ClipGrab Mac Virus

This page aims to help you remove ClipGrab. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.


ClipGrab is a page-rerouting and ad-displaying application that belongs to the browser hijacker category. Essentially non-malicious, ClipGrab is still regarded as a potentially unwanted program which can redirect user searches to random sites and fill the browser’s screen with ads.

ClipGrab Mac Virus

ClipGrab will display unwanted pop up ads and messages.

If you landed on this page, some unwelcome and potentially unwanted ads, pop-ups and banners in different shapes and colors may have disturbed your regular web browsing. Or, you have recently noticed some unauthorized changes in your web browser’s homepage or the default search engine. Or, you have started to experience automatic redirects to websites which you didn’t have the intention to visit.  Unfortunately, changing the web browser with another one (be it Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, Safari, etc.) won’t save you from this browsing disturbance because what you have to deal with is a program called ClipGrab, not a browser.  ClipGrab is what is known as a browser hijacker and the below information would hopefully make it easy for you to remove it and uninstall it changes.

The ClipGrab Virus

Maybe you have heard the term “browser hijacker” before, but if you don’t know what exactly it is, this is a term used to describe programs designed to modify the settings of a web browser in such a way that it generates an enormous amount of pop-up ads on the user’s screen and starts to redirect user searches to specific pre-defined web pages.  

Browser hijackers such as ClipGrab are typically used to promote certain URLs and commercial messages (text ads, banners, pop-up notifications, etc.) that generate revenue once clicked on. Essentially, those programs are not malicious and are least interested in harming your computer like a Ransomware, a Trojan, a virus or another representative of the malware category. Yet, the danger of keeping a browser hijacker on your computer can depend on what exactly is included in those links and ads on display.

More often than not, the random commercials and automatic redirects can be seen just as a source of annoyance as they tend to interrupt the regular web browsing by covering the screen. In some rare cases, however, some of the pop-up messages or the websites you get redirected to may act as carriers of real virus infections, including the notorious Ransomware and Trojans that we mentioned above. Therefore, even though programs like ClipGrab cannot encrypt your personal data, steal your banking information or corrupt your files, it is best to uninstall them and keep away from their ads.

If you fail to do so, the hijacker might not only keep redirecting you to random sites and messing with your web browser’s settings but also may trigger some quite unpleasant lags and issues with the performance. For instance, the hijacked browser could start to freeze or become unresponsive and crash in the middle of your browsing sessions. Nonetheless, a good system scanner (such as the one on this page) can easily help you detect and remove the unwanted software along with all imposed modifications. The manual removal guide below can also do the job if you have the patience to follow its instructions closely so take a look at it if you decide to deal with ClipGrab permanently.


Name ClipGrab
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Ads all over the screen, auto redirects to random sites, unwelcome browser changes.
Distribution Method Spam, torrents, ads, free download mangers, shareware sites, program bundles.
Detection Tool

ClipGrab Mac Virus Removal

ClipGrab Mac Virus

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 ClipGrab Mac Virus

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,

ClipGrab Mac Virus

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.

ClipGrab Mac Virus How to Remove ClipGrab From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on ClipGrab Mac Virus (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.

ClipGrab Mac VirusHow to Remove ClipGrab From Chrome in OSX:

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

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 Click ClipGrab Mac Virus 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


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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