VictorSurge Mac virus (Tutorial)

VictorSurge Mac virus Removal Guide

What is VictorSurge Mac virus?

VictorSurge is a Mac virus that poses a danger to your personal security

VictorSurgeVictorSurge is a malicious program that can spy on users' personal information

VictorSurge is a malicious application that targets Mac devices exclusively and is a variant of one of the most prominent malware families known as Adload. Since users install it by accident (it spreads via fake Flash Player installers and pirated software bundles), many might not even notice its infiltration, as signs and symptoms only emerge once the browser is opened.

One of the main symptoms of the VictorSurge virus infection is changed browser settings, although this may not always be the case. Safari's or another browser's homepage and new tab can be altered to something else, along with the search engine and provider. As such, users can often see altered search results that are filled with sponsored links and ads, which can be extremely intrusive.

In other cases, the only browser infection sign would be a suspicious extension installed on it, which is also impossible to remove in a regular way. Since it's installed with elevated permissions, it can also gather personal user data such as credit card details, account passwords, and similar sensitive information that shouldn't be disclosed to malware authors.

The ramifications of the VictorSurge Mac virus can be severe – from privacy violations to additional malicious payloads being installed on the system without one's knowledge. Use the guide below to learn how the threat works and how to get rid of it effectively.

Name VictorSurge
Type Mac virus, adware, browser hijacker
Malware family Adload
Distribution Users typically get infected after being tricked by a fake Flash Player update, although repacked installers from torrent sites can also be the cause of infection
Symptoms A new extension is installed on the browser, along with an application of the same name; search and browsing settings altered to an alternative search provider; new profiles and login items set up on the account; intrusive ads and redirects
Risks Installation of other malware, personal data disclosure to cybercriminals, financial losses
Removal The easiest way to eliminate unwarned and malicious software on Macs is by performing a full system scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software. Alternatively, you can attempt to terminate the infection manually
System optimization For best performance and system remediation, employ ReimageIntego. Also, cleaning web browser caches is highly advised after the elimination of malware for better privacy and security

Distribution and avoidance tips

The VictorSurge virus doesn't spread using sophisticated methods such as exploits or drive-by downloads.[1] Instead, it relies on simple yet extremely effective methods that make users themselves install the malware-laced application, even though they are tricked into doing so.

Pirated software has long been warned about by numerous security researchers and security vendors, although many users still choose not to pay attention to these warnings. Piracy is highly illegal, and that's why websites distributing illegal software installers are perfect places for cybercriminals to spread their malware – they are simply unregulated by any legitimate bodies.

Another most common method of Adload version distribution is the fake Flash installers. The plugin is rather iconic by now, as it used to be used all over the internet to play multimedia on websites. However, it has been long replaced by newer technologies such as HTML 5,[2] and its developer no longer supports it.

VictorSurge virusThe most common way of getting infected with Adload is by installing fake Flash Player update

Choose automatic VictorSurge virus removal

Adload variants are not too complex in a technical sense, but their persistence mechanisms still manage to be ahead of Apple, and many new versions simply slip through Mac's XProtect.[3] As a result, malware can run in the background for a very long time if its removal is not performed using alternative methods.

Using third-party security software, for example, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes, can greatly ease the process of elimination. Manual VictorSurge removal may require advanced computing knowledge, as there are plenty of items that the virus creates upon infiltration. If you skip some of them, the infection might simply reoccur.

Even if you choose to delete the malware yourself by following the steps below, please make sure that you take great care when dealing with browsers. Clearing browser caches from cookies and other leftover files is mandatory for better privacy. If you rather choose the automatic solution, you can employ ReimageIntego.

Manual solution

1. Delete the app and the extension

Upon infiltration, the malware starts running background processes whenever it is active to fulfill its malicious deeds. In order to remove the main app of VictorSurge, you should first access Activity Monitor and stop its related processes as follows:

  • Open Applications folder
  • Select Utilities
  • Double-click Activity Monitor
  • Here, look for suspicious processes related to adware and use the Force Quit command to shut them down
  • Go back to the Applications folder
  • Locate the malicious app and move it to Trash.

Once the main app is taken care of, you should open Safari, Chrome, or another used browser and delete the extension, which uses the magnifying glass icon on a gray background.

Safari

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

In some cases, malware's extension might be impossible to remove in a normal way. Resetting the browser would be a way to override the app's persistence mechanisms and delete the extension without problems. If you need help with this process, proceed with the following instructions:

Safari

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to the Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in the menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Google Chrome

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings.Reset Chrome 2

Login items and other components might reinstall the app if not removed

Even after you delete the browser extension and the main application, there could be plenty of files remaining on your system. For example, Login items are used by the virus to startup every time macOS is loaded, while virus-related profiles enable it to perform various actions behind users' backs. Thus, it is important to eliminate these leftover files.

  • Go to Preferences and select Accounts
  • Click Login items and delete everything suspicious
  • Next, pick System Preferences > Users & Groups
  • Find Profiles and remove unwanted profiles from the list
  • 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 and then delete them.
  • Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and delete all the related .plist files.Uninstall from Mac 2

Finally, clean your browsers from cookies and other web data, as they are commonly used to track users in various ways.

Safari

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Google Chrome

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome
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How to prevent from getting adware

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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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