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How to Remove XcodeGhost Mac Malware

What is XCodeGhost Mac Malware? How to remove XCodeGhost Mac Malware?

The XcodeGhost Mac malware is a modified version of a real development environment. It is designed to appear just like the real program without giving out any signs that it is a dangerous strain. The main method of distribution is through various Internet portals and malicious sites. Various hacker-made pages which are optimized to appear in search engines, social networks and online communities. Many of its samples can also be found within file-sharing networks. The XcodeGhost Mac malware is generally spread through the malware web servers, in this particular case malicious hackers have uploaded numerous copies to the cloud storage services hosted by Baidu and other related portals.

The threat is contained within a compiler backdoor which makes it very easy to propagate across networks and most of the samples are difficult to detect. As soon as it has infected the system it will start to modify system services and deploying various malware content.

Infected computers with the XcodeGhost Mac Malware can be remote controlled by the hackers using the built-in Trojan client. This allows them not only to harvest sensitive data, including account credentials, but also to spy on them at all times. The security reports indicate that this also allows for various man-in-the-middle attacks to be orchestrated.

A list of the collected information done by the engine includes the following: Current time, Current infected app’s name, The app’s bundle identifier, Current device’s name and type, Current system’s language and country, Current device’s UUID and network type.

There are several advanced malware capabilities that have been reported with this particular malware:

  • Read and write from clipboard
  • Hijack opening specific URLs
  • Prompting alert dialog
  • Payload Infection

Users looking for development environments and similar software should be extra careful in order not to get infected with this virus threat.

Threat Summary

NameXcodeGhost Mac Malware
TypePUP/Rogue Application
Short DescriptionThe XCodeGhost Mac Malware is a modified version of Apple’s own Xcode development environment which is widely available used by developers using the platform. The malware can cause a lot of malicious actions.
SymptomsModified system settings and files
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Suspicious Sites
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XCodeGhost Mac Malware – Why Do I Have It and What Can It Do?

The XCodeGhost Mac Malware unwanted application is being effectively distributed via freeware installers and bundled packages. You can get your Mac affected by it without even being aware, that the XCodeGhost Mac Malware has installed on your machine with a freeware installation or bundled package. You might avoid this, by unchecking options under the Advanced or Custom tab of an installation suite. Visiting suspicious sites, for instance the site of the XCodeGhost Mac Malware might get the program installed to your Mac.

XCodeGhost Mac Malware is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) which is considered a dangerous threat. It can cause numerous malicious actions, including ads pop-ups (such as the one displayed a little further below).
XCodeGhost Mac Malware may pose as a legitimate application that can provide useful functionality to the users. All these programs have a valid, Apple-provided developer certificate, thus macOS will install them without prompting a warning or a notification of any sort.

Remove XCodeGhost Mac Malware

If you want to remove the XCodeGhost Mac Malware unwanted software from your Mac machine we recommend that you use a specific anti-malware for Mac systems. With a specific anti-malware program, your computer will remain with a better protection and stay healthy performance-wise in the future.

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Preparation Phase:

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 XcodeGhost Mac Malware and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to XcodeGhost Mac Malware:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to XcodeGhost Mac Malware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6. Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to XcodeGhost Mac Malware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7. Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 XcodeGhost Mac Malware 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1. Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2. Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3. Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as XcodeGhost Mac Malware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Remove XcodeGhost Mac Malware – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

2. After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

stf-safari-extensions

5. Click once on the extension you want to remove.

6. Click 'Uninstall'

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the XcodeGhost Mac Malware will be removed.

How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

2. Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

4. After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

2. Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

4. After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" in the top right corner and start it again.


Step 3: Scan for and remove XcodeGhost Mac Malware files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as XcodeGhost Mac Malware, 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.


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