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Remove UtilityParse (Removal Instructions) - Jul 2020 update

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UtilityParse is a Mac virus that asks to gain access to Safari or another web browser

UtilityParse

UtilityParse, also known as Utility Parze, is a potentially unwanted application that can be found on some users' Macs. In most cases, such apps are distributed via software bundle packages downloaded from third-party websites or through fake Flash Update prompts. In any case, most users are not even aware that the application is installed on the system, although there are several infection signs that could be seen almost right away:

  • An unknown browser extension is installed on Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or another web browser;
  • A pop-up message shows up on a regular basis, which claims that Utility Parze/Utility Parse is trying to access data located within the web browser;
  • Pop-ups, deals, offers, coupons, banners, auto-play, and other intrusive advertisements show up on all visited websites;
  • Redirects bring users to insecure websites, etc.

Besides using dubious distribution tactics, UtilityParse is also set up to spy on users' web activities, which include visited websites, the IP address, links clicked, search queries, etc. However, due to excessive permissions that the extension or the app asks for, users might be in grave danger of sensitive information (banking data, Social Security Number, credit card number, login credentials, etc.) disclosure.

While the app can be found in /Users/[username]/Library/UpdatesMac/UtilityParze/UtilityParze[1] location on Mac systems, it also employs various persistence techniques, so its removal might be a difficult task in some cases. If you value your privacy and do not want malicious applications on your machine, uninstall UtilityParse as per instructions we provide below.

Name UtilityParse or Utility Parze
Type Adware
Affected systems macOS (mostly Catalina and higher versions) or Mac OS X 
Family This program is also known as Utility Parze since it is a part of the Pirrit adware family and can come on various forms of macOS adware
Risks Your machine is not working properly as it supposed to anymore, so it becomes more vulnerable for malware infections and ad-supported sites can easily track and collect details about your habits and most viewed pages, searched items
Symptoms The device becomes slow and crashes, freezes, turns off more often. Additionally, commercial content gets delivered on your browser and on the system directly.
Distribution While this potentially unwanted application is typically delivered via fake Flash Player update prompts, users might also install it during the installation of freeware which is downloaded from third-party websites
Elimination UtilityParse removal procedure can get difficult, but choosing the proper anti-malware tool compatible with your system can give the best results
Repair When a machine is affected by any of these PUPs, functions can get disabled or files affected by this program behind your back. The best option is to use a professional system tool like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego that can indicate and even recover damaged files for you

UtilityParse is the adware-based application, so it mainly focuses on intrusive advertisements and data collection. which is typical PUP behavior. It is the program that can interfere with the performance of the computer due to background processes too, so scanning the system fully should be one of the actions that you take into consideration. 

UtilityParse or Utility Parze is pretty much identical to MacPerformance or DisplayUpdate programs that are also considered to be macOS-targeting PUAs. These applications mainly get distributed via advertisements and unsafe sites or pop-ups, banners with commercial content relations. It is common to get adware, hijacker, or different PUP when fake Flash Player installations get triggered. 

Utility Parze messages can state the following: 

“Utility Parze” wants access to control “Google Chrome.app” (“Safari.app”). Allowing control will provide access to documents and data in “Google Chrome.app” (“Safari.app”), and to perform actions within this app.

If you receive any similar alert regarding the Utility Parse application or any other file, folder, program, you should pay attention to details that are displayed on the alert and base your further actions of those. Do not allow anything that is offered for you on these pop-up windows and warnings because any agreements can lead to more issues with the machine since you do not know exactly what you are allowing.

UtilityParse categorizes as an adware program for a reason because it manages to install itself on the system and run for a while until the symptoms get displayed. After the successful penetration, the PUA can change various settings, affect web browsers, and install other apps without your permission. But these error messages and control agreement pop-ups show that not everything is accessible for the intruder.

Ignore any messages that UtilityParze macOS PUP delivers to you, so there are no issues with the system and documents, different data, programs, or system functions that can get altered or even damaged by the unwanted program. You can see that intruder wants to control your Safari browser or other tools, but your new browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox may get affected by the PUA in the background, so you should get rid of it and all the alterations. 

