Remove “Malware” from Mac (Dec. 2019 Update)

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

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If you are on this page, reading this post, then you probably don’t like online ads in your browser. After all, who does? However, nowadays it seems that encountering them is pretty much inevitable and unavoidable. The ads are everywhere, on nearly every site and even ad-blocker browser add-ons are normally not able to stop all of them. However, those ads which come from different sites aren’t the worst form of online irritation you could face. There is actually one type of web ads, pop-ups, banners and page redirects that are even more annoying and those are the ones that get generated by browser hijackers. A browser hijacker is basically a versatile advertising tool that can latch onto pretty much any browser (even highly-secure ones like Chrome, Safari and Firefox) and change the browser homepage, toolbar and search engine settings as well as spam it with annoying and intrusive advertisements of different kinds. Of course, if you have such an app on your computer and in your browser, it would be understandable if you’d like to get rid of it so that the changes it has imposed on your browser are removed and so that the ads it generates stop to appear on your screen. The issue here is that removing a hijacker is easier said than done.

Let’s give you an example with the recently released – this is a new browser hijacker that initially appears to be a regular browser extension. Similarly to other apps of its category, it tends to spam the user’s browser with nagging advertisements as well as introduce unwanted changes to the browser. The problem here is that it usually lacks built-in uninstallation options and getting rid of it might be a bit tricky. However, the next instructions have been designed to help all those of you with on their machines quickly and easily eliminate the invasive app.

Some more facts you ought to know about the hijacker software category, despite what some of the users out there might think, isn’t really virus program – it isn’t like Ransomware, Spyware or other nasty malware infections. It will likely not try to mess with the computer system or do anything to the data stored on the machine’s hard drives.

Unfortunately, however, a hijacker app is still not something that we can call safe. The problem is that the advertisements and the page redirects it is likely to spam on your screen may not be as safe as they might seem and, in some cases, they might even mislead you into visiting sites and downloading software that could be hazardous. As you probably know, a lot of hackers and online criminals use different compromised web advertisements to distribute malicious programs like Ransomware and Trojans and that is why it is simply safer if you do not keep on your machine. Also, to avoid getting again, remember to keep away from shady sites and to not interact with any form of web content that might not be reliable.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Any unusual browser activity can be taken for a sign of the presence of a hijacker on the computer.
Distribution Method Most hijacker developers tend to add their products to other programs’ installation files as bonus components, thus forming a so-called file bundle.
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We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.



To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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:


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,

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.

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 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 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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