Mac Virus

Focus Provide Mac

Focus Provide

Focus Provide is an aggressive page-redirecting app that takes over the settings of popular Mac browsers and introduces changes to them. The modifications made by Focus Provide are targeted at the starting page of the browser and at its default search engine tool.

Focus Provide

The Focus Provide Virus will redirect your browser to a certain page.

The goal of such changes is to make the browsing program predisposed to ad-generation and page-redirection activities. The whole purpose of this invasive app is to get you to visit the sites of its partners by constantly swarming your browser with redirects to them and with ads that are linked to those sites. The more ads you click on and the more times you get redirected, the greater the profit for the creators of Focus Provide, since they are paid a commission based on how many visits they draw to the advertised sites. This could happen on any browser – Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and others. Even though some browsers have defenses against such rogue extensions, the creators of apps like Focus Provide constantly figure out new and more ingenious ways to get you to install their unwanted software in your browser and override the browser’s built-in protection features.

Focus Provide for Mac

Focus Provide for Mac is a rogue piece of Mac software that can only function as an add-on to your Mac’s browser. If for Mac installs in the system’s main browser, it will flood said browser with various kinds of web advertisements and page-redirects.

The only working solution against such apps is to uninstall them fully and to not allow any of the changes they’ve made to your browser to remain in it. Most users would probably find this quite difficult to achieve because an unwanted app such as this one would constantly try to re-install itself in the browser if not removed properly. This is why we believe you may need some professional assistance in the form of the removal guide we have posted below or the advanced anti-malware tool that can be found linked on the current page.

What is Focus Provide?

Focus Provide is a browser hijacker variant that infects the browser and constantly tries to redirect it to its partnering sites for financial profit. Focus Provide will not allow you to control its page-redirecting activities and the only way to stop them is to remove the hijacker.

If not removed on time, the browser hijacker may potentially open your system to other, more hazardous programs or expose you to online sites with questionable contents. For instance, some of these page-redirects may lead to phishing pages that will try to collect some sensitive personal info from you by pretending to be legitimate sites. Also, if you aren’t cautious, you may land some hazardous Trojan, or a harmful Ransomware by clicking on infected ads shown by the hijacker.

The Focusprovide app

The FocusProvide app is malware classified as a browser hijacker because it secretly installs in Mac browsers and uses them to advertise different sites. The FocusProvide app is known for launching automatic redirects to different sites in order to gain more visits for them.

If this page-redirecting activity is bothering you and if you don’t want to accidentally get redirected to a site filled with Trojans, Ransomware, or other threats, be sure to follow our instructions in order to uninstall the hijacker.

SUMMARY:

Name Focus Provide
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The symptoms of a hijacker are usually changes in the homepage, the toolbar, and the search engine.
Distribution Method The typically used methods to spread hijackers are mostly related to spam messaging, malvertising, and file-bundling.
Detection Tool

Focus Provide Mac Virus Removal

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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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 Focus Provide 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 Focus Provide 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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