Zeus Virus Mac



Zeus is a type of browser-targeting malware for Mac with the ability to show paid ads and trigger page-redirects in the infected browser. Zeus spread through being bundled with other software.

Zeus Virus Mac

The Zeus Virus Detected on Mac will display pop up messages and windows

If you have recently gotten this unwanted piece of software in your Mac, then be sure to stay on this page, where we will tell you about its abilities, the potential hazards it may expose your system to, and the way you could remove it from the computer.

The first thing you must know about this browser hijacker is that its primary goal is to get you to visit the sites of its partners and to click on the ads it displays in Chrome, Firefox, Safari (or any other browser you could use on a Mac machine) by replacing the browser’s search engine and by changing the address of the starting page. Both of those activities generate advertising revenue for the developers of this hijacker and it is because of this that Zeus Virus is programmed to be so aggressive with its ad-generation and page-redirection. In many cases, browser hijackers like this one are presented to the users as useful extensions for their browsers. However, upon closer look, it quickly becomes apparent that there’s little to nothing useful about them. Even in rare cases where a hijacker does indeed come with some helpful function, this function could hardly compensate for all the unwanted and intrusive activities of the app.

Zeus Virus for Mac

Zeus Virus for Mac is an aggressive ad-generating piece of software that latches onto the browser and fills its tabs with various kinds of advertising content. Zeus Virus for Mac can also modify the search results, favoring advertised sites and pushing them higher up on the page.

Most users get aggravated by this activity, but the fact that it is irritating to have a hijacker in your Mac is only half the problem. The other half is the fact that there’s a certain chance to get exposed to deceitful sites and ads that try to persuade you into installing more unwanted software in your computer. It is even possible that some of the ads could redirect you to pages with phishing content in them or to ones that contain various forms of highly dangerous malware (such as Trojans, Worms, or Ransomware).

What is Zeus Virus?

Zeus Virus is a rogue app that installs in the main browser like an extension only to then hijack its settings and turn it into space for online advertisement. Zeus Virus doesn’t give its users any options to control or stop its ad-generation. The only thing that can stop this app from flooding your browser with advertising materials is its full uninstallation.

The Zeus Virus

The Zeus Virus is a junkware app that installs in Mac computers, primarily affecting their browsers by altering their toolbars, homepages, and search engine services. Any attempts to undo the changes the Zeus Virus has made would get overridden by it. This is why your best option is to directly remove this browser hijacker and the guide you will see next will help you do that. 


Name Zeus
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The usual symptoms are aggressive generation of browser ads and unwelcome changes in the settings of your main browser.
Distribution Method Spam messages and misleading clickbait links as well as low-quality software downloads could easily land you an unwanted hijacker.
Detection Tool

Remove Zeus Virus Detected

For a quick way to remove Zeus Virus 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 Zeus Virus.
  5. Remove Zeus Virus 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 Zeus Virus!

Zeus Virus 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.

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

Zeus Virus Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Zeus Virus 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.

Zeus Virus 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,

Zeus Virus Mac

and then again on the Extensions tab,

Zeus Virus 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.
Zeus Virus 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

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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.

Zeus Virus Mac How to Remove Zeus Virus From Firefox in OSX:

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

Zeus Virus Mac

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

Zeus Virus MacHow to Remove Zeus Virus From Chrome in OSX:

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

Zeus Virus Mac

 Click Zeus Virus 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!


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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