Utility Parze
Utility Parze - the adware tool that is intrusive and displays advertisements with triggers for more shady sites.

You need to remove UtilityParse fully by scanning the system with an anti-malware tool or security utility. This is the best method because a thorough check on the machine indicates any issues regarding the system infections and data affected by the third-party commercial content, adware itself, or any other threat that may run on the PC without your knowledge.

Make sure to clean the system and ignore any messages that UtilityParze is related to, so data tracking issues[2] can be avoided. This is a serious but common problem that is related to ad-supported sites and commercial content creators because revenue is generated by collecting views and page visits, clicks on banners, pop-ups. All the redirects and third-party advertisements attract your attention and trigger more unwanted content, so information about the person that is browsing can be easily accessed.

UtilityParse can be indicated by these markers found on pop-ups or banners:

  • “Ads UtilityParse”,
  • “Powered by UtilityParse”,
  • “Advertisements by UtilityParse”,
  • “Brought to you by UtilityParse”,
  • “Ads by UtilityParse”,
  • “Ads powered by UtilityParse”.

Make sure to go straight to the process of UtilityParse removal, so your machine can be cleaned before any of the important settings get changed. PUPs manage to trigger installs of browser-based intruders and inject other PUAs or tools on the OS, so you could repair any damage using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, or a similar application, so files or permanently damaged files get recovered automatically for you.

Choose wisely for the termination of the Utility Parse macOS virus because detection[3] of the application-related file shows that not any anti-malware tool can find the intruder malicious and remove it from the system. So base the selection on the list of possible detections, but remember that names depend on the database that AV engine uses. The same virus can be indicated as: Trojan.Adware.MAC.Pirrit.1; Adware:OSX/Pirrit; Riskware.Mac.Mlw.hanoqk; Osx.Malware.Agent-7543968-0.

Potentially unwanted applications are rarely installed intentionally

In most cases, potentially unwanted programs including adware or browser hijackers can find their way on the system while the person is surfing online. It is because deceptive and misleading sites include malicious injections and advertisements that create frustration for the user due to intrusiveness and unwanted material display.

PUPs can be offered through advertisements and promotional sites, so you get the tool that is useless when you install another freeware that seems needed and wanted. It may get bundled too, so you cannot even know that you received the program or when that happened. You should be aware that anything that comes for free comes with some additional conditions. 

You can avoid these shady infiltrations by selecting proper sources, going for official developers and providers instead of torrent services. Also, the freeware installation mode can make a huge difference because Advanced or Custom options provide the opportunity to remove any unwanted application from the list. Recommended or Quick installations agree to all the pre-bundled programs at once.

UtilityParse virus
UtilityParse virus is usually distributed via fake Flash Player update prompts

Get rid of the Utility Parze macOS PUP 

Since the UtilityParse virus is not properly disclosing what happens on the machine once it is in, you should clean the machine by relying on the automatic methods. Since macOS is generally a safe system and devices are not that vulnerable to cyber infections, you may think that additional security tools are not needed.

However, it is not that easy to find all the files and PUP applications to remove UtilityParse manually. This is why we and other cyber threat researchers or experts recommend getting proper AV tools for the job. Security tools designed for the cleaning purposes can check and find, then remove all the threats that bother you. 

When you choose the tool for the UtilityParse removal, you need to select the proper application and run the full system scan, so PUP traces get eliminated. Also, since virus damage may still trigger additional installations and issues, remove the affected files or at least check for corrupted parts with a system tool.

 

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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To remove UtilityParse, follow these steps:

Get rid of UtilityParse from Mac OS X system

Make sure to get rid of the program that is creating issues for you. Full UtilityParse removal can be achieved by 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 UtilityParse 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 UtilityParse from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You may need to go through settings to find UtilityParse programs or set the browser to default fully

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

Erase UtilityParse from Google Chrome

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

Remove UtilityParse from Safari

Get rid if any material related to UtilityParse App

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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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