iLifeMediaBrowser “Virus” Removal (Mac Guide) August 2018 Update

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This page aims to help you remove iLifeMediaBrowser. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome and Firefox, as well as every version of Mac.

If you are currently having problems with a software piece named iLifeMediaBrowser “Virus”, it might be a good idea for you to read the information that we have posted on this page. iLifeMediaBrowser is a potentially unwanted software piece that belongs to the category of browser hijackers – a category of apps, programs and other software components that are primarily used for revenue accumulation through online advertising. Most hijackers try to add a new toolbar to the user’s browser, change its starting page and its default search engine and also stream ads, pop-ups and page-redirects to it. Here, we can show you how to remove iLifeMediaBrowser “Virus” from your Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser and fully uninstall the nagging app from your PC. However, you need to remember that here we aren’t talking about a simple uninstallation of a regular program. Most hijackers are made in a way that would make it difficult for the user to get rid of them. There likely won’t be an uninstallation manager and you might not find a directory for the hijacker. Also, you might not be able to initially disable or remove the unwanted software from your browser through the extensions manager. That is why, there are several specific steps that you’d need to carry out before you could fully eradicate iLifeMediaBrowser. All of those steps have been added to the guide that you can find below. However, if some of you think that they might have difficult time accurately executing all of the instructions from the guide, you can instead use the recommended removal software tool that we have also posted in the guide. Of course, you can make use of both of the methods – this is actually what we’d advise you to do as that way the chances of anything from the hijacker remaining on your PC would be at their lowest. Anyway, regardless of what method you choose to use, make sure that you take away iLifeMediaBrowser as soon as you’ve finished reading this write-up so as to prevent the hijacker from interrupting your online experience any further. Also, keep in mind that though here we aren’t talking about some scary Ransomware or Trojan Horse virus, there are still potential risk factors associated with browser hijackers which is one more good reason why you might want to eliminate the undesirable application as soon as possible.

iLifeMediaBrowser “Virus” Removal

Step1

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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.

Step2

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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:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

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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Step3

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.

Step4

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.
Step5

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 iLifeMediaBrowser 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 iLifeMediaBrowser 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.

Ads generation, risk factors and the purpose of hijackers

It’s not difficult to figure out what the main purpose of most hijackers is. Most such apps are obviously not created to serve the user’s needs since there’s hardly anything useful about software components the likes of iLifeMediaBrowser. Instead, the main purpose of almost every hijacker is to make money through web advertising. Naturally, the advertising campaigns conducted by software like iLifeMediaBrowser tend to be highly aggressive, invasive and even overwhelming. Users don’t really gain anything from that which is why it’s usually best if the pesky app is removed as soon as its presence is noticed on the computer. However, there’s another and objectively more serious reason why you might want to get rid of a hijacker ASAP. We mentioned how iLifeMediaBrowser isn’t some dangerous Trojan Horse or Ransomware virus but you must keep in mind that despite that, there could still be certain risks coming from apps like this one. The uncontrolled ads generation is the main issue here – normally the ads should be legitimate or at least not harmful but you can never know if all of them are like that. There could easily be some advert that is actually a redirect to some nasty illegal web location with malicious contents. That’s why its better to stay away from all forms of advertisements that iLifeMediaBrowser might expose you to and get rid of the hijacker so as to stop the ads generation.

Installing file bundles

Hijacker developers oftentimes bundle their products with free or cheap programs in hopes of getting the hijacker installed on more computers through this method. This technique actually seems to be highly effective since most users do not pay attention to the setup details in the installation manager and forget to opt-out of the added hijacker. You, however, should not fall for that – be sure to always stay vigilant and carefully look through all installation details before you launch the installation process. If there is some bundled content and you don’t think you can trust it or you think that you don’t want it on your PC, uncheck its checkbox before you click on the Installation button. Make sure that you always explore the Advanced setup menu if such is available as this is where the options for the bundled content might be hidden.

SUMMARY:

Name iLifeMediaBrowser
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If a hijacker is on your PC, you can expect unwanted changes to your browser and a lot of online ads appearing on your screen while browsing.
Distribution Method Hijacker developers usually use online ads, spam messages and file bundles to spread their products.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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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