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Remove Spaces.app (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Spaces.app is a potentially dangerous application that might access your sensitive information on macOS

Spaces.app

Spaces.app is a potentially unwanted program that is actively infecting Mac computer users. PUPs are usually distributed within software bundles, so users are rarely aware that their machines got infected with adware. In some other cases, they might install a dodgy app intentionally, without realizing that it is ad-supported software.

Once inside, Spaces.app modifies the settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari, although users reported that it mostly affects the latter. A substantial amount of advertisements is then shown during web browser sessions, such as pop-ups, banners, flashing windows, in-text links, offers, deals, and other type of ads. Additionally, Spaces.app sets the new tab address and the homepage to searchbaron.com, which alters search results and prompts users to visit sponsored content.

Name Spaces.app
Type Adware
Category Potentially unwanted program, Mac virus
Developer Genieo Innovation
Sets homepage to searchbaron.com
Infiltration Software bundles, third-party sites
Risk factors  Sensitive information leak to cybercriminals, malware infections,  
Symptoms 
  • Hijacked search engine;
  • Redirects, ads, and other intrusive commercial content on all browsers
  • Intrusive pop-up asking to access browser's data
Recognized by AV engines as MacOS:MaxOfferDeal-L [Adw], Adware.MAC.Genieo.WQ, Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Geonei.ax, OSX.Trojan.Gen, Adware/Geonei!OSX,[1] etc.
Termination  User anti-malware software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner or check our manual removal guide below 

Generally, adware is quite controversial software, as initially it was considered to be a threat to online safety and privacy and called spyware. However, due to legal battles, it had to be renamed into “not a virus,”[2] or “potentially unwanted program.” Fortunately, the dangers of this software are being brought into the light via the OSX/Shlayer campaigns, or Lenovo's Superfish scandal, which compromised users' security by exposing them to insecure connections. 

Regardless of what your views on ad-supported software might be, the presence of Spaces.app should never be ignored.

Spaces.app adware
Spaces.app is adware that is installed together with freeware and starts secretly tracking your web browsing activities.

Unfortunately, but Spaces.app virus belongs to one of the more dangerous infections categories, as it does not only engages in typical adware-like behavior (showing advertisements) but also attempts to elevate its privileges by prompting users to agree to the following:

“Spaces.app“ wants access to control “Safari.app“. Allowing control will provide access to documents and data in “Safari.app“, and to perform actions within that app.

No matter what you do, never allow Spaces.app to perform actions it is asking you to. Performing such action might significantly compromise your privacy and even result in banking details or another sensitive information leak.

While many people refrained from granting the app permissions, they also said that they struggled with Spaces.app removal, as the invasive pop-up message kept coming back and asked to access data from Safari. To stop the unwanted activity, you will have to delete the adware app from your device – you can do it by installing security software or (such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner ) by following our manual removal guide below.

Spaces.app was developed by an Israeli-based company Genieo Innovation – an internet solution firm that specializes in the development of information-scraping and advertisement apps, such as RegevpopPlaySearchNow, Genieo Search, and many others. For that reason, if you found Spaces.app on your Mac, you might be infected with other PUPs.

Therefore, we suggest you scan your device with anti-malware software and remove not only Spaces.app but also other potentially unwanted programs that might have settled on your macOS or Mac OS X device.

Potentially unwanted programs are often deceptively installed via shareware or freeware installers

Without a doubt, staying away from third-party sites that distribute free software is not an option for some, as some applications might include functionalities that are not available on the official App Store or Chrome web store. However, those who do download apps from third-parties should be aware of the risks.

Some third-party sites might be straight out dangerous: specially crafted by cybercriminals to make users install malware on their devices. Therefore, experts[3] advise staying away from sites that host pirated software, such as torrent sites – these might also be induced with drive-by[4] downloads and malicious ads.

Spaces.app wants access to control Safari.app
Please do not click Allow when you see a pop-up "Spaces.app wants access to control Safari.app," or you might compromise your privacy.

When it comes to more reputable sources, be aware that most of the well-known freeware sites still bundle software. Therefore, when you are installing a new application, make sure you never rush and read the installation instructions carefully. Decline all the offers/deals on the way, as well as pick Advanced/Custom settings and remove all the ticks near the pre-ticked boxes.

Delete Spaces.app virus to make sure your Mac is clean, and your online safety is no longer compromised

Spaces.app removal initially should not be that complicated – drag the unwanted app into the Trash. While the action would be enough for most “normal” applications, PUPs might leave traces, and they will ensure the unwanted activity continues. Therefore, you should also check additional directories where the PUP might reside, such as:

  • /Library/LaunchAgents
  • /Library/Application Support
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons 

Once you enter these directories, make sure you delete Spaces.app-related content. Nevertheless, if you are not exactly sure which entries are malicious and which belong to legitimate programs, we would highly recommend you installing reputable anti-malware software and performing a full system scan. This way, you will be able to remove Spaces.app virus automatically, along with all its traces and other unwanted programs or malware that might be present on your Mac.

After you are sure that the deceptive Spaces.app is gone, you should also reset each of the installed browsers, as explained below. This step is crucial if you allowed the PUP to scrape Safari's, or any other browser, data.

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To remove Spaces.app, follow these steps:

Uninstall Spaces.app from Mac OS X system

To remove Space.app virus from your Mac, please proceed with the following steps:

  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 Spaces.app 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'

Delete Spaces.app from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Spaces.app and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Spaces.app removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Spaces.app from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Spaces.app should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of Spaces.app 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 Spaces.app 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 Spaces.app removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Spaces.app from Google Chrome

After you eliminate Space App, make sure you reset Chrome's settings as follows:

  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 Spaces.app 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 Spaces.app removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Spaces.app from Safari

You should immediately reset Safari after you complete PUP removal:

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

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Linas Kiguolis
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