Unithandlerd will damage your computer

Unithandlerd will damage your computer

“Unithandlerd will damage your computer” is a software application that researchers find as potentially unwanted. “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” is notorious for attaching itself to Mac browsers and taking over their homepage, search engine and new tab by replacing them with its own. Thus, many users prefer to uninstall it.

Unithandlerd will damage your computer

The “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” pop up is on Mac.

Normally, such apps are known as Browser Hijackers and are famous for the automatic page-redirects they initiate and the unstoppable stream of pop-up ads, banners and notifications they are able to generate during web browsing sessions. “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” is a new addition of this annoying type of apps that can be flawlessly integrated into many Mac browsers, including in Chrome, Safari, Opera, and others. The unwelcome page redirects to various sponsored pages, changes in your browser’s layout, particularly in the main search engine and the homepage address and the intense ad-production are the most prominent potentially unfavorable results that could come with this browser hijacker.

Unithandlerd will damage your computer. on Mac

“Unithandlerd will damage your computer” for Mac is a potentially unwanted software aimed at hijacking your Mac browser and turning it into ad-generating tool. “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” for Mac may introduce to the main web browser various unwanted features, such as a new search engine, a new toolbar, different redirect buttons and shortcuts to sponsored pages.  

Browser Hijackers like this one usually aren’t all that dangerous, though. Landing such a program on your Mac computer can be annoying and irritating, but it certainly won’t cause real harm. Usually, the automatic page-redirects and the unstoppable stream of ads on your screen will be the most frustrating aspects about finding “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” on your system. Just for comparison, serious threats such as Trojans and Ransomware viruses can cause irreparable damage to the computer and its data, including theft of your credentials and/or banking details, file corruption, and total system destruction.

In the other hand, the Hijackers may trigger significant annoyance as they may take the web users to pages they have not expected to visit. Besides, they may force them to click on various unwanted pop-up messages and ads, some of which may not be that reliable. Thus, it is a good idea to uninstall them to prevent the ongoing browsing interruptions as well as an accidental encounter with malvertisements, or transmitters of Ransomware, Trojans and other viruses.

What is Unithandlerd will damage your computer?

“Unithandlerd will damage your computer” is a Browser Hijacker that will mostly use instant page-redirects to reroute you to sponsored websites. In addition to that, “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” may flood your window with various click-prompts that force you to interact with multiple pay-per-click advertisements.

Programs like this one may be installed in your Mac machine in a number of ways. One of the common methods is called software bundling. A software bundle is a setup package that contains more than one program in its installation manager. Since such packages are normally available free of charge, users often install them without paying much attention to their settings. However, many software bundles contain a piece of advertising software such as an adware variant or a Browser Hacker hidden in their setup options. Thus, if you want to keep your Mac ad-free, you have to be really careful about the sources of your software, pay close attention to the setup settings of any new app and remove any additional components that you don’t want to be part of your system.

The Unithandlerd will damage your computer app

The “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” app is a Mac browser application that operates as a browser hijacker and is considered potentially unwanted. If not removed, the “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” app shows dozens of advertisements on the screen and redirects users to pages that may contain questionable content.

Other threats of this type:

Standardboostd , Cleanparameterd, skilledobjectd , RecordMapperd , manageranalogd , InitialProgramd , ProtocolPort , ActivityInputd , initialskilld , dominantpartitiond , OriginalModuled , OperativeMachined, protocolstatus , elementarytyped , standartproductd , configtyped , Analyzerwindowd , ExtendedSprintd , LauncherSetup , TrustedAnalogd , ProtocolAgent . 

SUMMARY:

Name Unithandlerd will damage your computer
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

Remove Unithandlerd will damage your computer from Mac

The following instructions will allow you to remove Unithandlerd in two ways:

  • The manual instructions will allow you to remove it on your own by downloading 2 software suites which will show you the folders the threat is located in. Installing, scanning, and deleting everything will require 1-2 hours of your time, depending on your speed and the threat itself.
    Note: If Unithandlerd has an in-built ability to restore itself on a restart, the manual steps will not prevent that. We recommend the automatic removal.
  •  Download SpyHunter for Mac (one of the apps used in the manual instructions), scan with it, and if you decide to use the program, it will likely require about 15-20 minutes. This, however, requires an active subscription for SpyHunter, which means either to use the trial version or purchase the software.

