PersonalSlide Adware Removal for Mac

PersonalSlide is an annoying application that aims to infect the Mac computer. It commonly ends up on the device through deceptive means. In most cases, Mac users accidentally acquire this unwanted program during the installation of dubious freeware, shareware, and fake software updates. Mac users who are inclined to possess pirated software and serial key generators are likewise inclined to involuntarily dump PersonalSlide onto the computer without full knowledge. Aside from the mentioned threat, similar threats, such as ViralLane and CommonValue may also infect the Mac computer in the same manner.

Unwanted installation of PersonalSlide

Downloading and installing malicious applications that were obtained from distrusted sources is the main factor that allows PersonalSlide to enter the Mac computer easily. It is secretly bundled with freeware and shareware that Mac users can freely download from different websites. The careless installation of such a downloaded app and running a default setup could also allow the extra app from the bundle to get installed on the computer. This is accomplished without the Mac user’s approval. Because of this deceptive method, computer security experts are advising people to stay away from questionable freeware. In addition, it can somehow help eliminate the installation of unwanted programs by running a Custom or Advanced mode during the setup process.

Aside from freeware, PersonalSlide can also infiltrate the computer via an aggressive pop-up advertisement masquerading as a software update. It claims that an update is required in order to avoid issues on the computer. If a Mac user decides to permit it, PersonalSlide will get installed on the computer instead of the supposed update. See the screenshot of the fake software update pop-up below.

Screenshot of PersonalSlide

The operation of PersonalSlide

The presence of this adware on the computer intends to manipulate the browser settings to promote a third-party search engine. As a result, PersonalSlide is going to replace the default value on the homepage and search provider. With the current configuration, Mac users may always see a low-quality search outcome that is filled with paid links and unusual ads.

The only way to restore the browser to its normal condition is to eliminate the threat as soon as possible. A complete guide to carrying out this computer cleanup is outlined in the next section.

The importance of avoiding PersonalSlide

For several compelling reasons, it is imperative that the prevention of adware infestations on Mac be given top priority. First of all, by gathering and sending sensitive data, such as surfing patterns and personal information, to other parties, PersonalSlide adware may jeopardize users’ privacy. This privacy infringement puts user activity secrecy in danger and greatly increases the likelihood of identity theft. Second, PersonalSlide affects Mac computers’ performance by using up system resources and making the system slow, which reduces productivity and detracts from the overall user experience.

Furthermore, by causing vulnerabilities that may be used by other types of malware to exploit, PersonalSlide adware exposes Mac computers to possible security concerns, increasing the danger of cyberattacks. PersonalSlide also causes unwanted interruptions by interfering with the regular operation of the computer, such as pop-ups, invasive advertisements, and browser hijacking. These disruptions cause users annoyance and irritation. Lastly, the existence of PersonalSlide adware may violate industry rules or corporate policy in professional or commercial contexts, highlighting the need to keep a clean and safe computer environment. Mac users should use reliable security software, adopt safe surfing habits, make sure their systems and software are regularly updated, and proceed with care while downloading and installing apps in order to successfully protect themselves against adware.

Procedures to Remove PersonalSlide 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 PersonalSlide. 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 PersonalSlide.

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 PersonalSlide 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 PersonalSlide 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 PersonalSlide

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 PersonalSlide, 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 PersonalSlide

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.PersonalSlide.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:

- PersonalSlide, (random characters).plist

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

- PersonalSlide

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 PersonalSlide 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 PersonalSlide.

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 PersonalSlide 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 PersonalSlide 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 PersonalSlide 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 PersonalSlide 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 PersonalSlide 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 PersonalSlide. 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 PersonalSlide 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 PersonalSlide.

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