“Virus” Removal (Mac Guide) March 2019 Update

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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Online advertising is a main source of profit for many Internet-based businesses. After all, there is a reason why there seem to be ads all over the Internet and why pretty much every site that you visit has some sort of advertisements embedded within its pages. This is all understandable and normal. After all, many websites need their ads in order to financially support their creators. However, website-generated ads aren’t the only type of online advertisements you are likely to encounter. Another type of ads that are typically regarded as more unpleasant and problematic are the ones generated by browser hijacker or adware apps. In the next lines, we will tell you more about a browser hijacker software piece named “Virus” which can spam your Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Opera (or any other) browser with nagging ads and page-redirects and also affect its search engine and homepage by imposing different changes to them. In some cases, you might even have your browser’s starting page replaced with some unknown promotional web address and also the default search engine of your browsing program might become some obscure custom search tool under the effects of the hijacker. Of course, most users wouldn’t be happy with the unauthorized changes that an app like that might impose on their browsers, which is why the majority of customers who come to experience the effects of “Virus” on their browser and Internet settings normally seek methods to fully eliminate the invasive software.

Here, however, is where a lot of people seem to struggle. You need to understand that, although hijacker software components like “Virus” and virus software like Trojans, Spyware and Ransomware are quite different, removing a hijacker app from your machine might not be as easy as uninstalling a regular program that you have willingly installed. In most cases, you wouldn’t find a uninstallation .exe file for a hijacker program and you might not even be able to properly remove the hijacker from within your browser’s extensions manager. However, although a bit tricky, the removal of such apps is certainly not all that difficult, especially if you know what you are doing. Below, we have posted for you an easy-to-use guide with detailed instructions that show exactly what needs to be done in order to find any data on your computer and remove it.

The main reason is the central focus of our article and guide is the fact that this particular hijacker app is currently one of the most widespread ones and there are thousands of users all over the Internet who desperately need to get rid of it. As we already mentioned, if you aren’t well acquainted with the specifics of this software, it might be rather tricky to have it removed on your own. Naturally, this is why we have written this article and provided you with our guide (and also, with the specialized removal tool that you can also find in the guide). However, there are still a couple of things you should be aware of when talking about hijackers…

They are not viruses but they could still be hazardous!

Most hijackers would not go out of their way to harm your system and to mess with your virtual security. This, however, doesn’t make them a type of software that you are advised to trust. The ads hijackers like might stream to you and the imposed changes to your browser might indeed make your machine more susceptible to virus attacks from insidious and highly-dangerous threats the likes of Ransomware, Trojan Horses, Rootkit infections, Worms and many other type of harmful malware. For that reason, pretty much all experts advise to have hijackers removed from the computer. Also, remember to keep away from any advertising materials that might expose you to as you could never know what might be waiting for you on the other side of the advertisement.

Concerning hijacker distribution

There are various ways you may get an hijacker software component added to your browser and in most cases you wouldn’t even initially know that such an app has entered your PC. Normally, this could happen if you download the attachment of some spam e-mail or some other type of spam online message. Also, different online offers and requests are oftentimes linked with hijacker components and maybe even used as direct download buttons for them. Also, many free programs could have a hijacker element bundled with their installer. For this reason, it’s crucial that you remember to utilize the advanced installation settings when trying to install any new software on your PC. Inside those settings, look for any bundled contents and make sure to opt out of the ones that don’t seem to be reliable or wanted.


Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Annoying ads on your screen and unauthorized changes to your browser are the symptoms you can normally expect from a hijacker.
Distribution Method Sites with shady contents as well as software bundles and misleading ads can be sued for hijacker distribution.
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 SpyHunter 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 SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

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 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 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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