Mac Speedup Pro
Mac Speedup Pro is known to be a browser hijacker. Numerous complaints about Mac Speedup Pro include webpage redirects, unwanted advertisements and unapproved changes to the user’s browser.
If constant display of irritating advertising materials on your screen, frequent page redirects to sites with questionable quality and replacement of browser components like the search engine, the toolbar buttons or the starting/new-tab page URL sounds familiar because you have been recently struggling with this type of issues, then we advise you to read on and acquaint yourself with the information presented in the following lines. Here, we will explain to you what the most likely reason behind all those unpleasant activities and changes is and how you could take care of it all without needing to take your computer to an IT specialist.
The Mac Speedup Pro Virus
Mac Speedup Pro is a browser hijacker type of a security nuisance. Mac Speedup Pro is categorized by the website redirects and pop-up ads it causes but it could potentially lead to even more serious problems.
The most probable cause of the nagging ads, the irritating page-redirects and the changes to your browser is an app called Mac Speedup Pro “Virus”. This is a piece of software of the browser hijacker category and it is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Opera as well as with most other popular browsing programs that you could think of. Initially, this application may appear to be no different from a regular browser extension and it may even seem to offer some functional and useful features. However, the truth is that apps like Mac Speedup Pro are probably not something you’d want to be part of your computer. The main reasons for that have already been mentioned – all those ads, obstructive redirects and unwanted changes to the default browser can make it really difficult to use your browsing program in an effective way. On top of that, though hijackers aren’t viruses or malware programs like Trojans, Spyware or Ransomware, there are certain risks that may come with them and we will tell you more about these risks at the end of this article. However, before we get there, let us present you with our removal guide for Mac Speedup Pro so that you have a reliable and effective way of uninstalling and fully eradicating the pesky app from your system.
What is Mac Speedup Pro?
Mac Speedup Pro is regarded as a type of a browser hijacker. Threats like Mac Speedup Pro are known to cause different problems like changing of the user’s designated home page or even the preferred browser of choice.
When we say that there are potential security risks and hazards that may be related to an app such as Mac Speedup Pro, we certainly do not mean to scare you. As we said before the guide, Mac Speedup Pro isn’t really a virus, nor is it a scary Ransomware or Trojan Horse infection. It’s simply an advertising-oriented tool and it’s and above all else its purpose is to generate money through various forms of online advertisement. And in spite of how irritating the aggressive advertising campaigns conducted by this a software piece like this could be, it’s activity is still technically regarded as legal. However, the real problem comes from the quality of the online ads, the various redirect links and page-redirects, the banners and the pop-ups that hijackers may put on your screen. Some may be legit an may show you nice offers but others may be misleading, may false advertise low-quality products and may even redirect you to obscene or hazardous sites. It is, therefore, advisable if you keep away from any advertisements that Mac Speedup Pro may show you as you could never know if they really are linked to what they seem to advertise. In fact, it’s best if you simply eliminate the source of the ads using our guide as this will also bring your browser settings to the way they were before the hijacker got installed on your computer.
|Name||Mac Speedup Pro|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Typically, a hijacker is likely to introduce changes to your browser without asking for your agreement and that is likely to give away its presence on the computer.|
|Distribution Method||To get distributed, most such apps are included in file bundles and get distributed alongside other programs.|
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Mac Speedup Pro Virus Removal
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.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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.
How to Remove Mac Speedup Pro From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove Mac Speedup Pro From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click 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!