Pipidea Mac

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Pipidea is a browser hijacker that is specifically designed to target Mac-compatible web browsers. Pipidea, like Hpdm.framework and Fax.backend, gets installed as an additional component along with other software and it automatically integrates with your main browser. As a result, your browser becomes ‘hijacked’ and it starts behaving in ways that are determined by Pipidea itself. Namely, as the main purpose of this type of software is advertising, your browsing program will basically be converted into a platform for online advertising. If Pipidea has already been integrated with your Chrome, Firefox, Safari or other favorite browser of choice, then you’ve most likely already come to witness all the undesirable changes it has made to your browsing experience.

The Pipidea malware pop-up on Mac
The Pipidea malware pop-up

You have probably already become engulfed by the avalanche of popups, banners, flashy links and blinking box messages that has come as a direct result of the program’s presence. In addition, you have probably also noticed that your regular homepage and/or search engine have been substituted with new and unfamiliar ones. If so, then know that the browser hijacker on your Mac has been tasked with promoting these specific websites and driving more traffic to them.

In addition, your browser may have also started to take liberties like facilitating page redirects to different online locations. Your page may spontaneously load some seemingly random web address, and you may also start seeing copious amounts of sponsored search results that have very little to do with your original search query.

Luckily, you can get rid of all this in a matter of a few simple steps described in our removal guide below.

Pipidea for Mac

Pipidea for Mac may act fairly intrusively, but it should not be confused with a virus of malware. Pipidea for Mac is pretty much just an aggressive online advertising tool.But that doesn’t excuse the fact that it enforces most of the above changes without the user’s informed consent. And in addition to that, there are certain other activities that Pipidea may be involved in, including data collection from your browser. This is one of the reasons why hijackers like this are typically seen as undesirable and their removal is in fact recommended.

What is Pipidea?

Although Pipidea is not malicious code, many experts see it is a potentially unwanted program or PUP. And this is partly because Pipidea could potentially make your Mac more vulnerable to external threats and virus attacks.If you happen to at some point be redirected to a page with obscure and even dangerous content, the hijacker developers are not responsible for this. And as a result, you could find yourself facing exceptionally harmful malware like ransomware, Trojans and others.

Pipidea will damage your computer

Pipidea will damage your computer usually operates on the basis of Pay Per Click and other such remuneration systems. This means that Pipidea will damage your computer has a direct interest in that users click on the numerous ads displayed on their screens.So, if you were wondering why the ads have to be positioned in such irritating ways – there’s very solid reason behind this and the name of it is profit.


Detection Tool

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Remove “Pipidea” will damage your computer from Mac

The following instructions will allow you to remove “Pipidea will damage your computer” in two ways:

  • The manual instructions will allow you to remove it on your own by downloading 2 software suites which will show you the folders the threat is located in. Installing, scanning, and deleting everything will require 1-2 hours of your time, depending on your speed and the threat itself.
    Note: If Pipidea has an in-built ability to restore itself on a restart, the manual steps will not prevent that. We recommend automatic removal.
  •  Download SpyHunter for Mac (one of the apps used in the manual instructions), scan with it, and if you decide to use the program, it will likely require about 15-20 minutes. This, however, requires an active subscription for SpyHunter, which means either using the trial version or purchasing the software.

Removal instructions:
1. Download EtreCheck from the Appstore and scan for any Pipidea unsigned files. Delete them. (You can skip this step altogether and download and scan with Spyhunter instead if you don’t want to double-check things).
2. Download and install Spyhunter for Mac. Scan for any malicious files.
3. The app will show you which files are infected. Either use SpyHunter to delete them for you (the automatic removal) or do it manually, which means tracking down each detected location by yourself and deleting the file.
4. In most cases start with /private/var/root/Library/Application Support/Pipidea
5. In Finder press Shift+Command+G to open the Find window.
6. Search for the /var directory. Then proceed and look for the /root folder inside.
7. It will most likely be locked and you will need additional permissions to meddle with it.
8. Press command+I and scroll to sharing and permissions. Add your user name to permissions.
9. Now you should be able to access the /root folder and proceed and locate the /Library folder inside it. Proceed to do the same until you are inside the /Application Support folder.
10. It is possible that the folder you are looking for is hidden, if that is the case use command+shift+. to locate and find the file you want to delete.
11. Delete the Pipidea file.
12. If none of this helps, try the steps in this guide

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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