that may be displayed by this app may be of the following types:
You may have missed the moment when WindowGroup landed on your Mac because programs of this type are usually spread via shady techniques like software bundling, corrupted freeware installers, various torrent files and other. All these techniques aim to trick users into installing potentially unwanted programs without noticing the process.
So you might have installed the hijacker during the installation process of another supposedly useful app. Unfortunately, it is easy to agree with the installation of some extras without noticing their presence as the information about all app installers’ components is rarely disclosed properly. That’s why the Advanced/Custom configuration option is preferable. Sometimes it contains information about additional apps that will be installed by default if not unmarked. Eventually, there you will also find a tick box that prevents undesired apps from running on your Mac.
For the sake of your Mac security, it’s best to consider the complete removal of WindowGroup from the affected browser and system.
How to Remove WindowGroup from Affected Safari and macOS
In order to remove WindowGroup hoax search browser extension along with all associated files, 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 WindowGroup 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 WindowGroup 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 WindowGroup 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 WindowGroup – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove WindowGroup files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as WindowGroup, 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.
What is WindowGroup on your Mac?
The WindowGroup threat is a potentially unwanted app or likely a Mac virus. It may slow your Mac down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your Mac.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your Mac to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your MacOS.
Can my Mac get a virus?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get viruses. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a virus:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What are the symptoms of WindowGroup on your Mac?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also most Mac threats in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your Mac may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Mac's Activity Monitor.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your Mac for viruses.
What types of Mac threats are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently infect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Adware and hijackers.
- Trojan horses and other spyware.
- Ransomware and screen-lockers.
- Cryptocurrency miner malware.
What to do if I have a Mac virus, like WindowGroup?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps plus take care of them quickly. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to secure my passwords and other data from WindowGroup?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.