Tradexic Mac

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Tradexic is a Mac application that is not malicious but can mess with Mac web browsers’ settings and start uncontrolled ad generation and auto page-redirects. While essentially not being a virus, Tradexic will create an intolerable disturbance of the users’ web browsing activity by modifying the homepage of the main browser or replacing the default search engine.

The Tradexic Mac app will display pop up ads and notifications

Perhaps you have landed on this page because your main web browser has been modified by Tradexic and you are now struggling to remove the annoying program and uninstall its changes. If this is the case, then in the next paragraphs you will find all the information that you need and a manual removal guide for self-help.

Tradexic for Mac

Tradexic for Mac is a quite frustrating piece software that can replace your web browser’s default search engine, your preferred homepage, or the new tab page without asking for your permission. What is more, Tradexic for Mac can install some new components that have not been approved by you.

This is behavior that can quickly be taken for a sign of a potential infection with a virus or malware (like a Trojan horse or Ransomware). Fortunately, to your relief Tradexic is not a virus but something called a “browser hijacker”.

What is Tradexic?

Tradexic is a Mac program that can open new browser windows and tabs without user consent and can interrupt your normal web browsing with hard-to-remove pop-ups and text links. Most of the time, the Tradexic ads redirect to random pages and prompt users to click on random notifications.

If you don’t know what a browser hijacker is, don’t panic. This is a kind of advertising software that typically uses the main browser on a computer to generate sponsored pop-ups, banners and other advertising materials during your web browsing sessions.

Tradexic operates exactly as a classical browser hijacker for Mac browsers, and, fortunately, is not interested in harming your computer the way that a dangerous virus would. For example, Tradexic can’t hack your Mac’s webcam or microphone the way that a real Trojan would do and definitely cannot restrict access to user data like Ransomware can.

However, the hundreds of pop-up ads and banners this software can generate, along with the unexpected page redirects and the unauthorized changes to your browser’s settings can be quite daunting. In addition, if not removed, programs such as Tradexic,, Bar1 New Tab can affect the overall efficiency of the machine. For instance, they can use a significant portion of syste resources to run their redirect and ad-generating activities and this, in turn, can lead to system sluggishness, browser unresponsiveness and even sudden program crashes due to lack of free RAM and CPU resources. This is why most browser hijackers are usually considered to be potentially undesirable and are uninstalled without regret from the system.

The Tradexic app

The Tradexic app is a Mac browser add-on that is not as harmful as conventional malware but may still be unwanted for many reasons. The Tradexic app can normally install some new browser components and replace the default user settings without being authorized to do so.

Therefore, identifying and permanently uninstalling all browser-related components will be the best way to stop this program and its potentially unwanted behaviors.


Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
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Remove Tradexic 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.



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:


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:

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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.


    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.

    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 Tradexic 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 Tradexic 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!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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