Study Display PUP Removal

George Herman
George Herman
IT Security Expert

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What is Study Display

Study Display is a program, advertised as a useful tool that will supposedly improve the way you search the Internet. The company behind this product is tied to applications, which are considered to be PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). Study Display is no exception. IT specialists categorize this program as Potentially Unwanted. It is known to be very intrusive and aims to promote other shady software by displaying a huge amount of ads on the victim’s display. This PUP also uses scare tactics for that same reason, as well as to make you buy the full version of the product.

How it is distributed

The most common means of distribution include freeware and bundled software. This PUP can also infiltrate your Mac through fake update messages, infected ads, torrent files, etc. Often, additional software can be seen included in the installation setup of a program. We highly advise against the installation of such bonus content, especially if you’re unfamiliar with it. Just make sure to opt out of any additional programs. Otherwise, they will automatically get installed on your computer without needing any further authorization. Users are known to not pay attention to the steps during an installation process. This flaw is cunningly exploited by cyber criminals that hide malicious software as free optional installs. That’s why it’s very important to be diligent, and not carelessly skip steps while you install software on your computer. It can save you a lot of trouble.

How it operates

Once Study Display is installed on your Mac, an annoying advertisement storm will ensue. Promotions in the form of pop-ups, fake update and alert messages, banners, and more, will appear even in places they shouldn’t be. They may even redirect you to shady websites that are harmful. This PUP may even monitor your online activity and make sure that the ads it will produce are as attractive to you as possible. Adverts generated by this parasite tend to have a text that says something like ‘Powered by Study Display‘, ‘Ads by Study Display‘, etc. For each click you make on such sponsored content, the parasite will get paid via the pay-per-click scheme. Study Display is also capable of showing you a very convincing OS X dialog box message that is urging you to install a specific type of program for various reasons. This message can be a fake update request, or a fake virus alert. Don’t buy the full version of Study Display, or download any software promoted by this parasite. And most importantly, do not give any personal information like names, address, credit card number, etc. If this PUP has been installed on your Mac, it most certainly has made it behave strangely. Slow internet speed, lagging, unresponsive browser, are just some of the symptoms following the successful invasion of this malicious software. The longer you prolong the removal of this program, the worse your situation will get. That’s why we suggest you follow the instructions below and get rid of Study Display ASAP!

Staying safe from Study Display PUP

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 Study Display PUP from Mac

If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Study Display PUP, 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 Study Display. 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 Study Display 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.

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