Adware applications like Macshiny “Virus” could really mess with your normal web browsing because when they start to flood your screen with various ads, pop-ups, banners and page-redirect links, you may not be able to surf the web normally. Popular browsing programs such as Safari,Chrome or Firefox may easily get taken over by these applications and may be forced to display various sponsored commercial messages, regardless of your current browsing queries.
Generally, the security experts do not consider adware apps to be some serious and highly-dangerous computer threats but if you are facing issues with using your browser normally and if there are many irritating ads on your screen while browsing, the information in the next lines might be helpful to you. Here, we will give you an idea of what Adware really is like, what issues it may cause and why it might be a good idea to uninstall such apps. What is more, we will give you some tips on how to avoid such annoying applications in the future and a detailed Removal Guide with step-by-step instructions on how to remove the unwanted software along with its nagging commercials.
The Macshiny Virus
MacShiny is a third-party software elaborated to clean Apple Mac computers and make them run easily. It is an all-embracing app, which is also capable to defend one’s Mac from the dormant malware or even online-based virus. The main purpose of MacShiny is deleting junk data and uninstalling applications.
Applications such as Macshiny “Virus” are usually classified as Adware because they tend to interrupt the users’ web browsing with tons of sponsored ads. Generally, all Adware applications are programmed to do that because they operate as online advertising tools and try to promote certain products, services and offers on the users’ screens while they are browsing the web. Luckily, such activity will mostly only affect your default browser and nothing else on the system which means that your files and your other software are not in danger and you should not worry that they will be harmed. Still, many users consider this annoyance as unwanted and seek effective methods to get rid of it.
The good news is that, aside from the irritating stream of ads and page redirects, applications such as Macshiny or other similar adware pieces of software do not normally initiate any criminal activities or try to directly damage something on the computer. In fact, they greatly differ from the actual dangerous computer threats such as Ransomware, Spyware or Trojan horse viruses (or any other form of harmful malware) because they lack the malicious code typical for real malware viruses. The main purpose of Adware is not to cause harm anything but to advertise stuff. What is more the people behind adware software are not cybercriminals but online marketers and legitimate software developers, who want to get their ads exposed and to generate profits via pay-per-click or pay-per-view remuneration models. Malicious software such as Ransomware or Spyware, on the other hand, are not only created with the sole idea to perform some sort of a fraud or theft but also are controlled by some anonymous cyber criminal.
Macshiny has been installed on my PC without my approval – what to do?
The reputation of the Adware applications is quite negative not because they can harm the PC but mostly due to their aggressive advertising approach and due to their sneaky installation and distribution tactics. Therefore, it is very unlikely that the web users would install such applications willingly on their computer. However, they may end up with an ad-generating piece of software like Macshiny “Virus” if they are not careful when installing new software and don’t pay close attention to the different ads, spam messages, torrents, add-ons and software bundles that they might interact with. This is because, in most of the cases, adware is typically incorporated within setup bundles with some other programs or included in automatic installers, browser add-ons, software updates or different ads that prompt you to download and install some test application for free. The good news is that adware could be easily left out of the installation if the users select the Advanced or the Custom installation settings during the setup process. The problem is that many people do not know that and they can use these options and what happens is, they download and run the setup bundle without customizing it’s installation configuration by using the Automatic/Quick setup menu. It is, however, really important to manually customize the setup configuration through the Advanced installation menu so as to leave out anything potentially unwanted.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Ads, pop-ups and automatic page-redirects may constantly appear all over your screen.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, torrents, ad-supported sites, free download links, automatic installers.|
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How To Uninstall Macshiny “Virus” 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.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
How to Remove Macshiny From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove Macshiny From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click 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!