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Remove MacVX (Free Guide) - updated Jul 2019

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as MacVX virus, MacVX ads | Type: Adware

MacVX is the adware that infects Apple devices and redirects to ad-supported pages to earn money for its publishers

MacVX adware

MacVX virus is the program designed to make money from redirecting web traffic and collecting details about users habits. This a typical adware-type intruder because it affects the web browser directly and doesn't show anything besides all the commercial pop-ups and banners. It even affects your in-browser searches with continuous ads injected on the list of results. It is known that adware is related to another PUP – browser hijacker weknow.ac that primarily affects Mac devices.

You can notice various system slowdown symptoms and redirections to ad-supported pages when MacVX gets on the machine or unwanted content appearing out of nowhere. However, the most intrusive function of the PUP is promotional material pushing fake toolbars, optimization tools, utilities or even causing direct downloads of such software.

Name MacVX
Type  Adware[1]
Associated Weknow.ac
Symptoms Shows advertising banners, injects such content on commonly visited sites, causes redirects to third-party sites filled with shady material
Distribution Freeware installations, other PUPs, p2p services[2]
Affected system  Mac OS 
Elimination Get anti-malware tool for MacVX removal
Possible danger Tracks and collects data about the user and his or her browsing habits[3]

MacVX is promoted as a useful tool itself that helps to watch any videos anytime. It supposedly improves your time online with such functions and other video streaming-related features. Unfortunately, there is no real reason to rely on the program or any content suggested by the developers. 

MAC operating system is not immune to any viruses, so you should react to the infiltration of MacVX and note that this questionable adware is collecting various data about you from the second it enters the system. PUP access information like:

  • IP addresses,
  • bookmarks;
  • most viewed pages;
  • most searched items;
  • browsing history;
  • geolocation.

ANy adware-type intruder like MacVX can come to Windows devices too. The data tracking is a serious issue no matter what because all those online preferences are needed for later malvertising campaigns because advertisers base their personalized content on the information recorded about users.

MacVX adware is an application that should enable faster streaming of online videos. At least that is what developers of this program are claiming. Moreover, this application is compatible with all major browsers. However, there are a couple of interesting facts that you should know about this program.

MacVX malware
MacVX is a virus that delivers advertisements and makes money from views and visits.

In fact, MacVX is recognized as adware for a couple of reasons. Firstly, this program is free; therefore, in order to make money, its developers are cooperating with various advertisers. Secondly, this questionable application may travel as an extra attachment together with other freeware.

Thirdly, MacVX ads may redirect you to an unsafe website that you do not want to visit. Finally, this program may track your online activities and use this information for various commercial purposes. We recommend removing this program as soon as you spot it on your computer.

For the MacVX removal, you should rely on anti-malware tools and scan the machine fully, this way every part of the PUP gets deleted and other programs get indicated too. During an automatic adware removal, virus damage gets fixed too. Get Reimage Reimage Cleaner and terminate this adware program completely.

MacVX virus
MacVX adware is the program that targets Mac devices with intrusive commercial content.

You can also find additional adware-type intruders and other PUPs added by this virus on your machine. For that reason, there is a need to remove MacVX alongside them all. You can encounter these names:

  • MacSaver,
  • MacVaX,
  • MacCaptain,
  • MacPriceCut,
  • SaveOnMac,
  • Mac Global Deals,
  • MacSter,
  • MacXcoupon,
  • Shop Brain,
  • PalMall,
  • MacSmart,
  • Photo Zoom.

Malware can infiltrate the computer directly or via commercial sites

You can download a virus directly or add this untrustworthy program to your system when installing unfamiliar freeware without even noticing. In order to avoid this infiltration, we can give you a couple of helpful tips on how to install unfamiliar freeware and how to remove such intruders. To begin with, you should avoid questionable download websites, free sharing services.

Furthermore, always check what programs you install and pay attention to the process. For that, read the end-user license agreement (EULA) part, privacy policy. Also, always choose the Advanced or Custom installation options. Carefully follow every step of the installation and unmark such questionable attachments included in the setup.

If you fail to do so, you may experience redirects every time when you start your browsing session. By the way, keep your computer protected with a reliable and updated anti-spyware program. Follow the guide below that experts[4] made to achieve the best results.

Tips how to remove MacVX from the computer once and for all

Don't worry, even if you are a computer expert, you can easily add this potentially unwanted program and not even notice it. It happens without your knowledge, and you think you just browse online normally when the MacVX virus gets on the system. Unfortunately, the adware can run on the machine for a while until it starts causing issues with the performance.

Since the threat is focused on promoting the installation of other programs, MacVX removal should be performed as soon as possible until intrusive tools cannot get stealthily added on the machine. You should clean the system fully and then check for files or program left behind. 

When you remove MacVX, you need to remember that this is a PUP that, in most cases, came alongside other programs and can be persistent because of this. Get the anti-malware tool and check the system fully for all possible intruders.

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To remove MacVX, follow these steps:

Get rid of MacVX from Mac OS X system

Clear your system from MacVX virus and eliminate all the PUPs coming from shady sources

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for MacVX or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase MacVX from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select MacVX and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete MacVX removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete MacVX from Google Chrome

If your browser appears altered, you should check the settings or look for additional content installed without your permission

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select MacVX and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete MacVX removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove MacVX from Safari

Check the Safari for any material related to MacVX or any other PUP

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for MacVX or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete MacVX removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Alessandro says:
    August 6th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Hello.
    My system software è MAC OSX 10.9.4 but think its the same in Windows environment.
    I also had the browser (Firefox in my case) “haunted” by MACVX.
    I found no answer on blogs.
    AVIRA scanner did not find anything.
    I tried Safari and he did not open the ADSs that Firefox open.
    I decided to uninstall and reinstall Firefox maintaining history, passwords and bookmarks, when I noticed that in Firefox extensions there was an add-in that was called just MACVX. I saw the date of installation, that was precisely the day on which the ads were started.
    I have uninstalled manually, Firefox off and on again and now everything is ok.
    I also find a file in a web page folder containing the string “MACVX” and I deleted it. You can use Finder (or other…) to find it.
    Let me know if this works for you.
    Ciao
    Alessandro

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