What is Application.MAC.OSX.Cowhand
Application.MAC.OSX.Cowhand has been classified as an adware infection. These infections are known as unwanted applications whose main purpose is generating revenue for their creators. Usually, they do this by displaying tonnes of ads and pop-ups on users’ computers.
Due to the fact the numerous adverts are rather disturbing and could seriously threaten your online security, you’d better remove Application.MAC.OSX.Cowhand as soon as you notice it.
How is Application.MAC.OSX.Cowhand distributed
Usually, Application.MAC.OSX.Cowhand is installed on your Mac via the software marketing method called “bundling”. This is when the adware is attached to a legitimate program or software update and users are manipulated to install it onto their computers.
For example, if you are installing a Flash Player update, or other free program, but you do not notice the other unwanted applications attached to it. In this case, you skip reading the installation steps of the program and the adware gets installed onto the system without your knowledge. This is how you actually let the virus onto the system by yourself, not aware of the consequences.
Often, Application.MAC.OSX.Cowhand enters your Mac as fake Chromium-based browsers, toolbars, weather forecast widgets, etc. So, if your web browsers flood with tonnes of adverts and pop-up ads and your browsing sessions become a nightmare, be aware that an adware is present onto your computer. What is worse, however, is the fact that these ads are spying on you and send all your browsing history to the advertisers, which threatens your online security.
How do you know if your Mac is infected with Application.MAC.OSX.Cowhand
Apart from the numerous ads and banners, Application.MAC.OSX.Cowhand slows down the speed of your web browsers and reduces its performance significantly. Besides, you can see new banners and toolbars that suddenly appear on your start page and if you open any of the popping adverts, you get transferred to questionable websites that you’ve never visited before.
Redirecting users to malicious websites is a popular method for malware creators to make profit out of their applications. So, if you notice any suspicious activity on your Mac, you should use your antivirus software to scan your computer and remove all the suspicious files immediately.
How to avoid installation of Application.MAC.OSX.Cowhand
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 Application.MAC.OSX.Cowhand manually
Click on the blank space on your desktop and select “Go” from the top menu.
Select “Go to folder“
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:
Remove Application.MAC.OSX.Cowhand using Activity Monitor
Open your Launchpad, select “Other“, and select “Activity Monitor“ from the list.
Search for any suspicious process name in the Activity Monitor, and if you notice such, double-click on it.
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“).
Click on any blank space on your desktop and select “Go” from the top menu.
Select “Go to Folder…“ from the “Go” menu and paste the path of the suspicious process you copied in the opened window.
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 fromSafari
- Open your Safari browser. Click on Safari in the top menu and select “Preferences” from the list.
- Select “Extensions” from the preferences window and remove all suspicious extensions by clicking “Uninstall“.
Remove rogue browser extensions from Google Chrome
Open your Google Chrome browser and click on the three dots symbol. Select “More Tools” from the list and then “Extensions“.
Search for suspicious extensions in the opened window and click the “Remove” button next to them.
Remove rogue browser extensions from Mozilla Firefox
- Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. Click on the three lines symbol and select “Add-ons“ from the list.
Search for suspicious add-ons in the opened window and click the “Remove” button next to them.