How to Remove AccessBrowser (Mac OS)

AccessBrowser is a questionable browser extension. It is currently deemed a computer threat that is targeting internet applications such as Google Chrome or Safari. To spread this unwanted browser tool, attackers are engaging in different online approaches. Once it reaches the computer, AccessBrowser could take over the browser settings and appoint its own homepage and search engine.

How does AccessBrowser infect the computer?

The questionable browser extension is considered a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It implies that, despite web users not being interested in this app, it still forces its way inside the computer while employing various deceptive schemes. One that is seen as the main method that successfully circulates the contamination is malicious software bundles. AccessBrowser app is embedded in various freeware or shareware that web users are fond of downloading from distrusted file servers.

When setup is run on the computer, the host software executes a discreet installation of AccessBrowser. This process will not be revealed to the user, and in fact, authorization is not needed. Aside from the said malware, there is a possibility that the process may load other relevant threats, like SharedProjector, AccessibleSignal, GallantBounce, and many more.

Another way for the AccessBrowser app to successfully penetrate the computer is when web users fall into the click trap of fake software updates. Pop-up ads portraying themselves as system alerts usually prompt users to download the recommended software update. The whole page is actually a click bait that will automate the download of the fake software update.

Screenshot of AccessBrowser

Risks of installing AccessBrowser

Whether accidental or intentional, the installation of the AccessBrowser app on the computer can lead to different misbehaviors. The adware can display pop-up ads and redirects to accomplish the purpose of generating online revenue through its own pay-per-click scheme. Sadly, most of the ads that this adware produces contain malicious links, which may drive the internet program to a landing page that hosts adware, malware, or viruses.

AccessBrowser also commits unwanted modifications to the internet browser program that will replace the preferences of web users on the homepage, new tab, and default search engine.

Aside from tampering with browser settings and annoying ad schemes, the infected browser program may also post some warnings on Mac stating that “AccessBrowser will damage your computer.” This message only confirms that web users should not disregard the presence of this hazardous browser extension.

It is crucial to remove AccessBrowser adware

Adware refers to unwanted software that displays advertisements on a computer, often in the form of pop-up ads or banners. While adware may not be as malicious as some other types of malware, it can still pose significant risks and annoyances, especially on a Mac computer. Here are several reasons why removing AccessBrowser adware from a Mac is important:

  • Privacy Concerns: AccessBrowser adware often tracks user behavior and collects information about browsing habits. This data can be used for targeted advertising or, in some cases, sold to third parties. Removing adware helps protect your privacy by stopping the unauthorized collection of your personal information.
  • Performance Issues: AccessBrowser can consume system resources, leading to a slowdown in overall system performance. Ad-heavy websites and intrusive ads may cause web browsers to load more slowly and increase the time it takes to navigate between pages. Removing this threat can help restore the speed and efficiency of your Mac.
  • Security Risks: This adware can open up security vulnerabilities on your computer. Advertisements may contain malicious links or be a vector for other types of malware. By removing AccessBrowser, you reduce the risk of falling victim to phishing scams, malware infections, or other security threats.
  • Unwanted Disturbances: AccessBrowser can be incredibly annoying, disrupting your online experience with constant pop-ups, banners, or redirects. Removing this adware eliminates these disturbances and provides a more enjoyable and streamlined computing experience.
  • Browser Stability: This threat often targets web browsers, causing them to crash or behave erratically. This can be frustrating and impact your ability to use the internet effectively. By removing AccessBrowser, you can enhance the stability of your web browsers.

To effectively remove adware from your Mac, please follow the procedures outlined on this page.

Procedures to Remove AccessBrowser from Mac

This area contains comprehensive procedures to help you remove adware and potentially unwanted program from the computer. Guide on this page are written in a manner that can be easily understand and execute by Mac users.

Step 1 : - Scan the Mac Computer with Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner is a trusted Mac utility application with complete antivirus and optimization features. It is useful in dealing with adware, malware, and PUP's. Moreover, it can get rid of malicious browser hijacker like AccessBrowser.

1. Download the tool from the following page:

2. Double-click the downloaded file and proceed with the installation.

3. In the opened window, drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon onto your Applications folder icon.

4. Open your Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon.

5. Wait until antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates and click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing AccessBrowser.

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner Dashboard

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

Proceed with the rest of the removal steps if you are comfortable manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat.

Step 2 : Delete AccessBrowser from Mac Applications

1. Go to Finder.

2. On the menu, click Go and then, select Applications from the list to open Applications Folder.

3. Find AccessBrowser or any unwanted program.

Screenshot of Deleting App

4. Drag AccessBrowser to Trash Bin to delete the application from Mac.

5. Next, go to the Dock, right-click on the Trash icon, and click on Empty Trash.

Step 3 : Remove Browser Extensions that belongs to AccessBrowser

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to AccessBrowser. If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Google Chrome

Remove the AccessBrowser Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser.

2. Input the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://extensions/

Screenshot of Chrome Extensions in PC

3. Find AccessBrowser or a relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Safari

Remove Malicious Extension from Safari

1. Open the Safari browser.

2. On the top menu, click Safari > Settings or Preferences.

3. The Safari settings window will open. Please select the Extensions tab.

Screenshot of Safari Extension Removal

4. Locate the suspicious extension and click the Uninstall button to remove it from Safari.

5. You may now close the window and restart Safari.

Microsoft Edge

Remove AccessBrowser from Microsoft Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

2. Input or copy and paste the following string in the address bar. Press press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://extensions/

Screenshot of Edge Extension on Mac

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for AccessBrowser from the Installed Extensions area.

