Idea Shared is a Mac application that modifies certain browser elements like the new-tab page or the default search engine. Idea Shared does this without asking for permission and is therefore deemed unwanted.
Today we are going to talk about some web page-redirects that no one wants to be affected by. They are named browser hijackers and may really influence the usual ways in which your browser apps – Safari, Chrome, Firefox and others, look and behave. What such redirects might be capable of is entirely changing the look of your browsers by setting some absolutely unfamiliar homepages or search engines to them. Or as in the case of Idea Shared cryptocurrency mining. Another modification that might occur is the possible redirection you could experience as a result of these redirects’ incorporation into your browsers. Perhaps the most irritating part of the infection caused by any hijacker (Search Baron, Pronto App) are the hundreds of different ads that will be covering your tabs and windows while you are surfing the Internet.
What else we are going to discuss below is one particular representative of these redirects called Idea Shared that has become a very common online annoyance recently and has affected many users worldwide.
Idea Shared for Mac
Idea Shared on Mac is a type of app that introduces unwanted changes to Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Idea Shared on Mac can also gather browser data in order to sell it to third-party web advertisers.
These web page-redirects that might affect you browser apps are actually advertising software tools. People use them to promote something such as a product or a service in the online world. Such redirects function according to the pay-per-click scheme, meaning that the more redirection and ads you are exposed to daily, the more profitable the advertising process is considered to be. Therefore, the creators of this software and the people who sell something and need the audience to purchase it will make a lot of money.
What is Idea Shared?
Idea Shared is a form of Mac malware recognized as a browser hijacker. Idea Shared is designed to collect data related to your online habits, and then sell it to advertisers.
Actually, we have not heard anything suspicious about the majority of the existing hijackers. They are mere advertising tools and usually lack any dangerous effects. However, you should take into account the fact that they might have some slightly bothering features such as:
- The redirects such as Idea Shared might really affect all the known browsers and there are indeed no exceptions, which could be really annoying.
- Such pages might access and review your browsing history and determine what kind of products/services you are interested in so that such ads could be produced and shown to you later. Maybe this is the most bothering and suspicious feature of the popular hijackers.
- The new homepages and search engines that might be set on your browsers might not be very functional, which could reduce the overall quality of your online experience.
The IdeaShared App
The Idea Shared app is a junkware Mac app aimed at promoting different sites and gathering advertising-related data. The Idea Shared app mainly targets browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.
Some of the usual sources of such pages are spam, torrents and shareware. The truth is that such redirects may in most of the cases be incorporated into the so-called program bundles. This means you might not be aware of the presence of any hijacker at the moment of downloading and installing a bundle on your computer. That’s why you need to be particularly careful with the installation processes you perform.
Basic installation tips – no matter whether you are installing a bundle or a separate program:
When we are talking about installing anything on your computer, you need to be careful and informed. When you open any installer, you have to read carefully all the EULAs and all the offered ways of installing the software.
Usually, there are two kinds of installation options:
- The Advanced/ Manual/ Customized ones – Such choices feature an installation process which is entirely under your control. This means that all the content of any bundle and all the features of any program will be shown to you so that you can personally choose which one of them you need and which you don’t. In this way you will easily opt out of any suspicious programs, page-redirects and plug-ins included in the bundles. Make sure that these are the steps you use every time you install something into your system.
- The Easy/ Recommended/ Basic ones – Normally, these are the choices that enable a quick installation process. Nonetheless, this might mean that you are not going to be asked what you want on your computer and what you don’t. That way you could end up being bothered by browser redirects and all kinds of online annoyances.
If the infection by Idea Shared has already occurred, what could possibly be done?
We have designed a set of instructions to help you remove Idea Shared from your computer. Simply follow them closely and you may succeed in this operation.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Some browser app changes including an increased generation of annoying ads and substituted homepages/ search engines.|
|Distribution Method||Via program bundles mostly, possibly via spam and torrents.|
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Remove Idea Shared Mac App Virus
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.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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 Idea Shared 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 Idea Shared 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!