An app called System Special is a potentially unwanted program that alters Mac operating systems’ settings. The developers of this app aim to earn money by spreading it on macOS and forcing victims to visit sponsored content.
System Special Mac
System Special Mac app is one of those programs that you have never installed but still have it on the computer. This program is classified as a potentially unwanted program or a PUP for short. Then why is it called a virus? The good news is that System Special Mac is not a program that is developed to corrupt personal files or essential system settings. However, as long as it is running on a macOS, it will be generating annoying ads, redirecting affected browsers to strange websites and potentially unwanted search engines like Yahoo and Bing and tracking certain online activities of yours. Even if System Special is not a virus, it still poses a certain danger to your online security as well as to the overall security of the affected system.
Keep up with our System Special “virus” removal guide and find out how to get rid of all potentially harmful files. The steps in this guide are applicable to all Mac operating system versions.
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks web browsers installed on Mac. The app applies modifications without your knowledge.|
|Symptoms||Main browser preferences may be altered. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corruted Websites|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss System Special.|
System Special Mac App – Spreading Techniques and Impact
System Special is a typical undesired app for Mac that belongs to adware-type of apps. It may also behave as a browser hijacker. Like many other nasty adware/browser hijacker apps that target Mac operating systems (Search Pulse, Receiver Helper, and Navlibx) System Special is spread via shady methods that trick users into installing it unwittingly on their Macs. A software bundle, software package, scam website, misleading ad, or a fake software update might have misled you to activate this program on your Mac.
Undesired programs like System Special are well-known for their ability to perform various changes behind users’ back. So, the moment this program was started on your Mac, it has probably altered some main browser settings that enable it to push an unwanted / hoax search engine. The program may also have activated tracking technologies to perform unsolicited data collection. Most of the changes applied by System Special help this nasty program to serve annoying ads on almost all websites you visit. Beware that websites’ owners do not know about the appearance of these ads. Hence, these ads may not be related to secured websites and legitimate offers. It is recommendable that you avoid visiting sponsored results generated by System Special undesired app. Otherwise, you may be presented with misleading information that force you to install additional undesired/rogue/harmful app or require sensitive credentials.
By activating additional tracking technologies, the app may also collect the following:
- Type of used browser
- Operating system type
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Geographic location
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
When System Special’s owners receive harvested data, they become able to adjust their advertising campaigns and set their app to deliver sponsored content that matches your online interests. As a result, you may start noticing many annoying online ads on all websites you visit. All popular browsers including Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera may be compromised by the undesired app.
System Special may not be a virus but its presence on your Mac may lead to serious issues that affect both system and personal data security. To avoid such unpleasant consequences, navigate to the removal instructions below and get rid of this undesired and potentially harmful program.
How to Remove System Special – Mac Malware Removal Guide
In order to remove System Special along with all entries it created on the Mac system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents manual and automatic removal approaches. 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 System Special 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.
Notice: Before manually removing files or folders on your Mac, make sure to identify the accurate components of Progress Site, because deleting other apps’ files or system settings files by mistake may trigger malfunction of installed apps or even your system.
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 System Special 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 System Special 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 System Special – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove System Special files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as System Special, 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.