AuthManager_Mac is a piece of programming belonging to the software category of browser hijackers. AuthManager_Mac typically changes the default search engine of your Chrome, Firefox, Safari or other browser. And furthermore, it also normally sets a different homepage. The most annoying features of any browser hijacking program, though, is the fact that it fills your browser with popups, banners, in-text links and various other online ads.
This is what normally prompts users to search for a way to remove the browser hijacker. And if that happens to be your case – you’re in luck. Just below this article you will find a detailed removal guide for AuthManager_Mac, which you can use to completely uninstall the pesky program completely.
AuthManager_Mac for Mac
AuthManager_Mac for Mac is very often mistaken for a virus or some other malicious program. AuthManager_Mac for Mac is in fact a relatively new occurrence as software of this type was almost never found on Macs up until just a few years ago. Today, things have changed and browser hijackers are targeting more and more Mac users.
The good news is that AuthManager_Mac is not a virus. It will not corrupt your files, it won’t self-replicate in your system and it won’t record your keystrokes or activate your camera without your knowing. Nevertheless, software of this type has been known to engage in rather questionable activity. For instance, it’s not uncommon for hijackers to collect your browsing data and then have it sold to third parties.
What is AuthManager_Mac?
AuthManager_Mac is a browser hijacker and therefore it “hijacks” your browser by messing with its default settings. AuthManager_Mac normally changes the homepage and search engine in order to increase the exposure of certain websites. But in addition to that it also usually adds plugins or extensions to your browsing program so as to display a much larger quantity of ads than you may be used to seeing.
This is often where the confusion with viruses stems from. And although we did clear up the fact that AuthManager_Mac is not a malicious program, it has its very obvious drawbacks. In addition to the ones we mentioned, there is also the danger of being exposed to malware such as Trojans, worms, ransomware, etc. This can happen, for instance, as a result of being redirected to an unsafe website or if you happen to click on a malvertisement.
The AuthManager_Mac App
The AuthManager_Mac app could have been installed on your computer alongside some other piece of software. One of the most common ways to get infected by something like the AuthManager_Mac app is through something called program bundling. This is the process of adding one or more programs to the installation manager of an existing program.
Thus, when you run the default or automatic setup of a newly downloaded program, any bundled in software will also automatically be installed on your computer. This is easily avoided by simply opting for the advanced setting and paying close attention to each and every step of the process.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A browser hijacker like AuthManager_Mac normally first reveals itself by changing the browser settings such as the homepage and default search engine|
|Distribution Method||Browser hijackers are typically bundled in with other software that is most commonly available for free download on various sources across the web.|
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Remove AuthManager_Mac Malware
For a quick way to remove AuthManager_Mac 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 AuthManager_Mac.
- Remove AuthManager_Mac 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 AuthManager_Mac!
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 AuthManager_Mac 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 AuthManager_Mac 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!