The Pasteboard Mac App
Trojans are sneaky malware threats that are used by their creators to gain Administrator access to the infected machine, after which the malware can be tasked with all kinds of harmful and criminal activities. Recently, many reports have been made regarding Pasteboard Mac App – a new Trojan Horse virus that has managed to attack a big number of machines, which is why many users are currently trying to find a way to remove this threat. Even more users, however, likely have the infection in their computers without even realizing it. A typical trait of the representatives of the Trojan Horse family is that they oftentimes lack infection symptoms, making them difficult to notice by the infected victims. And, if the virus is a new one such as Pasteboard Mac App, and it is yet to be added to the databases of most antivirus programs so that they could detect it and deal with it, the chances of learning about the infection on time and managing to stop it drastically go down. However, seeing as how you are reading our article about Pasteboard Mac App, we assume that you are among the lucky few who have managed to detect the Pasteboard Mac App infection in their machines, which means that you can now do something in order to have it removed. But what is that something that will allow you to eliminate the virus – well, the guide presented on this page is a good point where to start. You can use the instructions we have in it in order to find and remove any data related to the Trojan and if that doesn’t fully do the job, you can also try out the professional removal software tool that is available inside the guide.
What is Pasteboard?
Currently, it is difficult to say with any certainty what the exact effects of an attack by Pasteboard Mac App may be because this virus is very new and more research needs to be done on it. That being said, as we pointed out earlier, one of the typical things you can expect from a Trojan is for it to try to gain Administrative rights in your computer, so that the hacker behind the malware program can carry out various malicious tasks and processes in the system. Oftentimes, the Trojans try to use the resources of the infected machine for BitCoin mining, and for spam message distribution. In such cases, the infection creates a network of all the infected computers, which are controlled as one single unit of operation. The hacker can then task the computers in this network (called botnet) to carry out all kinds of shady activities – we already mentioned the spam and the crypto-mining, but there could also be DDoS attacks, rigging of Internet polls and more. A Trojan may also spy on your activities or keylog your keyboard in order to learn you passwords and maybe even your online banking account numbers. There’s no need to tall you in what unpleasant ways such information could be sued if it falls into the wrong hands. There are also many more possibilities with regard to the way a Trojan could be used, the important thing is to make sure the threat is removed before it has managed to cause any serious damage to your system and virtual privacy.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||If there are any symptoms, those symptoms may be sudden crashes, software failure, BSOD, heavy system slow-downs, and overall system unresponsiveness.|
|Distribution Method||Shady spam letters, misleading ads, pirated games, illegally downloaded movies and music, adult and gambling sites, etc.|
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Pasteboard Malware 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 Pasteboard Mac App 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 Pasteboard Mac App 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!