How to Get Rid of a Virus on a Mac

How to get rid of a virus on a Mac, you need to close your web browser.
Press command + option + escape buttons cumulatively from your keyboard. Now “force quit applications” window will appear on your screen.

How to get rid of a virus on a Mac

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Choose your browser Firefox, Chrome, Safari or any variant browser in which you want to remove the pop-up virus notification.

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Choose your browser Firefox, Chrome, Safari or any variant browser in which you want to remove the pop-up virus notification. click on the button “force quit”. Now your browser software will close forcefully.

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If you are unable to stop your browser ( or any unresponsive applications) through this way then press command + option + shift + Esc cumulatively for three seconds to stop forcibly. This combination of keys tells os x to force quit the predominant application alternatively. you have one other way if you are using Safari or another browser. disconnect your internet and then open the browser.  navigate from a malicious web page then reconnect to the internet.

Step 1: Deinstall the malicious applications from your mac os

Let us try to recognize and delete any malevolent application that might be located on your Mac. Watch video with attention because all steps are explained in the video that how to remove malicious applications on your Mac.

Step 2:   Ban unwanted extensions from your Mac

( Select your browser, which you are using – Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox )

How to get rid of a virus on a Mac

Safari: If you are Safari user then open browser go to

“Safari” menu and then select “Preferences” option. as shown in below image.

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“Preferences” window will open, now go to “Extensions” tab and search any unknown plugin if found then click on ” Uninstall” button to uninstall that.

The malicious infection can contain one or more extensions; we suggest that erase all unknown extensions from your browser. there are some known malicious extensions given below: macdeals, macvx, macvax, macsavermacpricecut, saveonmac, macshop, macsmart, mac global deals or  macster,  shop brain (or variants like sshop braaiin), macxcoupon, shopper helper pro, palmall, maccaptain news ticker remover,  photo zoom,  arcadeyum, video download helper, extended protection, best youtube downloader, flashfree or goldenboy etc.

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Go to “preferences>general” tab and set the “google” as a “default search engine”.

you need to go in  “General”  and set “” as a “home page”.

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If you are Google Chrome user then open browser

Go to “Chrome” menu (show as three horizontal lines in the top left corner), when the drop down menu opened click on “Setting”

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A new window will open on your screen, now go to at the bottom of the page and select “Show Advanced Settings” ( as shown in the Image).

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in the “Show Advanced Setting” you need to search and click “Reset browser settings” button to reset browser settings (as shown in the image).

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Now a “confirmation dialog” box will appear to inform you that what will be reset. It will restore browser on the default stage. you need to click on “Reset” button to complete restoration procedure.

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Mozilla firefox: If you are Mozilla Firefox user then open browser

  • Go to Firefox’s address bar and type: “about: support”,
  • and press “Enter” button.
  • A page “troubleshooting information” will open you can see a box on the Top-right corner on the “Top-right corner”, you need to click on “reset button”.

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A “confirmation dialog box” will appears again to ask “are you sure to reset Mozilla firefox to its initial state?”

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Now your Firefox will turn off itself and will get back to its initial settings. Now a new dialog box will open with some information, that was imported. You need to click on “finish”. A window will list the information that was imported. Click on the “Finish“.

How to get rid of a virus on a Mac

Now you need to perform the last step to make safe you Mac.  If you are still experiencing issues on your Mac OS, we will need to perform a system scan with Malwarebytes anti-malware for mac for malware.

Malwarebytes anti-malware for mac is a strong anti-malware tool, which is structured to detect and erase adware/malware for Macs.

To Download “Malwarebytes anti-malware for mac” click here.

To install “Malwarebytes anti-malware for Mac” Double click on the downloaded file.

After completing the installation, you need to click on “Scan” button to examine your Mac computer.

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When the scan is completed, you can see “malware infections report” detected by the “Malwarebytes anti-malware” on your screen, if you want to remove all malicious activity, you need to click on “remove selected”.

“Malwarebytes anti-malware” will quarantine all the infections and registry keys, which were detected by the Malwarebytes. After removing all files, Malwarebytes informs you that “it is needed to restart your PC” so allow to restart your PC.



You may also consider other antivirus for clean your mac computer like Macfee antivirus.