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Feed Chunk Mac

Feed Chunk

Feed Chunk is a software application designed to make modifications to your web browsing app and to display advertisements on your screen. Feed Chunk can change the main search engine and set up a new homepage that redirects you to sponsored websites.

Feed Chunk

The Feed Chunk Virus will redirect your browser searches.

If you’ve been infected with a browser hijacker called Feed Chunk and are now desperately trying to get rid of it, on this page, you will find what you need. The symptoms of having such software on your system are hard to ignore and include occasional page-redirects and a possible change in the homepage or the default search engine of your Chrome, Firefox, Safari or whichever browser you are using as your default. Other, even more annoying symptoms include the generation of numerous ads on your screen that show up in inconvenient places –  pop-ups to banners, plain text hyperlinks, box messages, etc. If you’ve been struggling with a similar activity, in the next lines, we will give you the instructions you need to uninstall Feed Chunk and permanently remove its changes on your own. For that, we have prepared a special removal guide, which you will find below.

Programs like Feed Chunk are designed to serve the online marketing industry – they are tools that deliver advertisements directly to the screen of web users or page-redirect their web searches to specific sponsored websites. There is a lot of money involved in this online advertising method. The developers of browser hijackers typically earn revenue based on the number of clicks their advertisements get. This is possible thanks to a strategy known as Pay-Per-Click, where every click counts and brings income. Naturally, the developers seek ways to maximize their Pay-Per-Click revenue by increasing the chances of the users clicking on the intrusive ads their software displays. This happens through various methods: for instance, they set programs like Feed Chunk to constantly cover your screen with sponsored banners which are hard to navigate past since they are typically located on top of the page buttons. Or, they install a new search engine or a homepage which are programmed to redirect you to predefined revenue-generating pages the very moment you open your web browser.

From a legal point of view, there is no problem with such methods since they are only used to promote advertising content and are not intended to harm your computer in any way. However, clicking on such pop-up notifications, banners, and sponsored advertisements that Feed Chunk may display on your screen is not a good idea. The reason is that you can never be sure where those adverts may redirect you to. Moreover, nowadays, there are many misleading and malicious web ads that, once clicked on, may land you a virus as nasty as a Ransomware or a Trojan Horse.

For many experts, the above is already enough to put browser hijackers in the category of potentially unwanted programs. But although programs like Feed Chunk could potentially expose you to web ads that may contain viruses, it is important to mention that the browser hijackers are not identical to viruses. They don’t have the malicious abilities of threats such as Trojans and surely cannot encrypt your files like Ransomware even if you have them on your machine.

Yet, if the browser hijackers disturb you, it is a good idea to uninstall them and remove their sponsored messages and browser changes with the help of the instructions in the removal guide below. Alternatively, you can use the professional Feed Chunk removal tool for an in-depth system scan and a fast detection of the unwanted program.

SUMMARY:

Name Feed Chunk
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The most visible symptoms include a change in the browser’s homepage or the main search engine and an unstoppable stream of ads.
Distribution Method Most commonly, browser hijackers are distributed via software bundling, free download links, shareware platforms, torrents and spam.
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Remove Feed Chunk from Mac

Step1

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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.

Step2

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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:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

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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Step3

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.

Step4

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.
Step5

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 Feed Chunk 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 Feed Chunk 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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