What is Adware.MAC.BucaApps
Adware.MAC.BucaApps falls into the adware category. This malicious software will create revenue for its creators via the pay-per-click scheme. And, in order to make such sponsored content as attractive to the user as possible, the parasite will monitor their online activity and use web data like browser history and search results, to produce targeted ads, that the victim would be most likely to engage with. But the truth is, such redirects may be dangerous. There is no way of knowing where exactly they will lead the user to. It is possible to be sent to potentially harmful third-party websites, which may seek to infect your Mac with other malware.
How it is distributed
Software bundles and fake update messages are probably the most common means of adware distribution. Be careful when you see a sudden update message while you’re browsing the internet. A common message is the one which urges you to update the Flash Player or other app. There will be a link provided for you to click on, but where it will redirect you – there is no way of knowing for sure. You might incidentally install other software along with the ‘Flash Player‘ that the dubious message promises. Which brings us to the other distribution method – software ‘bundling’. Often, there’s additional software included with a program you’ve downloaded. If you chose to ignore such content, it will automatically get installed on your Mac. You do not want that to happen! You may unsuspectingly give access to dangerous software! What you can do, in order to prevent that from happening, is to opt out of such optional installations. Also, don’t forget to use trustworthy and licensed sources for your updates. Don’t blindly trust a random message that appeared on your browser. Other ways for this parasite to spread are email attachments, torrent files and shady ads.
How it operates
Adware in general is a very annoying malicious software. It corrupts the infected web browsers, making them unresponsive to your actions. That’s all thanks to the enormous quantity of adverts that are being generated by the pest on a daily basis. Their number will continue to grow each day it is left unattended. Which is why you need to be able to detect this parasite quickly and proceed with its removal before it is able to do serious damages. Symptoms that indicate a malicious presence on your Mac include, but are not limited to: slow internet speed, unresponsive browsers, abnormal amount of ads and pop-ups, frequent redirects, the sudden appearance of in-browser apps, toolbars, add-ons or other extensions that you have no memory of ever installing, etc. It is important to note, that web browser data does not only include surfing history and search queries. That being said, cyber criminals may be able to obtain other private information that you store or use online, like passwords, bank accounts, credit card numbers, IP addresses, Login credentials, etc. The only way to protect your online security and return to a normal browsing experience is by getting rid of the Adware.MAC.BucaApps malware the first chance you get!
Staying safe from Adware.MAC.BucaApps
Apart from having a reliable AV software installed on your Mac, there are other things you can do to ensure your device’s safety. We highly recommend you to:
- Pay close attention when you install third-party software, especially torrent files, so you don’t install shady additional applications that you don’t want. In most cases, that’s how malicious parasites are able to infect your computer;
- Read any Terms and Conditions you see, so you know exactly what you agree to. The last thing you want is to unknowingly give permission to a nasty virus to infiltrate your Mac;
- Follow links that lead to trustworthy sites only;
- It is best to visit only reliable and official websites. You never know what dangers might lurk behind an unfamiliar site;
- No matter how attractive an ad is, if you are not familiar with the website it redirects to, it might be best to steer clear of it and not click;
- Always check the sender’s email address before opening a message. If it states that it’s from an official company, compare the email with the one given in their official page. If there is no match, delete the message, since it most likely is fake and has malicious aims;
- Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders. More often than not, such files carry infections that can seriously damage your computer.
How to manually remove Adware.MAC.BucaApps from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with Adware.MAC.BucaApps, the instructions below can help you to remove it manually. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Go to Utilities. You can do that by using the ⇧+⌘+U key combination, or by going to Finder and choosing Utilities from the Go main menu at the top.
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it.
3. A list will be displayed. Find any processes that seem suspicious to you and use the ‘Force Quit‘ option to quit them completely.
4. Open Finder. Click on the Go button from the main menu at the top, and choose Applications. An alternative way is to use the ⇧+⌘+A key combination.
5. Look for any suspicious applications, especially ones with a name similar to Adware.MAC.BucaApps. If any are found, right-click on them and select the ‘Move to Trash‘ option.
6. Remove any related left-over files by going to Finder‘s search bar and typing the name of the app you want to remove. Make sure to modify the two drop down menus above to ‘System Files‘ and ‘Are Included‘, so that any hidden files are visible for you to remove. Once you find the files you want to remove, simply drag them to Trash.
7. All that’s left for you to do is remove any related extensions to Adware.MAC.BucaApps from your Mac browsers.
For Mozilla Firefox extensions:
- Open the Firefox browser and from the ‘burger’ menu in the top right corner of the window select ‘Add-ons’.
- Select any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and click ‘Remove’.
For Google Chrome extensions:
- Open the Chrome browser and select Tools > Extensions from the menu (the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window).
- Locate any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and remove them.
For Safari extensions:
- Open the Safari browser. From the Safari menu choose Preferences. Select Extensions from the options at the top.
- Find any extensions you think are related to the virus, select them and click ‘Uninstall’. A new window will show up asking for confirmation. Click Uninstall again, for the extension to get deleted permanently from your browser.