How to Remove TypeInitiator (Mac)

By exploring this page, online users will  learn the dangers of installing unwanted app like TypeInitiator on Mac computer. We include Quick Fix to get rid of the threat, Removal Steps, as well as Homepage and Search Cleanup to help you fix the issue.

TypeInitiator is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that provides pop-ups advertisements and redirects to browser program running on Mac OS. While it is endorsed as an essential browser extension that enhances the online search experience, Mac users can find TypeInitiator very intrusive. In the course of its existence on the Internet browser application, the user can encounter various unknown pages while surfing the Internet. Google Chrome or Safari browser may also occasionally pop-up invites TypeInitiator to intervene with the transaction and causes the Internet software to stop responding.

How TypeInitiator enters Mac computer?

Most Mac users do not know how the TypeInitiator app entered the computer. In fact, they play a vital role in introducing this adware inside the browser by freeware that has been acquired from suspicious source. Evidently, they have not been informed that the free software is a bundle capable of offloading additional programs outside the host file. Fundamentally, the only visible installation process is that of freeware and the configuration of other add-ons are discrete, but they run simultaneously in the background. TypeInitiator is obviously one of these unwanted software that is performed by installing malicious freeware.

Screenshot of TypeInitiator App

When installed and executed on the browser, the TypeInitiator application will immediately organize the setup to dominate the infected Internet software. Just like other adware as CharacterSearch and DesignModel, this one also modifies the default settings on essential sections such as home page, new tab and search tool. TypeInitiator replaces it with a customized page which uses the services of its own server. Technically, all online activities of Web users are monitored and logged during use of the infected browser program.

Data collected from compromised computers are abuses by attackers to deliberately expose personalized advertisements and they hope to generate benefits from such illicit and unfair online practices.

After learning that the TypeInitiator application is a browser extension at risk, Mac users have no other option but to delete it entirely from the browser. The following guide is useful to get rid of this threat, just make sure that every step has been executed. Additionally, be sure to scan the computer with effective anti-virus and anti-malware tools are recommended on the procedure.

Procedures to Remove TypeInitiator 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 TypeInitiator. 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 TypeInitiator.

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 TypeInitiator 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 TypeInitiator or any unwanted program.

Delete Unwanted App

4. Drag TypeInitiator 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 TypeInitiator

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 TypeInitiator, 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 TypeInitiator

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.TypeInitiator
  • 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:

- Type Initiator

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

- Type Initiator

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 TypeInitiator 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 TypeInitiator.

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, TypeInitiator 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 TypeInitiator 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 TypeInitiator 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 TypeInitiator. 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 TypeInitiator 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 TypeInitiator. 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 TypeInitiator 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 TypeInitiator.

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