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Shortcut Commander Mac Malware

 

Shortcut Commander

Shortcut commander is a rogue extension that redirects users to forced search engines, making it part of a browser hijacker suite. Shortcuts Commander’s behavior apparently started only recently.

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Shortcut commander’s homepage

This page aims to help you remove Shortcut Commander. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

There are all kinds of extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons that you can add to your browser for various reasons. Most of them are supposed to help with some aspect of your online browsing, to make your browser more secure, or to enhance that abilities of the browser. However, there is also a type of software known as browser hijackers, which are apps similar to regular browser extensions. However, there are several differences, and it is those differences that make the hijackers potentially unwanted. One thing that hijackers do, which most other extensions do not is enforce changes in the browser’s starting page, toolbar, new-tab page, or search engine. Now, many other browser extensions do that, but they also allow you to easily restore your old settings if you so desire. With a hijacker, you will usually not get such options. Page-redirects in your Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari (or another) browser that you may use are also likely to start to suddenly occur if a hijacker is present in the browser. Those page-redirects are usually aimed at promoting a certain site (such as Shortcut Commander) – a form of online advertisement. In fact, many hijackers are also known for generating ads from within the browser itself, and displaying them on the user’s screen during browsing time. Naturally, such ad generation could be quite irritating – in many cases, the ads would cover the exact part of the page you are on in which you are interested, and in order to get rid of the advert, you’d need to click on it. Clicking on the ad, however, is likely to redirect you to some other page, filled with more ads. There’s probably no need to go into any more detail about how annoying this could all be. However, there’s an even bigger problem with these ads, redirects, and browser changes. Due to all this unauthorized and uncontrolled activity of the hijacker, it is possible that you may get linked to some shady and unsafe online address. This, in turn, could greatly increase the chance of getting your system infected by viruses, Ransomware, Trojans, or of getting tricked by some phishing page that wants to know your credit/debit card numbers.

Shortcut Commander and Searchmine

Shortcut commander is reported to lead to the well-known Searchmine malware. This in particular takes Shortcut commander out of the ‘potentially unwanted’ type and straight into malware.

If you are here because you are frequently getting ads from Shortcut Commander, or because Shortcut Commander has suddenly become your browser’s default homepage, and you are unable to remove it or to stop the ads and the page-redirects, then you are advised to take a careful look at the guide below. If you want to get rid of the hijacker responsible for the promotion of the Shortcut Commander page and for the changes in your browser, you will need to meticulously complete all the steps from the guide in order to get the unwelcome app uninstalled. Another way of getting rid of the hijacker annoyance is by using a reliable removal tool that specializes in eliminating this type of invasive apps. One such tool that we recommend has been linked in the guide, so if the manual steps do not do the job in your case, or if you don’t want to go through the manual removal process, know that you can also use this removal tool as an alternative method of dealing with the hijacker.

SUMMARY:

Name Shortcut Commander
Type  Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Shortcut Commander Removal

Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker – you might want to see if you’re not infected with it as well.

You can find the removal guide here.

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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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