Main Ready virus – a potentially unwanted application that is spread via fake Flash updates and pirated software installers
MainReady is a suspicious application that changes users web browser settings and harvests personal information
Main Ready is a malicious program that initiates a variety of changes on computers in order to display users intrusive ads on Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or another web browser. It belongs to a large family of potentially unwanted applications designed for macOS/Mac OS X systems and has been distributed in massive campaigns that involve fake Flash Player installers. Nonetheless, the MainReady virus can also be installed when downloading freeware from Apple unapproved sources or installing software cracks/pirated applications.
Upon installation, Main Ready can install a bunch of web browser extensions that are protected from elimination, and set the search engine to Safe Finder, all while redirecting searches via a.akamaihd.net. As a result, users will see a variety of sponsored content in search results and also intrusive ads on all visited websites. Finally, the MainReady virus also grants itself permission to read all the information typed on web browsers, including credit card details. This puts Mac users at enormous privacy risk.
|Name||Main Ready virus, MainReady, MainReady 1.0|
|Infiltration||In the majority of cases, the malicious app is not downloaded purposely, i.e., users get tricked by techniques like software bundling and fake Flash Player updates|
|Symptoms||Unknown web browser extensions installed on the web browser (Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and others) with elevated permissions, search provider changed to Safe Search or another one, all the searchers are redirected via Akamaihd, websites are filled with intrusive ads, redirects bring to unknown places, scam encounters increase, etc.|
|Associated risks||Sensitive data compromise (credit card details, passwords) and disclosure to cybercriminals, installation of other malware/adware, monetary loss, etc.|
|Related||Safe Finder is typically assigned as a search provider and all searchers are delivered via the a.akamaihd.net|
|Detection||According to Virus Total, several AV engines detect the virus under following names:
|Removal||You can follow detailed guide that will help you to eliminate MainReady virus below|
|Optimization||To return a stable and optimized performance of your Mac after the infection, scan it with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego|
While regular browser hijackers and adware programs merely change web browser settings that can be reverted easily, Main Ready is a far more malicious program that should not be ignored. Not only will you encounter tremendous amounts of ads on all visited websites, but you will also struggle with Main Ready removal due to its persistence tendencies. While unwanted software can be eliminated manually, we also suggest scanning the system with reputable anti-malware, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner.
As mentioned above, the Main Ready virus belongs to a much broader malware family that is being operated by unknown developers, who previously released exactly the same app (using the same icon and operation techniques) under different names, including ProductEvent, ProntoApp, AgileHelp, IdeaShared, and many more. Nonetheless, it seems like the efforts pay off, as MainReady is the next creation that will profit cybercriminals at the end.
Main Ready is mainly distributed via software bundles that are downloaded from third-party sites or via fake Flash Player update prompts. Once installed, the unwanted app performs changes within the system that establish Safe Finder or another provider as the main search engine. As a result, users can see tons of sponsored links and ads when looking for something on the internet.
Other system changes allow ad injection into all websites that users visit – they see pop-ups, deals, offers, banners, coupons, and other intrusive content even on sites it should not be present. In some cases, such ads can be malicious and redirect users to sites claiming that their systems are infected with malware. Due to this, victims end up installing suspicious apps on Macs and then are constantly bothered by requests to buy a full license for the software.
Main Ready is a potentially unwanted program that sets Safe Search as a default search provider on the web browser
Pop-up ads and redirects are not the only issues related to the Main Ready virus. Upon installation the app grants itself permissions that should never be provided:
Permissions for “Main Ready”:
Can read sensitive information from webpages, including passwords, phone numbers, and credit cards on all webpages
Can see when you visit all webpages
Without a doubt, such permissions can be extremely dangerous when granted to a malicious app like MainReady, although users never agree to this in the first place, since the permissions are granted during the installation of bundled software. Thus, many users might not even know that their credit card and other sensitive information can be potentially exposed to unknown cybercriminals, resulting in financial losses or even identity theft.
Even if the app is caught in the act, users might not be able to remove the Main Ready virus that easily. This is because the “Uninstall” button might be grayed out, and the web browser settings might also be pre-set. Therefore, if you struggle with this malicious app termination, you should get rid of all the related files manually or scan your Mac with anti-malware. For the best results, we also recommend using optimization software Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.
Macs are not immune to malware and adware – prevent the installation of unwanted software
To describe MainReady correctly, we should explain distribution techniques, which are shady, to say the least. Users found the malware installed on their system after installing “Adobe Photoshop 2020 Crack” or similar tools that would help them bypass the licensing process of a particular program. In such a case, the Main Ready virus is bundled along with the so-called software crack programs.
Additionally, users might get tricked by fake Adobe Flash update prompts that can be encountered all over the internet. One of such fake messages reads:
Adobe Flash Player is out of date!
The version of “Adobe Flash Player” on your system does not include the latest security updates and has been blocked. To continue using “Adobe Flash Player”, download an updated version.
The problem with Flash is that many users are associating the plugin with multimedia functionality – and it was one of the main tools for the purpose for many years. However, this flawed software was long replaced by new technology and is no longer required by regular users. Thus, keep that in mind and never download and Flash Player “updates” since you don't need them in the first place.
MainReady installer is typically distributed as a compressed installer of fake Flash Player update
Finally, we could not stress enough how important it is to stay away from pirated software installers and software cracks. These tools are often injected with malicious code or bundle additional components once installed. To make matters worse, anti-malware software can not defend you from malware inside cracks, so there is no way to check if the tool is malicious in the first place.
Finally, employ your Mac with reliable third-party security software and opt for downloads from official sources. If you insist on visiting third-party sites, ensure you pick Advanced or Custom settings when dealing with software bundle packages.
Eliminate Main Ready virus to ensure security of macOS and your personal safety
It is best to perform MainReady removal with the help of anti-malware software, as the malicious app drops a variety of files on the system that might not be eliminated by simply dragging the application to Trash. Nonetheless, if you want to try manual elimination way, you should check the following folders for malicious .plist files:
- ~/Library/Application Support
After that, you should reset all the installed web browsers to completely remove Main Ready virus from the system. Otherwise, the unwanted ads and redirects might continue, even after you get rid of the related files. Nevertheless, keep in mind that there might be other unwanted apps or malware installed on your computer, so you should scan it with anti-malware just as a precautionary measure.
You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.
To remove Main Ready virus, follow these steps:
Uninstall Main Ready from Mac OS X system
To remove MainReady from your Mac, follow these steps:
- If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.
- Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Main Ready or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
Eliminate Main Ready from Mozilla Firefox (FF)
Remove dangerous extensions
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
- Here, select Main Ready and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options → General.
- Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
- Click OK to save these changes.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
- Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Main Ready removal.
Get rid of Main Ready from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome as soon as you delete the unwanted program from your device:
Delete malicious plugins
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
- Here, select Main Ready and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
- Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
- Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
- Click on menu icon again and choose Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
- When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
- Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
- Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Main Ready removal.
Delete Main Ready from Safari
- 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.
- Here, select Extensions and look for Main Ready or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
- Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Main Ready, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
- 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 Main Ready removal process.