Application.MAC.PiksLogger PUA Removal

George Herman
George Herman
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What is Application.MAC.PiksLogger

Malware researchers have categorized Application.MAC.PiksLogger as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). This nasty parasite can be damaging to your browsers. It can produce a large quantity of intrusive advertisements, leading to browser unresponsiveness and your inability to use it normally. For some reason, this application got installed on your Mac. Often, without your knowledge. However, it did not hack your computer on its own. It needs your permission in order to infiltrate.

How it is distributed

PUA like Application.MAC.PiksLogger can spread via email attachments, fake update messages, infected ads and pop-ups, torrent files, freeware and bundled software. Some users report seeing a curious ad message that they need to urgently update/install Flash player, in order to resume normal browsing. A lot of these users fall into this trap, not knowing that they are actually installing infected software. That’s why it’s very important to use official and licensed websites for software downloads. Also, when installing programs on your computer, pay attention to every step of the process. If you see any additional software, it is best to opt out of it because often it turns out to be malicious software in disguise.

How it operates

As a consequence of this PUA’s successful infiltration, your internet speed may drop significantly. What’s more, your online activity will be monitored, so as to gather valuable information. Thanks to such intel, the parasite will be able to provide targeted advertisement content that you’ll be most likely to click on. For each click you make, the PUA will generate revenue for its creators. The thing is, browser data like frequently visited pages and search queries are not the only information that can get obtained by the parasite. If you do not act timely and remove the Application.MAC.PiksLogger PUA from your Mac, private information like passwords, Login credentials, bank accounts, credit card numbers, IP addresses, etc. may get jeopardized.

Staying safe from Application.MAC.PiksLogger 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.PiksLogger PUA from Mac

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