PracticalProcesser is a potentially unwanted application that can track your personal information
PracticalProcesser is a potentially unwanted application that can read your sensitive data
PracticalProcesser is an adware that has a variety of unwanted or dangerous traits – it belongs to a well-known malware campaign known as Adload. The potentially unwanted application targets Mac computers exclusively and spreads via pirated software installers downloaded from insecure websites, as well as fake Flash Player or other deceptive prompts. Once inside the computer, it appends a browser extension to all the installed browsers (Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) and changes web browser settings without permission, setting Safe Finder, adjustablesample.com, or another dubious tool as the main search provider.
This allows the PracticalProcesser virus to promote deals, offers, coupons, and other ads via popups, in-text links, or flashing windows. While this activity might disrupt any users' online activities, it is important to mention that this adware can also pose a serious security threat, as it can be related to Mac malware such as Shlayer Trojan and sometimes capable of reading sensitive information via the extension on the browser.
|Type||Adware, Mac virus|
|Distribution||The app is usually not installed purposely: it is either installed via software bundle packages when rushing the installation of freeware or after being tricked by fake updates|
|Symptoms||Unknown browser extensions are installed on the web browser with elevated permissions; search engine and new tab address altered to something else; redirects bring to unknown/malicious/scam sites, etc.|
|Risks||Installation of other potentially unwanted applications/malware, sensitive data disclosure to cybercriminals, monetary losses|
|Removal||To get rid of malware from your system automatically, download and install powerful security software – we recommend using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes|
|Optimization||To repair virus damage and tweak the system for its best performance, perform a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego|
Most browser hijackers or/and adware are relatively harmless (even though it became a huge problem to Mac users in recent years), as browser changes can be quickly reverted, and the control of the search tool regained. However, it is not uncommon for users to suffer from PracticalProcesser removal difficulties – and for a reason.
As already mentioned, PracticalProcesser belongs to the Adload adware family, other members of which include OperativeFraction, BufferKey, AccessibleBoost, CreativeSearch, MainReady, and many others. All of these apps are identical, as they use the same magnifying glass icon in the teal/green/red background, and all perform some type of unsolicited changes to the web browser and the computer.
Possibly the most dangerous feature of PracticalProcesser malware is that it injects several components into the machine by abusing the built-in AppleScript, which allows the establishment of new profiles, Login Items, and dropping malicious .plist files in Library and other folders. Therefore, even if users are aware of the infection, they can often struggle to remove PracticalProcesser from their systems.
To make matters worse, the installed browser extension is often applied with elevated permissions that can seriously compromise one's privacy. In most cases, Adload adware browser extensions are installed with the following permissions:
Permissions for “PracticalProcesser”:
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, users who are subjected to sensitive data theft can suffer from various financial losses or even identity theft if the harvested information ends up in cybercriminals' hands. Unfortunately, even if users attempt to uninstall the PracticalProcesser extension, they are most likely will not be able to, as it might set the “Managed by your organization” status on the web browser.
PracticalProcesser is a Mac virus that installs extension and changes web browser settings without permission
The installer of PracticalProcesser can be stopped by several anti-malware applications, detected under the following names:
- MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]
- A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.C
- Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.i, etc.
Thus, we highly advise you to uninstall PracticalProcesser as soon as possible, as it can greatly compromise your online safety and result in additional malware installation. However, this process might be a bit more complicated than it may seem. You should not worry much, as we provided precise instructions on how to get rid of this annoying Mac virus infection.
While we do not recommend manual elimination, you can find detailed instructions below. For the quickest removal, you should instead use security tools such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes, and then perform an additional scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.
Mac malware is serious threat – do not allow it to compromise your online safety
There has been many debates whether Macs can get infected in the first place – and to this day people believe that these machines are immune to malware. However, the statistics and research performed by many security research teams claim the opposite. In fact, Mac malware has outpaced Windows focused malware for the first time in 2019, which marks the increase of infections by 400% from the previous year, according to researchers.
Therefore, if you owe a Mac, it does not mean that you are safe from malware and especially adware. Cybercriminals are now focusing on Macs much more, as the OS is becoming much more popular. There are very simple measures that would keep your macOS secure, as experts say:
- Do not download apps from dangerous sites. While third-parties can get you infected with adware, it is very unlikely to be persistent and/or malicious. However, torrents and similar websites that allow the installation of pirated software are one of the main reasons why users get infected.
- Listen to Mac's warnings. Do not just bypass the prompts by instantaneously entering your credentials.
- Never install the alleged “malware removal tools” from pages that claim your system is infected with viruses.
- Flash Player is only needed in very rare circumstances, so assume that all the prompts to install its updates are fake.
- Install a powerful anti-malware solution that would warn you about incoming infections.
PracticalProcesser is mainly spread via fake Flash updates
Delete PracticalProcesser safely
As mentioned above, PracticalProcesser removal may be a real pain, as the adware drops several malicious components scattered among various directories. Besides, the browser extension might also be grayed out, which means that you will not be able to uninstall it in a regular way.
The best way to remove PracticalProcesser virus is to scan your computer with powerful anti-malware software, which would find and delete all the malicious files automatically. If you do not wish to install additional software and would like to locate unwanted files yourself, check the following locations on your device:
System Preferences > Accounts> Login Items
System Preferences > Users&Groups > Profiles
When it comes to the browser, however, it is highly advised to reset it after the elimination process of adware and malware is complete. For that, follow the instructions we provide below.
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 PracticalProcesser, follow these steps:
Get rid of PracticalProcesser from Mac OS X system
To get rid of unwanted applications from your Mac, follow these steps:
If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:
Remove PracticalProcesser from Applications folder:
- From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
- In the Applications folder, look for PracticalProcesser-related entries.
- Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)
To fully remove PracticalProcesser, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:
- 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 related to PracticalProcesser and then delete them.
- Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the PracticalProcesser-related entries.
Eliminate PracticalProcesser from Mozilla Firefox (FF)
You should reset Mozilla Firefox if you are unable to uninstall all the malicious browser extensions:
Remove dangerous extensions:
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
- Select Add-ons.
- In here, select plugins that are related to PracticalProcesser and click Remove.
Clear cookies and site data:
- Click Menu and pick Options.
- Go to Privacy & Security section.
- Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
- Click on Clear Data…
- Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.
In case PracticalProcesser did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
- Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.
- Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
- Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete PracticalProcesser removal.
Uninstall PracticalProcesser from Google Chrome
Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
- In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to PracticalProcesser by clicking Remove.
Clear cache and web data from Chrome:
- Click on Menu and pick Settings.
- Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
- Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
- Click Clear data.
If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the PracticalProcesser-components:
- Click on Menu and select Settings.
- In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
- Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
- Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
- Confirm with Reset settings to complete PracticalProcesser removal.
Remove PracticalProcesser from Safari
In some cases, the adware may leave the settings unchanged after it is eliminated. Therefore, you should reset the Safi browser as explained below:
Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:
- Click Safari > Preferences…
- In the new window, pick Extensions.
- Select the unwanted extension related to PracticalProcesser and select Uninstall.
Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:
- Click Safari > Clear History…
- From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
- Confirm with Clear History.
Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:
- Click Safari > Preferences…
- Go to Advanced tab.
- Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
- From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.
Do not let government spy on you
The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet.
You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.
Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.
Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack
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