Adware.MAC.Zako Removal

George Herman
George Herman
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What is Adware.MAC.Zako

Adware.MAC.Zako belongs to the category of adware infections. It is an unwanted application whose main purpose is generating profit for its developers by showing useless ads and pop-ups on your Mac screen.

Most often, adware infiltrates your computer via a deceptive software marketing method called ‘bundling’. It is when users are manipulated to believe that they are downloading an update, or other free software having no clue that it is accompanied by other unwanted applications. So, if users don’t pay close attention to the installation steps of the new software, they actually install the adware onto the system by themselves.

Usually, adware enters your Mac in various forms, such as fake Chromium-based browsers, toolbars, weather forecast widgets, etc. Sometimes the virus floods your screen with numerous ads and pop-ups, while others, keep a track of your browsing activities and transfer the collected data to the advertisers.

How to know if your Mac is infected with Adware.MAC.Zako

If Adware.MAC.Zako is present on your computer, you should remove it as soon as possible. A clear sign of its presence are the pop-ups and banners that flood your Mac screen, the reduced performance of your web browser, the redirected Internet searches, or the new toolbars and extensions that you have never seen before. Any of these could record your browsing history and steal the personal data you’ve stored on your computer. Thus, you should not waste time and make sure that you’ve removed Adware.MAC.Zako successfully.

How did Adware.MAC.Zako install on my Mac

As already mentioned, one of the most popular methods for distributing adware is the software bundling, or when the virus infiltrates your Mac together with other free program. If you are updating your Flash Player, for instance, an adware may be attached to the update and it can infect your computer. For that reason, you should be very careful during the installation process of new software and read all “Terms & Conditions” before agreeing to install any toolbars and other adware together with the desired application.

Be aware that the owners of websites for download add a ‘download agent’ or ‘custom installer’ which “offers” installation of additional applications alongside the downloaded free software. These additional applications are usually adware whose only purpose is displaying ads which generate profit for their creators.

How to avoid installation of adware

To avoid installing adware onto your Mac, we advise you to download free software from developers’ websites only and pay close attention to the installation process. Don’t trust Torrent websites or pop-up ads asking you to update software because they could easily deceive you. Also, make sure that you have installed a reliable anti-virus software onto your Mac to keep it safe at all times.

Remove Adware.MAC.Zako manually

  1. Click on the blank space on your desktop and select “Go” from the top menu.

  2. Select “Go to folder

  3. Paste the lines shown below in the opened window and look for adware generated files in the folders to remove them.

Here’s a list of folders commonly used by adware infections:

  • /Library/LaunchAgents

  • /Library/Application

  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents

  • /Library/LaunchDaemons

Adware.MAC.Zako removal using Activity Monitor

  1. Open your Launchpad, select “Other“, and select “Activity Monitor“ from the list.

  1. Search for any suspicious process name in the Activity Monitor, and if you notice such, double-click on it.

  2. Click the “Sample” button in the opened window. An additional window will open and you will see a line starting with “Path:” Select the path of the suspicious process (select the path, then right click over the selection and select “Copy“).

  3. Click on any blank space on your desktop and select “Go” from the top menu.

  4. Select “Go to Folder…“ from the “Go” menu and paste the path of the suspicious process you copied in the opened window.

  5. Drag and drop the suspicious file from the opened folder to the Trash.

Keep in mind that some adware apps install unwanted extensions onto your web browsers. This is how you can remove them from the different browsers.

Remove rogue browser extensions from Safari

  1. Open your Safari browser. Click on Safari in the top menu and select “Preferences” from the list.
  2. Select “Extensions” from the preferences window and remove all suspicious extensions by clicking “Uninstall“.

Remove rogue browser extensions from Google Chrome

  1. Open your Google Chrome browser and click on the three dots symbol. SelectMore Toolsfrom the list and thenExtensions“.

  2. Search for suspicious extensions in the opened window and click the “Remove” button next to them.

Remove rogue browser extensions from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. Click on the three lines symbol and selectAdd-onsfrom the list.
  2. Search for suspicious add-ons in the opened window and click the “Remove” button next to them.

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