SystemSpot Malware Removal
About SystemSpot Malware
SystemSpot Malware is refers to a browser hijacker/adware infection that targets Mac computers. While it’s often called malware, it’s not the most serious computer infection. It mainly wants to display you ads and potentially trick you into installing unwanted programs. It may also get access to your browser data, which may include saved passwords. Adware also tends to expose users to questionable ads, which could be advertising malware or promoting scams. Interacting with ads if you notice this adware installed is not recommended, at least until you delete SystemSpot Malware from your Mac.
Main symptoms of SystemSpot Malware include:
- An icon of a green circle with a magnifying glass in your browser’s toolbar;
- Your computer acting sluggish;
- Weird alerts pretending to be legitimate Apple notifications;
- An increase in ads in your browser and weird redirects.
You will also find SystemSpot among your browser extensions.
Users are usually tricked into installing these kinds of infections, either by software bundles or fake update notifications. Both methods allow the infection to install without users noticing, which helps push fake notifications as legitimate. The next section of the report will explain how to prevent these unwanted installations in the future.
How did SystemSpot Malware infect your computer
Users are usually tricked into installing SystemSpot Malware. Infections like adware, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are often added to free software as extra offers. Those extra offers are hidden from users during installation and are permitted to install alongside freeware. Next time you’re installing free software, opt for Advanced (Custom) settings to make the offers visible. Not only will Advanced settings show you if anything has been added, but you will also be able to deselect everything. Unchecking the boxes is enough to prevent the offers from installing alongside the freeware.
It has also been noticed that infections like SystemSpot Malware are concealed in fake software updates. When browsing certain websites, it’s not uncommon to encounter ads claiming that you need to install an update. However, instead of an update, users would end up downloading either an unwanted program or outright malware. No matter how legitimate the ads promoting updates appear, you can ignore them. Your browser will never display legitimate update notifications for other programs other than the browser itself. And you should never download updates from ads, only from official sources.
Is SystemSpot Malware dangerous
Just like all infections, SystemSpot Malware does pose certain threat to your Mac. It’s not the most serious infection your computer could get but it does have some worrying features. First of all, the hijacker has permission to read your website data, which includes what you search for, sites you visit, and possibly your saved passwords. Browser data may contain sensitive information, and questionable extensions should not have access to it.
You may also notice that your computer is acting sluggish, and more ads than usual are appearing on your screen. The hijacker may also show you fake alerts that claim to be legitimate Apple ones. The fake alerts may request you install some kind of update or a program, which would turn out to be something potentially dangerous.
You will also get more ads than usual. If you notice adware or a browser hijacker installed, avoid interacting with any advertisements because they may be unsafe. They could be advertising questionable programs, trying to scam you, etc.
SystemSpot Malware removal
We strongly recommend you use anti-malware software to remove SystemSpot Malware. This would be the easiest way as the infection is rather pesky. However, make sure you pick anti-malware that detects more minor infections like adware and hijackers.
You can also uninstall SystemSpot Malware manually. First of all, open Activity Monitor (Finder -> Applications -> Utilities -> Activity Monitor), find the SystemSpot task and force quit it. Check the following folders for any SystemSpot files:
- Library/Application Support
If you find any SystemSpot files, delete them. After you delete any related files, you can remove the extension from your browser and drag the application into the trash.