What is ProcessSave
ProcessSave is an application for mac devices, advertised as a useful tool to supposedly improve your browser experience. In reality, this app is actually malicious software from the PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) category, which infects your browsers and generates a large quantity of intrusive ads and pop-ups.
How it is distributed
The ProcessSave PUA is known to spread through freeware and software bundles. Other means of distribution may also include email attachments, torrent files, fake update messages and unreliable ads and links. If you’re seeing ProcessSave for the first time, it is very likely, that you have installed it without even realizing. You see, such malicious programs can be seen in installers, marked as ‘additional’. If you fail to acknowledge their existence and opt out of their installation, they’ll be installed on your Mac by default. In order to make sure this doesn’t happen, you should always choose the Custom or Advanced option in the installer, so you can have control over which applications will get access to your device. If you notice any bonus programs, make sure to uncheck the boxes next to them, and carry on with the installation.
How it operates
As soon as ProcessSave is installed on your PC, it will infect all available browsers on your Mac, and perform various malicious actions. In fact, the numerous advertisements and annoying pop-ups are being produced by this parasite. What’s more, this pest will monitor your online activity and obtain private data, which it will use to provide specifically targeted ads, which you’ll be most likely to click on. For each click you make, the parasite will create revenue for its developers. But the thing is, browser history and search queries may not be the only personal information the parasite will be able to get its hands on. GPS coordinates, IP addresses, credit card numbers, bank accounts, passwords, and other valuable data may also be exposed. And, the ads you see, may not be as harmless as you think. They may redirect you to potentially dangerous third-party websites, which seek to infect your computer with other viruses. That being said, you don’t want to keep ProcessSave on your computer any longer. Remove it from your Mac entirely, before it is able to do damages beyond repair! This article will help you with this task. Simply follow the instructions below.
Staying safe from ProcessSave
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 ProcessSave from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the ProcessSave 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 ProcessSave. 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 ProcessSave 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.