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Remove Mac Security Plus “Virus” (April 2019 Update)


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

The ads generated by an application called Mac Security Plus have recently triggered many complaints from a big number of disgruntled users. However, despite this app being quite unpleasant to have on your PC, know that it isn’t really a virus or some sort of a nasty Trojan or a Ransomware infection. Mac Security Plus is a legitimate software piece which has been categorized as a browser hijacker compatible with Safari, Chrome, Firefox and other browsers and which seeks to boost the visits and clicks to certain advertising platforms by making unauthorized modifications to the browser’s starting page address, toolbar and search engine. This article explains how Mac Security Plus works and when the “ads generated by Mac Security Plus” may become a problem.

You can easily find browser hijacker applications like this one the Internet, inside different free download links, spam messages, ads, etc. As already mentioned, these applications are known for displaying content such as, page-redirects, banners, articles, videos, blogs, intrusive links to other sites. In order to advertise more effectively, however, they typically integrate with the main browser in the system (it could be Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Safari, etc.) and directly install some promotional tools, buttons, search engines or homepage domains, which are normally linked to their partners. If you’ve already noticed similar changes in your default browser or you have started seeing an increased number of banners, pop-up ads and similar content all over your screen, the chances are that you most probably have a browser hijacker installed in your system. Now, such software is generally not malicious and could easily be removed if it starts to cause trouble. However, in order to safely uninstall it, you may need to follow some specific instructions or use a professional removal tool. Mac Security Plus “Virus”, in particular, can be effectively eliminated with the help of the steps in the removal guide below and we highly recommend you use them if you want to save yourself from this application.

As a matter of fact, the content generated and promoted by browser hijackers should mostly be legitimate (though nothing can guarantee this) and you have nothing to worry about. However, one thing that commonly bothers some of the web users is the fact that, somehow, such applications always know what exactly you are looking for and find a way to display appealing and interesting offers which seem to be related to your latest online searches. The secret behind this activity lies in the so-called traffic data collection. Apps like Mac Security Plus, for instance, commonly use different tracking cookies to learn more about the users and to, in turn, show them relevant content. They may oftentimes collect browsing-related information such as IP addresses, clicks, browsing history and more, in order to analyze it and to display ads that are matching your interests. In most of the cases, thanks to this service, you may find offers that are actually useful, but we must remind you that third-party ads may sometimes also be dangerous and may expose you to unreliable web content and viruses. That’s why our advice is to be careful with where you click and make sure you remove and uninstall any unwanted or shady components from your browser because hidden threats such as Trojans, Rootkits and even Ransomware may hide behind various attractive messages that some hijacker-like applications may spam you with.

SUMMARY:

Name Mac Security Plus
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Your browser may start to redirect you to various sponsored web locations and to spam your screen with aggressive ads. 
Distribution Method This program spreads mostly with the help of a method called software bundling but can also be found inside spam messages, torrents, ads, free download links and updates.
Detection Tool

Remove Mac Security Plus “Virus”

Step1

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 Mac Security Plus 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 Security Plus 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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