What is Automator on Mac

 

What is Automator on Mac?

Automator is an aplication from Apple that typically comes pre-installed with Mac OS X since version 10.4. The Automator app allows Mac users to create “workflows” with automated repetitive tasks. Automator on Mac is not a virus, but it may cause some disturbance, which is why it might be considered a browser hijacker.

Browser hijackers have justifiably earned themselves the fame of some of the most annoying and irritating Internet applications despite the fact that they lack the maliciousness of threats like Ransomware or Trojans. They target all kinds of browsers including ones like Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and others, and use their screen as a platform for an aggressive generation of hundreds of ads, pop-ups, banners and page-redirect prompt. Today’s article is about an application called Automator Mac “Virus”, which is yet another addition to the browser hijacker family. The main features of this application include its ability to spam the screen with dozens of pay-per-click ads, to change the homepage of your default browser as well as to set a new default search engine, which initiates page-redirects to some sponsored websites. Another typical trait of this hijacker relates to the fact that until you completely remove it from the system, all your attempts to browse the web without seeing ads, to put another search engine or to return the old home page will most likely be ineffective. In the next lines, however, we have prepared a set of instructions that explain how to effectively remove Automator and uninstall all of its imposed changes from any browser that might have been hijacked. That’s why, if you want to get rid of this software, we suggest you stay with us and read on.

The Automator App on Mac

The Automator App on Mac provides a drag and drop interface that lets Mac users to automate tasks that are repetitive. Typically, the Automator app on Mac comes as a pre-installed software but some users find it potentially unwanted.

Users often jump to the conclusion that a terrible virus has gotten inside their system when they start facing the constant ads generation initiated by applications like Automator Mac App. However, browser hijackers are nothing more than applications that work for the online advertising industry. They are convenient tools that promote various kinds of goods, services, and related websites. But at the same time, they are also a source of intolerable browsing interruptions, unwanted page-redirects, and unauthorized browser changes. For this reason, many users prefer to uninstall them from their systems in order to remove their ads and their irritating activities.

The Automator Mac “virus”

The Automator Mac “virus” is an application that is distributed by Apple with Mac OS X version 10.4 and higher and is not a computer virus. The Automator Mac “virus” is designed to help users do repetitive tasks (such as changing filenames, resizing images, archive backups, etc.) easier by creating automated custom workflows.

Most often, applications such as Automator Mac “Virus” operate on the basis of models such as Pay Per Click. In order to earn more profits for their creators, they also tend to resort to different covert methods of operation that allow them to gain more clicks on their ads. For instance, most browser hijackers that integrate with the users’ browsers can gain access to the history, the bookmarks and the personalized settings of the browser. This means that they can easily view and monitor which pages you visit, what exactly you type into the search engine, which sites you save to your favorites, etc. Oftentimes, they can also keep track of what content attracts your attention in social networks and other platforms. Based on this information, Automator may try to redirect you to relevant ads that you are more likely to click on as well as redirect you to sites you are more likely to explore. However, they may also put you at risk of infection with very real viruses such as Ransomware or Trojans because the redirects to all sorts of pages may result in potential exposure to compromised content and malware transmitters. In this regard, we always strongly advise our readers to refrain from interacting with the content generated by browser hijackers and instead uninstall such nagging apps in order to prevent their attempts of redirecting their searches to random web locations.

SUMMARY:

Name Automator
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

How to delete Automator on Mac

In this manual guide, we will explain you how to delete Automator on Mac from your computer in five easy-to-follow steps. If you have already tried to delete Automator on Mac on your own but have failed, please read carefully the instructions below and repeat them as they are shown.

