RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer

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RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer

“RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” is a Mac Safari attachment that experts categorize as an aggressive browser-hijacking app. “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” can’t directly damage the system or its data but it could uncontrollably generate ads and page redirects that could potentially decrease the computer’s safety.


The RunningUpdaterd malware on Mac

Many users who have such apps in their browsers don’t pay much attention to them and ignore their presence, while others simply cannot stand the constant spam with different obnoxious adverts, sudden redirects to unknown and questionable sites, and screen-covering banners that try to promote some product or online service in the most intrusive way possible. In either case, however, it’s still important to uninstall any browser hijackers that may currently be attached to your browser, or else, you may face much more serious issues.

Normally, changes in the starting page addresses and the search engines of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari are the main modifications a hijacker would make once it gets installed. In comparison to dangerous malware threats such as Ransomware virus infections, spyware, and Trojan horses, this may not seem like a particularly huge deal. Indeed, most browser hijacker apps are, in and of themselves, harmless to the computer – their goal is not to damage anything. However, it is their ads and redirects you should be concerned about and below we are going to tell you why.

RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer for Mac

“RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” for Mac is a rogue page-redirecting app for Mac computers that may potentially open unsafe sites in your browser. “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” for Mac is used as a site-promoting tool but the sites it seeks to popularize may not always be reliable.

It is no secret that there are many obscure and questionable web addresses that are primarily promoted and popularized by applications that fall under the hijacker category. We aren’t necessarily saying that “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” is also such a hijacker, but the possibility of it becoming one is always there, especially considering the fact that it doesn’t give the user much (if any) control over its advertising activities. Considering this, it really is best to simply uninstall the intrusive advertising app from your Mac.

What is RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer?

“RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” is a small software component distributed as a bonus feature attached to other apps that installs itself in the browser and causes page redirects. “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” will take control of some of the browser’s settings and then make changes that haven’t been approved by the user.

This type of uncontrolled page redirects in combination with the unauthorized browser alterations could sometimes lead to serious security hazards, including the potential infection of the computer with devastating malware programs such as Trojan viruses, Spyware, Rootkits, and Ransomware.

The “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” app

The “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” app is regarded by some experts as browser-targeting software capable of generating aggressive ads inside the infected browser. The “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” app is also known for exposing the user to promoted sites by automatically opening them from within the browser without permission.

To stop this, the only reliable course of action is to fully eliminate everything related to the unwanted hijacker – you could do this by using the removal guide we offer you below. 

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Name “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer”
Type Adware/Browser Hijacker
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Remove “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” from Mac

The following instructions will allow you to remove “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” in two ways:

  • The manual instructions will allow you to remove it on your own by downloading 2 software suites which will show you the folders the threat is located in. Installing, scanning, and deleting everything will require 1-2 hours of your time, depending on your speed and the threat itself.
    Note: If “RunningUpdaterd” has an in-built ability to restore itself on a restart, the manual steps will not prevent that. We recommend the automatic removal.
  •  Download SpyHunter for Mac (one of the apps used in the manual instructions), scan with it, and if you decide to use the program, it will likely require about 15-20 minutes. This, however, requires an active subscription for SpyHunter, which means either to use the trial version or purchase the software.

Removal instructions:
1. Download EtreCheck from the Appstore and scan for any “RunningUpdaterd” unsigned files. Delete them. (You can skip this step altogether and download and scan with Spyhunter instead if you don’t want to double-check things).
2. Download and install Spyhunter for Mac. Scan for any malicious files.
3. The app will show you which files are infected. Either use SpyHunter to delete them for you (the automatic removal) or do it manually, which means tracking down each detected location by yourself and deleting the file.
4. In most cases start with /private/var/root/Library/Application Support/.”RunningUpdaterd”/”RunningUpdaterd”
5. In Finder press Shift+Command+G to open the Find window.
6. Search for the /var directory. Then proceed and look for the /root folder inside.
7. It will most likely be locked and you will need additional permissions to meddle with it.
8. Press command+I and scroll to sharing and permissions. Add your user name to permissions.
9. Now you should be able to access the /root folder and proceed and locate the /Library folder inside it. Proceed to do the same until you are inside the /Application Support folder.
10. It is possible that the folder you look for is hidden, if that is the case use command+shift+. to locate and find the file you want to delete.
11. Delete the “RunningUpdaterd” file.
12. If none of this helps, try the steps in this guide

That’s why before you go to the instructions in the guide below, we suggest you try this method first:

To uninstall “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” from Safari, you need to find and delete any unwanted extensions that this hijacker may have added to the browser without your approval.

  1. The first thing you must do is open the browser, select Safari from the menu bar and, and then go to Preferences.
  2. Once there, select the Extensions option and look through the listed extensions installed in Safari.
  3. Delete any extensions added to the browser without your permission as well as ones that seem undesirable to uninstall “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” from Safari.
  4. Next, look for other suspicious extension items and if you find any delete those too.
    extensions in safari

Normally, a hijacker app would add a rogue add-on to the main browser as a way to control the functions of the browser. That is why deleting any questionable Safari add-ons is the first thing that must be done if you are dealing with a browser hijacker such as “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer”. However, this may not always be enough to end the unpleasant effects that the hijacker has on your computer and browser. If you still notice hijacker symptoms even after taking care of the unwanted extensions, then you must follow the remaining steps from the guide in order to fully get rid of “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer”.

Step 1: Find and stop the “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” process

If you can single out the hijacker process in your Mac’s Activity Monitor and quit it, this could help with the deletion of the hijacker which is why this is what you should start with.

