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.
|Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
|A questionable browser extension that hijacks Safari browser. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge.
|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.
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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.
Steps to Prepare Before Removal:
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.
What is WindowGroup on your Mac?
Can Macs Get Viruses?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get malware. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that almost all of the Apple devices can become infected with a threat.
What Types of Mac Threats Are There?
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 recommended 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. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to Secure My 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 MacOS Virus section, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.
About the WindowGroup Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this WindowGroup how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific macOS issue.
How did we conduct the research on WindowGroup?
Please note that our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware definitions, including the various types of Mac threats, especially adware and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).
Furthermore, the research behind the WindowGroup threat is backed with VirusTotal.
To better understand the threat posed by Mac malware, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.