What is the BrowserDefault application?
BrowserDefault is an adware application that has been designed to attack Macintosh systems. It is a program designed to display unsolicited adverts on the user’s computer.
After close examination, it is clear that it is AdLoad malware due to the existence of similar traits, especially the use of a magnifying glass symbol within the application and the use of a two-worded app name.
Every day, this type of virus infects a large number of people and generates hundreds of distinct names using the same two-letter word pattern and image, making it easy to identify.
The BrowserDefault adware was produced by cyber criminals in order to extort money from users by forcing them to view unwanted adverts.
As a result, the developers of this advertising scheme benefit handsomely, while users who fall victim and download the malicious application are subjected to a barrage of annoying and unfiltered commercials.
It’s also worth noting that the displayed advertising isn’t just for sponsored content and apps. In some cases, these advertisements can act as conduits for malware installation.
Adware, such as BrowserDefault, can alter browser settings and change the default search engine as well as the home tab in some situations. Users may encounter browser slowdowns and crashes.
Furthermore, you may notice unexpected starting items, profiles, and unwanted extensions being added to your computer.
Opening malicious email attachments, installing bogus Adobe Flash players, and being routed to drive-by download websites are the most common ways for Mac users to get the BrowserDefault infection.
To completely remove the adware from the system, delete BrowserDefault and any associated objects such as .plist files. You can do so by following the removal steps provided below.
BrowserDefault Removal Instructions
The following steps will help you remove BrowserDefault as well as any threats associated with the virus infection. You may be confident that the information provided below has been thoroughly researched and tested.
We made the instructions below easy to understand so non-tech-savvy users can still remove the threat without needing help from tech support or a computer technician.
Please inform us using our Contact Page if you come across a method that does not appear to be working. We value the feedback you provide and will address the issue as soon as possible.
Step 1: Remove BrowserDefault and Associated Files
The first step is to remove the adware from the system, which is the source of the problem. Since this type of malware takes the form of an application, it may be simply removed with a few clicks.
It's also worth noting that any leftovers or files associated with the adware should be removed.
Remove the BrowserDefault Application
1 Open the Finder application from the Dock.
2 Select Applications from the left sidebar.
3 Find BrowserDefault then right-click its icon then select Move to trash. (We will be using the MacKeeper application as an example.)
Remove Files Associated with BrowserDefault
1 Click the Go from the Finder toolbar and select Go to the folder from the expanded menu.
2 Search the following paths for files associated with the BrowserDefault app. These files will have the .plist extension and will look similar to com.BrowserDefault.plist. (Note: Do not delete files that come from legit applications)
3 Once you have found them, right-click and select Move to Trash to get rid of those files.
Empty the Trash Bin
1 From the Dock, right-click the Trash application and select Empty Trash to delete the files permanently.
2 A confirmation window may appear asking if you want to delete the files on the Trash, go ahead and proceed to delete them.
Now, the BrowserDefault application as well as files related to the adware threat are now permanently deleted from the Mac system.
Step 2: Remove Profiles Created by BrowserDefault
BrowserDefault can prevent users from reverting to their default browser settings. As a result, when users attempted to change their choices back, they were either unable to do so or their preferences were reset after a few minutes.
Removing the profiles added by BrowserDefault is essential to ensure that configurations are not changed again once they have been restored. (Note: If the device does not have any adware-related profiles, proceed to the next step.)
1 Click the Apple logo on the upper left corner of the screen then select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
2 On the System Preferences window, find and click Profiles. (If you cannot find Profiles, then it means you do not have profiles on your Mac. You may skip this procedure and head over to the next step.)
3 Find and remove profiles that may be associated with the adware. Click the minus button on the lower left part of the window to remove the profile.
Step 3: Reset the Infected Browser
Your browsing program is most likely tainted by BrowserDefault since this type of malware rely solely on the usage of internet contents which is why resetting it will undo the changes done by the adware.
If you do not wish to reset your browser, you can undo the changes manually by removing the extension and changing the default homepage and search preferences back to normal. However if you are not much of a techy person, resetting the browser will be the easier approach.
