Wants access to control Safari

Wants access to control Safari

“Wants access to control Safari” is an unwanted browser attachment that will constantly put ads inside your browser and redirect your web searches to unknown sites. If “Wants access to control Safari” is currently in your main browser, you must uninstall it because the ads and redirects it creates may not be safe.

Wants access to control Safari

The malicious pop up which “Wants access to control Safari” will display different numbers instead of an app name.

Unwanted apps like Wants access to control Safari are really common and most users get to experience their presence inside the browser at one point or another. Although the ads, page-redirects, and the different changes that they make inside the browser could seem worrying and make you think your computer has been attacked by some harmful piece of malware such as a Trojan Horse that can corrupt your system or download Ransomware onto the computer, in most cases, there’s no need to be worried about the browser hijacker. The changes in the homepage, the new-tab page, and the search engine of your Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser are not made by the hijacker with the goal to damage your browser or system. Their purpose is to make your browser more predisposed to the constant generation of intrusive ads, banners, redirects, and pop-ups that Wants access to control Safari is programmed to put on your screen.

Removing “Wants access to control Safari” is still necessary for the safety of your computer

Even though the majority of applications that can be categorized as browser hijackers are not particularly harmful by themselves, the content they seek to promote may not always be something you’d like to be exposed to. The developers of browser hijackers seek to make money from the ads their software generates and they don’t really care if what is being advertised is actually reliable or safe. We aren’t saying that Wants access to control Safari is programmed to put your system at risk by redirecting you to hazardous sites or showing you fake ads but the latter could still end up being a by-product of the activities of the unwanted app. That is why, in order to keep your system clean and safe, it is recommended that you uninstall the browser hijacker app as soon as possible. Otherwise, there are far more hazardous threats that may attack you, including Rootkits that can block your antivirus, Trojans that can corrupt important system files, and Ransomware that can encrypt all of your private data.

Keeping “Wants access to control Safari” far from your computer in the future

The removal guide you will find here, on this page, will help you uninstall the hijacker but you must also make sure that it doesn’t come back in the future. An important thing to remember in order to keep away from such apps from now on is that they rarely get distributed as separate software. Instead, most hijackers are included in what is called file-bundles – installation packages for one main program and one or more added “bonus” components. Usually, the hijacker app would be such an added component. To prevent it from getting installed, make sure that you always pay close attention to the setup settings of the installation wizards when you are installing new software on your computer. Anything you notice there that seems sketchy, unwanted, or unneeded is to be left out of the installation.


Name Wants access to control Safari
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Aggressive advertising messages, changes in the settings of your main browser, obstructive site-redirects, etc. 
Distribution Method Spam email messages and questionable clickbait ads are commonly used to spread hijackers but the file-bundling method seems to be the most popular technique for distributing this type of unwanted software.
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Wants access to control Safari Mac Removal

For a quick way to remove Wants access to control Safari 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 Wants access to control Safari.
  5. Remove Wants access to control Safari 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 Wants access to control Safari!


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 Wants access to control Safari 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 Wants access to control Safari 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


    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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