WebSearchStride is a broowser hijacker whose main idea is to get into your computer and then change the settings on your web browser to display different types of ads.
Once WebSearchStride is added to your Mac, it’s main goal is to modify your web browsers and change your New Tab and Home Pages to WebSearchStride Mac. The WebSearchStride may use its page to flood your Mac with a lot of types of ads from different types – pop-ups, banners and many other forms. The WebSearchStride may show ads that lead to different types of sites. These sites may eventually turn out to be dangerous for your computer in the sense that they might lead to virus or malware-infested sites. Read this article in order to understand how to fully remove WebSearchStride from your computer.
|Type||PUP for Mac OS|
|Short Description||Aims to infiltrate your Mac and then make sure to change its default settings and home page to display its own.|
|Symptoms||Different advertisements may start to appear on your Mac and they could slow it down.|
|Distribution Method||Via software bundling and other methods.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss WebSearchStride.|
WebSearchStride Mac Description
WebSearchStride Mac can come into your Mac by being added alongside other types of software. In the installers of these applications, the WebSearchStride Mac can be added somewhere in the install steps. There, it is advertised as an optional offer or a free extra of some sort that is useful. Little do users who accept these bundles know that the software comes full of adware components that can begin to cause the following types of advertisements to start appearing:
- Browser redirects.
- Online search results that are ad-supported.
- Push notifications ads.
Not only this, but also bear in mind that the WebSearchStride Mac can show ads that can lead to sites that could be risky to your Mac. Such can be phishing site as that aim to get information out of you, like your login password and username for a service or site or other similar details. Not only this, but such ads can also lead to potentially dangerous websites, whose main goal is to get users. And this is your least problem, because this can also lead to malware-infested sites, that can infect your machine with malware.
Remove WebSearchStride from Your Mac
WebSearchStride can be effectively removed from your Mac preferrably by following the removal instructions that are posted underneath this article. They have been created with the primary idea in mind to help you remove the software step by step. The steps also work in combination with an advanced malware removal app. Such professional software has been created with the main goal to scan your Mac and get it rid of all forms of different viruses and adware and make sure it is protected against such in the future too.
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 WebSearchStride 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 WebSearchStride 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 WebSearchStride – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove WebSearchStride files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as WebSearchStride, 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.