Mac Virus

Akamaihd.net Virus

 

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Akamaihd.net is known to be a browser hijacker. Numerous complaints about Akamaihd.net include webpage redirects, unwanted advertisements and unapproved changes to the user’s browser.

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Akamaihd will display pop up windows and messages.

Akamaihd.net Virus is the stereotypical malware virus. Its type – Adware. The main function of this malicious software is to spawn endless advertisements onto your screen without your explicit permission to do so. Most often the “trigger” for the appearance of the aforementioned Ads would be you loading a web page or opening a link while browsing. As you have noticed these pop-ups are very annoying and can quickly become quite bothersome especially if you are operating on a company owned device. Unfortunately this is not the only negative side to Akamaihd.net Virus. This program will try to make you buy lots of stuff you definitely don’t need, mostly completely useless programs but in some cases even malware applications. For this reason we think it a good idea to give you some do’s and dont’s when encountering the Ads.

The Akamaihd.net Virus for Mac

Akamaihd.net is a browser hijacker type of a security nuisance. Akamaihd.net is categorized by the website redirects and pop-up ads it causes but it could potentially lead to even more serious problems.

If you are looking to uninstall Akamaihd.net from Mac:

  1. Go to the Preferences tab in Safari (or any other Mac browser).
  2. Check the Homepage tab. Make sure that your homepage is the one you have selected.
  3. Now go to the Extensions tab.
  4. Look for the Akamaihd.net extension as well as any other suspicious entries.
  5. Uninstall the Akamaihd.net extension and any other unfamiliar ones.

You should try your best to avoid interacting with the pop-ups altogether. Don’t click on the advertisements in any case. Some of the displayed information might be legitimate but most often you will be redirected to some phishing site where if not careful your personal data might get stolen. This specifically implies to the billing information, do not be fooled even if the website looks like something real, it can be very tricky to notice the difference from the real thing. Also you should not under any conceivable circumstances download software prompted by Akamaihd.net Virus. Even if it’s not a virus, which it most likely will be, this software will be at very least some sort of bloatware. Meaning a completely useless for you program that will eat lots of your PC resources for breakfast without any practical implications whatsoever.

What is Akamaihd.net?

If you are being constantly redirected to Akamaihd.net then you probably have a browser hijacker. Numerous complaints about Akamaihd.net include webpage redirects, unwanted advertisements and unapproved changes to the user’s browser. However Akamaihd.net is in fact a content delivery network primarily used to speed up websites.

There are several methods through which this type of malware has been spreading in recent years. By far in most cases the virus has reached your system through an installation bundle with another software. Most likely the carrier would be a freeware program or game, and often times you will not even notice that Akamaihd.net Virus has been installed until it’s too late. The only way for you prevent this from happening in the future is to very closely monitor what exactly is being installed onto your hard drive, do not give permission for anything that might seem unfamiliar or strange to you.

In any case you definitely need to remove this harmful software from your PC and the sooner the better. Learn how with our free removal guide.

SUMMARY:

Name Akamaihd.net
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Hijackers reveal themselves by altering the functionality and appearance of your browser and also by triggering irritating page redirects and ads generation.
Distribution Method Most hijackers get distributed through spam letters, deceitful ads and low-quality downloads with the hijacker bundled with them.
Detection Tool

Akamaihd.net Removal

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 Akamaihd.net 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 Akamaihd.net 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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