You may not know how malicious the OSX.Birdminer is. It comes inside along with Adware or Hijacker. It hijacks your web browser and make you get its links opened. But even you know this, you may still be cheated by some phishing popups triggered by it. It is a severe computer threat, and this article will help you to get rid of it.
OSX.Birdminer usually redirects you to advertising sites providing coupons and other shopping offers, which are unreliable ads by adware. They always come into being in various forms, such as banner ads, pop-up ads, in-text ads, video ads, sound ads, interstitial ads, etc.. And we could promise you that they are not uniform with the title. Instead, they will lead you to visit the dark pages which will destiny your system later. And you could prove it later because it could soon make your operation slow down and turn up the blue screen of death.
OSX.Birdminer will be installed with some freeware that comes from the third parties. They have confidential corporation. This freeware helps the adware to infect the PC, while the adware will help more freeware to make themselves installed without consent. Thus, they help each other to destroy your PC and all the programs here.
So we firmly recommend you to uproot OSX.Birdminer ASAP. If not, you will experience all these and your PC will end up being destroyed. Here are some tips which will instruct you to avoid all the traps ahead. And please check them.
How to Manually Remove OSX.Birdminer From Mac OSX? (Steps)
Step 1 Uninstall OSX.Birdminer related apps or potentially unwanted apps from Mac OSX
- In Finder window, clicking “Applications” in the sidebar
- In the applications folder, right-click on OSX.Birdminer related apps or other suspicious apps and click Move to Trash.
Step 2 – Remove malicious files generated by OSX.Birdminer or related malware from your Mac
1. Click the Finder icon from the menu bar >> choose “Go” then click on “Go to Folder“:
2. In the Go to Folder… bar, type the name of the following four folders to open them one by one:
3. In each folder, search for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Here are some examples of files generated by malware:
“installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, OSX.Birdminer”, “com.genieo.completer.download.plist” “com.genieoinnovation.macextension.plist” “com.genieo.engine.plist” “com.adobe.fpsaud.plist” , “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”,
Step 3 – Find and remove malicious extensions and browser hijacker from Safari and Chrome.
1. Start Safari: Select Safari menu and click Preferences:
2. Select Extensions tab>> Look for the unsafe or suspicious extensions and click Uninstall:
3. Select Search tab >> click the Search Engine menu and make your choice. Safari lets you use Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.
4. Select the General tab >> In the Homepage bar, type the URL you want to set as the Safari homepage.
On Google Chrome
1. Open Google Chrome and click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” icon at the top right corner >> Select More Tools and click Extensions;
2. Search for suspicious extensions and click trash icon to remove it:
3. Reset default search engine on Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome and click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” icon >> Select Settings
- Scroll down until you locate the Search engine section
- Click the drop-down menu accompanying the option labeled Search engine used in the address bar
- Select Google, Bing or Yahoo! as your default search engine.
4. Reset homepage on Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome and click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” icon >> Select Settings;
- In the “On Startup” section, click the “Set pages” link near to the “Open a specific page or set of pages” option.
- Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example SearchMine.net) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).
Step 4 – Re-check your Mac with Combo Clean Antivirus.
To be sure that your Mac is not infected at all, it’s recommended to run a full scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus.
Combo Cleaner Antivirus is a professional Mac Antivirus and Mac OSX Optimization Tool for users. It is equipped with powerful detection engine against virus, malware, and adware. Thus it is able to protect your machine from the latest out-breaking threats and infections. Moreover, its Disk Cleaner can detect and clean up all junks and always keep your Mac’s performance at the peak.
Once Combo Cleaner is installed, run a scan to diagnose your Mac and solve all problems: