Remove SharedProjector from Mac

It is unusual for browsers to display an intensive amount of pop-up ads and redirects, especially if the objects are promoting suspicious links and websites. Hence, if web users start to witness the aggressive ads on the internet browser application, something is not right, and possibly adware is doing such disturbing acts. One adware program that can contaminate Mac computers and infiltrate the internet is called the SharedProjector app.

What is SharedProjector?

Its developers are endorsing SharedProjector as an essential browser extension that boosts the performance of internet software. They claim that this tool can enhance the online browsing and searching experience of Mac users by providing fast and useful search results. Unfortunately, SharedProjector operates in contrast with this undertaking, and in fact, there is no assurance that it will yield benefits to end users.

Just like any other potentially unwanted application (PUA) for Mac OS like AccessibleSignal and ExploreSync, SharedProjector is likewise a misleading program. These types of suspicious browser extensions normally spread on the internet via different rogue installers and freeware that exploit the software bundling scheme. Mac users may download the malicious free applications from distrusted file repository sites, peering networks, and web sites that attacker’s have set up as the central distribution channel of SharedProjector.

There are also instances where the adware is bundled with counterfeit software updates that deceitful pop-ups are endorsing. It is actually an advertisement that is disguised as a system alert to convince web users to download the supposed software update in order to fix identified issues. Hence, once downloaded, it will attempt to inject the adware into the browser program.

Screenshot of SharedProjector

How does it infiltrate the browser program?

During the setup procedure for the freeware, Mac users will never witness any unusual process that is relevant to the installation of the SharedProjector app. This is being processed in the background, and because it is bundled with the host software, the adware adapts to the same administrative privileges, which gives it the freedom to load on the internet application.

As a result, Mac users are shocked to see the sudden presence of SharedProjector on the internet. The pop-up alerts of the affected browser program stating that “SharedProjector will damage the computer” further augment the suspicion of Mac users that the abrupt existence of the unknown browser extension is a hazardous act by a computer virus. Fortunately, SharedProjector is not considered a computer virus and is deemed a less hazardous infection. Hence, it is still recommended to remove this type of threat to eliminate any disturbances on the internet.

Avoid SharedProjector adware

It’s important to stay away from SharedProjector adware for a few reasons. Adware may, first and foremost, jeopardize the confidentiality and security of your personal data. Many applications that follow online activity, gather data, and sometimes even show obtrusive advertisements are called adware. Second, this threat uses up bandwidth and system resources, which may drastically impair the operation of your Mac. This slowdown may have an effect on your productivity and overall user experience.

Moreover, SharedProjector often causes unwanted pop-up advertisements and redirections, making surfing crowded and interrupted. This puts you at risk of encountering potentially harmful information, in addition to making it more difficult for you to use the internet effectively. Furthermore, SharedProjector might be difficult to remove—some of it keeps coming back despite eradication efforts. For this reason, it’s critical to take preventative action and eliminate SharedProjector as soon as possible in order to preserve a safe, seamless, and trouble-free computing experience on your Mac.

Procedures to Remove SharedProjector 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.

Step 1 : - 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 malicious browser hijacker like SharedProjector.

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 SharedProjector.

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner Dashboard

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

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

Step 2 : Delete SharedProjector 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 SharedProjector or any unwanted program.

Screenshot of Deleting App

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

5. Next, go to the Dock, right-click on the Trash icon, and click on Empty Trash.

Step 3 : Remove Browser Extensions that belongs to SharedProjector

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to SharedProjector. If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Google Chrome

Remove the SharedProjector Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser.

2. Input the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://extensions/

Screenshot of Chrome Extensions in PC

3. Find SharedProjector or a relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Safari

Remove Malicious Extension from Safari

1. Open the Safari browser.

2. On the top menu, click Safari > Settings or Preferences.

3. The Safari settings window will open. Please select the Extensions tab.

Screenshot of Safari Extension Removal

4. Locate the suspicious extension and click the Uninstall button to remove it from Safari.

5. You may now close the window and restart Safari.

Microsoft Edge

Remove SharedProjector from Microsoft Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

2. Input or copy and paste the following string in the address bar. Press press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://extensions/

Screenshot of Edge Extension on Mac

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for SharedProjector from the Installed Extensions area.

