Hatchway Mac

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Hatchway is browser-infecting software that will hijack the homepage of your browser and replace the browsers default search engine. Afterwards, Hatchway will begin to show ads on your homepage and use the new default search engine to trigger unwelcome page redirects to different sites. Users faced with this app oftentimes panic because they think their Mac has been invaded by some malicious and highly dangerous Trojan horse, spyware, or Ransomware threat. The unwanted app we are talking about in this post, however, is none of these things. It’s main goal isn’t to encrypt your files or block your screen like a Ransomware virus or spy on you and steal data from your computer like spyware or a Trojan horse virus. Instead, this undesirable software would mainly focus on flooding your Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser with paid advertisements and page redirects to promoted sites.

Hatchway Mac
The Hatchway Mac virus

Hatchway for Mac

Hatchway for Mac is a page-redirecting browser hijacker specifically created to be compatible with macOS systems. Hatchway for Mac is programmed to put ads on your screen and to cause your browser to automatically open certain sites that the hijacker is trying to promote.This advertising activity can be quite irritating for the user, but what’s even worse is the increased likelihood of getting your Mac attacked by more hazardous threats if there is a browser hijacker on it. As we said, the goal of the undesirable browser-targeting app is to promote certain sites and to show various ads on users’ screens. However, there’s hardly ever a guarantee that the ads and the page redirects aren’t linked to some hazardous online locations that may hide different kinds of dangers.

The Hatchway virus on Mac
The Hatchway virus on Mac

What is Hatchway?

Hatchway is an unwanted app described as a browser hijacker that targets the browsers of Mac computers. Hatchway can gain access to the history of the computer’s main browser and collect marketing data in order to then use said data for targeted advertising.Many sites and apps collect such data but most of them inform the user about it beforehand and even offer different customization options with regard to how much and what data would end up getting collected from the browser. In the case of browser hijackers like Hatchway, however, typically no such options are provided. In many cases, the user doesn’t even know that data is being collected from their browser.

The Hatchway app

The Hatchway app, like Hpdm.framework and Fax.backend , is an undesirable piece of software that gets attached to Mac browsers and exposes the user to unwanted advertisements. The Hatchway app can also automatically open certain sites in the browser in order to boost their view counts.As we mentioned above, it is uncertain if the sites that the hijacker redirects to are safe. It is, therefore, of utmost importance to clean your browser from the hijacker by removing the undesirable app. Detailed instructions on how to complete the removal process can be seen in the following guide, which you are advised to complete if Hatchway is presently in your Mac’s main browser. 


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Remove “Hatchway will damage your computer” from Mac

The following instructions will allow you to remove “Hatchway will damage your computer” in two ways:

  • The manual instructions will allow you to remove it on your own by downloading 2 software suites which will show you the folders the threat is located in. Installing, scanning, and deleting everything will require 1-2 hours of your time, depending on your speed and the threat itself.
    Note: If “Hatchway” has an in-built ability to restore itself on a restart, the manual steps will not prevent that. We recommend the automatic removal.
  •  Download SpyHunter for Mac (one of the apps used in the manual instructions), scan with it, and if you decide to use the program, it will likely require about 15-20 minutes. This, however, requires an active subscription for SpyHunter, which means either to use the trial version or purchase the software.

Removal instructions:
1. Download EtreCheck from the Appstore and scan for any “Hatchway” unsigned files. Delete them. (You can skip this step altogether and download and scan with Spyhunter instead if you don’t want to double-check things).
2. Download and install Spyhunter for Mac. Scan for any malicious files.
3. The app will show you which files are infected. Either use SpyHunter to delete them for you (the automatic removal) or do it manually, which means tracking down each detected location by yourself and deleting the file.
4. In most cases start with /private/var/root/Library/Application Support/.”Hatchway”/”Hatchway”
5. In Finder press Shift+Command+G to open the Find window.
6. Search for the /var directory. Then proceed and look for the /root folder inside.
7. It will most likely be locked and you will need additional permissions to meddle with it.
8. Press command+I and scroll to sharing and permissions. Add your user name to permissions.
9. Now you should be able to access the /root folder and proceed and locate the /Library folder inside it. Proceed to do the same until you are inside the /Application Support folder.
10. It is possible that the folder you look for is hidden, if that is the case use command+shift+. to locate and find the file you want to delete.
11. Delete the “Hatchway” file.
12. If none of this helps, try the steps in this guide


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Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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