NoticeSubject Adware Removal (Mac OS)

NoticeSubject is an unwanted program that may take over the browser settings on its own. It can show up on a Mac computer out of nowhere. Its arrival is said to have been with the help of questionable software, especially freeware and shareware. Hence, the majority of NoticeSubject infection cases are attributed to the execution of a fake software update that is being pushed by several questionable websites through an aggressive pop-up window.

More about NoticeSubject

The intrusive traits of this application are the reason why Mac users deem it a computer virus. Fortunately, NoticeSubject is not listed in the family of viruses. Meaning it is not too hazardous and does not cause damage to the computer. However, this does not mean that NoticeSubject is a useful and worthy program as well. As a matter of fact, this software is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

One objective of NoticeSubject is to control the internet browser program. Like SettleTopics and ApplicationKey, it may override the settings on the homepage and search provider. Furthermore, this malware was programmed to issue low-quality advertisements in the browser via relentless redirects and pop-ups. During an online search, Mac users may also encounter paid links and banner ads on the search result page provided by NoticeSubject.

Screenshot of NoticeSubject for Mac

A Mac computer with a NoticeSubject infection is vulnerable to several dangers. This adware may cause a major reduction in system performance, which can impede regular activities and cause slowdowns. A less productive and uncomfortable user experience may result from the continual onslaught of unwanted advertisements, in addition to being annoying. NoticeSubject may infringe on the privacy of Mac users by monitoring their online activity and gathering personal data without authorization. Worse still, the NoticeSubject adware may act as a gateway for more dangerous malware, increasing the possibility of further security lapses and data vulnerabilities on the compromised Mac computer.

Getting rid of NoticeSubject

As stated, this application is deemed unwanted software that produces annoyances on the Mac computer. Even if it is not classified as a computer virus, there is still a chance of harming the computer through its redirects and pop-ups that aim to redirect the browser to malicious sites. Therefore, we highly recommend the immediate removal of NoticeSubject.

There are several reasons why removing NoticeSubject from a Mac computer is crucial. First and foremost, the user experience may be significantly hampered by this adware’s ability to severely impair system performance. Next, NoticeSubject adware often bombards users with intrusive and unwanted advertisements, significantly impairing their ability to be productive and use the computer in general. Furthermore, by monitoring online activity and gathering personal data for malicious or targeted advertising, the adware may compromise user privacy. Getting rid of NoticeSubject or any other kind of adware helps guard against potential security issues since certain adware may act as a gateway for more harmful malware to infiltrate the system.

It is also important to note that removing NoticeSubject enhances the Mac computer’s overall security and safety, guaranteeing a better and more secure working environment. A complete guide has already been outlined below, including free malware and virus scanners.

Procedures to Remove NoticeSubject 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 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 adware like NoticeSubject. You may need to purchase the full version if you want 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 your antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates.

6. Next, click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing NoticeSubject.

Combo Cleaner Scanner

7. 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 manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat.

Step 1 : Delete NoticeSubject 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 NoticeSubject or any unwanted program and suspicious item. It may also disguise itself as a different file with random names.

Delete Unwanted App

4. Drag the suspicious file to the 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 NoticeSubject

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 NoticeSubject, 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 NoticeSubject

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.NoticeSubject.plist
  • unknown.service.plist
  • unknown.system.plist
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

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

- NoticeSubject, (random characters).plist

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing NoticeSubject 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.

- NoticeSubject

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 NoticeSubject 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 the most recent version if one is available. This is necessary for finding recent malware threats, including NoticeSubject.

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 the 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, and NoticeSubject is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click the Remove button to clean the computer.

Step 5 : Remove NoticeSubject from Homepage and Search

Safari

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

Google Chrome

- Open the Google Chrome browser.
- Input the following on the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard : chrome://settings/
- Look for 'On Startup' area on the sidebar.
- Select 'Open a specific page or set of pages'.
- Choose the unwanted homepage, and click on Ellipses (three dots) and select Edit.
- Enter the desired web address as your homepage, replacing the NoticeSubject setting. Click Save.
- To set the default search engine, go to the Search Engine area from the sidebar link.
- Click on 'Manage search engines...' button.
- Select the questionable Search Engine and click on Ellipses (three dots). ClickDelete. to remove it from the list.
- Go back to the Search Engine area and choose a valid entry (i.e., Google) 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
- Click Home on the sidebar area.
- Under "New Windows and Tabs", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs. - Input the desired URL to replace NoticeSubject settings if you chose Custom URLs.
- To configure default search engine, select Search on the sidebar to display the settings.
- Under the Default Search Engine list, please select one (i.e., Google).
- On the same page, you have the option to Remove unwanted search engines.

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

Some users complain that there is no way to change browser settings because they are grayed out by NoticeSubject. In such a situation, it is important to check if there is an 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 NoticeSubject or any relevant profile from the left pane. See the image below.

Remove Mac Profile

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

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

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