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Loadages “Virus” Pop-up Removal (Mac Guide)

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Below we are going to explain to you what the characteristics of a program named Loadages “Virus” are and how to deal with the infection it causes. Basically, this program is a representative of one widely-spread software category, called browser hijackers. Among their main features are the ability to access your browsers (like Safari/ Chrome/ Firefox/ Opera/), and modify their settings by causing:

  • The process of broadcasting a great number of possibly annoying ads (like boxes, pop-ups and banners);
  • The setting of some entirely unfamiliar homepages and search engines;
  • The process of sending you to various websites that you have never intended to visit, while you are browsing the Internet.

Generally speaking, these products more or less lack any harmful effects. However, our advice to you is to read the whole article and decide how to proceed with the ongoing contamination, which may be bothering you.

Browser hijackers: How they can behave

As we have already pointed out above, browser hijackers can and may only infect and alter the settings of your browser apps. No matter what the exact browser app you are using is, you should be prepared to experience some redirecting, ad generation and homepage/search engine modifications. As a matter of fact, Loadages “Virus”, as well as all the other hijacker versions, is completely oriented towards advertising and promotion.

How Loadages “Virus” might get incorporated into your computer:

Usually, the possible sources of browser hijackers are the following ones:

  • Torrents and shareware: As hijackers may be caught from torrents and shareware, this means that no torrent is fully harmless or safe. Our tip for you is to just avoid them all.
  • Contagious web pages: Another potential source, as most hijackers could infect your computer if you unintentionally click on something that a contagious web page contains.
  • The process of “program bundling”: This process consists of spreading many different programs (or games and apps) by mixing them together and producing bundles. Typically, these software bundles are available for free and anyone is capable of downloading and using them. Furthermore, this is the most widely-spread source of promoting software.

What we believe you should be aware of is that:
– just the act of downloading a desired bundle will not cause an infection with a hijacker;
– still, installing such a mix in an easy and, sometimes, careless way nearly every time means catching promotion-oriented products such as Adware and hijackers. Please read the paragraph below to find out how to perform a safe installation process of any program bundle or a separate program.

How to avoid the hijackers inside a bundle?

Remember that the following installation features are to be avoided as often as possible: the Default; the Recommended; the Typical; the Easy one. As alternatives, you had better use the Customized (or the Advanced) option, which will allow you to customize the installation process as a whole. Thus, you will have the last word when we talk about to the features/options/settings that one to-be-installed product should have.

What’s the reason for the creation of programs like Loadages “Virus”?

You might be wondering why such products have been developed and are being developed. It is not a surprising fact at all, as hijackers are mainly used for advertising purposes. As a result, all their features serve the marketing industry and the possible redirection and ad broadcast are merely some results from the manufacturers’ need to have their products advertised; and of the software developers’ desire to make more money.

How could we be sure that browser hijackers are mostly harmless?

Most of the time hijackers represent some ordinary promotion tools, which are considered possibly unwanted, because of the potential redirecting and ad production, which they could cause. Nevertheless, we can prove that they are relatively harmless by comparing them to the normal and popular viruses such as the ones, which are based on Ransomware, for instance. If your PC has been contaminated by Ransomware, all your data faces encryption (and even sometimes destruction). In the case of an infection with Loadages “Virus”, only your browser apps may face some small, but still irritating modifications. We have discussed them above. Moreover, the Ransomware programs won’t ask you for your approval when such a product is about to get installed. Such a malicious program will do that automatically, while the hijacker creators are always looking for a way to fool you into permitting their installation.

The removal of Loadages “Virus”:

Stick to the instructions in the Removal Guide below.


Name Loadages
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Only a few modifications of your browsers – the appearance of many ads and possible redirecting to sponsored websites.
Distribution Method Many possibilities including software bundles; spam; torrents and infected websites.
Detection Tool

Loadages “Virus” Pop-up Removal


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading ComboCleaner to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.



To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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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:


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 Loadages “Virus” 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 Loadages “Virus” 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.

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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