Accessibility Dock is a type of application that targets the web browsing programs on Mac computers. Accessibility Dock tends to convert these browsers to platforms for online advertising.
This happens as Accessibility Dock takes control of some of the web browser’s settings, which is why the type of software that this application belongs to has become known under the umbrella term of browser hijackers (Search Marquis, Search Baron). And as for the settings, these normally enable the generation of various forms of online ads directly within your browsing program, such as popups, in-text links, page redirects and banners.
Other changes that Accessibility Dock may impose on you include replacing your browser’s homepage with a new one and even setting a new default search engine, which will likely load tons of sponsored search results every time you use it. And unfortunately, changing to a different browser, whether you’re using Chrome, Firefox, Safari or some other one, won’t help resolve the situation. The only way you can really rid yourself of all these annoying interferences is if you remove Accessibility Dock from your Mac altogether.
This can be achieved with the help of the removal guide below, which will walk you through the process step by step. And if you’d rather have this job taken care of automatically, you may also make use of our professional removal software, also available below.
Accessibility Dock for Mac
Accessibility Dock for Mac is a kind of software that most will refer to as a browser hijacker. Accessibility Dock for Mac is generally harmless, although it does fall into the category of PUPs or potentially unwanted programs.
There are several reasons for this, one of which is the obvious frustration that comes along with this program’s behavior. Nobody is too happy to deal with tons of online ads that are hurled at them during their browsing sessions. Another is the fact that Accessibility Dock likely wasn’t willingly installed by you and its presence was in all probability a complete surprise. And then there’s also the more severe factor of Accessibility Dock’s association with viruses and malware, covered in the next section.
What is Accessibility Dock?
Many users often worry that Accessibility Dock may be some type of virus or malicious program. Accessibility Dock does not possess any known harmful qualities and its intentions are not to damage or compromise your machine in any way.
However, due to the amount of content that it exposes users to, there is a chance of potentially running into something dangerous amidst it. For example, you may end up being redirected to an unsecure webpage that could infect you with such threats as Trojans, ransomware, spyware and others.
The Accessibility Dock app
The Accessibility Dock app was most likely hidden in the setup of some other program that you recently downloaded. This is a common technique used for spreading software like the Accessibility Dock app and it is known as program bundling.
You can easily disarm these types of tactics by opting for the advanced installation settings with setting up new software. And if you pay attention to the separate steps of wizard, you should read one that tells you about any optional installs that are present.
Remove Accessibility Dock from Mac
For a quick way to remove Accessibility Dock try to do this inside your Mac browser:
- Open your Mac browser.
- Go to Preferences.
- Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
- Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Accessibility Dock.
- Remove Accessibility Dock from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.
If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of Accessibility Dock!
The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:
You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.
Alternatively, you can simultaneously press ⌘ (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).
If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.
In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.
Close the dialog box/window.
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Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:
Now click on Sample at the bottom:
Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:
The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.
On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.
First, Force Quit Safari again.
Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.
Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,
and then again on the Extensions tab,
Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.
Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.
Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab
Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.
How to Remove Accessibility Dock From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove Accessibility Dock From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!