Study General Mac

Study General

Study General is an aggressive site-promoting app that installs on Mac computers and gets attached to their browsers. Study General is compatible with Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and other browsers and it can cause them to redirect you to sites that you don’t want to visit.

Study General Mac

The Study General is on Mac.

The use of browser hijackers like this one for the promotion of sites and products that aren’t that popular is very common. In most cases, this doesn’t cause harm to the computer where the hijacker is installed. However, there are likely to be different unwanted and unauthorized changes in the browser’s settings that may make the user want to uninstall the hijacker. For example, you will likely see there is a new search engine tool in the browser that’s set as its default one and the same is likely to happen to the homepage address. For some users, these changes may initially seem like useful new additions that are supposed to improve the functionality of the browser. However, it doesn’t take long to realize that the purpose of those additions is different. Like everything else the hijacker does, the changes it introduces, too, are supposed to further push its advertising campaign and not help you in any meaningful way.

Study General for Mac

Study General for Mac is one of the latest additions to the browser hijacker software category – a type of advertising apps. Study General for Mac will start sending your browser to the sites of its sponsors as soon as it gets added to your browser.

Usually, you aren’t given any way of controlling the advertising activities of the unwanted app. You aren’t allowed to stop the ad-generation and you cannot do anything about the sudden page redirects for as long as the hijacker stays in the computer. The only thing you can do is remove the intrusive app, thus removing it from your browser and ending its ad generation on your Mac. However, doing this isn’t all that easy and you may need our help if you wish to get rid of this unwanted app.

What is Study General?

Study General is a site-advertising tool that attaches to the main browser and begins to automatically open the sites it is tasked with promoting. Study General can typically be found inside installation packages that allow it to get distributed alongside other more desirable programs.

The best precaution measure that would decrease the chances of getting such an app installed on your Mac again in the future is to only download new software from the App Store and to always make sure that the developers of the program you want to install are reliable.

The StudyGeneral app

The StudyGeneral app is an example of a browser-hijacking app for Safari that can force your browser to send your searches to unknown sites. The StudyGeneral app may potentially open sites that aren’t safe and expose you to viruses such as Trojans or Ransomware.

Because of this, even if the hijacker itself is far less problematic than real viruses, Trojan horses, or Ransomware threats, it is still important that you take the needed measures and uninstall this application at the earliest opportunity. 


Name Study General
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Hijackers immediately change the homepage of the browser and begin to spam the screen with ads and page redirects once they get installed.
Distribution Method These apps are mostly distributed as bonus components added to the installers of more appealing apps and programs.
Detection Tool

Study General Removal from Mac

For a quick way to remove Study General 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 Study General.
  5. Remove Study General 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 Study General!

Study General 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.

Study General Mac


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Study General 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:

Study General Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Study General 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.

Study General 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,

Study General Mac

and then again on the Extensions tab,

Study General 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.
Study General 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,
Study General 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

Study General Mac

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Study General Mac

Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

Study General Mac How to Remove Study General From Firefox in OSX:

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

Study General Mac

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

Study General MacHow to Remove Study General From Chrome in OSX:

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

Study General Mac

 Click Study General 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!


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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