NetDivision Mac virus (Free Instructions)

NetDivision Mac virus Removal Guide

What is NetDivision Mac virus?

NetDivision is a malicious Mac application that shows intrusive ads and steals personal data

NetDivision virusNetDivision is a malicious app you should get rid of ASAP

NetDivision is a potentially malicious application that you might find running on your Mac unexpectedly due to its deceptive distribution techniques. Fake Flash Player updates and illegal software installers are commonly used to spread versions of Adload – a malware family from which the app comes.

Once on the system, NetDivision division drops malicious files on the system, alters its operation, and protects itself from automatic removal with the help of elevated permissions it acquires upon installation. This way, users can have a much more difficult time when trying to remove it.

The most visible change, which makes users realize that they have been infected, is alternative search settings that are set automatically on Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or another web browser. The browser extension component delivers alternative search results filled with ads, employs alternative providers such as Yahoo or Safe Finder, and secretly tracks user data, including account passwords or other personal information.

We recommend removing NetDivision as soon as possible, as it can cause serious privacy and security issues. In this article, we will explain how to do just that and provide some tips on how to avoid being infected with Adload variants (or other Mac malware) in the future.

Name NetDivision
Type Mac virus, adware, browser hijacker
Malware family Adload
Distribution Fake Flash Player installers or bundled software from malicious sources
Symptoms A suspicious browser extension installed on the web browser; search and browsing settings altered to another provider; new profiles and other elements created on the accounts; increased number of ads and redirects
Removal The easiest way to remove Mac malware is to perform a full system scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software. We also provide a manual guide below
System optimization After you terminate the infection with all its associated components, we recommend you also scan your machine with ReimageIntego to clean your browsers and junk that might have been left by the infection

Virus distribution methods

Adload versions spread in ways that are not legitimate – they are also often used by cybercriminals to distribute ransomware, Trojans, and other malware. This is one of the reasons why NetDivision can be classified as malware – users never install it intentionally but are rather tricked into doing so. Below we discuss the main delivery methods of the virus and also provide tips on how to avoid being infected.

Pirated application installers

Many pirated software distributors' websites have been already shut down, although malicious actors constantly find ways to bypass restrictions and remain active. Users flock to these sites to receive applications for free, which is an illegal thing to do in the first place.

Peer-to-peer[1] networks and similar pirated software distribution websites often bundle software with malicious apps, such as NetDivision or other malware. It might also be disguised under different names on these high-risk sites, so we recommend staying away from them in the first place.

Fake Flash Player updates

Misleading or fake advertisements have been used by crooks for a long time now – Adobe Flash Player is especially notorious in that regard. Not only is the plugin extremely vulnerable[2] to breaches and cyberattacks, but its prevalence also ensures that most people recognize its name. Users are often told that they need to update or install Flash Player in order to view multimedia content on a site.

NetDivision AdloadNetDivision spreads via fake Flash Player updates and pirated software installers

The truth is that Adobe, its creator, has long discontinued this software, and all requests to install it are fake. When dealing with fake Flash Player updates, you should simply leave the page displaying the fake pop-up and never interact with its contents.

NetDivision removal

Mac malware became more prevalent over the years as crooks saw potential in the ever-increasing demand for Apple devices. Once branded as impenetrable by malicious software, Macs are now one of the most targeted operating systems by adware[3] – and this problem won't go away any time soon.

Since Mac malware authors implement measures to bypass the built-in defenses such as XProtect or Gatekeeper (which NetDivision and other virus variants do as well), it is recommended to employ third-party security solutions, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes, to add an extra layer of security. Anti-malware tools can also help you remove the infection easily and very quickly. Otherwise, you can proceed with the manual steps below.

1. Delete the application

Before you delete the main app, you should make sure that no background processes would interfere with it.

  • Open Applications folder
  • Select Utilities
  • Double-click Activity Monitor
  • Here, look for suspicious processes and use the Force Quit command to shut them down
  • Go back to the Applications folder
  • Find the malicious entry and place it in Trash.Uninstall from Mac 1

2. Remove Login items and Profiles

Upon infiltration, the virus might establish new User profiles and Login items for persistence. This might be the reason why you can't get rid of the app or the extension.

  • Go to Preferences and select Accounts
  • Click Login items and delete everything suspicious
  • Next, pick System Preferences > Users & Groups
  • Find Profiles and remove unwanted profiles from the list.

3. Remove the extension

You can now try to remove the extension component of the NetDivision virus. Keep in mind that this process might still fail, as the extension might be grayed out.

Safari

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Delete leftover files

Leftover files known as PLIST hold various important configuration settings and might hold a virtual role in malware's operation. Remove them as follows:

  • Select Go > Go to Folder.
  • Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  • In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  • Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and delete all the related .plist files.Uninstall from Mac 2

You should also clean your web browsers to remove various trackers and other caches to ensure proper NetDivision removal. You can employ ReimageIntego for this job, or you can follow the manual steps below:

Safari

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Google Chrome

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If you were unable to remove malware components within your web browser, you could simply reset it as we explain below. Your bookmarks and other preferences will not get lost as long as you remember your account details. Proceed with the following to reset your browser:

Safari

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to the Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in the menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Google Chrome

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings.Reset Chrome 2

You can find the instructions for MS Edge and Mozilla Firefox below.

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Getting rid of NetDivision Mac virus. Follow these steps

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge
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Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

How to prevent from getting adware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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