How to remove Receiver Helper virus

What is Receiver Helper virus

Receiver Helper virus refers to a minor infection that affects Mac computers. You likely became aware of this when an alert appeared, warning you that “Receiver Helper will damage your computer. You should move it to the bin”. The notification is from your Mac computer’s built-in security program, and it’s a legitimate alert that seems to only appear to Catalina (macOS newest operating system) users. If you do see this alert, you can safely move said files to the bin.

Receiver Helper virus

This kind alert popping up and warning you about potentially dangerous files usually indicates that some kind of infection is present on your computer. Receiver Helper’s presence likely means that you have some potentially unwanted program (PUP) installed. You likely did not even notice how it installed. We will discuss this in more detail in the following section of the report but in short, you probably downloaded a fake update or downloaded something from an unreliable source. Whatever the case may be, you should move Receiver Helper to the bin and check your Applications folder for any unfamiliar programs. Moving it to the bin and deleting any associated programs should effectively remove Receiver Helper virus from your Mac.

How do PUPs install on Mac computers

It’s not uncommon for users to install PUPs themselves because they are tricked into thinking they’re useful programs. This is particularly the case with system optimizers and fake security programs. They are advertised as useful tools that will speed up the Mac and protect it from malware but when users install them, they end up with completely useless programs that try to trick users into buying their full versions. The majority of these programs are known pests so if users do some research before installing, they should be able to avoid installing them.

PUPs are also often disguised as updates. You can usually encounter them being promoted on shady sites, and the ads often say that an update needs to be installed. This is merely a tactic to trick users into initiating a download. Malicious actors often conceal their PUPs and malware as Adobe Flash Player updates. It should be noted that legitimate updates are never promoted via ads. Most programs will update themselves automatically, and if you did need to update something manually, you should only download updates from official websites.

What does Receiver Helper virus do?

You probably became aware of Receiver Helper when an alert appeared warning you that it will damage your computer. The built-in security tool will move it to the bin if you allow it, and that is what you should do. However, if the alert keeps appearing, you will need to find the potential infection that the file belongs to.

Receiver Helper is related to some kind of PUP installed on your Mac. Check your Applications folder for any unknown programs. There probably is some kind of system optimizer or scareware installed. They’re not malware, but as programs they are useless. They show users fake scan results that indicate the computer is in a poor state, and claim that you need to urgently fix the issues. Those programs claim to be able to fix those issues but only if users buy the full versions of those programs. Since those detected issues are usually made up or greatly exaggerated, buying those programs would be a waste of money.

In general, many users argue that system optimizers or other similar programs are completely unnecessary to maintain a Mac. A lot of the things those programs claim to do can be done manually by users themselves, and there is no need to use anything else. Furthermore, modern computers are capable of maintaining themselves so system optimizers are unnecessary.

Whatever the case may be, any system optimizer or some other program associated with Receiver Helper should not be permitted to remain installed.

Receiver Helper virus removal

You should move Receiver Helper to bin, as the alert suggests. However, to fully remove Receiver Helper virus, you also need to remove the associated PUP. Go through your application and see if there is anything suspicious. If you do find something, move it to the bin. It may also be a good idea to scan your Mac with anti-virus software to see what’s causing this issue.

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