Practical Remote Mac

Practical Remote

Practical Remote infects the browsers installed on Mac OS computers in order to deliver targeted ads directly to users. Practical Remote can thus integrate with popular web browsing programs such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox and others.

Practical Remote Mac

Practical Remote app on Mac will display pop up ads and windows

If you have landed this browser hijacker and are now concerned with the safety of your machine, don’t panic. Browser hijackers like Practical Remote, Search Marquis, Steuern2016 are not seen as malicious threats and they are certainly not the same thing as computer viruses. Nevertheless, experts classify them as potentially unwanted programs for a number of reasons. And one of them is that they may indeed pose a security threat to your Mac in the long term. For instance, one of the main traits of a browser hijacker infection is the numerous page redirects that these software applications tend to trigger within the infected browser. And those page redirects could at some point send you to an unsafe web location that could be harboring dangerous threats such as Trojans and even ransomware viruses.

Therefore, before things have a chance of going in that direction, we highly recommend removing Practical Remote along with all the annoying changes it has likely already imposed on your browsing program. And to help you with the process, we have designed a removal guide just below this article.

Practical Remote for Mac

Practical Remote for Mac serves as a type of online advertising tool that generate popups, banners and other ads from within your system. Therefore ad- and popup blockers are generally always useless against such apps as Practical Remote for Mac.

Software of this type is typically designed to line the pockets of its developers through such popular remuneration systems like Pay Per Click and Pay Per View. Hence, they have little other interest than to spam you with as many intrusive advertising messages as possible, so that you inevitably end up clicking on at least some part of them.

Practical Remote on Safari

The aggressive advertising practices of Practical Remote may often also include the collection of browsing data from your Safari browser. Hence, Practical Remote may easily be looking into your browsing history and noting your browsing patterns in order to optimize its ads.

This is a standard practice and it will hardly come as a surprise to anyone, as it is so massively utilized across the web by so many websites, applications, etc. But the fact that with browser hijacker and similar software it typically takes place without the users’ informed consent. And that is another reason why hijackers are seen as PUPs.

The PracticalRemote app

The distribution of software like PracticalRemote the app usually happens thanks to program bundles. So the PracticalRemote app was most likely included in the installation package of some other software that you recently downloaded.

This is a very common technique employed for the distribution of ad-generating programs. And it usually always relies on the users’ carelessness during the installation process. Thus, in order to avoid such things in the future, always check the advanced installation settings of new software and pay attention to the setup so you can opt out of any optional installs.


Name Practical Remote
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Copious amounts of online ads visible on every website and page you visit during web browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Software bundles in which Practical Remote is usually included as an optional install. 
Detection Tool

Remove Practical Remote from Mac

For a quick way to remove Practical Remote 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 Practical Remote.
  5. Remove Practical Remote 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 Practical Remote!

Practical Remote Mac

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 Practical Remote 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:

Practical Remote Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Practical Remote Mac

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.

    Practical Remote Mac

    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,

    Practical Remote Mac

    and then again on the Extensions tab,

    Practical Remote Mac

    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.

    Practical Remote Mac How to Remove Practical Remote From Firefox in OSX:

    Open Firefoxclick on Practical Remote Mac (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

    Practical Remote Mac

    The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

    Practical Remote MacHow to Remove Practical Remote From Chrome in OSX:

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

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     Click Practical Remote 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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