Application.MAC.OSX.Intercepter PUA Removal

George Herman
George Herman
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What is Application.MAC.OSX.Intercepter

Unwanted applications are often the cause behind the abnormal advertisement content you see every time you open your browser. Application.MAC.OSX.Intercepter falls into that same category – it is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application, or PUA for short. This type of malicious software is known to be very damaging to the web browsers it infects, and is capable of making your browsing a hellish experience.

How it is distributed

Freeware, torrent files, software bundles, email attachments, fake update messages – those are the most common distributions methods that the Application.MAC.OSX.Intercepter uses to invade the users’ Macs. If you’re not paying close attention during an installation process, such parasite can get automatic access to your device. How? Well, Some software download portals use ‘installers’ to bundle free software with PUAs. Such additional programs are often not properly disclosed and the user is left unaware of their presence. If you do not specifically opt out of this bonus program’s installation, it will automatically get installed on your PC.

How it operates

PUAs limit their actions to the existing web browsers on your computer. However, it is possible that they may set traps for you, from which you can infect your Mac with dangerous viruses. For example, Application.MAC.OSX.Intercepter will create numerous intrusive ads that will appear whenever you open your browser. The thing is, there is no way of knowing where those shady adverts will redirect you to. You might unknowingly infect your device with a nasty virus just by clicking an infected pop-up. What you need to know is, that PUAs can monitor your online activity and gather information like browsing history and search results, so it can provide better targeted ad content that you’ll be more attracted to. For each click you make on such ads, the parasite will generate revenue for its creators. It is important to note, that the presence of this nasty parasite will be very damaging to your browser. Soon, it will become unresponsive to your actions, and your internet speed will drop significantly. Not to mention that the large quantity of advertisements will turn your browsing experience into complete hell, making you unable to do any kind of work normally. If you want to protect your private data and return to a secure and normal state of browsing, you need to get rid of the Application.MAC.OSX.Intercepter PUA as soon as you detect its presence on your Mac. The longer you delay, the worse the consequences will get.

Staying safe from Application.MAC.OSX.Intercepter 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.OSX.Intercepter PUA from Mac

If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Application.MAC.OSX.Intercepter 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.OSX.Intercepter. 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.OSX.Intercepter 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.

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