MacVX is a deceptive browser extension for the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox but also OSX Safari browser. This deceptive browser extensions use popups and inline-text advertisements as “Ads by MacVX” to promote malicious ads or web-traffic through or to a specific website. The ads promoted by MacVX are often used to send web-traffic to partners in order to make revenue using affiliates through the superfish.com, m2pub.com domain and other suspicious advertisement networks.
What does MacVX do ?
Adware like MacVX can display and download advertisements and may be considered dangerous for your privacy. Adware is not harmful in any way like a backdoor or root-kit, but adware tracks your computer’s internet usage to promote to you unwanted pop-ups advertisements or redirect you to unwanted or even malicious webpages. The ads will display green or blue underlined keywords that will show pop-up advertisements, inline-text ads, obtrusive advertising, ad overlays or any other unwanted ads or pop-ups in your browsers. Possible pop-ups may vary from legit advertisements with offers, deals, coupons, price comparison or pop-ups that offer a Java, Media Player or Flash Player update in order to install more adware into your computer.
This are well known social engineering techniques to trick the computer user into installing malicious or ad-support software. Often this is where the problem persists, there is a thin line between legit, ad-support or Potentially Unwanted software (PUPs).
How to prevent MacVX ?
It is advised to always read the End User License Agreements (EULA) or Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer (We know, the EULA’s are often long..guess why..). Do never click too fast through the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers an Advanced, Custom or Decline button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process. Also remember to check pre populated checkboxes during the installation, preview them before clicking to the next window of the installer.
Prevent installers as “Fusion Install”, “Bundlore Limited”, “InstallX LLC”, “WARP Install”, “Digital Pine”, “Firseria”, “Payments Interactive SL”, “Tuguu SL”. These predefined installation software often contain additional software we classify as adware or potentially unwanted. All tricks to make sure their software is installed is called Dark patterns, this are user interfaces designed to trick the user and are used more and more these days to make software valuable for its developer(s).
While these tricks might seem obvious to the most, many new or inexperienced users fall victim to these tricks and end up installing unwanted software. Did you, keep our tips in mind for the next time or download this great free software called unchecky which does the work for you.
Remove MacVX adware
Remove MacVX – Mac OSX
- Open Finder
- Select Go in the menu
- Goto Applications
- Remove MacVX software and drag the item to the trash can.
If you can’t find it, remove any other suspicious items from the Applications folder.
- Goto the next Step: Remove Extension from Safari (scroll down…)
- Scan your Mac with the free tools as described in this instruction (click here – new window will open).
Remove MacVX Extension from Google Chrome
Uninstall an extension to remove it completely from the Google Chrome browser. Extensions are extra features and functionality that can easily be added to Google Chrome. By using extensions, you can customize Google Chrome with features you like, while keeping your browser free of things that you don’t use. Unfortunately there are also extensions that are used to collect personal and internet behaviour from your computer for revenue. Make sure you delete all extensions from Google Chrome that you do not need, know or trust. Keep the extensions in Google Chrome clean for the best and fastest internet experience while using Google Chrome.
- Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
- Click Tools.
- Select Extensions.
- Click the trash can icon by the MacVX extension you’d like to completely remove.
- Make sure to remove all extensions you do not know or need. If you don’t use any extension remove everything listed in the extensions panel.
- A confirmation dialog appears, click Remove.
Remove MacVX Extension from Mozilla Firefox
- Click the menu button and choose . The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
- In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the panel.
- Select MacVX
- Click its or Remove button. Remove button is preferred if available.
- Click Restart now if it pops up. Your tabs will be saved and restored after the restart.
Remove MacVX Extension from Safari (Mac OSX)
- Click the Safari (finder) menu
- Choose Preferences from the menu
- Select Extensions tab
- Remove MacVX extension by clicking the Uninstall button
Take notice of the extensions, if there are extensions and you don’t use any, uninstall them all.
- Restart Safari
- Scan your Mac with the free tools as described in this instruction.