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Remove SwiftEngine (Tutorial) - Virus Removal Guide

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SwiftEngine – macOS adware that usually appears in Applications

SwiftEngine

SwiftEngine is a bogus app that targets macOS systems. The appearance of this product is never expected but always unwanted when spotted. The adware most of the time places itself in the Applications folder of the Apple computer/laptop. In some cases, you might see its icon on your desktop if it is set as the default place of downloads. Afterward, SwiftEngine virus will supposedly hijack your web browser and modify the default homepage and new tab bar. Also, there is a big chance to start receiving pop-up ads as it is the main income source of adware developers.

Name SwiftEngine
Type Potentially unwanted program/adware app
Target This bogus program has been spot targeting computer that are based on macOS
Location Most often, you will spot the program and its folder inserted in the Applications section of your Apple machine
Tasks Adware is known for its intrusive advertising and redirecting capabilities, collecting browsing-related information, and gaining income from cost-per-click
Elimination Delete the bogus app with reliable antimalware or step-by-step guidelines that have been included at the end of this page
Repair tip If the program has compromised some system files of yours, try using Reimage Reimage Cleaner for repairing them

SwiftEngine is nowhere attractive and you should get concerned about your computer's security if you are seeing it on your machine. Even though Macs have strong in-built security, some apps appear to still find their way into these computers. However, this mostly is due to the wrong installation mode chosen but we will take about it in the next section.

Now, we want to encourage you to learn more about this adware so you would be able to recognize it in case of infiltration. SwiftEngine adware mostly benefits from the pay-per-click technique[1] and tries to deliver as attractive adverts as possible. For this purpose, the developers might start tracking your browsing sessions and online experience.

SwiftEngine might fill up your web browser with unwanted extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins but these are not the only helper objects that can come together with the PUP. It can also include tracking products such as HTTP cookies,[2] beacons, and pixels that aim to record all information related to your browsing activities.

SwiftEngine might be able to record data such as the most commonly visited websites, hyperlinks and adverts clicked, networks accessed, bookmarks saved, your IP address, and geolocation. Afterward, the developers might use the information for displaying targeted ads that refer to the collected details.

SwiftEngine PUP
SwiftEngine is a potentially unwanted program that is often located in the Applications folder

Be aware that SwiftEngine virus might fill up your browser sessions not only with annoying offers but with tricky surveys, scams, or prize claims. If the program asks you to enter personal information in some type of blanks, DO NOT do it. Never reveal your sensitive data (including credentials) to strangers as you might get scammed and face big losses.

Redirecting is also another symptom of SwiftEngine. The virus might start taking you to affiliate domains that are filled with questionable offers and deals. Even though these redirects are truly annoying, this is the better part of this activity. Some redirecting sessions might take you to malicious locations and relate in a dangerous infection.

Nevertheless, this is not all SwiftEngine might do. Adware rarely comes on its own. After its installation, you might encounter other potentially unwanted products, including browser hijackers, rogue security software, and scareware that could have come alongside the adware. In this case, your computer might freeze due to multiple unwanted tasks.

If there is a big variety of processes running on your machine, it might struggle to perform activities such as launching apps, updating programs, closing/opening windows, running tasks, etc. This is because the PUPs have been using the system's resources for their own goals. Remove SwiftEngine and avoid this consequence.

SwiftEngine removal requires full cleaning on the computer system, the Applications folder, and web browsers. You can do that by employing antimalware or following step-by-step guidelines that have been added to the end of this article. If the adware has compromised some system files, you can try repairing them with software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner .

Sometimes, SwiftEngine might drop adverts only when you are visiting bogus locations. In this case, there might be no adware program in the system but you should get concerned about the safety of the websites you have been proceeding to lately. Also, download AdBlock[3] to help you to prevent random advertising during online activities.

SwiftEngine adware
SwiftEngine is adware that travels via bundling or unsecured sources

Spreading sources of adware programs 

Ad-supported applications can have multiple distribution sources. Even though if you have antivirus protection on your computer system, some PUP might be able to slip through the security if you do not have the right downloading mode chosen or you do not pay attention to the alerts that the antimalware program has been providing you with.

Always make sure that you have selected “Custom” or “Advanced” configuration as your downloading/installing mode rather than choosing the “Quick” or “Recommended” settings where PUPs can easily approach your computer. The “Custom” option will allow you to track all incoming objects and deselect the products that you do not want to have on your system.

Furthermore, adware might travel as fake software updates, for example, JavaScript or Adobe Flash Player. If you ever have any concerns about certain updates, you should go to the original website of the software that is requiring an upgrade and check all the newly released updates and get them from the official page.

Finally, potentially unwanted products might be injected into third-party advertisements, hyperlinks, and similar locations. Avoid adware installation via these sources by not proceeding to websites that have been flagged as suspicious or malicious. Also, always pay attention to your antimalware if it tries to block the source that you are trying to enter.

SwiftEngine removal guidelines

If the adware has been bothering you frequently, it is time to focus on SwiftEngine removal. Some good news is that the elimination of a PUP is not that hard to complete on your own. Below you will find step-by-step guidelines on how to eliminate the adware from your macOS computer system and also fully clean browser apps such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

However, we often recommend eliminating even the simplest threats with the help of antimalware software as you risk missing some important steps while completing the process on your own. You can remove SwiftEngine automatically and also save some time as reliable antivirus programs are capable of deleting the virus in a few minutes of time. According to Virusai.lt experts,[4] if you are doubting your computing skills, better leave the removal task for antimalware.

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To remove SwiftEngine, follow these steps:

Eliminate SwiftEngine from Mac OS X system

To get rid of adware from macOS, employ these guidelines:

  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 SwiftEngine 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'

Get rid of SwiftEngine from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To clean Mozilla Firefox from unwanted content, carry out the following steps:

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

Erase SwiftEngine from Google Chrome

To eliminate suspicious add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins from Google Chrome, perform the following guiding steps:

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

Remove SwiftEngine from Safari

To reverse Safari back to its primary state, complete this guide:

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

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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