Remove TaskFresh “Virus” (Mac Guide)

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What is TaskFresh?

Nowadays, the ads we tend to see online, while browsing the Internet, are pretty much inescapable. You can get ad-blockers in your Chrome and Firefox (and other) browsers, you can try to stay away from sites with overly aggressive advertisements and generation of commercials and page redirects and even then you will still likely happen to come across the occasional irritating page-redirect, pop-up, pop-under, nagging banner or some other kind of intrusive ad. However, not all ads are the same and while the ones coming from certain sites, though unpleasant, are not much of an issue, there is a specific type of web adverts that can be quite of a nuisance and may sometimes even be hazardous and unsafe. What we are referring to right now are the advertisements and the page-redirects generated by adware apps like TaskFresh. An adware is a software tool that looks like an extension for a browser and it may even initially seem to operate in a similar way. However, there are a couple of significant differences between a browser add-on or extension that you’d like to keeping your browser or at least would not mind having and an adware app. The main issue with adware tools is, as you have probably already guessed, their tendency to spam you with obstructive advertising materials and to redirect your web surfing to pages and sites that you don’t really want to go to. Of course, this isn’t as dangerous as, say, having a cyber threat like a Spyware or a Ransomware or a Trojan on your computer but it could still be quite irritating and may even, at times, expose your machine to certain risks. As we said above, TaskFresh is yet another adware app with similar irritating capabilities and if you are seeking a way uninstall it, the next steps will guide you through the process of removing the unpleasant software and stopping its intrusive ads.

Do not procrastinate the removal of the adware

We understand that some of you may not mind the ads coming from TaskFresh all that much (although, at times, the commercial materials could get really, really irritating). However, even if you can tolerate the activity of this adware application, you should know that it is still better if you get rid of it and here’s why:

Adware applications are not always as safe as they may get promoted to be by their creators. Of course, the application itself is indeed not supposed to cause harm to your system but the same cannot always be said about its ads. As you probably know, not all online advertisements are safe and though TaskFresh is not intended to show you harmful adverts, it may still do that even if it isn’t its purpose per se. And, should you happen to click on the wrong banner, pop-up, link or page redirect, you can easily get insidious viruses like Trojans and Ransomware and Spyware on your computer which is certainly not something you’d want.


Name TaskFresh
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The excessive generation of ads, banners, page-redirects and other obstructive commercial materials in your browser are sure to give away the presence of the pesky application.
Distribution Method An app like TaskFresh could get distributed in many ways – from spam messages and misleading ads to software bundles and Internet update suggestions.
Detection Tool

Remove TaskFresh “Virus”


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 TaskFresh 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 TaskFresh 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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