Cucullate Mac

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Cucullate is a Mac app that displays unwanted ads inside the main browser after getting attached to it. Cucullate doesn’t let the user control the flow of ads and it also sometimes triggers redirects to various sites without the user’s approval.This type of unwanted software behavior leads people who have had this app installed in their computers to think that they have been attacked by a dangerous computer virus such as Ransomware, a Trojan, or Spyware infection. This intrusive ad-displaying app can certainly be unpleasant to have inside your Safari, Firefox, or Chrome browser, but it is not really a virus.The goal of this software is to generate money through different kinds of paid advertisements. To achieve this, Cucullate sets up a new homepage in the browser and changes the previous default search engine. After that, it begins to redirect the user’s searches and clicks to different sites that pay a commission to the creators of the unwanted browser-hijacking app in order to get promoted by it. This scheme is quite common nowadays and it is not unusual to find such hijackers hidden in regular-looking programs.

The Cucullate malware on Mac
The Cucullate malware

Cucullate for Mac

Cucullate for Mac is undesirable ad-spamming software that is able to cause the main browsers of Mac computers to automatically page-redirect the user’s browsing. Cucullate for Mac seeks to bring more visits to certain sites in order to profit from advertising commission.For the online advertisers who create browser hijackers and use them to make a profit, this type of advertising scheme is quite lucrative. The people whose sites get promoted by the hijackers also benefit since their websites can artificially gain more traffic and have their Google ratings improved. However, as far as the end-users are concerned, there’s hardly anything beneficial for them coming from such hijackers. For the most part, the user is left to put up with the intrusive ads, the annoying page-redirects and the unwanted changes in their browsers.

What is Cucullate?

Cucullate is a potentially unsafe app that automatically installs in the browser with the goal to spam its tabs with ads and page-redirects. Cucullate is compatible with the majority of Mac browsers and once it attaches to them it introduces various unwanted settings changes.Many users have recently complained from this app, reporting that it is nearly impossible to remove it. If that is your situation, we may have some good news for you related to the removal of the hijacker. Albeit a bit tricky, the uninstallation of Cucullate is possible and we will show you how you can do it yourself.

The Cucullate app

The Cucullate app is a type of unwanted browser add-on that will send your searches to different sites, some of which may be hazardous. The Cucullate app isn’t harmful to the computer but its sudden page redirects could potentially lead to infections with more serious threats, such as viruses. As you probably know, viruses like Trojans and Ransomware oftentimes get distributed via sketchy and misleading ads displayed by unreliable sites. If the hijacker gets you redirected to such a site in its attempts to gain advertising revenue, your Mac may get infected. Therefore, it’s best to refer to our guide and to follow the instructions provided in it. 

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Remove “Cucullate will damage your computer” from Mac

The following instructions will allow you to remove “Cucullate will damage your computer” in two ways:

  • The manual instructions will allow you to remove it on your own by downloading 2 software suites which will show you the folders the threat is located in. Installing, scanning, and deleting everything will require 1-2 hours of your time, depending on your speed and the threat itself.
    Note: If “Cucullate” has an in-built ability to restore itself on a restart, the manual steps will not prevent that. We recommend the automatic removal.
  •  Download SpyHunter for Mac (one of the apps used in the manual instructions), scan with it, and if you decide to use the program, it will likely require about 15-20 minutes. This, however, requires an active subscription for SpyHunter, which means either to use the trial version or purchase the software.

Removal instructions:
1. Download EtreCheck from the Appstore and scan for any “Cucullate” unsigned files. Delete them. (You can skip this step altogether and download and scan with Spyhunter instead if you don’t want to double-check things).
2. Download and install Spyhunter for Mac. Scan for any malicious files.
3. The app will show you which files are infected. Either use SpyHunter to delete them for you (the automatic removal) or do it manually, which means tracking down each detected location by yourself and deleting the file.
4. In most cases start with /private/var/root/Library/Application Support/.”Cucullate”/”Cucullate”
5. In Finder press Shift+Command+G to open the Find window.
6. Search for the /var directory. Then proceed and look for the /root folder inside.
7. It will most likely be locked and you will need additional permissions to meddle with it.
8. Press command+I and scroll to sharing and permissions. Add your user name to permissions.
9. Now you should be able to access the /root folder and proceed and locate the /Library folder inside it. Proceed to do the same until you are inside the /Application Support folder.
10. It is possible that the folder you look for is hidden, if that is the case use command+shift+. to locate and find the file you want to delete.
11. Delete the “Cucullate” file.
12. If none of this helps, try the steps in this guide


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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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