What is Dynamic Panel
Dynamic Panel is a malicious app, which poses a real threat not only to your privacy, but your Mac as well. Once it gets installed on your computer, it will take control over your browsers and flood them with a variety of shady advertisements. Their large quantity will overwhelm the browser, making it unable to work properly. But that’s not all. Such ads and pop-ups are likely to lead to unreliable and even dangerous third-party websites, which may infect your device with nasty viruses. What’s more, the parasite is known to be programmed to monitor your online activity as soon as it gets access to your PC. This way, it can collect valuable data and use it for malicious purposes. All this being said, you do not want to keep such application on your Mac. As soon as you detect its presence, make sure you thoroughly remove it from the system. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to properly get rid of the parasite. This article will help you in this task. Simply follow the detailed instructions below.
How it is distributed
Such unwanted program most likely got installed without your knowledge. This can happen through freeware downloads, fake update messages, and software ‘bundling’. Dynamic Panel can also be directly downloaded from shady app stores, ads and sites. In most cases, the user is unaware that they’ve installed unwanted software on their computer. It’s now common to find other programs advertised in the installer of software you actually want to install on your PC. However, if you do not pay close attention and disregard such ‘additional’ content, it will just get installed by default. That’s why it’s highly recommended to choose a Custom or Advanced type of installation, so you have full control over the content that gets access to your Mac. When you see optional installations, it is best to opt out of them, since they most likely are malicious apps.
How it operates
As we already established, Dynamic Panel is not an application you would install consciously, which is why malware researchers have categorized it as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). This parasite will obtain your browser history, search results, GPS coordinates, etc. and produce targeted adverts that you’ll be most likely to click on. When you fall into their trap and click on them, the parasite will be able to generate revenue via the pay-per-click scheme. However, there is no way of knowing for sure if that’s the only data it was able to steal from you. Passwords, IP addresses, credit card numbers, bank account credentials, etc. are as equally at risk. Such information is beneficial to cyber criminals, since it’s largely sought after at the black market. If you want to return your mac to a secure and private state, you need to get rid of the Dynamic Panel app ASAP!
Staying safe from Dynamic Panel
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 Dynamic Panel from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Dynamic Panel 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 Dynamic Panel. 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 Dynamic Panel 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.