Main Ready Mac

Main Ready

Main Ready is what most experts recognize as your typical browser hijacking application. This means that Main Ready can gain control over your browser by means of altering some of its settings.

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The Main Ready Mac App Virus

Usually these settings have to do with the installation of ad-generating components within the main browsing program on your Mac. And for the most part, this can be any browser from Chrome to Safari, Firefox and beyond. This is why as soon as Main Ready becomes integrated in your system, you will start seeing large quantities of online ads during browsing sessions: popups, banners, box messages, etc.

Furthermore, Main Ready may also affect other browser settings, such as your default search engine, for example. The hijacker may also replace your browser’s homepage with a new one. And this is done usually when the browser hijacker is tasked with promoting certain web addresses and boosting their traffic count. For this same purpose, it’s not unusual for software of this kind to impose page redirects on you at seemingly random instances during your browsing sessions.

All of the above is more than enough reason for you to want to remove Main Ready from your PC. But there’s actually more – and we will cover that in the below paragraphs. But if you would like to remove Main Ready from your Mac, then you’ve certainly come to the right place. On this page you will also find our detailed manual removal guide.

Main Ready for Mac

Main Ready for Mac is a browser hijacker and it acts as an online advertising tool for browsers. The developers of software such as Main Ready for Mac tend to make money from the paid advertisements displayed on your screen.

And in the name of generating more profit, software of this kind tends to employ various questionable tactics. For example, since most commonly the remuneration system is based on Pay Per Click or similar schemes, you will notice that the ads are positioned exceptionally aggressively on your screen so you have no choice but to click on them. In addition, software like this may be quietly monitoring and recording your browsing patterns so as to customize the generated ads and make them more appealing to you personally.

What is Main Ready?

Many users worry that Main Ready may be a virus or some type of malware. Main Ready is not malicious and won’t cause any direct damage to your Mac computer.

However, software of this kind is associated with malware and viruses in that it may indirectly contribute to the exposure of your device to infected web locations or harmful content. That way you run the risk of falling victim to dangerous malicious code such as ransomware and others.

The MainReady app

The MainReady app is typically distributed in software packages that are available for free download on different file-sharing platforms. Hence, you likely installed the MainReady app alongside a different program.

This technique is known as program bundling and is a legitimate means of distributing additional supplementary software pieces along one main install.



Name Main Ready
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Substitution of regular browser homepage and/or default search engine; new browser elements such as toolbars, plug-ins, etc.; numerous online ads 
Distribution Method Usually within the setup of other software that can be downloaded for free from various file-sharing and other such platforms.
Detection Tool

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Remove Main Ready Virus

For a quick way to remove Main Ready try to do this inside your Mac browser:

  1. Open your Mac browser.
  2. Go to Preferences.
  3. Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
  4. Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Main Ready.
  5. Remove Main Ready 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 Main Ready!

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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.

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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Main Ready Mac

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:

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Now click on Sample at the bottom:

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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.

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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,

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and then again on the Extensions tab,

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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.
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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,
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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

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Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
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Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

Main Ready Mac How to Remove Main Ready From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on Main Ready Mac (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.

Main Ready MacHow to Remove Main Ready From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click Main Ready Mac —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  Main Ready Mac.

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 Click Main Ready Mac 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!


About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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