What is Adware.MAC.OSX.Vindinstaller
Adware.MAC.OSX.Vindinstaller is a typical adware infection, that displays a large quantity of intrusive advertisements every time the user open web browsers. As a consequence of a successful infiltration, this parasite is known to cause the browser to freeze frequently, as well as decrease the internet speed. As a whole, if you have this malicious software on your Mac, your browsing will become a hellish experience!
How it is distributed
But let us explain one of the most important things concerning this threat – how did it manage to get access? Well, malicious software such as adware is not as advanced, so you can be sure it didn’t infect your device on its own. The only way for it to get access is if you allow it to invade. In most cases, this happens without you even realizing it. Among the most common distribution methods are fake update messages, torrent files, email attachments, freeware and software bundling. If you are negligent, you might install it by mistake along with the program you desire. What you can do in order to avoid this, is to opt out of any additional software that may be included, because often that’s actually parasites in disguise.
How it operates
Adware.MAC.OSX.Vindinstaller is not to be underestimated. It will monitor your online activity and use information like browser history and search results, to provide targeted content that you’ll be more attracted to, and therefore more likely to click on. This plan is very beneficial to the cyber criminals behind this adware, since they will get revenue via the pay-per-click scheme. But the thing is, among the collected data may fall sensitive information like passwords, IP addresses, and even bank accounts and credit card numbers. So it is very important to remove this malicious software as soon as you detect it!
Staying safe from Adware.MAC.OSX.Vindinstaller
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.OSX.Vindinstaller from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with Adware.MAC.OSX.Vindinstaller, 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.OSX.Vindinstaller. 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.OSX.Vindinstaller 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.