Skilled Marketing is a type of unwanted software that redirects Mac browsers to sites full of ads in order to generate a profit for its creators. Apps like Skilled Marketing are categorized as browser hijackers because they take over the browser and tamper with its settings.
Most users get frustrated by the presence of such an app in their browsers because the hijacker constantly keeps getting their online traffic rerouted to its partnering sites. Also, in order to further push its agenda, the unwanted app may give your browser a new custom search engine and a new homepage address. Those may be presented to you as helpful new tools to make your browsing better in some way, but they are really only there to help the hijacker advertise its partnering sites with greater effectiveness.
Safari, Chrome, and Firefox are, obviously, the most commonly targeted browsers as they are used by the biggest number of users. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t get a hijacker on another browser. The majority of hijacker apps are multi-compatible and they can get attached to any browser. Once in the browser, they start to tamper with its settings and redirect the user to the sites they are supposed to advertise. A hijacker, like this one and QSearch, usually doesn’t give you the option to stop its page-redirecting activities and the only way to put an end to this irritation is by fully uninstalling the unpleasant app.
Skilled Marketing for Mac
Skilled Marketing for Mac is a special type of malware designed to promote certain websites by getting as many users as possible redirected to them. To complete its task, Skilled Marketing for Mac gets installed in the users’ browsers and causes them to initiate automatic page redirects.
Most hijackers are designed to have a difficult removal process – they don’t give you a direct uninstallation option and, in order to get rid of them, you need to complete a number of steps or use a specialized removal program. In this regard, we may have some good news for you. In the guide below, you will find all the needed information that will help you eliminate Skilled Marketing and return your browser back to normal.
What is Skilled Marketing ?
Skilled Marketing is a browser hijacker malware app, specifically designed to infect the browsers of Mac computers. Skilled Marketing changes the settings of the infected browser and forcefully starts to initiate page redirects that land the users on unknown sites filled with sketchy ads.
In addition to being irritating, this type of apps may also expose the computer to various forms of harm. The random redirects occurring in the browser may land you on sites that contain Trojans or Ransomware or that are phishing pages in disguise.
The SkilledMarketing app
The SkilledMarketing app is an unwanted add-on for browsers installed on Mac computers that tries to improve the traffic of certain sites. In order to complete its agenda, the SkilledMarketing app changes some of the affected browser’s settings, including the homepage and search engine.
Usually, the only way to override those changes is by uninstalling the hijacker responsible for them. In the guide below, we will show you how you can do that quickly so that there’s no longer a risk of getting automatically redirected to some site that spreads Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware or other types of viruses.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The most typical hijacker symptom is a sudden change in the behaviour of the browser and in some of its settings.|
|Distribution Method||The file-bundling method is a commonly used technique for spreading unwanted hijackers like Skilled Marketing .|
Remove Skilled Marketing from Mac
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.
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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.
Open Firefox, click on
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
Start Chrome, click
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!