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|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by WindowGroup |
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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.
- Guide 1: Get rid of WindowGroup from Mac OS X.
- Guide 2: Remove WindowGroup from Google Chrome.
- Guide 3: Erase WindowGroup from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 4: Uninstall WindowGroup from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 5: Delete WindowGroup from Safari.
- Guide 6: Eliminate WindowGroup from Internet Explorer.
Get rid of WindowGroup from Mac OS X.
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: 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. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove WindowGroup 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 WindowGroup 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 WindowGroup 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.
Delete WindowGroup 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 WindowGroup will be removed.
Eliminate WindowGroup 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.