Upgrade Coordinator Mac

Upgrade Coordinator

Upgrade Coordinator is an unwanted Mac app that’s used for making certain sites more popular by causing Mac browsers to redirect users to them. Upgrade Coordinator cannot be controlled by the user and it will keep spamming the affected browser with site-promoting page redirects until removed.

Upgrade Coordinator Mac

The Upgrade Coordinator App on Mac

If you want to learn more about this undesirable piece of software as well as find out what the best way to remove it from your Mac is, we suggest you take a few moments to read this informative article.

Upgrade Coordinator for Mac

Upgrade Coordinator for Mac is a browser add-on that installs itself in Safari, Firefox, or Chrome and hijacks the homepage of the browser. Upgrade Coordinator for Mac also takes over the default search engine and fills its search results with advertised items.

On the surface, this applications (DTTarget , Connected Boost) may not seem too different from a regular browser add-on. However, once you start using a browser that has the hijacker attached to it, you’d quickly learn that having this undesirable software on the computer can be quite frustrating and obstructive. Not only that but also a hijacker like this one could potentially get you into trouble by exposing you to fake or misleading ads and redirecting you to sites with questionable content. In general, it is inadvisable to allow such an app to operate on your computer for long because its advertising and site-promoting actions may eventually put your system at risk of getting attacked by real malware threats, the likes of spyware, phishing viruses, Ransomware, or Trojans.

What is Upgrade Coordinator?

Upgrade Coordinator is a type of Mac browser extension that only serves the purpose of generating popup ads, banners and page redirects in your browser. Upgrade Coordinator doesn’t offer any useful functions and it’s best to uninstall it before it redirects your browser to some unsafe site.

In most cases, users struggle with the removal of browser hijackers because these apps are made as difficult to successfully uninstall as possible. In many cases, one may seemingly remove a browser hijacker only to later realize that the intrusive software has somehow managed to get re-installed in the browser without permission. Obviously, the ads and redirects generated by a browser hijacker earn money for the unwanted app’s developers, which is why the latter are more than interested in making sure their hijacker stays in the browser for as long as possible, hence the particularly tricky uninstallation process of most such apps. Still, if you know what you are doing, you can still successfully remove this software from your computer. To learn how to do that, we advise you to go through the removal guide at the bottom of this post.

The UpgradeCoordinator app

The UpgradeCoordinator app is an undesirable piece of Mac software that overrides the settings of popular browsers and causes sudden site redirects. The UpgradeCoordinator app is mostly distributed as an added element included within other applications that are usually distributed via third-party download sources.

If you want to stay away from such apps in the future, we suggest you only download new software from the App Store because other download sources may offer applications that have undesirable features and built-in components. 


Name Upgrade Coordinator
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Anything from changes in the starting page and the new-tab page to the generation of aggressive ads and page-redirect links in the browser.
Distribution Method Spam letters and clickbait ads are common distribution tools for hijackers and the same could be said about file bundles.
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Remove Upgrade Coordinator App from Mac

For a quick way to remove Upgrade Coordinator 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 Upgrade Coordinator.
  5. Remove Upgrade Coordinator 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 Upgrade Coordinator!

Upgrade Coordinator 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.

Upgrade Coordinator Mac


Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Upgrade Coordinator 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:

Upgrade Coordinator Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Upgrade Coordinator 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.

    Upgrade Coordinator 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,

    Upgrade Coordinator Mac

    and then again on the Extensions tab,

    Upgrade Coordinator 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.
    Upgrade Coordinator 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,
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    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

    Upgrade Coordinator Mac

    Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
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    Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

    Upgrade Coordinator Mac How to Remove Upgrade Coordinator From Firefox in OSX:

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

    Upgrade Coordinator Mac

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

    Upgrade Coordinator MacHow to Remove Upgrade Coordinator From Chrome in OSX:

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

    Upgrade Coordinator Mac

     Click Upgrade Coordinator 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!


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    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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