(Solution) Get Rid of DesignDefault Mac Adware

What is DesignDefault ?

DesignDefault is an entirely advertising-supported program connecting with unreliable and spam advertising platforms that make money through scam. It is made to harass PC users with countless commercial advertisements by hijacking Chrome, Firefox or IE . Contents displayed by DesignDefault are made by spam advertisers or cyber criminal often involve in illegal activities, thus if you click on any link of DesignDefault , you may be redirected to harmful websites containing spyware and malware.
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DesignDefault is usually distributed through free software bundles, which gives your PC many unwanted programs or even malware when you install them without checking all details and hidden options. After invading your PC, your web browser will be injected with nasty plugin and then connected with remote ads server which keep transferring ads to bombard you. Moreover, DesignDefault can used as a source of PC threats, that means it can help all kinds of viruses invade your PC, such as Trojan, Hijacker, Spyware and ransomare. The worst case scenario is that DesignDefault helps hacker access your PC remotely and steal your personal data and sensitive information such as email addresses, banking accounts and other information stored on web browser. For the safety of your PC and privacy, just get rid of DesignDefault immediately.

 How to Manually Remove DesignDefault From Mac OSX? (Steps)

Step 1 Uninstall DesignDefault related apps or potentially unwanted apps from Mac OSX
  • In Finder window, clicking “Applications” in the sidebar
  • In the applications folder, right-click on DesignDefault related apps or other suspicious apps and click Move to Trash. 

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PLEASE NOTE

DesignDefault may reinstall itself multiple times if its core files and related malware are not removed completely.

Therefore we recommend, after uninstalling the potentially unwanted apps, you’d better downloading Combo Cleaner to scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.

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Step 2 – Remove malicious files generated by DesignDefault 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:

~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/Application Support
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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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”, DesignDefault ”,  “com.genieo.completer.download.plist” “com.genieoinnovation.macextension.plist” “com.genieo.engine.plist” “com.adobe.fpsaud.plist” , “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”,

PLEASE NOTE

Manually check and remove malicious files may take hours and you may delete healthy files by mistake.

To do it safely and efficiently, we recommend downloading Combo Cleaner to scan your Mac for any malicious files generated by DesignDefault or malware.

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Step 3 – Find and remove malicious extensions and browser hijacker from Safari and Chrome.

Safari

On Safari

1. Start Safari: Select Safari menu and click Preferences:

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2. Select Extensions tab>> Look for the unsafe or suspicious extensions and click Uninstall:

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3. Select Search tab >> click the Search Engine menu and make your choice. Safari lets you use Google, Yahoo, Bing, or DuckDuckGo.

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4. Select the General tab >> In the Homepage bar, type the URL you want to set as the Safari homepage.

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Google Chrome

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;

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2. Search for suspicious extensions and click trash icon to remove it:

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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.

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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).

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PLEASE NOTE

If an unwanted extension or search engine can’t be removed manually from web browsers, it may be caused by malware.

We recommend downloading Combo Cleaner to scan your Mac and see if it will detect malware.

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Step 4Re-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. 

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Once Combo Cleaner is installed, run a scan to diagnose your Mac and solve all problems: