Solved uninstall bing and malicious hardware from my MAC

January 16, 2015 at 09:04:01
Specs: Macintosh
uninstall bing and malicious hardware from my MAC. I have installed what I thought would be adobe flash player for MAC but found myself with a possible virus or a software that makes bing my default webpage and all kinds of junk. Help!!!!


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January 16, 2015 at 14:09:09
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This may help a little:

and this appears to offer a solution to specific to Bing - scroll down a little in the responses...

and this offers more thoughts...

and this one covers most of the browsers likely to affected (plagued) by bing..

Also whenever installing "anything" off the web - utilities especially - avoid the automatic installation offer. Opt "always" for the custom mode. Then carefully note and uncheck "any" boxes already helpfully checked for you... Invariably going the automatic path means you acquire no end of unwanted stuff much of it a real pain/pest; Bing being a classic one...

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January 17, 2015 at 10:05:36
Thank you very much for your help. I'll definitely be more careful next time!

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January 17, 2015 at 11:45:49
You're most welcome; most of us have been caught by such pests at some time in the past...; which is how we learn (the hard way) about being careful to customise any installations. And there is useful utility (which I think JohnW amongst others here) recommended a while back; it effectively "unchecks" most, if not all, such "helpfully prechecked boxes...

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January 18, 2015 at 12:04:26
Thank you. Unchecky seems exactly what I need to get rid of all this junk, but safari does't let it open...

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January 18, 2015 at 12:32:15
mmm - mea culpa... I'm primarily using Mac OS systems nowadays; although also have win-XP and win-7 around too (dual boots with Mac). Hadn't realised unchecky is not Mac compatible...

For Mac OS there are not as many cleaner utils around as for Windows OS... But there are one or two. ccleaner - originally Windows only is now around (free version) for Mac OS. Suggest you download and install it (carefully... manually):

It will clean out a whole slew of stuff if you let it do its stuff.

If you get an offer any time to install Mac Defender anti virus (or similar) avoid it; it is fake and will cause problems if used according to another website...

You can also possibly run Sophos anti-virus for Mac as it appears to be OK. I have AVG and Bitdefender running (both freebies) and they occasionally detect something unpleasant trying to download from a given site. Usually it's a Windows based pest (and thus no harm to my Mac OS) but Avg/Bitdefender will flag and catch it nonetheless. There are other anti-virus utils for Mac around; matter of choice and checking the reviews...? AVG does tend to slow down boot up on my Mavericks system; and at intervals, once system is fully up and running, will auto-check/update its defintions - which again slows things down a wee bit (until it's finished its check/update).

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