Application Events Mac
Application Events is the name of a new browser hijacker application which constantly redirects the users’ searches to various promotional web pages, ads, banners, pop-ups and sponsored links. The application typically operates as an additional component to popular browsers like Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, but it may also hijack other browsing apps, which have been installed as default on your computer. You may accidentally make it part of your system along with some other free add-ons or applications, especially if you perform a quick and careless installation. The good news is that Application Events does not hide like a Ransomware or like a Trojan-based virus and you can easily detect it. The moment it becomes active, this application may change the homepage URL of your main browser, replace the default search engine, install some new toolbars and/or page-redirect buttons without asking for approval from your side. As a typical browser hijacker, this application may also display various pay-per-click messages, hard-to-remove ads and offers and collect some traffic data related to your browsing habits and preferences. In order to do that more effectively, Application Events and the applications of the same kind typically use tracking cookies, different scripts and other tracking technologies which transfer the collected data to the servers of the creators of the application.
The collected information may include:
- Search requests
- Latest visited web pages and duration of the visits
- Links that you click on
- IP addresses
- Internet Service Provider’s details and other similar non-personal data, which typically helps the advertisers display personalized advertisements on your screen based on your search queries and web browsing behavior.
All these activities are tied down to one thing – generation of profits from clicks, redirects and sponsored ads positioning for the owners of the application.
If you won’t want to deal with the activities that Application Events is linked to, we suggest you use the instructions in the removal guide below to safely remove the unwanted application and uninstall all of its related components.
What is Application Events
Despite the rather disturbing activities which Application Events may be linked to, the nature of this application is generally harmless. Such piece of software is not capable of encrypting your data like a Ransomware cryptovirus and it can’t spy on you like a Spyware and this is definitely relieving news. However, it is very important to understand that not everything this browser hijacker may display may be safe and reliable. In most of the cases, the danger may not come from the application itself, but from the randomly generated links, ads and sponsored pop-ups, which may redirect you to various unfamiliar web locations if you happen to click on them. That’s why, in order to minimize the chances of encountering security hazards, we generally advise you not to click on the prompts and the messages that applications like Application Events may show on your screen. In fact, if you don’t see any value in the way this browser hijacker operates, it is best to remove it from the computer and, thereby, bring your favorite browser’s settings back to normal. On this page, you can find detailed instructions on how this can be done both manually and automatically.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||This program usually places some changes to the main browser and forces intrusive advertisements on the screen.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundling is a common distribution method for most browser hijackers.|
Remove Application Events Mac Virus
Step 1: Closing Safari (or any other browser that you may be using at the moment)
First, you will need to close your browser if it is still open. If you can’t do that normally, you will need to Force Quit it:
Open the Apple Menu and select Force Quit to do that. You can also use the ⌘ key + Option Key combination to open the Force Quit Applications dialog box. In this box, select the Safari browser (or whatever browser you are using) and then click on the Quit button. Confirm the action by selecting Force Quit again.
Step 2: Killing suspicious processes
Open Finder and go to Applications > Utilities and then open Activity Monitor. Now take a careful look at the processes there – look for any that seem suspicious, unknown and questionable. If you think that a given process may be the culprit behind the issue or may at least be related to it, highlight it with the mouse and select the i option at its top.
In the box that opens, click on Sample.
Scan the sample files with the online scanner we have on this page and if any of them get flagged as malicious, delete them and then kill their processes.
Step 3: Safely launching the browser
Hold the Shift from your keyboard and then launch Safari – holding Shift will prevent any previously opened pages to load again, just in case any of them were related to the problem.
If any problematic pages still load after you safe-launch the browser, then do the following:
Force-Quit the browser (Safari) again and then turn off your Wi-Fi connection by clicking on the Wi-Fi off option from the Mac Menu. If you are using cable Internet, simply disconnect the cable from your Mac.
Step 4: Uninstalling suspicious extensions
After you safe-launch Safari and are sure none of the previously opened pages load now, go to Preferences > Extensions.
Select and uninstall (by clicking on the Uninstall button) all extensions there that are unfamiliar to you or that you think may be suspicious. If you are not sure about a certain extension, it’s better to uninstall it – no extension is required for the normal functioning of the browser.
Step 5: Cleaning Safari
If you have other browsers aside from Safari, do the following:
In Safari, open Preferences from the browser’s menu and go to Privacy.
Select Remove All Website Data and then Remove Now. Note that this will delete all stored site data including any saved passwords and usernames. In other words, you will have to manually log-in to every site where you have a registration so make sure you remember your usernames and passwords.
Back in Preferences, click on General and see what your Safari’s homepage is. If it has been changed without your permission, change it back to what it used to be or to whatever you like it to be now.
Now go to the History menu and select the Clear History option.
Do the same to all other browsers you may have in your computer – here are examples with Chrome and Firefox.
Next, from the main menu, go to Settings and type Manage Search Engines in the search bar. Open the result that shows up and then delete all search engines other than the one you normally use by clicking on the three-dot icon next to the other ones and selecting Remove from list.