Screenshot of Edge Extension Removal - Mac

4. You may now close the window and restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Uninstall the AccessBrowser Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type or copy and paste the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

about:addons

Screenshot of Firefox Extension

3. Click on Extensions from the sidebar menu.

4. Look for an entry that pertains to AccessBrowser and Disable or Remove it from the browser using the options button.

Step 4 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed AccessBrowser

1. Go to your Finder. From the menu bar, please select Go > Go to Folder.

2. Input the following string and press Enter on the keyboard.

~/Library/LaunchAgents

Screenshot of Go To Folder

3. You will now see a hidden folder named LaunchAgents. Take note of the following files inside the folder:

  • com.AccessBrowser.plist
  • unknown.service.plist
  • unknown.system.plist
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

4. The term unknown is just a representation of the actual malware name. Attackers may use the following file names:

- AccessBrowser, (random characters).plist

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing AccessBrowser to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files.

5. Please click on "Show items as..."

Screenshot of LaunhAgents Folder

6. To arrange the items in chronological order, click Date Modified.

7. Drag all suspicious files that you may find to Trash.

Important: Take note of all the suspicious files, as you may also delete the same item in another folder as we go on.

8. Please restart the Mac computer.

9. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and paste the following string to easily locate the folder:

~/Library/Application Support

Screenshot of Go to Folder

10. Select any suspicious items that you have noted previously. Drag them to the Trash.

11. Repeat the process in the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons
/Library/Application Support

12. Lastly, go to your Finder > Go and open the Applications folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

- AccessBrowser

Optional : For locked files that cannot be removed, do the following:

1. Go to Launchpad > Other folder, open the Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

3. In the upper part of the window, click the Stop button.

Screenshot of Force Quit

4. Click on Force Quit button.

5. You may now delete or remove the locked file that belongs to AccessBrowser homepage hijacker.

Step 5 : Double-check with Malwarebytes for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes for Mac from the link below.

2. Locate the downloaded Malwarebytes-Mac.pkg and install it with the default settings.

3. Run Malwarebytes for Mac. It will check for updates and download the most recent version if one is available. This is necessary for finding recent malware threats, including AccessBrowser.

4. Once you are on the Malwarebytes dashboard, please click on the Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

Screenshot of Malwarebytes Dashboard

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

Step 6 : Fixing the Homepage and Search Engine

Google Chrome

Remove AccessBrowser from Google Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following on the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://settings

Screenshot of Chrome Settings

2. Go to the left sidebar and click On Startup.

3. Select "Open a specific page or set of pages" in the right panel.

Screenshot of Chrome Startup

4. Locate the unwanted Homepage URL, click on More Actions (3-dot icon), and select Edit.

5. Enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing AccessBrowser. Click Save.

6. To set the default search engine, go to the sidebar, and this time, select Search Engine.

Screenshot of Default Search

7. Click on the Manage search engines and site search button in the right panel.

8. Find the unwanted Search Engine in the list. Click on More Actions, and then click Delete.

9. Go back to the left side bar and click Search Engine.

Screenshot of Search Engine Address Bar

10. In the right panel, choose a valid entry from the "Search engine used in the address bar."

You can now restart the Google Chrome browser to see if the unwanted homepage and search engine related to AccessBrowser are gone.

Safari

Get Rid of AccessBrowser from Safari

1. Open your Safari browser.

2. Go to the Safari Menu located in the upper left-hand corner, and then select Settings or Preferences.

3. In the General tab, remove the AccessBrowser item or unwanted URL from the Homepage section. Replace it with your preferred URL to be set as your default homepage.

Screenshot of Safari Home Settings

4. Next, be sure that the "New windows open with" and "New tabs open with" fields are set to "Homepage".

5. Please click on the Search tab, and in the "Search engine" section, select Google or any valid search engine.

Screenshot of Safari Search Settings

6. You may now restart the Safari browser.

Microsoft Edge

Remove AccessBrowser from the Homepage of Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your Mac computer.

2. In the address bar, type or copy and paste the string below, then press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://settings/startHomeNTP

Screenshot of Edge Homepage Settings on Mac

3. Go to the "When Edge Starts" area. Under the "Open these pages" section, click More Actions (3-dot).

4. Select Edit to open the Edit Page window.

5. Input your desired address to replace the homepage settings of AccessBrowser.

Screenshot of Edge for Mac Default Homepage

6. Click the Save button. You may now restart Microsoft Edge for Mac.

Mozilla Firefox

Delete AccessBrowser from Mozilla Firefox browser.

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser on your Mac computer.

2. Type the following on the address bar, then press Enter on the keyboard:

about:preferences

3. Click Home in the sidebar area.

Screenshot of Firefox Homepage Settings

4. Under "Homepage and new windows", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs.

5. If you chose Custom URLs, input the desired URL to replace AccessBrowser settings.

6. To configure the default search engine, select Search in the sidebar to display the settings.

Screenshot of Firefox Search Settings

7. Under the Default Search Engine list, please select a legitimate one (i.e., Google).

8. Scroll down to "Search Shortcuts" and select an unwanted search engine.

Screenshot of Deleting Search

9. Click on the Remove button to delete the unwanted search engine. You may now restart the Mozilla Firefox for Mac.

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