How to remove CalypsoLookup (Mac)

CalypsoLookup is a sort of adware that purposely shows unwanted ads when Mac users are browsing the web. The browser homepage could turn into a different parameter once the adware is installed on the Mac computer. The ads continue to insist and interferes with the browsing activity of Mac user by superimposing the contents of another irrelevant web page. Furthermore, CalypsoLookup app may also cause browser redirects to unknown web pages, that Mac users might never want to visit. The presence of CalypsoLookup on Mac computers is often caused by freeware downloads from dangerous websites and suspicious sources. Keep in mind that free software usually consists of undesirable applications on the set up process. Therefore, Mac users should ensure that they download the software from reliable sources or lawful sites.

CalypsoLookup App Intrusion on Mac Computers

Adware makers often promotes adware applications such as CalypsoLookup as beneficial programs for Mac computers. Like older releases like WebNewSearch, TotalConsoleSearch, and Consumer Opinion, this extension proclaims to improve the customary Internet search features by providing quick and precise search results. Evidently, CalypsoLookup works on Mac computers differently than it is commercial statements.

Installing CalypsoLookup can certainly cause poor behavior on the operations of Mac computers. Navigation features have been most affected. Running CalypsoLookup on Mac OS can delay Internet speed and navigation. The search results on the Mac user’s browser may be unreliable and incorrect. Additionally, CalypsoLookup may introduce Mac users to questionable sources, which provides objectionable and unimportant content. Moreover, it can drive the browser to sources of malware like those that enforce the download and installation of software update that is actually fake.

Image of CalypsoLookup Adware

How Dangerous is CalypsoLookup App?

The impacts of CalypsoLookup on Mac computers are minimal. Because its effect is less severe than malicious software or virus, it is classified as Adware only. However, its existence on Mac may result in a privacy breach when tolerated. Potentially unwanted application (PUA) as CalypsoLookup may possibly follow user browsing habits and private information stored on Mac computer. CalypsoLookup app developers may sell this information to third parties to generate additional profits. One way of protecting Mac computers from malware attack is to install legitimate antivirus software. Check Mac computers with an effective antivirus program for suspicious operations on the system as much as possible.

Procedures to Remove CalypsoLookup 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.

Quick Fix - Scan the System 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 adware like CalypsoLookup. You may need to purchase full version if you require to maximize its premium features.

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.

Install Combo Cleaner

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 CalypsoLookup.

Combo Cleaner Scanner

6. Free features of Combo Cleaner include Disk Cleaner, Big Files finder, Duplicate files finder, and Uninstaller. To use antivirus and privacy scanner, users have to upgrade to a premium version.

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

Step 1 : Delete CalypsoLookup 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 CalypsoLookup or any unwanted program.

Delete Unwanted App

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

5. Right-click on Trash icon and click on Empty Trash.

Step 2 : Remove Browser Extensions that belongs to CalypsoLookup

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.

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

Firefox - Choose Add-ons from the Menu. Look at both the Extensions and Plug-ins lists when it opens a new window.

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

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

Step 3 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed CalypsoLookup

1. Select and copy the string below to your Clipboard by pressing Command + C on your keyboard.

~/Library/LaunchAgents

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

3. Press Command + V on your keyboard to paste the copied string. Press Return to go to the said folder.

Command + V

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

  • com.CalypsoLookup
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.ltvbit.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

The term unknown is just a representation of the actual malware name. Attackers may masks the actual name with following:

- Calypso Lookup, AdLoad

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing CalypsoLookup to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the most latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files. Please press Option + Command + 4 on your keyboard to arrange the application list in chronological order.

Option+Command+4

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

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

6. Please restart the computer.

7. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and Paste the following string to easily locate the folder.

~/Library/Application Support

8. Look for any suspicious items that are similar to the ones in Step 4. Drag them to the Trash.

9. Repeat the process on the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

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

10. Lastly, go to your Finder and open the Applications Folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

- Calypso Lookup, AdLoad

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

1. Go to Launchpad, Utilities folder, open Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

Force Quit Apps

3. Click on Force Quit button.

4. You may now delete or remove locked files that belongs to CalypsoLookup adware.

Step 4 : Double-check with MBAM Tool for Mac

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

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 CalypsoLookup.

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.

MBAM for Mac

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

Step 5 : Remove CalypsoLookup from Homepage and Search

Safari

- Open your Safari browser.
- Go to Safari Menu located on upper left hand corner, and then select Preferences.
- Under General tab, navigate to Default Search Engine section and select Google or any valid search engine.
- Next, be sure that "New Windows Open With" field is set to Homepage.
- Lastly, remove CalypsoLookup from the Homepage field. Replace it with your preferred URL to be set as your default homepage.

Google Chrome

- Open Chrome browser.
- Type the following on the address bar and press Enter on keyboard : chrome://settings/
- Look for 'On Startup' area.
- Select 'Open a specific page or set of pages'.
- Click on More Actions and select Edit.
- Enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing CalypsoLookup. Click Save.
- To set default search engine, go to Search Engine area.
- Click on 'Manage search engines...' button.
- Go to questionable Search Engine. Click on More Actions and Click 'Remove from list'.
- Go back to Search Engine area and choose valid entry from Search engine used in the address bar.

Mozilla Firefox

- Run Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type the following on the address bar and hit Enter on keyboard : about:preferences
- On Startup area, select 'Show your home page' under 'When Firefox starts' field.
- Under Home Page field, type the desired URL to replace CalypsoLookup settings.
- To configure default search engine, select Search on left sidebar to display settings.
- Under Default Search Engine list, please select one.
- On the same page, you have an option to Remove unwanted search engine.

Optional : If unable to change browser settings, execute these steps:

Some user complains that there is no way to change browser settings because it is grayed out by CalypsoLookup. In such situation, it is important to check if there is unwanted profile. Please do the following:

1. Quit any running applications and launch System Preferences from your Dock.

2. Under System Preferences, click Profiles.

3. Select CalypsoLookup or any relevant profile from the left pane. See image below.

Remove Profile

4. At the bottom of this window, click minus [-] button to delete the account. Please refer to image above.

5. Close the Profiles window and open the affected browser to change all settings associated with CalypsoLookup.

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