How to Remove Adware and Browser Hijackers from Mac OS X?

By Rimzhim Sharma March 9, 2017 How To, Mac

Adware, browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs are following an upswing trend nowadays. They generate web traffic, collects sales leads for other shady sites, and display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser. Such unwanted programs are often added when installing a new software. The adware program gets bundled along with the installation of that program and enters the system.

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When your Mac OS X is infected with malware, your system will experience the following symptoms:

  • Advertising banners are injected with the web pages that you are visiting.
  • Random web page text will start turning into hyperlinks.
  • Browser popups will appear recommending fake updates of softwares.
  • Other unwanted adware programs might get installed without the user’s knowledge.

This article contains a comprehensive guide to help you get rid of malicious software from your Mac system. The step by step illustration process is mentioned below:

1. From the Safari menu, select “Preferences “.


2. In the Safari Preferences window, click the “Extensions” tab. If we find any unknown plugin, then click on the “Uninstall” button.

img2_0903_23. Next, select “Preferences “, go to the “General” tab and change the “Default Search Engine” to Google. Then, in the “General” tab, find the “Home Page” and change it to “”.


You should always pay attention while installing software because often a software installer includes optional installs which might contain infectious programs too.

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Be extra careful of what you agree to install.

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Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."