ProType Mac Virus Removal

George Herman
George Herman
IT Security Expert

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What Is ProType Mac Virus?

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ProType is a mac adware program that can be downloaded from the internet. It often comes bundled with cracked software and other shady programs. You should always make sure you’re downloading software from a reputable site and don’t download questionable content, even if your friends tell you it’s safe. This program will commonly display pop-up advertisements, or unwanted ads and banners in your browser. This is done to make money off of the users who are infected with this adware program. It may also cause redirects to websites that you have no interest in, and slow down and potentially damage your Mac. These programs offer various degrees of functionality, which vary greatly from one adware program to another. The most basic ones are simply a source of advertisements and won’t cause any other problems beyond that.

How Is ProType Mac Virus Distributed?

ProType might be distributed in a couple of different ways, including email promotions, freeware bundles and fake updates to existing software. Some apps that bundle the adware program include free tools and apps from developers, but these are often modified by the developers so that you get pop-up ads and other unwanted content.
Most of these types of viruses are distributed through third party websites or via spam email campaigns. Frequently, you’ll see a pop up after you download and install some new software that contains instructions to update your existing software. This is where the trojan file gets installed on your computer and starts to display ads all over your system. If you’re installing any other program, then do not allow it to automatically update itself.
You should always be skeptical when downloading from an unknown source online, especially if an update has been recommended by someone else.

How harmful is ProType hijacker? 

ProType is one of the many adware programs that are usually bundled with other questionable content when you download software from the internet. This program can be very harmful to your Mac, and can do a lot of damage over time. The amount of time that it takes to display ads varies between different versions of this application, but it will always be there and set to display something on your computer screen. This can be very annoying to deal with, especially if your intent is not to view any of these ads. ProType is a very common adware program that can be downloaded from the internet, usually bundled with other programs. This program can really cause havoc to your Mac and you might regret it if you have uninstalled it from your system. Make sure to always do some basic research if you are downloading a program from an unknown source online. Seek out the websites of verified developers and search for reviews and comments regarding the application that you are downloading.

How did I get infected?

ProType is a common adware program that has been distributed through various means over the internet. It is mainly distributed through bundled software, but you can also find it on many free software download sites. There are two main ways this program will get onto your system. The first way is by downloading and installing a program that contains it and the second way is when you are prompted to update the software on your system. Be sure to never accept these types of updates if you do not know what they do, or why they would be needed.

How can I Remove ProType virus ?

Step 1: Uninstall ProType and remove related files and objects

  • Open your Finder –> Click on GO –>Click on Utilities

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  • Find Activity Monitor and open it

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  • Review all the processes in Activity Monitor and write down the ones related to ProType virus

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  • Select Quit

 ProType info

  • To kill the malicious process, choose the Force Quit option.

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Step 2: Remove ProType – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

The first thing you need to do is to make sure Safari is not running. If you have troubles closing it, you may need to Force Quit Safari - (Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Application --> Utilities --> Activity monitor. Locate the Safari process and force quit it.

Safely launch Safari again by holding the Shift key and clicking on the Safari application icon - This will prevent Safari’s previously opened malicious web pages.

In case that you still are having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages, please do the following:

  • Force Quit Safari again.
  • Disconnect form Internet and try again.

Then Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button to prevent pop-ups. Then, click on Preferences.

  • Carefully take a look at your default home page and change it if the hijacker altered it.

  • Then go to the Extensions tab and make sure there are no unknow extensions installed.

  • Next step is to click on Privacy tab

  • Manage website data

  • Here you can remove any unwanted website data or just remove them all. Please, keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.
  • The next step is to Clear History (if you want), select the tab.

  • Click the menu next to clear and choose a time period — if you want to completely reset Safari, choose all history.
  • Press Clear History
  • To remove from Chrome, open the browser and click the icon with the three dots located in the top-right.
  • Select to More Tools --> Extensions and review what Chrome Extensions are present in the browser
  • Remove the ones that you do not recognize.

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  • If the parasite continues to disrupt your browsing with Chrome, this is what else you can do:
    1. Click again the menu of Google Chrome, and open Settings.
    2. Select the Search Engine from the left panel, review the available search engines and change the default to your preference.default search engine
    3. Then, click on Manage Search Engines, review the list of search engine availabilities and if any of the listed items looks suspicious, click the three-dots next to them, and delete.suspicious search engine
    4. Click on Privacy and Security in the left panel, select the Clear browsing data option, check every box except the Passwords one, and click Clear Data.clear browsing data
    5. Next step is to clear Notifications, select the Site settings option in the Privacy and Security section, then locate Notifications.clear notifications
    6. Review the listed websites in the Allow to send notifications section and if any of the entries shown there seem dubious or related to the browser hijacker, select the three dots next to the object and click on Remove.
  • Start Mozilla Firefox
  • On the top right click the three dashes

  • go to add-ons and themes
  • The add-ons manager will open
  • Carefully review review four Firefox Extensions
  • If any unwanted extension is present, click on the three horizontal dots and then Remove

  • After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red dot in the top left and start it again.
To make sure ProType is removed from the browser  we recommend to scan with a reputable antimalware program like SpyHunter for Mac

Step 3: Scan for and remove ProType files from your Mac

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Once you download and install SpyHunter for Mac run a scan.

Once the scan is complete, your mac will be virus free.

ProType malware Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I get rid of ProType?

ProType is a Browser hijacker – malicious software that can be installed by third-party applications or websites. They usually change the settings of web browsers and search engines to display certain ads, pop-ups, banners, etc.

  • What are the symptoms of ProType infection in your Mac?

ProType becomes your web browser’s built-in search engine.

Your browser’ s search queries are redirected through

The “ ProType” browser extension or some shady software is installed on your Mac.

  • How do I remove ProType from my browser?

In Internet Explorer, click the gear icon on the top left and select Manage add-ons. Under Add-on Types, select Search Providers. Select your search engine from the list of providers and click Remove to remove it. In Google Chrome, go to Settings (at the top right) and choose Search in the On Startup drop down menu.

  • How do I uninstall ProType?
If you made a mistake when installing an app on your mac, the easiest way to uninstall it is by right clicking on its icon in your dock, then going to ‘move to trash’. Once it’s gone, restart your mac. If that didn’t work for you, try rebooting and looking for an icon opening up. Once you’ve found that, go to utilities/get info, then go to the ‘Applications’ tab and look for the app. Right-click it and select ‘Get Info’ and then look for the option to ‘Uninstall this Version’. If that doesn’t work, restart your mac again. If you don’t have any luck you can always use the SpyHunter free uninstall.

How to Make Your Mac Run Faster?

You might be wondering how to make your Mac run faster? It is a common misconception that the more processing power you have, the faster your computer will run. In reality, it’s actually about what’s going on in your processor and memory. For the average person using a computer for just general applications like word processing and web browsing, you don’t need much in the way of computing power.

– Use an SSD drive instead of a hard disk drive.

– Double your RAM if possible.

– Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP). (Attention! – do this only if you know the consequences.)


  1. More about pop-up advertisements on Wikipedia.
  2. MacOS malware
  3. SpyHunter Anti-Malware overview and also the reasons why we recommend it for malware elimination.

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