Removal instructions:
1. Download EtreCheck from the Appstore and scan for any Unithandlerd unsigned files. Delete them. (You can skip this step altogether and download and scan with Spyhunter instead if you don’t want to double-check things).
2. Download and install Spyhunter for Mac. Scan for any malicious files.
3. The app will show you which files are infected. Either use SpyHunter to delete them for you (the automatic removal) or do it manually, which means tracking down each detected location by yourself and deleting the file.
4. In most cases start with /private/var/root/Library/Application Support/.Unithandlerd/Unithandlerd
5. In Finder press Shift+Command+G to open the Find window.
6. Search for the /var directory. Then proceed and look for the /root folder inside.
7. It will most likely be locked and you will need additional permissions to meddle with it.
8. Press command+I and scroll to sharing and permissions. Add your user name to permissions.
9. Now you should be able to access the /root folder and proceed and locate the /Library folder inside it. Proceed to do the same until you are inside the /Application Support folder.
10. It is possible that the folder you look for is hidden, if that is the case use command+shift+. to locate and find the file you want to delete.
11. Delete the Unithandlerd file.
12. If none of this helps, try the steps in this guide

Delete the “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” extension from Safari

It is not uncommon for browser hijackers to add their own extensions to the users’ browsers thus causing the latter to behave in unusual ways and to disrupt the user’s online experience. The good news is that, in many cases, removing the undesirable browser extension may solve the whole problem with the hijacker. Because of this, our first suggestion in this guide is to go to your browser and check its extensions to see if any of them may have been installed there by “Unithandlerd will damage your computer”.

First, open the browser, select the Safari menu (top-left), and go to Preferences > Extensions. If there is an extension named “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” in there, delete it. If there isn’t, look through the other ones and delete those of them that seem suspicious to you. Extensions you don’t recognize, ones that may have been installed without your agreement, as well as ones that you don’t normally use must be removed from the browser.

Preferences in Safari

extensions in safari

Afterwards, you must restart the computer, start Safari again, and use the browser for a while to see if the disturbances caused by the hijacker have stopped. Also, you should once again check the browser’s extensions to see if the ones you uninstalled haven’t been re-installed in the browser. If you are still seeing the symptoms of “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” and/or if the hijacker’s extension(s) have been added to Safari once again, go to the next steps and complete them to fully eliminate all hijacker-related data and settings from your Mac.

Step1

Before you try to remove anything, you must close the Safari browser in order to prevent the hijacker from interrupting you while you are completing this guide. If Safari won’t close (the hijacker may be forcing it to stay open), select the Apple menu from the menu bar, click on Force Quit, and select the entry for Safari from the window that shows on your screen. Then use the Force Quit button on that window to force the browser to close.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Next, visit the Activity Monitor of your computer – you can find it in the Applications/Utilities folder. Your task now is to find the process or processes that are run by the “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” hijacker. This may not be very easy to do as you will probably not see a process with the name “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” on it inside the Activity Monitor. Nevertheless, you must carefully look through all the processes listed in there and try to figure out which one (or ones) may be related to the browser hijacker. A possible indication that a given process may be coming from the unwanted software is if that process’ name doesn’t seem familiar to you and/or if the process has an unusually high RAM and CPU expenditure. Of course, you are not supposed to know the names of all processes running in your system so it may still be quite tricky to tell if any of them shouldn’t be active on your Mac. Therefore, it is best if you always conduct an online research of the names of all processes in your Activity Monitor that you deem questionable and suspicious. In most cases, a quick Google search will give you the necessary information about any given process you may see in the Activity Monitor of your Mac.

chromeinfo

chromesample

One other way that could potentially help you determine if a process you see running on your Mac is linked to the hijacker or to another unwanted software is to select the process, click on the Information button, select Sample, and Save the sample as a file on your computer. Then you can test that sample file using an anti-malware program of your own or with the help of the next free online scanner tool that we provide our readers with: 

Each file will be scanned with up to 64 antivirus programs to ensure maximum accuracy
This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users.
This file is not matched with any known malware in the database. You can either do a full real-time scan of the file or skip it to upload a new file. Doing a full scan with 64 antivirus programs can take up to 3-4 minutes per file.
Drag and Drop File Here To Scan
Drag and Drop File Here To Scan
Loading
Analyzing 0 s
Each file will be scanned with up to 64 antivirus programs to ensure maximum accuracy
    This scanner is based on VirusTotal's API. By submitting data to it, you agree to their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and to the sharing of your sample submission with the security community. Please do not submit files with personal information if you do not want them to be shared.

    Upon scanning the file, you should see if there’s any malware code contained in it and, if there is, you should then Quit the process that the scanned file originates from. To Quit a process, simply select it in the Activity Monitor and click on the Close/Quit/X button.

