What is Application.MAC.LogKext
Application.MAC.LogKext is the name of a Potentially Unwanted Application, or PUA for short. This malicious software is responsible for the large amount of intrusive ads you are seeing every time you open your web browser. What’s more, its presence is what is causing your internet speed to decrease and make your browsing a hellish experience. So, the sooner you remove it, the better chance you have to not only return to normal browsing, but to protect your personal information like passwords and bank information.
How it is distributed
This parasite is a real nuisance to have on your Mac. Most commonly, it is able to infiltrate its victim’s computer by hiding in torrent files, software bundles, and freeware. You can also unknowingly infect your device with it by clicking on a shady ad, email attachment or a fake update message. We recommend you to download software from licensed and trust-worthy sources only, instead of blindly trusting random ads that use scare tactics to make you install dubious programs that are likely to harm your PC.
How it operates
As time passes, the sponsored content will grow more and more, causing your browser to crash and become unresponsive to your actions. In order to make sure that you’ll interact with said advertisements, the parasite will monitor your online activity and obtain web data like surfing history and search results, to produce targeted ads that you’ll be more likely to click on. This way, cyber criminals will profit via the pay-per-click scheme. But, money might not be the only thing they could get from your click. You may get redirected to unreliable third-party websites that seek to infect your browsers with other infections. If you want to regain control over your browser and protect your privacy, your only option is to remove the Application.MAC.LogKext PUA. This can be done by following the detailed instructions below.
Staying safe from Application.MAC.LogKext PUA
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 Application.MAC.LogKext PUA from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Application.MAC.LogKext PUA, 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 Application.MAC.LogKext. 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 Application.MAC.LogKext 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.