While searching for something in Google or any other browser many users face the problem of a window, popping up and recommending them to install or download adware cleaner. The main purpose of such an advertisement may be the protection from malware or security threats. In order to clear out whether you deal with a real advert or fake, read the tips below.
Use Appropriate Software
Even the most advanced users may be tricked by the idea of different kinds of the protective software (also known as anti-malware). By installing these tools to protect your laptop, you just make things worse, because such software in 99% isn’t a licensed product. So be aware of fake programs, such as ‘’utility’’ (it may be called something like “Adware Mac Cleaner” or “Advanced Mac Cleaner”). Declaring the purposes of cleaning or increasing the speed of the Mac, these programs are just a scam, and most of them are considered to be malware.
Check Necessary Things
Any user should remember, that procedures, required in order to restore the appropriate work of the Mac, need backup copies to be done before. And just after you saved all necessary data, take up for other steps. But keep in mind, that malware is quite tricky and always tries to outsmart any defense systems of your Mac. That’s why any kind of advice concerning this issue cannot be long-term. Don’t forget to notify your bank about the case of possible fraudulent, if you had to pay for any ‘’service’’ (software for example), using your credit card.
Get Rid of the Malware
First of all, click three times in any place in a line (placed below on the page) to choose it: right click and then opt for the item ‘’Services’’. Under it, in the contextual menu, you’ll find another item ‘’Open’’. Thus you find and start working with the ‘’LaunchAgents’’ folder. Look up for the words and collocations, such as com.WebShoppy, enlisted in the folder. Having detected it, just get rid of this file by putting it to the trash bin.
Don’t Delete Any Other Files
Open the folder, mentioned above (remember, we’re talking about /Library/LaunchAgents). If there are still some files, beginning with com.WebTools, don’t hesitate to send it to trash bin either. To do this, you may have to log in your administrator password. But don’t forget to keep all other files (except the malware ones) and the folder itself. Afterward, the user has to log out and reboot the laptop.
Work with Applications
Another thing, which needs to be removed to the trash bin, is application folders with an enlisted item called “Advanced Mac Cleaner” (but just in case you’ve found such a file). Have a look at the following names: “Shoppy”, “WebShoppy” also put the Mac in the risk.
Safari has a preference window, so look at it and find extensions tab. Your task is to uninstall one of them, called “XSearch” (just in case it really exists there). The general rule is to delete any extensions, you don’t know, how to use. If your knowledge is not enough to find out the purposes of these extensions, just remove everything. Also, check other browsers you use on the daily basis (Chrome or Firefox)
Use All Tools to Keep your Mac Safe
If all instructions are fulfilled, you might have inactivated the malware. Just to strengthen the effect, eliminate the items, mentioned in the first tip (such as Application Support/amc). Also carefully examine the sites you visit (for example, going to “Sourceforge” or any other cesspit is not the best idea for the security of the Mac). Just to be on the safe side, download all software you need from the website of the developer (App Store is preferable).