    Step3

    One important thing to understand about Mac browser hijackers and Mac malware in general is that it mostly spreads through the help of different apps that users download without realizing that those apps may be infected. The official Apple App Store has very strong security so it is exceedingly rare to find a malicious/infected app allowed into it. However, many people tend to download Mac software from third-party sources, many of which have significantly weaker security which means that it is more likely to encounter malware in them.

    The reason we are telling you all this is that, if you have recently downloaded anything from such a third-party download platform, chances are that this app may be the one that has brought the hijacker into your Mac. Therefore, we suggest you go to the Applications folder of your machine and meticulously explore the different apps listed there. If any of them have been downloaded from third-party platforms and you think that they may be linked to the hijacker, drag them to Trash to delete them and then empty the Trash app. Do this with any app you suspect of being connected to “Unithandlerd will damage your computer”.

    Step4

    The next step is to perform a Safari Safe Launch – this means to start the browser without allowing it to load previously opened pages and tabs. You can do this by holding down Shift from the keyboard when opening the browser. However, if this doesn’t do the trick, you must close the browser, disconnect from the Internet, and perform the Safe Launch again.

    • To disconnect your Mac from a Wi-Fi network, hold down Option from your keyboard, select the Wi-Fi menu, and then select the Turn Wi-Fi Off button. Once the hijacker is removed, restore your Wi-Fi connection in the same way, but this time select the Turn Wi-Fi On option. If you are using an Ethernet cable to connect to the Internet, you must simply temporarily remove it from your Mac.

    Step5

    With Safari safe launched, you must now explore the browser’s extensions once again and if you notice that any of the unwanted ones you deleted at the beginning of the guide are present in the browser again, you should uninstall them once more.

    Next, select the Privacy section from Preferences and click on the option labeled Remove All Website Data – this will help delete any remaining hijacker data from the browser and prevent the unwanted software from returning to your browser to bother you again. Note, however, that you will be signed out of your online accounts after you perform this action.

    Privacy in Safari

    The next Preferences section of Safari that you must visit is General. In it, you must take a look at the current homepage address of the browser and see if the “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” hijacker has changed it without your approval.

    General Tab in Safari

    If the homepage has been tampered with, you must change its address to that of a site you fully trust and that you know is reliable. You must absolutely not allow the homepage of Safari to be determined by “Unithandlerd will damage your computer”!

    Default Home Page

    Lastly, you should clean the history of the browser – you can do that from the History menu of Safari, by selecting the Clear History option, choosing the longest available history deletion time period, and then clicking on the Clear Browsing History option.

    Step6

    If Safari is not the only browser that is installed on your Mac, you must check the other ones for signs of browser hijacker presence and clear them to ensure that there’s no “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” data left in them.

    firefox-512 Removing ads from Firefox for Mac:

    To check Firefox for hijacker extensions, you must open the browser, go to the browser menu/Add-ons/Extensions and then delete the extension items you think may be linked to “Unithandlerd will damage your computer”.

    pic 6

    Afterwards, you should get rid of any other remaining hijacker data stored in Firefox and also restore the normal settings of the browser. This link will bring you to a helpful guide that will show you how to refresh Firefox.


    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemoving ads from Chrome for Mac:

    To delete unwanted “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” extensions from Chrome, select the Chrome Menu, then go to More Tools, and select Extensions from the drop-down menu. In the Extensions page, delete all items that look potentially unwanted or unfamiliar as well as anything that has a name similar to “Unithandlerd will damage your computer”.

    pic 8

    The next thing you must do in Chrome is go to its Settings (from the Chrome menu), and then go to Search Engine/Manage Search Engines. You will see all search engines that the browser can use to conduct your online searches and your task here is to block the ones you don’t recognize and the ones that may be linked to “Unithandlerd will damage your computer”. To block a search engine from being used by Chrome, select its corresponding three-dot button and select the Block option. At the end, you should only be left with search engines that you trust and know are safe.

    Finally, you will need to refresh the other settings of Chrome and delete any remaining hijacker data stored in the browser. Go to this short guide where you can find out how you can do this.

    Final Notes

    We hope that the instructions we have posted on this page were enough to solve your problem with “Unithandlerd will damage your computer”. In case you still seem to have issues with this unpleasant hijacker even after completing all the listed steps, we suggest you try out the powerful anti-malware tool we’ve recommended on the current page. Also, do not hesitate to ask us questions related to the topic of removing “Unithandlerd will damage your computer” down in the comments section – we will do our best to give you helpful answers in a timely fashion.

    blank

    About the author

    blank

    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.

    Leave a Comment