General Launch is a program that online advertisers use to promote various aggressive ads in users’ browsers. General Launch operates as a browser hijacker and makes changes to the key settings of the system’s default browsing app, which could be Safari, Chrome, Firefox or another one.
Users who use their browser for work, for education or simply for leisure can face difficulties to surf the web when this browser hijacker is operating in their system. The reason is that General Launch can be very annoying and can disturb their web surfing activity in a number of ways. For instance, as a typical representative of the browser hijacker family, this program can replace the browser’s search engine with one that generates sponsored search results. In addition to that, the invasive app can change the homepage address to a different one that redirects to a specific site. And to top it all off, every page that you visit through the hijacked browser will typically be filled with dozens of hard-to-remove pop-up messages, banner ads and text links that prompt you to click on something.
General Launch for Mac
General Launch for Mac is a piece of software that is used to display hundreds of promotional messages on the user’s screen during their web browsing sessions. General Launch for Mac is, basically, an ad-generating program but its activity can be highly annoying and unwanted.
Such changes in the browser’s regular operation can significantly slow the user down and force him to navigate through various unnecessary or unwanted web materials that constantly advertise something on the screen. This is the reason why many people search for instructions to remove the browser hijacker and to effectively uninstall its homepage and search engine changes from their favorite browser. The biggest challenge is to successfully detect and delete all the components that help the hijacker to display ads and redirect to its sponsored pages because, in most cases, there are no quick-access options for that. The removal guide below, however, contains detailed steps that can help you navigate to those components and safely remove them.
What is General Launch?
General Launch is a potentially unwanted program that seeks to make changes to your browser in order to facilitate a large amount of promotional content on your screen. General Launch is not a threat to Mac computers but can be a source of web surfing disturbance.
An important and relieving fact to know is that the representatives of the browser hijacker category are generally not malicious. These pieces of software aren’t interested in harming your Mac computer in any way. All that they can do is spam your screen with aggressive advertisements and redirect your searches to sites that pay for being promoted. The web ads and the links that programs like General Launch can display, however, should not be trusted because no one actually checks their origin and reliability. Therefore, clicking on the promotional links and pop-ups always comes with the risk of encountering a virus, a Trojan horse, Ransomware or another form of malware that can be concealed behind attractive-looking web content.
The GeneralLaunch app
The GeneralLaunch app is a Mac browser add-on that isn’t necessary for the operation of your browser and can safely be uninstalled. If not removed, however, the GeneralLaunch app can generate various commercial messages on the screen and can redirect to unfamiliar web locations.
Trojans, Spyware, Ransomware and computer viruses may also be found on low-quality websites to which you might be redirected by any of the displayed ads. That’s why our recommendation is not to click on anything and use the instructions in the guide below to deal with the intrusive application.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Users may experience automatic page redirects to sponsored sites during their regular browsing sessions.|
|Distribution Method||Developers commonly distribute this software with other free programs and hide it under the advanced/custom setup settings.|
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General Launch Removal from Mac
For a quick way to remove General Launch try to do this inside your Mac browser:
- Open your Mac browser.
- Go to Preferences.
- Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
- Look for any unfamiliar entries, including General Launch.
- Remove General Launch from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.
If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of General Launch!
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 General Launch 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 General Launch 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!