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iLife Media Browser “Virus” Removal (Mac Guide) Sept. 2019 Update

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This page aims to help you remove iLife Media Browser “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome and Firefox, as well as every version of Mac.

If you are tired of constantly getting redirected to sponsored pages while surfing the Internet and If you don’t want to have your screen covered in ads, banners and pop-ups that prevent you from using your Chrome, Safari or Firefox (or any other) browser, then you might want to read the information that the next lines have to offer. If you are faced with any of the aforementioned issues and if your browser’s starting page, search engine or new-tab page have been replaced without your permission, then you should know that the most likely cause behind all those unpleasant effects and activities is probably a browser hijacker app like the recently released iLife Media Browser “Virus”. Similarly to most other apps of this category, iLife Media Browser is an advertising-oriented software component – it’s primary goal is to ensure that the end-user is being exposed to different web-ads. The idea is that the more ads and page redirects there are, the higher the chances of the user interacting with them would be. Every interaction with an advertising piece of content generates income for the hijacker’s developers which is exactly why the ads, banners and page redirects coming from iLife Media Browser and other similar applications tend to be so incredibly irritating and invasive. This, in turn, makes this kind of software highly unwanted. Having a hijacker on your PC normally means that you won’t be able to normally use your browser without getting constantly obstructed by the never-ending ads and redirects. Also, the imposed browser changes are yet another irritating effect that iLife Media Browser “Virus” might have on your browser. Things are made even worse by the fact that you won’t usually be able to revert the said changes provided that the hijacker is still on your PC. At best you will restore your homepage and search engine just to find that they have been replaced again by the hijacker-imposed ones as soon as you restart your browser or reboot your PC. Usually, the one surefire method to deal with all the nagging hijacker-related effects would be to get rid of the culprit for all those issues. In this case, that would be iLife Media Browser and below we will show you exactly what you’d need to do so as to eliminate it. Note that a simple uninstallation will likely not cut it – removing a hijacker usually requires additional steps or even the assistance of a specialized software for removing unwanted and potentially hazardous programs. Both of those things you can find in our removal guide for iLife Media Browser that has been posted on this page. So, if you currently have iLife Media Browser on your PC and you’d like to get rid of it, be sure to check out our suggested removal methods and use them for the quick and effective elimination of the pesky software.

iLife Media Browser “Virus” Removal


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.



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:


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:

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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,

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.

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 iLife Media Browser 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 iLife Media Browser 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.

More information about the browser hijacker category

First and foremost, hijackers and virus programs are two different things. If you have iLife Media Browser on your machine, you aren’t really dealing with some insidious threat the likes of Spyware, Worms, Ransomware, Trojan Horses and so on. Hijackers are usually not harmful or malicious. Despite that, there are still certain risks associated with them. The one thing you’d need to be the most careful with is the ads – such uncontrolled and aggressive advertising campaigns always have the potential to expose the targeted PC to various hazards. Therefore, we advise you to avoid all interaction with any advertising materials that the hijacker may attempt to stream to your PC – there really is no need to risk landing some nasty Ransomware or Trojan Horse virus by clicking on some unsafe and unreliable online advert that iLife Media Browser might have exposed you to.

Installation methods and how to avoid them

Naturally, since hijackers are normally unwanted, the usual methods for their distribution are ones that could land the unwanted app on the PC without the user’s immediate knowledge. Such methods are the use of spam messages or misleading online offers and requests. However, the one technique that seems to get the most hijackers installed is the file-bundling method. This is when the hijacker is combined with another program forming an installation package. Now, it’s usually possible to only install the main program leaving out the hijacker but most users do not pay enough attention to the setup menu and thus fail to do that. The key is to explore all menus and settings within the setup wizard when installing a new program and opt-out of any clauses that might allow the installation of something unwanted. Normally, advanced options can be found in the Custom/Manual/Advanced setup menu so be sure to check that out and only then start the installation process.


Name iLife Media Browser
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If your browser has recently started to behave in an unusual way and has had different unauthorized changes made to it, then you most likely have a hijacker on your computer.
Distribution Method You can land a hijacker by installing a file bundle, by opening a spam e-mail attachment and also by clicking on unreliable online content.
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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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