Many users consider SystemDistrict as a virus. In fact, it is a potentially unwanted program that is being spread via shady techniques like software packages, malicious advertising and hacked websites. It is developed to affect Mac systems. Its presence on the system may lead to some serious security and privacy-related issues. Once the program is running on your Mac, it may alter some of the main Safari and/or Chrome settings. Security experts advise affected users to remove SystemDistrict from their affected Macs as soon as they detect its impact.
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks Safari and Chrome browsers for Mac. 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. The program may start every time you start the affected Mac.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss SystemDistrict PUP.|
SystemDistrict Virus on Mac – What Does It Do?
What is SystemDistrict? Is it really a virus? SystemDistrict is a program that users usually don’t download and install by their will. Hence it is classified as a potentially unwanted program that infiltrates macOS without users’ knowledge or permission. Many undesired apps for Mac have appeared on the malware scene during the last few months. Some fresh names of undesired apps which we spotted to be lurking across the web are Swift Engine, BeginnerData and Search Pulse.
Typically, these apps are created with the goal to affect browsers installed on Mac systems so that they can start showing sponsored content to affected users. By doing this, PUPs generate revenue for their owners via the advertising model pay-per-click. Even if the mentioned issues don’t sound so bad, security experts highly recommend the complete removal of undesired apps like SystemDistrict form affected Macs.
And here is why. As soon as SystemDistrict manages to run its configuration files on your Mac, it implements a sequence of operations that alter essential system and browser settings. As a result, the app can create a new user profile in order to hide better its files there and make its removal more difficult. It can also create specific entries that enable its automatic start whenever the affected system is started. Then the PUP can alter certain browser preferences in popular browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc. with the purpose to become able to push various types of online ads in affected browsers. The advertisements that may be displayed by SystemDistrict may be of the following types:
- Browser redirects.
- Push notifications.
- Highlighted text ads.
- Ad-supported search results.
Yet another issue that is likely to silently occur after your Mac gets affected by the so-called SystemDistrict virus is a privacy violation. Since the majority of PUPs for Mac aim to trick you into visiting sponsored websites, they attempt to spy on your online behavior and better identify what content you are more likely to be interested in. To collect data apps like SystemDistrict activate different tracking technologies like cookies, scripts, web beacons, etc. Once the owners of the apps receive harvested details they can configure their advertising campaigns and set their undeisred apps to deliver targeted ads in the affected browsers.
To sum up, SystemDistrict is not a virus as it is not developed to compromise your system or personal data. However, as long as this program is running on your Mac, it disrupts your online security. Furthermore, its presence on the system may be misused by experienced hackers who know how to use its files to bypass active security measures and enter your system without your knowledge.
SystemDistrict Unwanted App on Mac – How Does It Spread?
You may have missed the moment when you executed the unwanted SystemDistrict on your Mac. This is due to the fact that potentially undesired programs like this one are usually delivered with the help of shady techniques like software bundling, corrupted freeware installers, various torrent files and other. All these techniques aim to trick you into installing unwanted programs without noticing the installation process.
So you might have installed SystemDistrict while you were installing another supposedly useful app. Unfortunately, it is easy to agree with the installation of some extra apps without noticing their presence because the information about added extras is rarely disclosed properly. That’s why we recommend the help of the Advanced/Custom setup option. Sometimes it contains information about some additional apps that will be installed by default if you don’t unmark them.
For the sake of your Mac security, it’s best to consider the complete removal of SystemDistrict “virus” from the affected browser and system.
How to Remove SystemDistrict PUP from Affected Safari and macOS
In order to remove SystemDistrict along with all entries it created on the Mac system, 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 SystemDistrict 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 SystemDistrict PUP 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 SystemDistrict PUP 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 SystemDistrict PUP – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove SystemDistrict PUP files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SystemDistrict PUP, 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.