Step1

Quitting Safari in case that it is open is the first step. If the browser doesn’t want to quit or the Automator app is preventing it from doing so, here is how to Force Quit Safari quickly:

  • From the Apple menu click on the Force Quit option.
  • Or, press and hold the  (the Command key found next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key at the upper left corner of the keyboard) together. This should open the Force Quit Applications dialog on your screen. From the list of apps, select Safari and then hit the Force Quit button. Then, confirm the action.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Once the Safari browser is closed down, open the Activity Monitor (Open Finder and navigate to Applications>>>Utilities>>>Activity Monitor)

Take a careful look at all the processess listed in the Activity Monitor and in case that you detect an unfamiliar process or something that you belive is related to your recent issues and the Automator app, highlight it with your mouse. After that, select the “i” button which is found at the top. This will show you an information box that should look like this: 

chromeinfo

At the bottom of the information box, find the Sample button and click on it to generate a sample of the process in question.

chromesample

If you detect other processes that you belive could be part of the problem, do this for all of them to determine if they are actually malicious or not. For best results, scan the Sample files with a trusted antimalware scanner.

Step3

Afther checking the processes in the Activity Monitor, it is time to start the Safari browser but without letting it load is previously opened pages. For that, hold the Shift key while opening Safari and once the browser launches, release it.

If, despite keeping the Shift key, Safari still lauchnes some unwanted pages, then you should try the followding:

  • Force Quit Safari as shown in the steps above.
  • Next, turn off your Wi-Fi connection by going to your Mac’s menu and selecting Wi-Fi off, or unplug the Internet cable if you are using it for Internet connection.

Then, launch Safari again by holding the Shift key. It should not load any previous pages.

Step4

Once Safari is launched, click on its Preferences found in the Safari menu.

Preferences in Safari

Then, go to the Extensions tab as shown on the image:

extensions in safari

You should see a list of all the extensions that have been installed on your browser. Carefully look through the list and hit the Uninstall button for any extensions that seem unfamiliar or you don’t want to keep. Don’t worry even if you decide to uninstall all the extensions in the Extensions list, as none of them is essential for the normal operation of your system.

Step5

In this step, we will show you how to clean Safari from the entires related to the Automator App. It is advisable that the instructions below are applied for all the browsers that you are currently using to ensure that you deal with the unwanted software once and for all. So, here they are:

Go to the Safari Menu and select Preferences. Next, tap on the Privacy tab:
Privacy in Safari

Seek for the option that says “Remove All Website Data” and select it. Then confirm with “Remove Now”.

Attention! After you selec this option, all your website data will be removed, including your saved passwords and login credentails!

Next, go back again to the Preferences menu, but this time select the General tab.

General Tab in Safari

This will open a dialog where you will be able to check if your Homepage has been hijacked. Look to the Homepage filed and see the address that has been filled in there. If it is not the one that you have set, change it to a homepage that you prefer.
Default Home Page

After that, go to the History menu and select Clear History. This will ensure that all the links related to the Automator app are removed and you don’t open a problematic page accidentally.

firefox-512 How to Remove Automator From Firefox in OSX:

If you are using Firefox as the main browser on your Mac, and you need to remove Automator from it, here is how to do that:

  • open Firefox
  • click on the menu icon that is found at the top right and looks like this mozilla menu 
  • select Add-ons
  • from the menu on the left select Extensions

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  • look through the extensions list and remove anything that you think could be related to Automator. After that,  Refresh Your Firefox Settings.


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove Automator From Chrome in OSX:

 

If you are using Google Chrome, here is how to deal with Automator in it:

  • Start the Google Chrome browser
  • next, click on the menu icon that looks like this chrome menu icon 
  • once in the menu, select More Tools 
  • then, from the menu on the left tap on Extensions. T
  • carefully look through the list of extensions and once you detect the problematic extension,  select the bin iconchrome-trash-iconto remove it.

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  •  Next, click on the menu icon chrome menu icon again
  • This time, navigate to Settings —> Search 
  • Select Manage Search Engines.  
  • Leave only the search engines that you use and delete everything that is unfamiliar or unwanted.
  • Finally, Reset Your Chrome Settings.

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About the author

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Lidia Howler

Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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