Akamaihd.net is a content delivery network primarily used to speed up websites. It is very often abused by suspicious websites for webpage redirects and more. Numerous complaints about Akamaihd.net include webpage redirects, unwanted advertisements and unapproved changes to the user’s browser.


Akamaihd will display pop up windows and messages.


If you are looking to remove Akamaihd.net from your 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 and not search28374278-a.akamaihd.net or something similar.
  3. Now go to the Extensions tab.
  4. Look for any Akamaihd.net extension as well as other suspicious entries.
  5. Remove any Akamaihd.net extension and other unfamiliar ones.


Search28374278-a.akamaihd.net is a website often used as a redirect destination for the akamaihd.net affected users. Search28374278-a.akamaihd.net should be immediately closed and not interacted with in any way.

Websites associated with the Akamaihd virus include but are not limited to:

  • am-a.akamaihd.net
  • asrv-a.akamaihd.net
  • assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net
  • cdncache-a.akamaihd.net
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  • default290941114-a.akamaihd.net
  • download-a.akamaihd.net
  • fbcdn-dragon-a.akamaihd.net
  • fbcdn-gtvideo-a.akamaihd.net
  • fbcdn-external-a.akamaihd.net
  • fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net
  • lumiere-a.akamaihd.net
  • pxlclnmdecom-a.akamaihd.net
  • search6188182-a.akamaihd.net
  • search9693448-a.akamaihd.net
  • search0184386-a.akamaihd.net
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  • searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net
  • soprod-a.akamaihd.net
  • steam-cdn-a.akamaihd.net
  • steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net
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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

If you are being constantly redirected to Akamaihd.net then you probably have a browser hijacker. 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 to 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.

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. 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 your program that will eat lots of your Mac resources for breakfast without any practical implications whatsoever.

Akamaihd.net 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 of 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.

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

Remove Akamaihd on Mac Chrome

For a quick way to remove Akamaihd.net 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 Akamaihd.net.
  5. Remove Akamaihd.net 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 Akamaihd.net!


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.



Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Akamaihd

Once there, look at all the processes but especially at GoPhoto, Safe Finder, WindowMix, Search Pulse, Anysearchmanager: if you see any of them 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,


    and then again on the Extensions tab,


    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,

    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


    Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.

    Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

    Akamaihd How to Remove Akamaihd.net From Firefox in OSX:

    Open Firefoxclick on Akamaihd (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.


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

    AkamaihdHow to Remove Akamaihd.net From Chrome in OSX:

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


     Click Akamaihd 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


    Bert L. Jackson

    Bert L. Jackson has more then 13 years in the Cyber Security Industry consulting and collaborating. Distinguished for an entrepreneurial mindset, creative problem solving, cross-functional teams and a bottom-line orientation.

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    • Thank you so much for the video….I’ve searched everywhere for a solution to this virus and nothing else seemed worked.

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