Windowmode Mac

Window mode

Windowmode is known to be a browser hijacker. Numerous complaints about Windowmode include webpage redirects, unwanted advertisements and unapproved changes to the user’s browser.

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A screenshot of a user complaint from Window mode.

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Windowmode targets Mac users in particular, which is part of the larger rise in mac malware in 2019. Windowmode in particular hijacks mac searches and redirects them to either bing or yahoo.

Browser hijackers are software applications/tools that are usually available for the majority of popular browsers out there – Chrome, Firefox, Edge, IE and so on. They initially may seem to operate like a normal add-on for your browser as this is how they are typically promoted. However, if you are indeed dealing with a hijacker, it won’t be long after the app’s installation that you’d start to notice different unwanted changes to your browser that the hijacker has introduced to it. For instance, a replacement of the regular homepage address or of the default search engine tool that your browser used to have are both modifications that hijackers are usually capable of imposing. In addition to that, random page redirects, generation of obstructive links, web commercials and advertising banners on your screen during each and every browsing session are also activities that most hijackers are known for conducting. As you can see, this could all be quite irritating to the regular users and is normally more than enough of a reason for the majority of people to wish to uninstall any hijackers from their systems once such a pesky app gets installed on their machine.

What is Windowmode?

Windowmode is regarded as a type of a browser hijacker. Threats like Windowmode are known to cause different problems like changing of the user’s designated home page or even the preferred browser of choice.

Here is the next issue with the hijacker software category – software tools of this category can actually be rather tricky to deal with. Sure, removing with a hijacker is still nowhere near as difficult as dealing with the consequences of a Ransomware cryptovirus attack or of a Trojan Horse invasion but still, if you are an inexperienced user, you are likely to face certain difficulties when trying to get rid of a hijacker. For this reason, we have prepared for you a guide that is supposed to help users with a hijacker named Windowmode on their PC to take away the irritating software and free their browsers of its influence.

The Windowmode App

Windowmode is categorized as a browser hijacker by security experts. Windowmode is known to cause browser redirects and different pop-up advertisements in addition to security vulnerabilities.

Most hijackers are quite similar in the way they operate and with regards to the issues they may cause. However, we have chosen to specifically tell you about Windowmode and its removal in this post mainly because the instances of computers who have had this unwanted app installed on them has recently significantly increased. There are currently a big number of disgruntled users who are forced to experienced the nagging page redirects and ads generated by Windowmode without knowing how they can effectively put an end to the unpleasant obstruction. This is precisely why we have dedicated this post to helping those of you with Windowmode in their systems eliminate the unwanted software. And, though it is not some dangerous Ransomware cryptovirus or a Trojan Horse program, the very fact that you are likely to face a lot of obscure (and sometimes potentially unsafe) ads on your screen due to the hijacker’s presence in your PC should be enough of a reason for you to ensure that the undesirable software is fully removed and uninstalled from your computer system.


Name Windowmode
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You will surely notice the ads, the redirects and the unauthorized browser changes if you have a hijacker on your computer.
Distribution Method Typically, a file bundle or a misleading download prompt or update request are the most likely ways in which you could land a hijacker.
Detection Tool

Windowmode Virus Removal

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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.

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

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Now click on Sample at the bottom:

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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.

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    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,

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    and then again on the Extensions tab,

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    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.
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    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

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    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.

    Windowmode Mac How to Remove Windowmode From Firefox in OSX:

    Open Firefoxclick on Windowmode Mac (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.

    Windowmode MacHow to Remove Windowmode From Chrome in OSX:

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

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     Click Windowmode 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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