Mac OS is vulnerable to potentially unwanted programs or Adware, browser hijackers. These types of programs or toolbars generate web traffic and collect sales leads for other dubious sites.
They may also display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser. Such toolbars are usually bundled with certain free programs that you normally download and install. Advertising banners appear on webpages that you are visiting. When you go to a website, you are randomly redirected to another website that you do not intend to visit. Some of these symptoms are also listed below.
- Pop-up ads and new tabs that won’t go away
- Your Chrome homepage or search engine keeps changing without your permission
- Unwanted Chrome extensions or toolbars keep coming back
- Your browsing is hijacked, and redirects to unfamiliar pages or ads
Alerts about a virus or an infected device
Solution (This worked for me)
Reset your browser settings (For me it was Google Chrome)
– On your computer, open Chrome.
– At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
– At the bottom, click Advanced.
– Chromebook (on Mac): Under “Reset Settings,” click Restore settings to their original defaults and then Reset Settings.
– Windows: Under “Reset and cleanup,” click Reset Settings and then Reset Settings.
Note: If you removed unwanted programs or reset your browser settings, you might need to turn some extensions back on. To turn extensions on, at the top right, click More More and then More Tools and then Extensions. Only turn on extensions you trust.
– This could result in you removing the malicious app(s) from your Mac OS
1. Avoid unwanted software by only downloading files or visiting sites that you know are secure.
2. You might have unwanted software or malware installed on your computer: