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WindowMode “Virus” App on Mac – How to Remove It

What is WindowMode on Mac? Is WindowMode legitimate or a virus? How to remove WindowMode from your Mac and stop its ads?

WindowMode is an app that claims it can be useful for your Mac. In reality, however, this app may do more harm than actual good. The primary reason for that is that WindowMode could start to show different types of ads. And while WindowMode itself is not exactly dangerous to your Mac, the ads that it may display may lead you to various websites that could be hazardous for your information and your devices. This is why, we recommend that you read this article to learn what exactly Window Mode does and how to remove this pesky app from your Mac.

Threat Summary

NameWindowMode virus
TypePUP for Mac OS
Short DescriptionUnwanted software that aims to take over browser permissions to display ads and track your information.
SymptomsAims to display various different types of advertisements on victimized computers. May begin to create various different files and objects that are hidden.
Distribution MethodVia software bundling or online advertisements.
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WindowMode Mac “Virus” – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

WindowMode is one of those apps that are created by one specific adware developer group of unknown origin. These forms of apps are all ad-supported and one common element that characterizes them is the magnifying glass icon they have:

Other apps that we have detected, similar to WindowMode are the following:

  • Coordinator Plus
  • WindowMix Mac App
  • The primary objective of WindowMode is the same as the other apps of this type. To assume rights over your Mac and begin to modify your web browsers. WindowMode allegedly has the capability of attacking Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari browsers. The WindowMode app can show the following types of adverts:

    • Banners.
    • Pop-ups.
    • Browser Redirect ads.
    • Push notifications.
    • Highlighted text ads.
    • Ad-supported search results.

    The ads displayed by WindowMode are not dangerous themselves, but could eventually lead to sites that are. Such sites can end up being tech support scam sites, fake web pages that are phishing for your information, “you won a gift” type of scam sites and even virus sites that could infect your Mac with dangerous Trojan or other malware.

    Remove WindowMode from Your Mac

    WindowMode virus app can be removed by following the step-by-step tutorial underneath. It contains the necessary actions needed to delete this application. Be advised that if you want Window Mode fully erased from your Mac without any leftover files and ads, the best course of action is to download and run a scan with a special cleaner software for Mac. Such program is powerful enough to scan for and detect all unwanted and virus files on your Mac and remove them permanently.

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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 WindowMode virus 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 WindowMode virus:

    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 WindowMode virus. 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 WindowMode virus. 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 WindowMode virus 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 WindowMode virus. 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 WindowMode virus – 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 WindowMode virus 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 WindowMode virus files from your Mac

    When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as WindowMode virus, 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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