Gamecontrollerd is a kind of program that targets Mac users and specifically their web browsers. Gamecontrollerd can integrate with Chrome, Safari, Firefox and most other popular browsers. Once this happens, you will most likely see a new browser homepage, and your usual search engine will normally be replaced by a new one as well.
This happens because browser hijackers like Gamecontrollerd are employed for the purpose of promoting certain content. And setting their own homepages/search engines enable this process to be more effective. Furthermore, software of this type is known for installing add-ons to your browser that generate various types of online ads such as popups, banners, etc. This is actually they key characteristic trait of browser hijackers and the main reason people start searching for ways to remove it from their systems. Luckily, this process can be handled easily with the help of a removal guide like the one we’ve assembled for you below.
Gamecontrollerd for Mac
Gamecontrollerd for Mac acts no differently from Windows versions and is becoming a more and more common occurrence. Gamecontrollerd for Mac computers is typically designed to generate revenue based on PPC and PPV remuneration schemes. In short, this means that the more times a user clicks on or views a certain ad/page, the more income is generated for the browser hijacker developers.
This is why the ads on your screen are generated in such large quantities and this is also why it is incredibly difficult to navigate past them. Furthermore, it has more than likely already come across your attention that your browser has started to initiate sudden page redirects at seemingly random points throughout your browsing sessions. This activity is also triggered by the browser hijacker in question and serves the same purpose as the numerous online ads it displays on your screen.
What is Gamecontrollerd?
Many users are often concerned with whether or not Gamecontrollerd is a virus. Gamecontrollerd is not a dangerous or malicious program, and it cannot harm your computer. It is fundamentally different from actual viruses such as Trojans, spyware, ransomware and other such threats. But that’s not to say that as a browser hijacker this program is completely safe either.
On the contrary, we advise exercising the utmost caution when dealing with any browser hijacker and the content it generates. It may just so happen that you can be redirected to an infection webpage or a link you click on happens to have been tampered with by hackers. And as a result, your computer could get infected with some type of malware.
The Gamecontrollerd App
The Gamecontrollerd app may have been installed on your Mac from within a program bundle. In fact, program bundles are perhaps the most common distribution method for software like the Gamecontrollerd app.
You can end up downloading one from certain freeware and shareware platforms. But the trick is to always opt for the more detailed advanced/custom installation settings when setting up a new program. That way you will always be made aware of any added components such as browser hijackers and the like.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Browser hijackers have a tendency to change the default search engine and replace the browser homepage with a new one.|
|Distribution Method||Spam emails, other browser hijackers or similar advertising applications, but most commonly via program bundles.|
Remove Gamecontrollerd 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.
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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:
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,
and then again on the Extensions tab,
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,
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
Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.
How to Remove Gamecontrollerd From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove Gamecontrollerd From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click 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!