Solo Process Mac

Solo Process

Solo Process is an unwelcome ad-displaying application that seeks to “infect” the main browsers of Mac computers and to page-redirect their users. Solo Process is designed as a browser add-on but instead of helping you it will use your browser as a platform for its advertising agenda.

Solo Process Mac

The Solo Process virus is on Mac

If you have noticed that this undesirable application has recently gotten attached to your browser, be sure to go through the whole article and then visit our removal guide to learn how to safely eliminate this app and restore the normal state of your browser.

Solo Process for Mac

Solo Process for Mac is a browser-hijacking app that targets Firefox, Safari, and Chrome and seeks to alter their homepages and search engines. The changes Solo Process for Mac makes in the browser ensure that the ads and the page-redirects would keep spamming the screen until the hijacker gets uninstalled.

Even though they are typically advertised and distributed as regular browser add-ons, the majority of browser hijacker apps don’t really benefit the user in any conceivable way and, furthermore, they don’t even give the user an option to stop their advertising and site-redirecting activities. This really leaves the user with only one option – to fully remove the invasive app along with all of the unwanted components that it has added to the affected browser.

The SoloProcess app

The SoloProcess app is an undesirable component for different Mac browsers that automatically installs in the main browser and changes its settings. The SoloProcess app can be encountered inside file bundles, spam e-mails, clickbait ads, torrent sites, and other similar locations.

The actions of this software tend to irritate and frustrate most of the users who come to experience their effects, but the fact that the presence of this app inside the browser is unpleasant is only half the problem.

The other half is the potentially unreliable and unsafe ads that may sometimes come from the hijacker. Even though the browser-hijacking app itself does not pose a serious direct threat to your computer, the quality of the ads it displays and the sites it redirect to could greatly vary, meaning that it is not beyond the realm of possibility to have your browser rerouted to some malware-infested site that distributes threats such as Ransomware, Trojan Horses, or Spyware.

What is Solo Process?

Solo Process is a type of advertising software component that can only operate as a part of browsers such as Firefox and Chrome. As soon as Solo Process gets installed, it takes over the browser and turns it into a tool for generation of ads and page-redirects.

The important thing to remember if you have this, or any other hijacker in your computer, is that you should avoid any of the advertising content it puts inside your browser and that you should make sure to uninstall the intrusive app as soon as possible. After you eliminate the hijacker, make sure to never download software from unverified sources and to never interact with anything on the Internet that you aren’t sure whether you can trust. Again, although the hijacker itself is not a damaging app, it may lead to close encounters with far more threatening kinds of software, including Trojans, Ransomware, Worms, and so on. 


Name Solo Process
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms For the most part, a hijacker would try to flood your browser’s tabs with ads and intrusive pop-up messages.
Distribution Method Downloading and installing file bundles without checking their advanced settings for any unwanted optional installs oftentimes results in getting a hijacker installed in the computer.
Detection Tool

Solo Process Mac Removal

For a quick way to remove Solo Process try to do this inside your Mac browser:

  1. Open your Mac browser.
  2. Go to Preferences.
  3. Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
  4. Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Solo Process.
  5. Remove Solo Process from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.

If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of Solo Process!

Solo Process 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.

Solo Process Mac


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Solo Process Mac

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:

Solo Process Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Solo Process Mac

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.

Solo Process Mac

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,

Solo Process Mac

and then again on the Extensions tab,

Solo Process Mac

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.
Solo Process Mac

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,
Solo Process Mac

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

Solo Process Mac

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
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Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

Solo Process Mac How to Remove Solo Process From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on Solo Process Mac (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

Solo Process Mac

The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

Solo Process MacHow to Remove Solo Process From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click Solo Process Mac —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  Solo Process Mac.

Solo Process Mac

 Click Solo Process Mac 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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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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