Nearbyme is a program that integrates with your Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser and alters its settings. Hence, Nearbyme belongs to the software category of browser hijackers.
As a result of its activity, you may see a large number of online ads on your screen whenever you’re browsing the web. These can come in the form of popups, banners, box messages and in-text links, among others. In addition, some of the first signs of an infection with Nearbyme or similar program like Yahoo Search are the new homepage and default search engine in your browser. And chances are you have already tried to set those preferences to the ones you had originally only to find the new homepage and search engine back where they were. Don’t worry, though. Once you remove Nearbyme with the help of our special removal guide below, you will be able to configure your browser settings to your liking.
Nearbyme for Mac
Nearbyme for Mac is hardly any different from the majority of other browser hijackers out there. Just like them, Nearbyme for Mac will spam you with online ads and cause frequent page redirects to various sponsored sites.
Why does all of this happen, though? Well, browser hijackers like this one typically operate based on Pay Per Click and similar remuneration systems as a means to generate revenue for their developers. Hence, the more ads you see and the more you click on, the more money the developers earn. And while this may sound fairly harmless, that’s not quite so. Software of this type has been known to engage in various tracking activities and it may log your browsing preferences, which you probably never consented to.
What is Nearbyme?
Very frequently, users tend to confuse Nearbyme with a virus or some form of malicious software. This is because most of the time they don’t know where Nearbyme came from.
The truth is that you most likely downloaded and installed this program yourself without realizing it. Typically, software developers bundles unwanted applications like this one in the setup of other, more desirable programs in order to ensure their distribution. Thus, think back to any program you may have recently installed on your Mac. That is likely how you landed Nearbyme.
The Nearbyme App
As established, the Nearbyme app is not a virus. However, the Nearbyme app may expose your computer to potential threats. This can happen as a result of all the page redirects that it initiates. For instance, you can end up on an infected webpage or among the many ads that you encounter, you could click on one that has been contaminated by malware such as a Trojan or ransomware virus.
For this reason we like to advise our readers to try and avoid all the online ads that are constantly coming your way. Furthermore, it’s best to take the necessary measures and remove this browser hijacker from your system in order to prevent any mishaps from taking place. And for that you can use our free removal guide below.
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Remove Nearbyme from Mac
To remove Nearbyme from Mac, you must:
- Find out if the hijacker is currently running any rogue processes and stop them.
- Delete any malware files from your Mac related to the hijacker.
- Remove suspicious apps downloaded from unreliable sources.
- Thoroughly clean every browser that’s on your computer.
To find out more about how to perform those steps, please, read the next instructions.
Detailed Nearbyme Removal
Step 1: Quit the Nearbyme processes
All currently running processes on your Mac can be seen and stopped from the Activity Monitor app. You can find this app in Applications > Utilities, so go there and open it.
Here are potential red-flags that may give away a rogue process that’s running at the moment.
- A process that seems unrelated to any programs you are familiar with is consuming large amounts of CPU, battery life, and/or RAM memory.
- Two processes have very similar names – in such cases, one of them is probably a disguised rogue process.
- The process’ name seems odd/suspicious.
There are obviously not many ways to determine if a given process is rogue by simply looking at it. However, if you suspect a certain one of being related to Nearbyme, you can (and are advised to) always look up its name to learn more about its origins, characteristics, and properties. If the process is indeed rogue, it’s almost guaranteed that there will be posts on many security forums addressing that.
If you find relevant information that confirms your suspicions, be sure to quit the process that raised them by selecting it, clicking the X button, and then the Quit button.
Step 2: Delete rogue Nearbyme files
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There are a couple folders on every Mac where a hijacker or another piece of malware is most likely to store its files, so you must now check those folders and delete from them anything that shouldn’t be in them.
First, press Command + Shift + G, type /Library/LaunchAgents in the field, and select Go. To help your search for rogue data, focus only on the items created on or after the date you think the hijacker got installed on your Mac. Scan those files with the following free scanner and delete whatever gets detected as malware. Once you are done here, visit the ~/Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders and do the same thing in them.
Finally, open ~/Library/Application Support and explore it for sub-folders with hijacker files. Check the different sub-folders, scanning their files, and if malware is detected in any of them, delete the subfolder(s) that contains the rogue files.
Step 3: Delete the Nearbyme app Like most hijackers, Nearbyme can be added to apps that don’t initially seem problematic in order to reach more users and get installed on their Macs. It is, however, rare for hijacker-carrying apps to be let into the Mac App Store – it is much more common for such apps to be found in third-party download platforms that have lower security standards. With this taken into account, you should now check what apps are in your Applications folder and delete the ones that you don’t know if you can trust, especially ones downloaded from other sources and not from the Mac App Store. Drag suspicious apps to the Trash to delete them and then Empty the Trash.
Uninstall Nearbyme from Safari
To uninstall Nearbyme from Safari, both the browser’s unneeded/questionable extensions and data must be cleared.
- Once you go to the browser, open its menu shown at the top, and then go to Preferences.
- From there, open the Extensions tab and delete everything that you are unfamiliar with, that you haven’t personally installed, or that you deem suspicious.
- Restart the entire system, go to the browser again, and open the Extensions page to see if the items you deleted are still gone.