What is NeedWebSearch Virus
NeedWebSearch is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) which enters your Mac without your permission. Such programs infiltrate your computer bundled with other software or fake downloads that you install onto the system. However, due to the fact that these programs come from unknown sources and are considered as not reliable, you’d better remove them from your Mac as soon as possible.
How is NeedWebSearch Virus distributed
As already mentioned above, NeedWebSearch usually enters your computer when you update or install a certain program onto the system. This could be the Flash Player, for instance. While you’re updating it, NeedWebSearch infiltrates your Mac without asking for your permission.
Despite the fact that PUPs are not particularly dangerous, they can flood your web browser with numerous ads and pop-ups and significantly slow down the performance of your Mac.
The main purpose of the unwanted applications is to generate profit for their creators by showing intrusive adverts and useless pop-up notifications. Do not fall into this trap to open any of the ads you see as they come from not legitimate websites and may seriously threaten your online security!
How do you know if your Mac is infected with NeedWebSearch Virus
If your Mac starts acting strange, or your web browser gets flooded with numerous advertisements and pop-ups, you’d better scan the system for viruses immediately. Also, if you have installed new software recently, you have to be aware that NeedWebSearch might have infiltrated your computer without your knowledge, so you should remove the PUP as soon as it’s detected.
To avoid installing PUPs onto your Mac, we advise you to download free software from developers’ websites only and pay close attention to the installation process. Don’t trust Torrent websites or pop-up ads asking you to update software because they could easily deceive you. Also, make sure that you have installed a reliable anti-virus software onto your Mac to keep it safe at all times.
Remove NeedWebSearch Virus manually
- Hold the ⇧+⌘+U keys simultaneously to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”.
- Go to Activity Monitor and double-click on it.
- Search for any suspicious processes in the Activity Monitor and if you find any, choose the “Force Quit” option to quit the process completely.
- Press the “Go” button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.
- Search for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to NeedWebSearch in the Applications menu, and if you find such, right-click on it and select “Move to Trash”.
- Select Accounts and click on the Login Items preference. You will see a list of items that start automatically when you log in. If you see any suspicious apps identical or similar to NeedWebSearch, check the app you want to stop from running automatically and select on the Minus (“–“) icon to hide it.
- Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the steps below:
- Go to Finder.
- Type the name of the app that you want to remove in the Search bar.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” to see all the files associated with the application you want to remove.
- If all the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and drag them to the “Trash”.
Remove NeedWebSearch Virus related extensions from Mozilla Firefox
- Start Mozilla Firefox and open the menu window.
- Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu.
- Select the extension and click “Remove“ .
- After you remove the extension, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Remove NeedWebSearch Virus related extensions from Google Chrome
- Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu.
- Move the cursor over “Tools” and choose “Extensions“ from the extended menu.
- Select the add-on from the “Extensions” menu and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
- After you remove the extension, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Remove NeedWebSearch Virus related extensions from Safari
- Start Safari.
- Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
- Select “Preferences” from the drop menu.
- Select “Extensions” from the new window.
- Click on the extension you want to remove and click “Uninstall”.
- To reset Safari, start it and then click on the gear leaver icon.
- Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the web browser.