What is Search.newsflashapp.com
If you notice that the Search.newsflashapp.com website has replaced your search engine and homepage, it means that your Mac has been infiltrated by malicious software from the browser hijacker type. This parasite specializes in browser modifications – it is capable of doing whatever changes are necessary for it to carry out its mission successfully. It may install shady add-ons, toolbars and extension without your permission, as well as force numerous aggressive advertisements to load every time you open your browser.
How it is distributed
Browser hijacker are usually spread through software bundles, fake update messages, email attachments, torrent files and infected ads. A parasite may be hidden in a software installer as ‘additional’. That’s why it’s highly recommended going for a custom or advanced type of installation when dealing with software downloaded from the internet. By doing this, you’ll be able to view the full content of what you’ve actually downloaded. Male sure to opt out of any optional installations, since it’s very likely that it’s actually malware in disguise. If you fail to do that, the parasite will just get installed by default without your knowledge.
How it operates
You’ll notice that the adverts generated by the hijacker are no ordinary ads. They will be specifically crafted to be as attractive to you as possible. This is thanks to the hijacker’s ability to monitor your online activities. It will be able to see which websites you visit the most, and what things you frequently search for. Then, it will produce the sponsored content according to this data. The result? Monetary benefit from each click you make on said ads. What’s worse is that you may be redirected to potentially harmful third-party websites when you follow an ad by this parasite. The existence of the Search.newsflashapp.com hijacker will cause you many troubles. Because of it, your internet speed will drop, and your browser will begin to freeze and crash randomly. The more time this parasite is allowed to roam free on your Mac, the worse the situation will get. Soon, your browser will become completely unresponsive to your actions. Malicious software such as this also poses a serious threat to your personal information, which may be stolen by cyber criminals. Apart from the previously mentioned web data. The parasite may also steal your passwords, IP addresses, credit card numbers, etc. If you don’t want that to happen, you need to remove this browser hijacker from your Mac as soon as you detect it!
Staying safe from Search.newsflashapp.com
Apart from having a reliable AV software installed on your Mac, there are other things you can do to ensure your device’s safety. We highly recommend you to:
- Pay close attention when you install third-party software, especially torrent files, so you don’t install shady additional applications that you don’t want. In most cases, that’s how malicious parasites are able to infect your computer;
- Read any Terms and Conditions you see, so you know exactly what you agree to. The last thing you want is to unknowingly give permission to a nasty virus to infiltrate your Mac;
- Follow links that lead to trustworthy sites only;
- It is best to visit only reliable and official websites. You never know what dangers might lurk behind an unfamiliar site;
- No matter how attractive an ad is, if you are not familiar with the website it redirects to, it might be best to steer clear of it and not click;
- Always check the sender’s email address before opening a message. If it states that it’s from an official company, compare the email with the one given in their official page. If there is no match, delete the message, since it most likely is fake and has malicious aims;
- Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders. More often than not, such files carry infections that can seriously damage your computer.
How to manually remove Search.newsflashapp.com from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Search.newsflashapp.com browser hijacker, the instructions below can help you to remove it manually. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Go to Utilities. You can do that by using the ⇧+⌘+U key combination, or by going to Finder and choosing Utilities from the Go main menu at the top.
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it.
3. A list will be displayed. Find any processes that seem suspicious to you and use the ‘Force Quit‘ option to quit them completely.
4. Open Finder. Click on the Go button from the main menu at the top, and choose Applications. An alternative way is to use the ⇧+⌘+A key combination.
5. Look for any suspicious applications, especially ones with a name similar to Search.newsflashapp.com. If any are found, right-click on them and select the ‘Move to Trash‘ option.
6. Remove any related left-over files by going to Finder‘s search bar and typing the name of the app you want to remove. Make sure to modify the two drop down menus above to ‘System Files‘ and ‘Are Included‘, so that any hidden files are visible for you to remove. Once you find the files you want to remove, simply drag them to Trash.
7. All that’s left for you to do is remove any related extensions to Search.newsflashapp.com from your Mac browsers.
For Mozilla Firefox extensions:
- Open the Firefox browser and from the ‘burger’ menu in the top right corner of the window select ‘Add-ons’.
- Select any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and click ‘Remove’.
For Google Chrome extensions:
- Open the Chrome browser and select Tools > Extensions from the menu (the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window).
- Locate any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and remove them.
For Safari extensions:
- Open the Safari browser. From the Safari menu choose Preferences. Select Extensions from the options at the top.
- Find any extensions you think are related to the virus, select them and click ‘Uninstall’. A new window will show up asking for confirmation. Click Uninstall again, for the extension to get deleted permanently from your browser.