Imklaunchagent is a Mac process that frequently gets hijacked or mimicked by dangerous Trojan Horse viruses. If there is a Trojan in your computer that has hijacked the imklaunchagent process or is mimicking it, your Mac may crash, freeze, slow-down, or experience other similar disturbances.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans are notoriously sneaky and they often evade detection because they don’t really exhibit any noticeable symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||Spam messages, malvertisements, any cracked or illegally distributed and pirated software, etc.|
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If you are here because you’ve detected potential malware symptoms in your computer and think there may be a Trojan that has hijacked the Imklaunchagent process, it’s vital that you see to the malware’s removal as soon as possible. Luckily, we have a removal guide that will walk you through the process of how you can do that. However, keep in mind that this process is a tricky one and will require some prior technical knowledge on your part, as it deals with system files. If you are unsure of whether you are up to the task and fear you might delete the wrong thing, you can also simply use our automatic malware removal tool. It will take care of the whole process for you and will eliminate the risk of something going south.
Imklaunchagent on Mac
Trojan horse viruses like the ones that disguise themselves as the Imklaunchagent process are highly versatile in the things that they can be set to accomplish on the victim’s machine. Therefore, we cannot pinpoint the exact purpose of this particular Trojan horse on your particular computer. But we can reveal to you some of the most common usages that hackers employ this malware category for, and so you’ll get some idea of what it is you’re faced with.
Before we go any further, however, we must make it clear that the Imklaunchagent process itself is not harmful or malicious. It is a legitimate Mac process that handles language inputs for Japanese, Chinese, and others. However, it seems that this process is oftentimes targeted by dangerous Trojan Horse infections that try to hijack it or disguise themselves as it.
Now, most users have heard of Trojans at some point and it’s common knowledge that these viruses are no joke. But not everyone knows exactly what they are capable of doing.
For instance, Trojans like Imklaunchagent-related ones are notorious thieves. They can steal information from your system, and even copy files and enable remote access to them for the hackers behind them. In addition, malware like this can even uproot your entire traffic and send it to the hacker servers, so that everything you do online becomes privy to the cyber criminals.
Similarly, they can use techniques like keystroke logging, as well as hacking into your webcam and/or mic to keep track of. Whether it’s to rob your house, obtain sensitive information or eavesdrop on corporate secrets – there’s plenty of ends to these treacherous means.
Thinking in a slightly different direction, Trojans like the ones that hijack the Imklaunchagent process can also be set to exploit your system resources. For example, your computer can be turned into a bot for the purpose of distributing spam or infecting other computers in its network, so that way the cybercriminals have a whole army of bots. And this army can be put to work, say, mining cryptocurrencies.
As you can see, the possibilities are endless and no one can say for sure how long you’ve had this virus on your PC so far. The Trojans are notoriously sneaky and they often evade detection because they don’t really exhibit any noticeable symptoms. But by removing the Trojan that’s mimicking Imklaunchagent, you will certainly put an end to whatever malicious deeds this virus was performing. Be sure to equip your PC with a high-quality antivirus tool if you haven’t already, and consider upgrading the existing one, if it allowed this malware to sneak in without notice.
One last thing we must mention before we give you the Trojan removal guide is that, sometimes, the Imklaunchagent process itself may have bugs that causes it to use excessive amounts of system resources. Therefore, it is perfectly possible that the process itself could be making your Mac slower without the presence of an actual Trojan in the computer. Nevertheless, it is highly advisable to still check your Mac for any hidden threats that may be using Imklaunchagent as disguise if this process seems to be behaving oddly.
Mac Virus Removal
For a quick way to remove Imklaunchagent 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 Imklaunchagent.
- Remove Imklaunchagent 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 Imklaunchagent!
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 Imklaunchagent 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 Imklaunchagent 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!