Basic Virtual Mac

Basic Virtual

Basic Virtual is a type of unwanted app that will get attached to your browser as soon as it is installed and then cause automatic page redirects. Basic Virtual belongs to the infamous browser hijacker category that is well known for its aggressive ads and unauthorized browser changes.

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The Basic Virtual App on Mac

One of the first things people tend to notice if a hijacker gets installed on their computers is the replacement of the browser’s homepage, followed by that of the default search engine. Those changes ensure that the browser would keep on spamming the user’s screen with intrusive ads and sudden page redirects. The browsers most commonly affected by this form of aggressive advertising are Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, but this doesn’t mean other browsers can’t get hijackers attached to them as well.

Most users who notice the presence of such unwanted software in their browser want to immediately remove the hijacker, but this is where one of the biggest problems related to apps like Basic Virtual becomes apparent. A browser hijacker is a rather difficult thing to uninstall, which is why we believe that a lot of users could benefit from this article and the removal guide attached to it.

Basic Virtual for Mac

Basic Virtual for Mac is a browser extension programmed to hijack the settings of Mac browsers. Once Basic Virtual for Mac becomes part of the browser, it begins to load ads and to reroute the browser’s traffic to sites that need more views.

This is not an uncommon advertising technique and it ensures that the sites that need promotion can quickly gain more visits without necessarily having a high Google rating. However, one big problem with this type of site promotion is the fact that shady and unreliable sites are oftentimes advertised in this way. It is even possible that sites maintained by cybercriminals get promoted in this way so that the hackers behind them could spread Ransomware, Trojans, or other threats to more users.

What is Basic Virtual?

Basic Virtual is a browser-infecting malware that aims to advertise different products and sites by forcefully redirecting your browser to them. Basic Virtual isn’t going to harm your Mac but its activities in your computer could jeopardize the system’s safety.

The only working solution in case there is a hijacker in your Mac is to ensure that the unwanted software gets uninstalled. The risk of getting targeted by hackers and having your computer infected by Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware or other viruses is simply not worth it.

The BasicVirtual app

The BasicVirtual app is a rogue add-on for Safari and other Mac browsers capable of changing elements in your browser without permission. The BasicVirtual app can also load different ads in the browser and cause it to automatically open different sites.

If you need help removing Basic Virtual, you should take a look at our guide down below. If you correctly complete its instructions, the hijacker should be gone in no time and you should be able to restore the regular settings of your browser.


Name Basic Virtual
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms There are many giveaway signs such as intrusive browser ads, automatic page-redirects, and changes in the browser’s default search engine.
Distribution Method Most users who get hijackers get them from software installers that have the unwanted app bundled with the main program from the installer.
Detection Tool

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Remove Basic Virtual from Mac

For a quick way to remove Basic Virtual try to do this inside your Mac browser:

  1. Open your Mac browser.
  2. Go to Preferences.
  3. Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
  4. Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Basic Virtual.
  5. Remove Basic Virtual 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 Basic Virtual!

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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.

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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Basic Virtual Mac

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:

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Now click on Sample at the bottom:

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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.

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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,

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and then again on the Extensions tab,

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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.
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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,
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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

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Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
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Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

Basic Virtual Mac How to Remove Basic Virtual From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on Basic Virtual Mac (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.

Basic Virtual MacHow to Remove Basic Virtual From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click Basic Virtual Mac —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  Basic Virtual Mac.

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 Click Basic Virtual Mac 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!


About the author


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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