Mac Virus

“P will damage your computer” Mac

 

“P will damage your computer”

“P will damage your computer” is a form of unwanted browser extension programmed to generate ads in macOS browsers. To complete its task, the “P will damage your computer” Virus will install helper elements in the infected browser such as a new search engine or new toolbar buttons.

"P will damage your computer"

“P will damage your computer” is an error pop up message.

This browser hijacker is probably making it quite difficult for you to use your browser normally. “P will damage your computer” has likely been placing obstructive ads all over your screen, especially in places where the ad would be impossible to ignore. For instance, some of the adverts may get displayed over articles, videos, or images you are interested in and the only way to actually look at the piece of content that you want to see would be to click on the ad in order to remove it. Of course, this will only temporarily stop the problem.

Another irritating trait of apps like “P will damage your computer” is their ability to set a new search engine and new addresses for your starting page and new-tab page. Those new elements are likely to frequently get you redirected to ad-heavy sites that simply try to sell you some product or get you to subscribe to a certain service.

On a surface level, having a hijacker may not look like too big of a deal because, although the ads could, the settings changes, and the redirects could be quite irritating to the regular user, the hijacker itself is unlikely to harm the system or do anything with the data stored on the computer. This might be so, but you need to understand that the very presence of an app like “P will damage your computer” in your browser may make your computer considerably less safe and more prone to getting attacked by viruses, Ransomware, or Trojans. The browser hijacker apps aren’t created to make your computer more exposed to danger but this could still be a by-product result of their presence in the system.

Your main concern if you have “P will damage your computer” in your computer should be the endless redirects and pop-ups that invade your browser every tie you try to use it. Some of these redirects, ads, or banners could be linked to sites with questionable contents. This means you may land on some malicious phishing page or even on a page that hackers use to spread different kinds of malware threats. If you aren’t careful, you could easily land some nasty Trojan or a file-encrypting Ransomware virus in case there are any misleading ads on your screen. Of course, telling apart the legitimate ads from the ones that are potentially hazardous is difficult, not to mention that sometimes you may automatically get redirected to a harmful page without having clicked on or otherwise interacted with anything. Therefore, our best suggestion for you is to uninstall “P will damage your computer”. We understand that this may be somewhat difficult for most users because such apps are programmed to have a difficult removal. That is why we have prepared a guide for those of you who need to remove the unwanted hijacker from their system. The guide can be found right below:

SUMMARY:

Name “P will damage your computer”
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Browser hijackers tend to invade the browser and alter its settings without asking for your permission.
Distribution Method Apps like this one get distributed be getting added to the installation packages of other programs.
Detection Tool

Remove “P will damage your computer” Mac

Step1

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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.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

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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Step3

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.

Step4

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.
Step5

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 “P will damage your computer” 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 “P will damage your computer” 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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