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Remove ScreenCapture (Free Guide) - Removal Instructions

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

ScreenCapture is the cyber intruder that focuses on infecting Mac devices and redirecting to suspicious sites or installing PUPs


ScreenCapture is the adware-type threat that can expose the user to malvertising content or even install fake search engines, system tools. This is a potentially unwanted application that targets Apple device and spreads around via programs like The adware or fake search engines can get installed on the system and spread PUPs or redirect to suspicious pages. This vicious circle creates tons of useless pop-ups that keep the user from accessing anything online. It appears that the main purpose of the intruder is to redirect online traffic and prevent the victim from accessing relevant information by interfering with browsing online.

This program is also known as and may seem harmless because it poses as a tool needed for capturing screenshots, but it is an ad-supported program that was created to generate profit for advertisers. Besides affected performance, the application also significantly diminishes time on the browser with all the toolbars, extensions added out of nowhere. So you should pay close attention to this behavior and make sure to get rid of all those plugins completely.

Name ScreenCapture
Type Potentially unwanted program
Affects  macOS running devices[1]
Redirects to
Distribution Freeware installations, other PUPs, questionable pages
Symptoms Appears on the system and shows suspicious content, causes installations of in-browser applications
Elimination Install a professional anti-malware tool that can run a thorough ScreenCapture removal, like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

ScreenCapture virus gets on the targeted machine and starts affecting the performance with its intrusive behavior. Like other potentially unwanted programs, during the infiltration, people cannot notice the PUP, but all the content indicates this cyber infection later on.

ScreenCapture.App mainly causes redirects and pop-ups with advertising content. All those pushy banners and other forms of promotional content can also lead to the installation of in-browser material or more severe cyber threats. Unfortunately, these adware-type programs are known for gathering information about users and their habits online.

As soon as ScreenCapture gets on the system with your consent or not, it works in the background and starts tracking data like search queries, most viewed items or visited pages and other preferences regarding the browsing. Also, every in-browser searching attempt involves the fake search engine or website. This is a method used to capture what you are searching online directly.

Nevertheless, all those browser searches get filled with ScreenCapture content and, in most cases, useless results because the list gets filled with advertisements, promotional material, hyperlinks leading to domains filled with ads. Since all your browsing is forced tog o through the Bing Search engine your time online diminishes significantly.
ScreenCapture is the application that shows up out of nowhere and runs on resources of the device.

ScreenCapture shows various content and may deliver messages asking to enable additional notifications or tracking the activity. Due to these agreements, you may need to reset your browsers to default or clean Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer or Safari manually to reverse the unwanted changes and eliminate additional extensions or add-ons.

In general, for the ScreenCapture removal process, experts[2] recommend getting anti-malware tools because such programs can fully check the system and indicate all the threats that can cause the most damage or is malicious. Scanning the system fully with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or a similar tool helps to terminate the PUP.

Besides the tips on how to remove ScreenCapture, we should also note that although it seems harmless, data collected by the PUP can end up shared with third-party companies or advertisers.[3] Clicking on injected content like banners, coupons, or discount promotions also help to track information.

ScreenCapture can also use fak error messages from the system to redirect you to pages with malicious material. So be aware that all the messages stating about low memory or the usage of resources mainly get caused to get your attention and via clicks on such pop-ups collect your data. The application is not useful, so make sure to follow the list of indicated intruders in the AV tool results and clean the PC thoroughly.

ScreenCapture virus
ScreenCapture virus is the potentially unwanted application that should be removed as soon as it gets noticed running in the background.

Adware comes automatically without the requirement to inform you 

Any free download sites, services like p2p networks or torrents are serving for the user and for the PUP developer or provider at the same time because users get their cracked software, programs without paying and shady programs can get bundled alongside freeware and delivered to users all over the world.

Unfortunately, during the installation, your machine gets infected if you pay not enough attention and go for Quick or Recommended options. By doing so you allow all the programs listed in the installation setup to get downloaded on your PC. Go for Advanced installations and de-select the application that is questionable or listed as additional. Choosing sources of software wisely also affects the security of your machine.

Perform the elimination of ScreenCapture virus damage and system damage

For the best results of the automatic ScreenCapture removal, you should read about the particular anti-malware program and get it from a reliable source like the official website of developers. This way, you can be sure that there are no bundled programs, and the tool works for the particular threat you need to eliminate.

You can remove ScreenCapture completely with such tools, but don't forget about all the in-browser content added behind your back. You should check each web browser separately and eliminate, block the content from running on the system. We have a step-by-step guide below the article that shows how to achieve that.

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.

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Alternative Software
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To remove ScreenCapture, follow these steps:

Uninstall ScreenCapture from Mac OS X system

Get rid of the intruder and clean the machine because such adware like ScreenCapture can be persistent

  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 ScreenCapture 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'

Remove ScreenCapture 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 ScreenCapture 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 ScreenCapture removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete ScreenCapture from Google Chrome

You may need to reset the browser to default, so all the material related to ScreenCapture gets deleted

  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 ScreenCapture 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 ScreenCapture removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase ScreenCapture from Safari

Check the Safari for unwanted ScreenCapture material

  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 ScreenCapture 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 ScreenCapture removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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