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How to Remove Mac Mechanic “Virus”

If you are looking for more information about a potentially undesirable application called Mac Mechanic “Virus”, this is the page where you want to be. Here, we are going to discuss all the specifics of this piece of software so stay with us to find out more about it. Mac Mechanic can be classified as a Browser hijacker that is capable of taking control over your browser (it could be Chrome, Edge, Firefox, IE or any other) and impose some undesirable changes on it. The users who have recently complained about this application to our team claim that it tends to replace their preferred homepage domain or their default search engine with another one. Some users also report that their new tab page has also been modified and is now automatically redirecting them to some unfamiliar third-party sites with shady reputation. If you are experiencing similar changes or some unusually high ads and pop-up disturbance, in the next lines, we are going to show you how to take care of that. In fact, our  “How to remove” team has prepared a special Removal Guide to aid you with the removal process of the undesired application and its related components. Before you scroll down to it, however, we suggest you read about the purpose of Mac Mechanic, its danger level and the best tips for future protection.

Does Mac Mechanic pose a risk to your system?

Most of the applications like Mac Mechanic promote themselves as free tools which can make the users’ browsing experience more pleasant, safer and more relevant. However, in most of the cases, the real functions of this software are a bit different. The hijackers are tools which are created to serve the online advertising industry and they are usually set by their creators to generate income and traffic through the use of popular marketing methods such as Pay-Per-Click, automatic page-redirects and sponsored ads positioning. These methods are actually what creates disturbance and irritation to the users because they oftentimes may worsen the browsing experience by exposing the users to an unusually high amount of ads, pop-ups, sponsored messages and promotional websites.

But can such applications and their marketing methods be harmful? In some instances, the security of the computer may indeed be compromised, but this is not a result of some direct harmful activity. Luckily, the page-redirecting and ad-generating applications like Mac Mechanic have not been detected performing destructive or criminal actions on the users’ system so far which is why they cannot be put under the same malicious category as the real computer viruses. The hijackers are known as potentially unwanted apps and not as something that’s actually malicious. Still, some users seek to uninstall them from their computers because they fear that such applications may redirect them to some nasty virus-inflicted pages or get them contaminated with Ransomware, Spyware and similar dangerous threats. In theory, if you are not careful with what you click on,malware contamination could indeed occur, so it is generally always safer to avoid clicking on all the pop-ups that may appear on your screen.

How to avoid Hijackers?

The creators of page-redirecting marketing tools such as Mac Mechanic use many methods to have get their applications installed on the users’ machines. Usually, they distribute the hijackers as free download tools and browser add-ons which come as a bonus or added components to another program. Oftentimes, they bundle the page-redirecting software with free games, different optimization tools, PDF converters, document readers, free audio or video players or other new and interesting applications. When the users download such bundles, they usually don’t pay attention to the installation menus and simply agree on all the Terms and Conditions which oftentimes could include the installation of some undesirable component such as a hijacker. As a result, apart from the main application they desire, they may install applications like Mac Mechanic in the form of bonus components.

Fortunately, all the “bonus” components can easily be removed from the main installation package right before they become part of the system. For that, you don’t need any special computer skills but just a little bit of attention and the right installation settings. Just carefully read the Terms and Conditions when running a new setup and check the installation wizard for potentially unwanted applications which might have been pre-selected for installation by default. Use the Advanced or the Custom settings for manual customization of your installation preferences and remove any related checkmarks that might allow the installation of something that you may deem unwanted. This way, you can not only prevent annoying browser hijackers from getting on your PC but you’d also improve the overall safety of your machine and of the data that’s on it.

Remove Mac Mechanic “Virus”

Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.

Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.

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Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.

III 

Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.

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Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.

In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.

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Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.

If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.

Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.

VII 

Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.

For Chrome users

Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.

For Firefox users

Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.

For IE users

When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.

VIII 

Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.

If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main

If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.

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