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Akamaihd Mac Virus

The Akamaihd Mac Virus will redirect your browser and display pop up ads.

Regardless of whether you need your computer for your work, for your education or if you simply use it for leisure activities, you still probably need a fast, reliable and annoyance-free browser. And pretty much all modern browsers deliver on all these requirements. Nowadays, even sites that are known for spamming their visitors with too many ads are no issue because one could simply use an ad-blocker to stop most of the advertisements. However, if an app from the software category known as browser hijackers has somehow managed to get installed inside the browser you normally use, then you may have some issues while on the Internet. These issues mostly include uncontrolled generation of overwhelming numbers of web-advertisements as well as unwelcome browser modifications that may slow-down the browser – these are mostly replacements of the search engine tool and of the starting page. Safari, Chrome and Firefox seem to be the usual targets of the majority of browser hijackers nowadays but it’s possible to land such software on most other browsers as well. And once the invasive app is added to the browsing program there is not much you can do to stop the invasive and unpleasant activities initiated by the pesky app, aside from removing the hijacker. This is what brings us to the gist of this article – our main goal in this post is to help our readers take care of one very annoying representative of this software category. The application in question is named and the annoyance that it has brought is is likely what has lead you to seek online help and, as a result, end up on this page. If that is indeed what has happened, know that we’ve got you covered and the instructions you will find right below will help you remove and uninstall all unwanted components that it may have added to your browser.

If any of you are having difficulties with the completion of the manual guide or if, for some reason, the guide is not enough to solve everything in your case, you may want to consider trying the removal tool that is linked inside the guide. It is a tested and reliable program that is specifically designed to take care of many different types of unwanted software, including browser hijackers like

The Akamaihd Virus

Even though the abilities of are nowhere near as hazardous and as problematic as those of a Trojan Horse or of a Ransomware virus, you are still strongly advised to uninstall the hijacker and to never again allow any such apps inside your computer. The main reason for this is the dangers that may come from the many ads that hijackers are known for showing. It is possible that hazardous viruses, Trojans, Spyware and, of course, Ransomware could be hidden in the sites that some of these ads may redirect you to. Therefore, remember to not download software from unknown or obscure developers and sources so that you don’t end up with another hijacker, which may, in turn, put your system at risk.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms In most cases, the hijacker will cause unwanted ads to appear in your browser and will also trigger nagging page-redirects. 
Distribution Method In most instances, you can land a hijacker after installing another program with which the unwanted app has been bundled.
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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.



Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

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:

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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,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

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,
Privacy in Safari

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

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

firefox-512 How to Remove From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon 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!

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