For Google Chrome:
1 Open Google Chrome and click the three dots in the upper right corner of your screen to access the Google Chrome menu.
2 Click the Settings button, then click the Advanced menu on the left side of the screen from the settings screen.
3 On the drop-down menu, select Reset settings.
4 Click on the Restore settings to their original defaults.
5 When a small window will appear and click the Reset Settings.
We will be using the utilization of the Terminal application to reset the Safari browser because, unlike Chrome or Firefox, it does not have an auto-reset feature for the browser.
1 To use the Terminal application, open Finder and navigate to the Applications/Utilities folder.
2 Copy and paste each code line separately in the Terminal. Some of the first codes will have a confirmation line, type y to continue. (Note: Make sure the Safari application is closed while proceeding with working with the codes.)
rm -Rf ~/Library/Cookies/*;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Cache/*;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Safari/*;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/Apple\ -\ Safari\ -\ Safari\ Extensions\ Gallery;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/Metadata/Safari;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.WebKit.PluginProcess;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Cookies/Cookies.binarycookies;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/Apple\ -\ Safari\ -\ Safari\ Extensions\ Gallery;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.LSSharedFileList.plist;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.RSS.plist;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.WebFoundation.plist;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.WebKit.PluginHost.plist;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.WebKit.PluginProcess.plist;
rm -Rf ~/Library/PubSub/Database;
rm -Rf ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/com.apple.Safari.savedState;
After running all the codes to the Terminal application, the Safari browser should look good as new.
For Mozilla Firefox:
1 Launch Mozilla Firefox browser then open the menu by clicking on the three horizontal lines located in the upper right corner.
2 Navigate down and click Help then select More Troubleshooting Information from the options given.
3 Select the Refresh Firefox button.
4 A confirmation window will appear, click Refresh Firefox.
Step 4: Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is one of the most powerful anti-malware programs available for the Mac OS. They have one of the most advanced threat detection tools and it has blocked many known computer threats as shown from our tests, ensuring that any malicious malware on your computer is completely removed.
1 Using your web browser, go to the official anti-malware website or click the button above to download the most recent version of the program. When you first download the application, you will also receive a 14-day trial of the premium software.
2 After the file has finished downloading, click on the installation package and run the file to start installing the application.
3 Follow the installation procedure shown on the setup and wait for it to finish.
4 Your password may be required to continue installer from installing the new software. Permit it and click Install Software.
5 Wait for Malwarebytes Anti-malware to finish installing on the Mac system.
6 Once the process is complete, the application will open. Click on the Get Started button and follow the procedure to start using Malwarebytes.
7 When prompted to choose between personal and organizational use, click the personal option unless you are downloading it within your company.
8 After the initial start-up, proceed to run your first scan. The scanning may take a while depending on how many files you have on your system.
9 Malwarebytes will show all malware identified on the machine after the scan, and you can remove the detected threats by pressing the quarantine button. (Note: Some threats may require a restart of the computer.)
The BrowserDefault adware, as well as any other potential threats identified on the Mac system, should be removed once the process is finished. We also recommend turning on Malwarebytes Real-Time Protection, which will secure your computer and detect threats as soon as they appear.
Tips to be safe online
- It is preferable to avoid websites with unique domain extensions other than .com, .org, .net, and.edu. Because most infected websites have extremely distinct TLDs, always verify the last part of a domain to ensure that you are visiting a safe site, unless the site has been reputable ever since.
- Never acquire software or programs from unknown sources, as this is one of the most common ways for adware and other types of malware to attack your computer. Only download from reputable and legitimate websites. To be safe, stay away from torrent downloads and cracked software download sites, as there will always be malware in the files.
- Using a firewall is one of the most foolproof ways to be safe online. It serves as a first line of defense against dangerous websites, shielding visitors from potential risks. It protects the user's network and device from intruders. A firewall will safeguard a user from the threats hiding on the vast internet in today's age.
- It is essential to keep anti-virus software up to date on a computer since hundreds of new malware threats are released every day that target the machine's vulnerabilities to infect it. Anti-virus updates include the most recent files required to counter new threats and safeguard your machine.
- Only visit websites that have a secured connection. A site with an HTTP connection does not encrypt the data it receives and therefore is not considered secure. Entering personal information such as email addresses, phone numbers, and passwords on a website with an HTTP connection is risky since it could be compromised and your information was stolen. Websites with HTTPS connections, on the other hand, are secure since data is encrypted and attackers are unlikely to gain access to information exchanged within the site.