Go to Finder and select Applications from the side. Then go to the Utilities folder and open the Activity Monitor app. The process run by “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” should be listed in there, but its name is likely not going to be “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer”, so it may be a bit difficult figuring out which process needs to be stopped. Usually, hijackers require lots of RAM and CPU to run so look for resource-intensive processes in the Activity Monitor that have unusual or unfamiliar names. It is always helpful to look up the names of processes that you are uncertain about as this could help you find out if they are likely to be related to the hijacker or if they are from legitimate and safe programs.

One other way to find out more about the nature of a given process is to select it and then click on Information (the “i” icon in the top-left of the Activity Monitor).


In the information window for that process, click on Sample and then on Save and save the sample to your Desktop.


Then drag the sample file to our free online malware scanner that you can find right below to test it for malware:

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    If the scan tells you the file contains malicious code, this means you must quit the process that the file came from so select that process in the Activity Monitor and then select the big button in the top-left to quit it.

    Note that even if the scanner doesn’t detect anything harmful, if the online search you conducted told you that the process in question is likely from “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” or from another unwanted or harmful app, you should still quit that process.

    Step 2: Delete malicious/unwanted apps


    Most Mac malware and unwanted software comes in the form of seemingly helpful free apps that users can get from different download platforms. Usually, such apps aren’t allowed into the official Apple App Store due to its strict security standards so most malware-carrying applications are downloaded from third-party sources. It is therefore a good idea to check your Mac for such apps and delete anything that doesn’t seem reliable.

    To do this, go to Finder > Applications and look for recently installed items that are downloaded from such third-party sources. Also, look for apps that you do not remember installing yourself – sometimes hijacker-carrying software can get installed without the user’s informed permission. If you notice anything that seems like it could be unwanted and possible connected to “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer”, drag it to the Trash without hesitation. Even if it turns out that the deleted app hasn’t been causing any problems, it’s fine as you can always install it at a later time.

    Step 3: Safe Launch Safari

    Close Safari if it is currently open, hold down Shift, and open the browser again while still holding the button. The browser should start without any of the pages that were previously opened loading. If some previous pages still load on your screen, close the browser again and stop your Internet connection. Depending on whether you are using an Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi, this could be done in two ways:

    • The first option is to simply disconnect the Ethernet cable from your Mac and reconnect it once the rest of this guide is complete.
    • If you are using wireless, then you should instead go to the Wi-Fi menu from the top and click on the option labelled Turn Wi-Fi Off. Once the guide is finished, go back to that menu and select the Turn Wi-Fi On option to re-enable your wireless connection.

    Step 4: Clean the Safari

    Once the browser is started anew, you should once more check its extensions – if any of the ones you deleted earlier are back in your browser, uninstall them again.

    After that, you must go to the Privacy section from Preferences where you will see an option labelled Remove All Website Data – click on it and confirm the command. This will delete temporary browser data such as cached files and cookies and will thus ensure that no information related to the hijacker is left in Safari.

    Privacy in Safari

    You must also visit the General section of Preferences where you must check the current browser homepage URL and replace it if the current one seems to have been added by “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer”.

    General Tab in Safari

    Hijackers oftentimes mess with the starting page of the browsers they infect to make their advertising campaigns more effective, and it is very important that you do not allow “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” to determine the current homepage of Safari because that hijacker-imposed address might be to an unsafe and potentially hazardous site. Therefore, make sure that the homepage address URL links to a safe and reliable website that can be trusted.

    Default Home Page

    Finally, it’s also a good idea to refresh/clear the browsing history of Safari. You can do this from the History menu of the browser, by selecting the Clear History. There, we suggest selecting the All History option after which you should click on Clear History again to perform the command.

    Step 5: Clean other browsers

    Other browsers that you may have such as Chrome, or Firefox must also be cleaned so go ahead and do that if you have more browsers on your Mac.

    firefox-512 Removing ads from Firefox for Mac:

    If you have Firefox, open it, select the three lines icon in the upper-right corner, and go to Extensions. Same as with Safari, your job here is to delete the extensions that you do not trust or need as well as the ones you don’t remember installing yourself.

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    You should also refresh the settings of the browser if any of them have been modified by the hijacker so visit the linked page and follow the additional steps shown there.

    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemoving ads from Chrome for Mac:

    To clean Chrome, open it, click on the icon with three dots (top-right), hover your cursor over More Options, and select Extensions from the sub-menu. There, once again, delete any extension that seems out of place and that may potentially be related to the disturbances you have been experiencing in your browser.

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    Next, select the browser menu again and this time go to Settings. From the settings window, click on Search Engine from the left sidebar and then go to Manage Search Engines. In this page, you will see different search engines that Chrome can use – if any of them are unfamiliar to you, click on the three-dot icon next to each of them and select the Block option to stop Chrome from using them. The goal is to eventually be left with only those search engine services that you know are trusted – ones like Google, Bing, or Yahoo. Naturally, if you see a search engine labelled “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” in there, you must block that one too.

    Lastly, you should go to this page and follow the instructions there to finalize refreshing Chrome and deleting any remaining “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer” data and/or settings that may still be in it.

    Final Notes

    Removing hijackers from Mac isn’t usually particularly difficult. The steps listed here should be more than enough to clean your computer from the presence of the unwanted “RunningUpdaterd will damage your computer”. Still, in some cases, it’s possible that the hijacker app may be a bit trickier to get rid of manually and if this happens to you, and you are unable to eliminate it, it might be a good idea to try with a professional removal tool like the one suggested in the guide above. The tool is perfect for quickly locating and deleting hijackers and the data they have saved on the computer. In addition, it can keep you safe from more dangerous threats, including Trojans and Spyware, thus making your online experience safer.


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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