Remove Virus (Mac Guide) Virus

About the Virus
A screenshot of the Virus redirect.

If you think that is the name of the program responsible for the unpleasant pop-up Ads and redirects you’re experiencing you are quite possibly correct. This piece of software is well known for such behavior and the majority of people who have it on their PC are seeking a method to uninstall it. Actually, there is a whole category of programs, known as Browser Hijackers, which are usually created for that strictly commercial purpose to fill the users’ screen with ads and to redirect them to specific sponsored pages. Some people believe that applications like are some sort of malicious pieces of software designed to disturb them, but the truth is those programs are created solely for displaying pay-per-click ads and sponsored pop-ups. However, very few people would normally allow such a program to remain on their computer for an extended period of time even if some Browser Hijackers have some kind of free functionality integrated into them. The developers want you to let the program remain on your PC for that free functionality despite the ads, that’s why they try to provide some useful features which try to compensate for the ads disturbance. When the generation of the sponsored Ads exceeds the benefits from having the application on your PC, however, you may definitely want to have the hijacker removed and its components uninstalled. In fact, if you are on this page because of that, the removal guide below will assist you in getting rid of this nagging software from your computer.

Web ads can oftentimes be used to spread all sorts of nasty viruses that’s why many web users when showered with a stream of potentially unwanted commercials commonly mistake programs like, Search Mine or Search Pulse for some sort of malware. In reality, however, computer viruses do not use ads to harm the system or the users and rely on much more stealthy and insidious code to launch their criminal activities. The real PC viruses are malicious bits of coding, programmed for a specific malicious task, such as spying, data destruction, system corruption, etc. Ransomware is an example of an extremely harmful virus that you might have heard of. A typical Ransomware infection may silently encrypt all of your files and keep them locked until you pay ransom to the hackers who stand behind it. No Browser Hijacker can do that to your data and, in fact, in its nature, such software is more nagging and irritating rather than hazardous or harmful. At its worst, an app like may constantly prompt you to click on some sponsored links and distract you from your actual web searches. This, however, doesn’t mean that you should tolerate the disturbance if that really messes with your web browsing experience. You can use the removal guide below to uninstall and permanently remove all of its ads or just run a scan with a professional removal tool and let it clean your system from potentially unwanted applications.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Aggressive online ads, pop-ups and redirect links may take over your screen.
Distribution Method Spam messages, free download links, shareware sites, software bundles, and torrents. 



 Virus Removal

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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