Wants access to control Safari

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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.


NameWants access to control Safari
TypeBrowser Hijacker
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Wants access to control Safari Mac Removal

Uninstall “Wants access to control Safari” from Safari

To Uninstall “Wants access to control Safari” from Safari, you must find the extension that this hijacker has added to the browser and delete it.

  1. Start by opening Safari and clicking on the Safari button in the top-left.
  2. Select the preferences option and go to the Extensions tab to see the browser’s extensions.
  3. Explore the different items there and if anything looks like it could be linked to the hijacker, remove it to uninstall “Wants access to control Safari” from Safari.
  4. Look for other suspicious items in the extensions’ section and delete them too.
    extensions in safari

Mac browser hijackers typically add unwanted elements to Safari and other browsers users have on their Macs in order to control the browser’s functions and cause it to execute different actions (such as ad-generation and page-redirection) without permission. It is, therefore, important to first try to remove any unwanted browser extensions or other similar components from Safari in case “Wants access to control Safari” has tried to add such to the browser.

After you think you have removed all unwanted extensions from the browser, restart your Mac and open Safari again to see how it behaves now. If there are no visible signs of “Wants access to control Safari” any more, there is probably no need to complete the rest of the guide. If the hijacker is still bothering you, be sure to finish all of the following steps to fully remove it.


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Safari should stay closed during the following couple of steps so close the browser and if “Wants access to control Safari” isn’t letting you do this, go to the Apple Logo menu, open the Force Quit option, and Force Quit the Safari app from the window that opens.



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In this step, you must find any processes linked to the hijacker and quit them. To see what processes are running in your system, select Finder, go to Applications from the left sidebar, open Utilities, and then start the Activity Monitor app. In there, you will see all processes that are active on the computer at the moment – if “Wants access to control Safari” is in your Mac, its process should be shown there. However, it may have a different name, so you should look for resource-intensive processes (that consume lots of CPU and/or RAM) that have odd names you don’t recognize.

If you think a given process could potentially be related to “Wants access to control Safari”, but you are not sure, look up its name on the internet to see what info comes up. If the suspected process is linked to the hijacker, a quick online search should let you know about that.

Another possible way to test suspicious processes is to select them from in the Activity Monitor, to click on the “i” (information) icon, and to select Sample.



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    If malware code does get detected in the sample file, you should delete that file and then go to the Activity Monitor and quit the process the sample came from. To quit a process, simply select it and then click on the big button in the top-left of the Activity Monitor window.

    Important Note: Even if the scan you performed didn’t spot malware in the sample file, if your online search confirmed that the process in question is likely malicious and linked to the hijacker, you should still quit that process.


    A very important step is to delete any potentially unwanted and low-quality apps that you may have on your Mac. Go to Finder > Applications again and check the items show in the Applications folder. If any recently installed ones seem odd and potentially linked to “Wants access to control Safari”, you should probably drag them to the Trash to delete them.

    Note that most undesirable Mac software comes in the form of free apps downloaded from third-party download platforms (download platforms that aren’t the official App Store). If you have such apps on the computer, you should probably start from them, deleting the ones that seem the most suspicious. If you delete an app that turns out to be legitimate and not problematic, you can always get it back at a later time.


    Now its time tos tart Safari again by safe-launching it so that none of the previously loaded sites/pages get opened again. To do this, simply keep holding the Shift key when you are starting the browser. If still loads pages that were open during the previous browsing session, quit the browser again, disconnect your mac from the internet, and try performing the safe launch once more.

    • Users with Ethernet cables can simply remove the cable from the computer to temporarily stop their Internet connection.
    • If you are using Wi-Fi, an easy way to disconnect from the network is to go to the Wi-Fi menu from the menu bar and to select Turn Wi-Fi Off.

    With Safari safe-launched, you must now check the browser’s extensions once again – if any of the ones you removed earlier are back in the browser, delete them again and then proceed to Preferences > Privacy where you must select the Remove All Website Data option and confirm the command to delete cached data and cookies from the browser that may store information about the hijacker.

    Privacy in Safari

    The next step is to go to General (from Preferences) and to check the browser’s homepage – if the URL written there is unfamiliar to you and isn’t the one that is your usual starting page address, then it means it has likely been modified by the hijacker and the unwanted change needs to be revoked.

    General Tab in Safari

    If “Wants access to control Safari” seems to have altered the homepage address, delete the current URL and place another one that is from a trusted and reliable site you would like to be your current homepage.

    Default Home Page

    Lastly, visit the History menu of Safari, click on the Clear History option, set it to all history, and select Clear History again to perform the command. If this is the first time you are doing this or you haven’t’ delete the browser history in a long time, this might take a couple of minutes to complete.


    All browsers in the system must be checked for hijacker components and cleaned if necessary so if you have Chrome, Firefox, or another browser on your Mac aside from Safari, go to it and check it for hijacker modifications that would have to be revoked. Below, we have shown how this could be done in Chrome and Firefox.

    firefox-512 Removing ads from Firefox for Mac:

    Start Firefox, click on the three parallel lines icon located in the top-right, just below the X/Close button, and then click on Extensions. Like with Safari, the goal here is to delete any extensions that could be potentially unwanted and/or linked to “Wants access to control Safari”.

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    After taking care of the extensions, you must refresh the settings of Firefox so follow the link and complete the additional instructions provided there to make sure that there’s nothing from “Wants access to control Safari” left in Firefox.

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

    When you open Chrome, click on the three-dots in the top-right, go to More Tools, and select Extensions. Once again, you must delete any browser add-ons that might not be supposed to be in the browser. Don’t be afraid to delete all extensions if you are not sure which one might be causing the problem – you can always return the ones that aren’t problematic afterwards.

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    Once the unwanted extension(s) has been dealt with, go to Settings from the browser menu, click on Search Engine from the left, and then go to the Manage Search Engines options from the central panel of the screen. There, look at the different search engines that Chrome can use – it is likely that “Wants access to control Safari” has added its own entry to that list so look for suspicious search engines and/or ones that don’t seem familiar. If there are such entries, click on their respective three-dot buttons and select the Block option to prevent Chrome from using that search engine. It’s best if you are left at the end with only search engines that you know and trust (such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.).

    Finally, use the steps on this page to refresh the Chrome settings so that there’s nothing left in it that may be linked to the hijacker app.

    Final Notes

    If you complete correctly all the steps we have provided in this guide, this should usually be enough to remove “Wants access to control Safari” from Safari (and the other browsers) and fully delete any data related to this hijacker that may have been present in the computer. However, in rare cases, there may still be leftover components and hijacker data on your Mac and if that turns out to be the case, you should use a professional removal tool to delete what’s left behind from the hijacker. In the guide above, you can find such a professional removal tool that we recommend as it has been tested against this sort of unwanted software and is able of quickly taking care of such hijackers. In addition, it can also keep your Mac secure against a variety of malware threats that may target you while you are surfing the Internet.


    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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