This page aims to help you remove FixMyMacos. These FixMyMacos removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Macintosh (OS X) and Windows.
All you need to know about FixMyMacos (and other browser hijacker programs)
Does your browser get covered by intrusive ads as soon as you open it? Has your browser front page changed without your consent? Is your online experience heavily obstructed due to the constant barrage of pop-ups, banners and occasional page redirects? Then you’ve come to the right place! If the aforementioned symptoms are present on your PC (or at least some of them), then you’ve probably had FixMyMacos installed on your machine.
Introducing you to FixMyMacos “Virus”
It is important to make a distinction here – although many of our readers refer to FixMyMacos “virus”, this is not actually quite accurate. FixMyMacos is not really a virus. FixMyMacos is a program/browser extension of the browser hijacker type. As such, it shares most of its characteristics with other similar software. Browser hijacker programs are notorious for their intrusive behavior and stealth installation. That is also the reason why they are categorized as PUP (potentially unwanted program). Here is the place to tell you that PUPs are different from viruses. While viruses like Ransomware and Trojan Horses are malicious and are almost always devastating to your computer’s system, PUP’s usually pose no threat to your computer. In most cases it’s just that they tend to obstruct your normal working process, without having any actual useful value. However, those programs are still unwanted and should be treated as such. This means that if you currently have FixMyMacos on your PC, the best course of action is to have it removed as soon as possible, so that it won’t bother you with its nagging adverts any more. As far as this browser hijacker removal is concerned, there’s a detailed guide below this article, which will help you handle the PUP without the need of contacting a specialist, saving you both time and money.
Before we move on to the actual uninstallation and removal guide for FixMyMacos, there are several more points that we need to make about this specific type of intrusive programs.
- Firstly, you may want to know the purpose of browser hijacker programs. Well, it’s quite simple actually. It’s all about the pay-per-click method of gaining revenue. Basically, the whole idea behind the intrusive adverts is that the more clicks they receive, the more money the browser hijacker’s developer gains. That is also why those pop-ups are so intrusive and won’t go away until you interact with them. Keep in mind that sometimes even if you click on their X button (if they have one) so as to close them, this might, instead, count as a click, and even redirect you to an ad-filled page. That’s why we advise you to not click on those pop-ups, even if it is to close them.
- Secondly, you should know that despite them being relatively harmless to your system, they can still expose your PC to potential threats, if you’re not being careful. You see, the program itself does no damage to your machine. However, some of its ads may hide potential security hazards. For instance, sometimes clicking on an ad may result in you getting redirected to an illegal and possibly even malicious website. That is why you should never click on those adverts. If you still happen to get redirected to some kind of shady and suspicious page, make sure to close it as quickly as possible without interacting with it. Such hazards are quite rare – most of the ads you see are not fake or dangerous. Still, there’s no need to risk your PC’s security.
- Lastly, we ought to inform you about the possible methods of browser hijacker distribution. While there are quite a few of them (torrent/file-sharing sites, spam e-mails etc.) most of those methods are successfully avoided by the majority of users (who use their common sense when browsing). However, there’s one particular method that stands out as the most effective one. We are talking about file-bundling. Note that this is a strictly legal method for spreading different kinds of software and not only unwanted programs. Still, if you want to avoid getting anything installed on your machine without your knowledge or consent, next time when attempting to install a new program, make sure that you choose the advanced settings in the setup menu. There you’d be able to see if there’s any added content that would get installed along the main piece of software. Once you see the list of add-ons, uncheck everything that you may consider unwanted. Note that even if you don’t see FixMyMacos there, the intrusive program may go under a different name.
Now, the last segment of our article is the actual removal guide, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you can go ahead and give it a try. Hopefully, this will help you get rid of the intrusive adverts for good.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The main symptom is the intrusive ads you see in your browser. However, other possible symptoms are a changed browser homepage and a PC slow-down.|
|Distribution Method||Mainly via file-bundling. File-sharing sites and fake/spam e-mails are also on the list of possible distribution methods.|
|Detection Tool||FixMyMacos may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
FixMyMacos Mac/OS X/Win Removal
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NOTE! If you are a Mac user, you need to follow this guide instead:
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – FixMyMacos may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove FixMyMacos from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove FixMyMacos from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the browser hijacker/malware —> Remove.
Remove FixMyMacos from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!