How to Remove TaskFresh “Virus” (Mac Removal Guide)

TaskFresh Mac Removal Guide

This page aims to help you remove TaskFresh “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, as well as every version of MacOS.

What is TaskFresh?

If you have an application called TaskFresh in your computer and browser, then you’ve probably already notice that this isn’t among the most useful or helpful pieces of software that you can have. In fact, it’s kind of the opposite – with its endlessly flashy adverts, intrusive promotional messages, pesky page-redirects and nagging pop-ups and pop-unders, this TaskFresh application is something that pretty much everyone who has it on their computer wants to get removed. It doesn’t even matter what the browser that you normally use is – applications like TaskFresh aren’t picky and cold get attached to pretty much any browser including ones like Chrome and Firefox. In many instances, you could get such software even on the Mac machines, on their Safari browser. Due to their invasive and annoying nature, software components like this are understandably referred to as adware. In either case, it’s the same thing and the effects of it would be pretty much the same as well. TaskFresh is very similar to another Mixbuilder .

TaskFresh Mac Removal Guide
TaskFresh Screen

More about TaskFresh

TaskFresh won’t encrypt the files you keep on your computer and make you pay a ransom for their release and it won’t delete or steal sensitive data from your computer. These are things that Ransomware, Trojans and other nefarious malware programs are used for. In contrast, the adware apps are simple ad-oriented tools that make money from the advertisements and page-redirects that they show on the users’ screens. Of course, most people find this really annoying and get frustrated by the adware’s activities. If you have this same problem, however, know that the guide below will enable you to safely uninstall TaskFresh and all of its elements form your system and browser so that you can be sure that the annoyance is utterly removed from your computer.

Dealing with TaskFresh

Since the adware apps as well as other similar potentially unwanted types of software like browser hijackers, bloatware and junkware aren’t really viruses, your security software may not always detect them and flag them as dangerous and offer you to remove them. Therefore, the best protection against adware like TaskFresh (and other unwanted but non-harmful software) is your own caution. Just don’t open sketchy messages and spam letters and also do not click on ads and offers that are coming from questionable sites. This will not only help you avoid landing more adware but will also decrease the chances of getting your computer infected with Trojans, Ransomware, Rootkits and other malware. Additionally, you must remember to never install a new program on your computer before checking what’s under the Advanced setup settings menu. If you see that there are any bonus software elements you may not really want in your computer, you must first uncheck them and only then proceed with the installation of whatever program you’ve been trying to install.

I had this popping up yesterday and it actually installed itself without specific authorization. It happened after I woke the Mac from sleep and keyed in PW to do so. It installed as a Safari browser extension and also showed up in the ‘Applications’ folder. Moved it to trash from there and emptied trash but it re-installed itself after starting up MB again the next day. I did not knowingly download anything for installation. What exactly is this? Does anyone have a suggestion of how to remove it completely?


Name TaskFresh
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The annoying ads of TaskFresh is what could normally give this app away.
Distribution Method Some of the usual methods are file bundling and spam messaging.


Remove TaskFresh “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.


Cleaning Chrome

Open Chrome and open its main menu, then go to More Tools > Extensions. Click on the Remove button next to all of the extensions that you do not trust.

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.


Back in Settings, type Reset and clean up and open the option that shows up (Restore settings to their original defaults). Confirm by selecting Reset Settings.


Cleaning Firefox

Open Firefox and then open its main menu. Go to Add-ons and open the Extensions menu from the left. Look at the extensions and Remove the ones you do not trust.


Next, open the menu again, go to Help > Troubleshooting information and in the page that opens, select Refresh Firefox and then confirm the action in the window that opens.


Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.

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