Remove WindowGroup Extension from Mac/Safari
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Remove WindowGroup Extension from Mac/Safari

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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.

Threat Summary

NameWindowGroup
TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short DescriptionA 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 MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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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:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Browser Redirect ads.
  • Banners.
  • Browser Redirect ads.
  • Push notifications.
  • Banners.

    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 while the installation process of another supposedly useful app for example. 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.

    Gergana Ivanova

    Gergana Ivanova

    Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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