What is Myloginhelper.com
Myloginhelper.com (or My Login Helper) is a browser extension, known to attack all types of web browsers on Mac devices. Its main goal is to hijack the infected browser and flood it with numerous intrusive adverts. Due to this, the extension falls into the browser hijacker category.
How it is distributed
This malicious extension has an official site, where users can directly download it. Other distribution methods include freeware, software ‘bundling’, fake update messages, infected ads and pop-ups, torrent files, and even email attachments. What you can do, in order to make sure this extension does not get automatically installed on your computer along with other software, is to opt for a Custom/Advanced type of installation and uncheck the box next to any additional software included in the installer.
How it operates
The extension itself is promoted as a useful tool, which supposedly simplifies the way you login to different services like Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook, etc. In reality, it will take control over your browser, modify it to its liking, and even install other shady toolbars, add-ons or extensions without your authorization. The hijacker has the ability to collect web data like browser history, search queries, GPS coordinates, cookies, etc. With this obtained information, the parasite will be able to produce targeted advertisements you’ll be most likely to click on. For each click you make, the parasite will get paid. Other private data the hijacker might steal include passwords, credit card numbers, login credentials, and more. But that’s not all. There’s no way of knowing where the ads will redirect you to. You may get rerouted to potentially dangerous third-party websites, which aim to open backdoors to your Mac, so hackers can launch a virus attack on your system. As a consequence of My Login Helper‘s presence, your browser will feel sluggish, and soon will become unresponsive to your actions. Even your internet connection can decrease in speed. The only way to regain control over your web browsers and protect your online privacy, is to get rid of the Myloginhelper.com hijacker ASAP!
Staying safe from Myloginhelper.com browser hijacker
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 Myloginhelper.com browser hijacker from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Myloginhelper.com browser hijacker, 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 Myloginhelper.com. 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 Myloginhelper.com 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.