Effective Vision Mac

Effective Vision

Effective Vision is an invasive rogue app aimed at Mac browsers, which tries to open new tabs and pages without the user’s permission. The new tabs/pages that Effective Vision opens lead to sites promoted by the app that contain paid ads and sell different products and services.

Effective Vision
The Effective Vision app will display pop up ads and messages

If you have recently encountered this intrusive software on your Mac and you wish to find a way to stop its frequent page redirects and put an end to the ads it is likely getting you exposed to, we advise you to stay with us until the end of this post, where you can learn how to uninstall this unwanted software.

Normally, apps like Effective Vision, Chill Search, QSearch aren’t limited in their compatibility – they can get attached to various types of browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Once they are inside the user’s browser, they change the homepage, the search engine, the new-tab page, or some of the toolbar buttons. It’s all done in order to allow the unwanted app to swarm your screen with its redirects, ads, clickbait links, and other similar forms of aggressive advertisements.

Effective Vision for Mac

Effective Vision for Mac is a form of aggressive ad-generating software that infects the browsers of Mac users and forces them to display misleading ads. Effective Vision for Mac also changes the starting page of the browser or the default search engine to show even more ads.

Oftentimes, the creators of applications similar to this one claim that the changes imposed on the browser are actually supposed to make the end-user’s online experience safer or more pleasant. Unfortunately, this is almost never the reality of things. The custom search engine added by the hijacker would almost certainly show you results that are less relevant than the ones shown by your previous search engine. In addition, the new homepage added to your browser would probably keep showing ads on your screen and prompting you to click on them. All of this can quickly get on your nerves and make you want to remove the browser-hijacking app.

What is Effective Vision?

Effective Vision is a browser-attacking software known as a browser hijacker that is aimed at drawing more traffic toe ad-heavy websites. Effective Vision won’t stop spamming you with ads and page redirects until you uninstall it and fully remove all of its components from your system.

There is one more reason to uninstall this app ASAP, in addition to the sheer irritation caused by it. This reason is the increased possibility of landing on a malware-infested page with Ransomware or Trojans uploaded to it. The reason for that is you can never be certain what awaits you on the other side of the redirects and ads generated by the hijacker.

The EffectiveVision app

The EffectiveVision app is a type of malware that generates browser ads and causes page-redirects in Mac browsers. The EffectiveVision app isn’t harmful to the system but it may increase the risk of landing on pages with Trojans, Spyware, or Ransomware on them.

That is why we advise you to eliminate this app using the instructions we have prepared for our readers within the next removal guide. 


NameEffective Vision
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
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Remove Effective Vision from Mac


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:


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.


    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 Effective Vision 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 Effective Vision 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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    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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