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System Spot Mac

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System Spot

System Spot is a browser hijacker for browsers like Safari, Chrome, and Firefox that’s programmed to draw the user’s attention to various types of online ads. System Spot will start spamming your screen with adverts and will change the browser’s settings as soon as it gets installed.

System Spot

System Spot on Mac

Even though in the past it was rare for a Mac user to get their computer infected by malware, junkware, or any sort of PUP/PUA software, in recent years, unwanted and dangerous programs created specifically to infect Mac systems have become quite common. The browser hijacker we will be focusing in this article is one such piece of software that Mac users may not want in their computers because of its ability to change the settings of the browser and automatically redirect users to different sites with potentially unsafe contents.

System Spot for Mac

System Spot for Mac is unwanted software that will latch onto the main browser of your Mac and force it to redirect your browsing to questionable Internet addresses. System Spot for Mac is not a harmful app but its ads and redirects may make your system unsafe.

Although the browser hijacker won’t directly threaten your system’s safety or do anything harmful to your data or software, the fact that there’s an application attached to your browser which may conduct various advertising-related activities and introduce different unwanted changes into said browser is more than enough of a reason to uninstall the invasive app.

What is System Spot?

System Spot is a form of browser hijacker software that targets the user’s browser in order to use it as space for displaying paid ads. In addition to spamming you with ads, System Spot will also introduce unwanted changes to the browser’s settings.

Most browser hijackers are mainly created to generate income by artificially drawing traffic to certain sites that pay for the exposure. In order to do that, a hijacker would redirect your browser to those sites or make their pages your new homepage or new-tab page address. Some browser hijackers like System Spot also install a new search engine in the targeted browser which allows the unwanted app to present the user with more ads in the search results.

The SystemSpot app

The SystemSpot app is a type of unwanted software that aggressively tries to advertise different sites and products from within your Mac’s main browser. The SystemSpot app won’t give you control over its activities and won’t stop showing ads until you uninstall it.

Aside from being annoying, apps like these have the potential to expose you to threats such as Trojans, Spyware, and Ransomware, which makes them rather undesirable. All of their ads, redirects, pop-ups, banners, and other similar forms of advertisement can greatly increase the risk of landing on unsafe web locations that may be controlled by hackers and used for spreading such malware hazards. Therefore, if you’d prefer to make it less likely for you to have your system exposed to malicious Trojans or Ransomware, we advise you to follow the instructions from this page and uninstall the invasive browser hijacker.

SUMMARY:

Name System Spot
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The symptoms of a hijacker include the change of the homepage address of your browser and the replacement of its default search engine service. 
Distribution Method Methods such as file-bundling and malvertising are often used to spread hijackers.
Detection Tool

Remove System Spot Virus

Step1

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading ComboCleaner to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading ComboCleaner
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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

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:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

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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Step3

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.

Step4

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,

Preferences in Safari

and then again on the Extensions tab,

extensions in safari

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.
Step5

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,
Privacy in Safari

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

General Tab in Safari

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Default Home Page

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

firefox-512 How to Remove System Spot From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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


chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove System Spot From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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 Click chrome menu icon 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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