Screenshot of Edge Extension Removal - Mac

4. You may now close the window and restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Uninstall the SharedProjector Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type or copy and paste the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

about:addons

Screenshot of Firefox Extension

3. Click on Extensions from the sidebar menu.

4. Look for an entry that pertains to SharedProjector and Disable or Remove it from the browser using the options button.

Step 4 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed SharedProjector

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

2. Input the following string and press Enter on the keyboard.

~/Library/LaunchAgents

Screenshot of Go To Folder

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

  • com.SharedProjector.plist
  • unknown.service.plist
  • unknown.system.plist
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

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

- SharedProjector, (random characters).plist

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing SharedProjector to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files.

5. Please click on "Show items as..."

Screenshot of LaunhAgents Folder

6. To arrange the items in chronological order, click Date Modified.

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

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

8. Please restart the Mac computer.

9. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and paste the following string to easily locate the folder:

~/Library/Application Support

Screenshot of Go to Folder

10. Select any suspicious items that you have noted previously. Drag them to the Trash.

11. Repeat the process in the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

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

12. Lastly, go to your Finder > Go and open the Applications folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

- SharedProjector

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

1. Go to Launchpad > Other folder, open the Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

3. In the upper part of the window, click the Stop button.

Screenshot of Force Quit

4. Click on Force Quit button.

5. You may now delete or remove the locked file that belongs to SharedProjector homepage hijacker.

Step 5 : Double-check with Malwarebytes for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes for Mac from the link below.

2. Locate the downloaded Malwarebytes-Mac.pkg and install it with the default settings.

3. Run Malwarebytes 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 SharedProjector.

4. Once you are on the Malwarebytes dashboard, please click on the Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

Screenshot of Malwarebytes Dashboard

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

Step 6 : Fixing the Homepage and Search Engine

Google Chrome

Remove SharedProjector from Google Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser and type the following on the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://settings

Screenshot of Chrome Settings

2. Go to the left sidebar and click On Startup.

3. Select "Open a specific page or set of pages" in the right panel.

Screenshot of Chrome Startup

4. Locate the unwanted Homepage URL, click on More Actions (3-dot icon), and select Edit.

5. Enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing SharedProjector. Click Save.

6. To set the default search engine, go to the sidebar, and this time, select Search Engine.

Screenshot of Default Search

7. Click on the Manage search engines and site search button in the right panel.

8. Find the unwanted Search Engine in the list. Click on More Actions, and then click Delete.

9. Go back to the left side bar and click Search Engine.

Screenshot of Search Engine Address Bar

10. In the right panel, choose a valid entry from the "Search engine used in the address bar."

You can now restart the Google Chrome browser to see if the unwanted homepage and search engine related to SharedProjector are gone.

Safari

Get Rid of SharedProjector from Safari

1. Open your Safari browser.

2. Go to the Safari Menu located in the upper left-hand corner, and then select Settings or Preferences.

3. In the General tab, remove the SharedProjector item or unwanted URL from the Homepage section. Replace it with your preferred URL to be set as your default homepage.

Screenshot of Safari Home Settings

4. Next, be sure that the "New windows open with" and "New tabs open with" fields are set to "Homepage".

5. Please click on the Search tab, and in the "Search engine" section, select Google or any valid search engine.

Screenshot of Safari Search Settings

6. You may now restart the Safari browser.

Microsoft Edge

Remove SharedProjector from the Homepage of Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your Mac computer.

2. In the address bar, type or copy and paste the string below, then press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://settings/startHomeNTP

Screenshot of Edge Homepage Settings on Mac

3. