Division Initiator is a junkware extension for popular Mac browsers that installs in the browser and modifies its settings without the approval of the user. The purpose of Division Initiator is to hijack your browser and use it for the promotion of different sites through automatic page-redirects.
If you have recently encountered Division Initiator, Search Marquis or Search Baron and it has been added to your browser, know that your Mac is probably not in any immediate danger because most browser-hijacking extensions are not harmful by themselves. However, the changes they make in the browser’s starting page, toolbar, or search engine as well as the frequent page-redirects to unknown and potentially insecure sites could make your Mac an easy target for hackers who want to spread their Trojan Horse, Spyware, or Ransomware viruses.
Division Initiator for Mac
Division Initiator for Mac is a rogue extension app for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome that can take over the main browser of the user and make unauthorized changes in its settings. Division Initiator is also able to reroute your browser traffic to sites it’s programmed to promote.
The site-promoting actions of this app are not harmful to your system although they may slow it down and cause occasional screen and browser freezes due to excessive use of RAM and CPU. However, the real problem here is that not all of the sites you get redirected to may be safe or reliable. The browser hijacker apps are known for advertising all kinds of content and sites and, unfortunately, this could mean that some of the web locations you get rerouted to may not be particularly safe for your Mac.
What is Division Initiator?
Division Initiator is an add-on app for your browser that experts categorize as a browser hijacker because it is programmed to introduce unauthorized changes to the browsers of Mac users. Division Initiator can also reroute the browser and keep tabs on the user’s online history.
Hijacker apps earn money for their developers from the clicks and visits that the users make to the content promoted by the hijacker so it makes sense that these unwanted apps would be programmed to show customized advertisements that are likely to be more appealing to each individual user. This is why a hijacker is likely to track your browsing history in order to “learn” about your supposed interests and then show you ads that seem to match them. The issue here is that you cannot know if the data from your browser won’t get sold to third-parties and how those third-parties may end up using the collected info.
The DivisionInitiator app
The DivisionInitiator app is a software used to distribute the hijacker that’s attached to it without the users suspecting anything. The hijacker component in the DivisionInitiator app is inseparable from the latter and they need to be removed together.
It is very important that you uninstall the hijacker and the app that brought it to your Mac at the earliest opportunity because there’s always the chance that you may get rerouted to some hazardous and malware-infested page if the unwanted hijacker extension stays added to your browser. Threats like Ransomware or Trojans are much more likely to target your machine while there’s a hijacker app installed on it so, if you wish to keep your Mac secure, we strongly recommend you complete the steps from the next set of removal instructions.
Division Initiator Removal from Mac
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone.