Mac Virus “Virus” Removal (from Mac)

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Browser hijackers are certainly among the least desirable pieces of software one might have the chance to run into. Today we’ll be examining a certain browser hijacker representative – “Virus” – due to the numerous complaints we’ve been receiving from users regarding this particular program. Usually an infection is always spotted in the same way and pretty much always it comes as a complete surprise. Normally, a user will open their Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Opera or other browser to find that the familiar homepage is no longer there to greet them. Instead, it’s been replaced by a new one, as has the default search engine been replaced by a new and unfamiliar one. What’s more, people also notice the systematic page redirects to various sponsored pages that their browser initiates without their request or approval. And what tends to panic people the most is the fact that even after they’ve rest the settings in their browser of choice to their previous state, the browser hijacker settings are only reintroduced automatically the very next time they open their browser. But not to worry – our removal guide will show you exactly what you need to do in order to remove “Virus” and all its annoying settings with it.

What do browser hijackers do?

Well, you’re already gotten acquainted with the most obvious activities of Loadpages “Virus”, including the display of numerous box messages, banners, popups and other types of online adverts. But what’s the purpose behind them? Profit is the main driving force behind any browser hijacker: both for the vendors and distributors of the many products and services that are promoted on your screen and for the browser hijacker developers, as well. While the former gain more exposure for their services and products, and thus more potential customers, the developers profit directly from the number of clicks on the said ads. This is made possible thanks to a popular remuneration scheme better known as Pay Per Click or PPC. And this system is primarily what determines the behavioral principles of programs like “Virus”.

What we mean by that is the means that these programs tend to employ in order to maximize gain. One of the most controversial techniques that browser hijackers are notorious for is their ability to monitor your browsing patterns. What’s more, they actually tend to extract data from them, especially related to your recent search requests and the websites you tend to bookmark, favorite or just visit on a regular basis. In addition, the kind of content you demonstrate interest in is also something of concern for hijackers, as all of this information will essentially let it know what type of its many ads will have higher chances of attracting your attention. So, in effect, the hijacker will modify the ads its displays so as to match each individual user’s personal preferences. However, the problem with this is that nobody would like to be pried on in such a way, hence this can very much be considered a privacy invasion.

Are there any dangers?

Let’s first get one thing straight. Programs like Loadpages are very often referred to as viruses, because people tend to jump to rash conclusions, rather than examine the facts. Browser hijackers are decidedly not viruses or malware of any kind. They aren’t completely harmless either, which is why they fall into the category of potentially unwanted programs or PUPs. They do tend to exhibit rather hazardous traits, however. For example, due to the large amount of ads these programs generate and the rapid rise of threats like ransomware, it is possible that you may end up exposed to actual malware. This can happen because hackers and cybercriminals tend to prefer online ads as a means of distributing their harmful viruses. Thus, one wrong click on a compromised end can have dire consequences for your machine.

Aside from keeping away from potential malware sources like the said ads, you would do well to also take the necessary precautions against future browser hijacker infections, too. These programs rely heavily on program bundles for their successful distribution, so mind your download sources and be sure to always customize the installation process of any new programs you’re about to install. That way you will be able to opt out of any added components, such as hijackers or adware.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Altered browser settings, as well as the presence of an increased number of ads.
Distribution Method Mainly via program bundles that can be found on various file-sharing websites, etc.
Detection Tool “Virus” 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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading ComboCleaner
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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 “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 “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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