Bundlore Mac “Virus” Removal (August 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Bundlore Mac “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Safari, as well as every version of MacOS.

The text that you are about to read describes the characteristics of an adware-based application, called Bundlore. This application usually affects popular browsers such as Chrome, Mozilla or Safari and makes them display various annoying ads, pop-ups, and banners during each browsing session. Bundlore is normally seen as a source of serious online disturbance according to the users who have it on their system. If you have this piece of software on your PC and also feel disturbed by its never-ending stream of ads and hard-to-remove pop-ups, then stay with us and read on. Here, we will show you how to safely uninstall the adware from your browser and how to prevent it from flooding your screen with advertisements again.

What may Bundlore do on your machine?

The security experts classify Bundlore as a special type of software which operates as an advertisement-generating software tool also known as Adware. This type of software may have some really irritating behavior while on your system because it basically tends to fill your screen with numerous annoying ads, different popping messages, sponsored links, banners or new tabs every time you start a new browsing session. The presence of an application such as Bundlore on the computer may also lead to sluggishness and unresponsiveness of your default browser which would, in turn, decrease the quality of your overall web surfing experience. What you need to know about the Adware category in general is that the applications that fall under this category are generally legitimate marketing tools. They do not typically contain malware code and normally do not initiate criminal actions in the background of your system. Therefore, they are not considered as real viruses and, unlike threats such as Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans, are not regarded as security threats. The Adware applications typically force your browser to display certain sponsored commercial messages or redirect you to certain websites. This is done with the idea to popularize them and to generate revenue from Pay-Per-Click or similar paid online marketing strategies. Most ad-generating applications including Bundlore may become a bit too aggressive in their attempts to redirect the people to certain sponsored ads and may try to push too many of them. This may create irritation among the users and they may decide to uninstall the questionable software in order to permanently remove its ads.

Bundlore Mac “Virus” Removal

Step1

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.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

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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Step3

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.

Step4

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.
Step5

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 Bundlore 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 Bundlore 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.

How can your browser get “infected” with an Adware program?

There are many ways in which you may end up with an application like Bundlore on your computer. In most of the cases, since this software is not considered to be illegal, it could be found inside the installers of other applications (software bundles) or it could be freely downloaded from different shareware platforms, torrent sites or free download links. The developers of Adware and similar ad-generating components are naturally interested in getting their software product installed onto as many computers as possible. That’s why they may oftentimes promote it as an additional or bonus component added to another attractive program. Most of the users, however, usually don’t pay attention to such additional components, especially when they want to quickly install the attractive new application on their system. In such cases, they simply follow the Automatic/Quick installation steps and rarely spend even a minute to read the EULA or to check for any Advanced/Custom settings or pre-selected additional components. This careless behavior normally results in the installation of potentially unwanted applications (such as Bundlore) along with the main program from the bundle.

Could Bundlore do anything bad to your PC?

Adware normally has no malware characteristics. Therefore, as a typical representative of this group, Bundlore also shouldn’t cause any serious damage to the computer. If you are afraid that such an application may try to corrupt your files or steal your passwords – do not worry. These are the abilities of threats such as Ransomware or Trojans – not Adware.  Still, despite not being considered to be a serious security threat, one should be careful with such ad-generating type of software. After all, there is always a risk of clicking on something suspicious when various randomly displayed ads, links and popping offers appear on your screen.

How can Bundlore be uninstalled safely?

The process of Adware uninstallation is not that complicated. Usually, most of the users can remove the annoying application without having any special skills. Still, some guidance may be needed and that’s why, in the Removal Guide below, we explain the exact steps for doing that.

SUMMARY:

Name Bundlore
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Hard-to-remove ads, different pop-ups and intrusive banners may flood your screen on a regular basis. 
Distribution Method You may end up with this program on your PC if you install it from program bundles, free download links, spam messages, torrents, ads or ad-supported websites. 
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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!


2 Comments

  • I’m trying to open the Combo Cleaner app, but getting a message “The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access some of the items.” So now what do I do? Usually if I need to type in my Mac password, I’m prompted to do so, but I’m getting nothing but this popup message and that’s it.

    • Try the following:
      In the Finder, locate the app you want to open.

      1. Don’t use Launchpad to do this. Launchpad doesn’t allow you to access the shortcut menu.

      2. Control-click the app icon, then choose Open from the shortcut menu.

      3. Click Open.

      The app is saved as an exception to your security settings, and you can open it in the future by double-clicking it just as you can any registered app.

      Note: You can also grant an exception for a blocked app by clicking the “Open Anyway” button in the General pane of Security & Privacy preferences. This button is available for about an hour after you try to open the app.

      To open this pane, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then click General.

      If that doesn’t work, start up in safe mode and try to install Combo Cleaner then.
      Start or restart your Mac, then immediately press and hold the Shift key. The Apple logo appears on your display. If you don’t see the Apple logo, learn what to do.
      Release the Shift key when you see the login window. If your startup disk is encrypted with FileVault, you might be asked to log in twice: once to unlock the startup disk, and again to log in to the Finder.
      To leave safe mode, restart your Mac without pressing any keys during startup.

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