How to remove Mac Auto Fixer “Virus” (August 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Mac Auto Fixer “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Safari, Chrome and Firefox, as well as every version of Mac.

Have you ever heard about browser hijackers? Even if you haven’t, it is very likely that you have already been introduced to such software. Maybe even you currently have a browser hijacker on your PC without realizing that this what the intrusive software component that has altered your browser and filled it with ads is called. Yes, that is what browser hijackers do, they target the user’s Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox or any other browser and try to change it in some way. This might include different modifications such as a replacement of the starting page, the new tab page or the search engine as well as an addition of some new obscure toolbar. Another common effect that such unwanted software apps tend to have on the user’s browser is they tend to trigger intrusive page redirects and generation of ads, pop-ups, blinking boxes, flashy banners, etc. All in all, a hijacker app can be a pretty annoying and irritating piece of software capable of nagging you each and every time you try to use your browsing program. There are many hijackers out there and more get created pretty nearly every day to serve the needs of the online advertising industry. Here, we will be focusing on Mac Auto Fixer app which is one particularly unpleasant browser hijacker version that has been released recently. A lot of users out there have already had this software component added to their browsers. In fact, a number of the readers of this article might actually be among these users and might have come here in hopes of finding an effective way of dealing with the hijacker-induced intrusiveness. If that’s why you are here as well, you’d be glad to find out that this is precisely what you can find in the next lines. Aside from an overall introduction to the browser hijacker class and some useful and helpful tips with regards to how to avoid such unpleasant apps that everybody should know, in the current post you can also find a guide manual with easy-to-follow steps focused on uninstalling Mac Auto Fixer from any Windows computer and removing any data this app might have left behind. Therefore, we advise you to carefully read the the following information and the make use of the guide that has been added below if you have Mac Auto Fixer in your machine and would like to take it away. Also, know that in case you find the guide too complicated or would simply prefer a more direct way of eradicating the pesky app, you can always resort to the removal tool that we have added to our guide. It will quickly detect anything on your computer that might be related to the intrusive piece of software that you are trying to get rid of and enable you to do so with ease.

Mac Auto Fixer “Virus” 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

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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:

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 Mac Auto Fixer 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 Mac Auto Fixer 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.

Advertising

As we have already pointed out above, browser hijacker apps are mostly used for advertising purposes. Any change they might make to your browser is likely going to be imposed in order to make the hijacker’s advertising campaign more effective. For instance, the new search engine might show you altered results that are in favor of web locations that the hijacker is trying to promote.

However, despite the intrusive nature of apps like Mac Auto Fixer and despite the fact that their advertising campaigns tend to be highly aggressive most of the time, know that here you aren’t dealing with some serious malware infection the likes of a Ransomware or a Trojan. It is unlikely that Mac Auto Fixer would cause any actual damage to the system of your PC and even if there are some negative effects to your machine triggered by the hijacker like, for example, a productivity slowdown, that would go away as soon as the unwanted app is removed. Still, remember that you need to keep away from the ads and page redirects that the hijacker might try to spam on your screen as they might not always be safe to interact with. Many hackers rely on various forms of online ads in order to spread viruses such as Spyware, Rootkits, Ransomware, Worms and Trojans so it’s always better to stay away from any shady-looking and potentially hazardous online advertising materials.

Hijacker installation

When you are about to setup some new program on your PC, take your time to take a look at the different options available in the setup manager. It is important that you find out if there are any added/bundled apps because if there are any, some of them might be unwanted. Bear in mind that this is how hijackers are usually getting distributed which is why it’s crucial that you uncheck any seemingly suspicious bundled components from any installer before you launch the installation of the new program.

Name Mac Auto Fixer
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Browser hijackers are known for their ability to make changes to the user’s browser without first asking for a permission.
Distribution Method Spam, malvertising, file-bundling, etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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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