CCXProcess Mac

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Many people confuse CCXProcess for a virus or malware.CCXProcess is a process that can safely be removed from a Mac computer without leaving negative consequences.

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This process belongs to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Some people may become suspicious and believe that CCXProcess is virus-like. Note also that the executable file may have an arbitrary name. This suggests that cybercriminals may run a malicious process on your Mac and name it CCXProcess.exe to avoid making users look suspicious. If you want to remove it but are unable to do so, continue reading the steps below to learn how to remove CCXProcess from your Mac using this guide.

In general, browser hijacker representatives are very commonly encountered across the web and many users land such programs on their Safari, Chrome, Firefox and other browsers by default when they perform a careless installation of a free software package  or an automatic update. Fortunately, browser hijackers typically don’t have a destructive effect on the computer on which they operate.

These programs are mainly interested to display various pop-up ads, banners and promotional links on the users screen and to earn revenue for their developers thanks to sponsored page redirects. Nevertheless, the absence of malicious features, such as those that Trojans, Ransomware and other viruses have, doesn’t make pieces like CCXProcess very reliable. In fact, many people seek help to remove those programs and to uninstall the changes that they have imposed on their favorite browser.

CCXProcess for Mac

CCXProcess for Mac is a program that can force unauthorized changes on your browser’s search engine, homepage, new tab page and taskbar. Furthermore, CCXProcess for Mac may initiate random redirects in this way forcing you to visit obscure web pages that usually have aggressive pop-ups, banners, and many other advertisements.

Programs like this one typically earn revenue for their authors from pay-per-click advertising and site visits. Therefore, they use various intrusive web promotional strategies that can force people to click on those supported links and ads. If you have CCXProcess in any of your Mac browsers, you may notice that every site that you visit (and that includes even sites that normally don’t show any advertisements on their pages) is typically covered by hard-to-remove pop-ups, colorful notifications, text messages and redirect prompts that are powered by the hijacker. In addition, the newly set homepage typically loads a specific URL that is either the website of the program or some other partnering website that pays for traffic and visits.

What is CCXProcess?

While the CCXProcess.exe file itself is not a virus, it is important to note that malicious software such as Trojans or crypto-miners can potentially disguise themselves as CCXProcess.exe by using the same name. It is common for viruses to adopt the name of a genuine file or process in order to avoid detection.

The biggest problem of having a browser hijacker is not the unwanted adverts but the frequent redirects that this software normally initiates. Sadly, there can be no control over the sponsored websites and all the promotional messages shown by the browser hijacker. This means that you may land on sketchy pages or fake web ads embedded with viruses, ransomware, Trojans and other malware anytime you interact with the messages on your screen.

The CCXProcess app

The CCXProcess app is a potentially unwanted software that tinkers with the browser’s search engine settings, the homepage URL, the new tab page and the taskbar appearance. In addition, the CCXProcess or Osmessagetrace app may fill the browser’s screen with pay-per-click ads and aggressive promotions.

The good news is that you can avoid all that if you act without a delay and uninstall the ad-generating software from your system. In this way you can regain control over the settings of your favorite browser and remove the components that redirect you and fill your screen with ads.


TypeAdware/Browser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
SymptomsA browser hijacker can redirect users to random web pages and can cover the screen with sponsored ads and pop-ups.
Distribution MethodUsers can install browser hijackers when they perform an Automatic or Quick installation of free software bundles and automatic updates.
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Remove CCXProcess from Mac

For a quick way to remove CCXProcess 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 CCXProcess.
  5. Remove CCXProcess 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 CCXProcess!


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:


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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 CCXProcess From Firefox in OSX:

    Open Firefox, click on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit 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 CCXProcess 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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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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