Remove InteractiveSpeed (Mac Adware)

There are applications that are significantly classified as adware, and one example of it is called InteractiveSpeed. When user installed InteractiveSpeed on their Mac computer, it can generate numerous advertisements on the browser. Such adverts commonly promote fake software updates and download. Aside from that, ads can also introduce links to malicious websites. Clicking the ads is not advisable as it can redirect Mac users into dubious web pages including online casino sites, adult-related websites, and frauds or phishing sites. These kinds of websites mentioned are not suitable and unsafe for Mac users to visit.

It is very common for adware applications like InteractiveSpeed to deploy intrusive ads on the browser. Adware is short for ad-supported software, which is responsible for generating ads in order to produce revenue. As for InteractiveSpeed, it injects the ads on the browser and every click from the Mac users means income for the developers. Moreover, adware applications are also considered as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Adware like InteractiveSpeed is usually bundled with other ordinary software. Freeware and shareware mostly incorporate InteractiveSpeed and includes it on the installation process. InteractiveSpeed either is an optional install or required as an extra program of the chosen software. Mac users might possibly agree to install InteractiveSpeed without understanding its true objectives.

In some cases, some installers will not disclose that there is an additional application under installation. It is the primary reason why unwanted applications like InteractiveSpeed can enter Mac computers without permission. After successful penetration, InteractiveSpeed will begin to operate on the Mac computer by delivering intrusive advertisements consistently. Furthermore, InteractiveSpeed Mac adware infections are getting more serious as it stays longer on Mac computer. The only way to stop the troubles is to remove InteractiveSpeed from the browser of Mac. Users can utilize anti-virus software to eliminate unwanted application and other suspicious apps. In addition, Mac users should be cautious about choosing the application to install. It is better to check the software first to know its functions and benefits.

Procedures to Remove InteractiveSpeed 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 InteractiveSpeed. 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.

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 InteractiveSpeed.

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 InteractiveSpeed 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 InteractiveSpeed or any unwanted program.

4. Drag InteractiveSpeed 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 InteractiveSpeed

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 InteractiveSpeed, 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 InteractiveSpeed

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.

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

  • com.InteractiveSpeed
  • 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:

- LocalDefault, HelperPages

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

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.

- LocalDefault, HelperPages

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.

3. Click on Force Quit button.

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

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.

5. After the scan, Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac will display a list of identified threats, InteractiveSpeed 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 InteractiveSpeed 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 InteractiveSpeed 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 InteractiveSpeed. 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 InteractiveSpeed 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 InteractiveSpeed. 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 InteractiveSpeed or any relevant profile from the left pane. See image below.

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 InteractiveSpeed.

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