What is Dataloading.net ? (Mac Removal)

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Browser hijackers are now getting more and more famous. In the paragraphs you will find below we will be elaborating on one specific hijacker version – Dataloading.net. In general, these irritating programs could be fully capable of infecting all your browser apps and disturbing you by constantly generating pop-up and other online advertisements; possibly redirecting you to different places; or resulting in a complete makeover of your browser appearance by setting new and unfamiliar search engines and homepages. Continue reading to get a better insight into this kind of annoying software.

What is Dataloading.net?

What’s normal for most hijackers you might come across on the Internet is that this sort of software may only affect all existing browser apps. Such programs may be able to result in some irritation by overwhelming the victim user with many ads; some unwanted redirection processes; or some modifications of the settings of the infected browsers, which haven’t been allowed by the affected users. What you should consider when it comes to dealing with hijacker-caused problems is that these irritating programs are NOT actual viruses. In order to show the differences between Dataloading.net, for example, and any existing form of malware, we have drawn the comparison between them:

  • Viruses DO invade any PC without the user’s approval. They don’t even try to trick you into installing them; they do that on their own. Moreover, depending on the version of the malware, their dishonest purposes could be very disturbing and might include the encryption of files (Ransomware-like programs can do that); an entire system crash (Trojans can inflict such disasters);
  • Dataloading.net, as a typical hijacker, may only inflict the aforementioned modifications in the settings of your browser apps. What this hijacker may do in addition is to access the browser history records and use the information there for trying to guess your personal choices. Consequently, all the produced ads could match your supposed preferences. To top it all off, the broadcasting of banners and other ads and the redirections might result in your computer’s slowdown, which could also appear irritating.

Clearly, the facts above show that there is nothing similar between Dataloading.net (or any other hijacker-type program) and any of the popular viruses nowadays. You have no reasons to worry in terms of the safety of your system. Still, browser hijackers aren’t exactly the programs you want or need on your PC.

Are the programs like Dataloading.net legal?

The real reason why all hijackers may affect your system in the aforementioned way is that their programmers get paid for making them promote something – web pages, products, services and all sorts of other goods, in the most efficient way. By advertising something efficiently they accept the following: promoting these products and services as regularly as possible, which often turns out to be too regularly. This is how the marketing industry functions: we get exposed to such way of advertising goods every day on the Internet, on the TV, on the Radio, on billboards, in newspapers and/ or magazines.

However, how could you end up contaminated by Dataloading.net (or a similar kind of software)?

Maybe you don’t remember allowing Dataloading.net get installed on your computer, mainly because of the somewhat tricky ways such programs could use to get spread. Nearly in all the recorded cases such software gets incorporated into bundles: free combos of diverse apps, games and all kinds of different software. There is nothing bothering about these bundles; however, their creators have often programmed them to play with the target users’ lack of patience. How it is most probable to get contaminated by such a program is by installing the entire content of a bundle on your system. That’s the reason why you should not be impatient when it comes to the installation process of any program. Just take your time and follow the instructions we have listed here:

  • No matter what you want to install, search for an option in the corresponding installer, which allows you to manually modify the way you incorporate a given piece of software into your system. Those options are most often called CUSTOM/CUSTOMIZED or/and ADVANCED. Try to always choose go with one of them.
  • Do not fall into the trap of installing any piece of software in any ‘Quick’ or ‘Default’ way as you could end up catching diverse online threats and/or annoyances.

In case you want to efficiently and safely get rid of Dataloading.net, simply check the Removal Guide after this article. The instructions there are supposed to work in your case and get this disturbing program removed forever.


Name Dataloading.net
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Potential system slowdown and browser modifications such as ad generation, homepage and search engine alterations and redirecting.
Distribution Method Inside bundles, as browser extensions or add-ons; via spam and shareware.
Detection Tool

Dataloading.net Removal


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.



To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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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 Dataloading.net 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 Dataloading.net 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!

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