Remove MacVX malware

By | Posted on July 20, 2014 | Updated on April 19, 2016

MacVX is an adware program that infiltrate the computer by means of third-party program. This kind of software was made to generate revenue for its authors. MacVX is offered as a tool to make it easier for you to watch and listen to your favorite online content. This plug-in was made for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Furthermore, adware such as this can put your privacy at risk and can lead to identity theft if not taken care right away.

On the arrival of MacVX, it drops files and registry entries on the system. Browser add-on, extension, and plug-in are likewise installed to allow the ads to show-up. Normally, MacVX will appear when user begins to surf online. It claims to suggests websites that are related to your current search terms. With its ability to monitor your browsing activities, this adware can display ads that can be attractive to you. It issues coupons that are relevant to your search queries.

With the add-on and extension running, even your security program can never stop MacVX from issuing advertisements. As long as the PC is connected to the Internet, the adware remains on fetching more ads from its own server. The only way to stop MacVX ads is to delete entirely this potentially unwanted program. Running a virus scan and scanning the computer with genuine anti-malware tools can be helpful in solving issues like this one.

MacVX

Online Security Scanner Report for MacVX.com:

Norton SafeWeb Not yet tested Community Rating: 0.0 Updated: April 19, 2016
MCAfee Site Advisor Link is safe Feedback: No Data Updated: April 19, 2016
AVG Threat Labs Currently safe Ratings: No Data Updated: April 19, 2016

How to Remove MacVX

Step 1 : Use Add/Remove program of Windows to Uninstall MacVX

The main cause of adware and malware presence could be software that you may have installed on the computer. We need to uninstall the culprit program.

1. Click Windows Start button. Next, select Control Panel from the list.

2. Find the ‘Programs‘ area and click on Uninstall a program. This opens up a window showing existing software installed.

MacVX Removal

3. Look for and remove MacVX entry. If not present, look for any suspicious labels that was installed recently.

4. Click on Uninstall to start removing the program.

Step 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to MacVX. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Step 3: Remove MacVX Add-on/Extension and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted MacVX from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of MacVX on the affected browser.

Step 4: Reset Internet Browser to completely remove MacVX

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with MacVX. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from MacVX. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.

2. Click on the Menu (three-bar icon) located on the upper right side corner of the browser.

3. From the pull-down menu, click on Settings.

Chrome_Settings

4. Once your are on chrome://settings/ tab, click on ‘Show advanced settings…‘ at the bottom of the window.

5. Navigate to the bottom of the page and click on Reset browser settings button.

6. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed MacVX extension.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to MacVX.. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.

2. A new tab will appear. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tuneup. Click the Refresh Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.

4. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. MacVX should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.

2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.

IE Reset

3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference.

Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by MacVX and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please see add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

Procedures to Remove MacVX Adware from Mac

Step 1: Remove Browser Extensions that belongs to MacVX

1. Locate the add-on or extension that is relevant to the adware. To do this, please follow the following depending on affected browser.

Safari – Choose Preferences from the Safari menu, then click the Extensions icon. This will open a window showing all installed extensions.

MacVX Extension on Safari

Chrome – Select Preferences from the Chrome menu, and then click the Extensions link found on the left pane.

Firefox – Choose Add-ons from the Tools menu. Look at both the Extensions and Plugins lists when it opens a new window.

2. Once you have located MacVX, click on Remove or Uninstall, to get rid of it.

3. Close the browser and proceed to the next steps.

Step 2: Delete Malicious Files that have installed MacVX

1. Navigate to the location given below and move the item to the Trash.

/Applications/Vidx.app
/Applications/[Suspicious Entry]
/Applications/MacVX.app

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing the MacVX to be present on your Mac.

Step 3: Scan the System with Adware Removal Tool for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac from this link:

Click here to download MBAM for Mac (this will open a new window)

2. Run Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac. It will check for updates and download if most recent version is available. This is necessary in finding recent malware threats including MacVX.

3. If it prompts to close all running web browser, please do so. Thus, we advise you to PRINT this guide for your reference before going offline.

4. Once it opens the user interface, please click on Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac

5. After the scan, Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac will display a list of identified threats, MacVX is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click Remove button to clean the computer.

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One thought on “Remove MacVX malware

  1. Alessandro

    Hello.
    My system software è MAC OSX 10.9.4 but think it’s the same in Windows environment.
    I also had the browser (Firefox in my case) “haunted” by MACVX.
    I found no answer on blogs.
    AVIRA scanner did not find anything.
    I tried Safari and he did not open the ADSs that Firefox open.
    I decided to uninstall and reinstall Firefox maintaining history, passwords and bookmarks, when I noticed that in Firefox extensions there was an add-in that was called just MACVX. I saw the date of installation, that was precisely the day on which the ads were started.
    I have uninstalled manually, Firefox off and on again and now everything is ok.
    I also find a file in a web page folder containing the string “MACVX” and I deleted it. You can use Finder (or other…) to find it.
    Let me know if this works for you.
    Ciao
    Alessandro

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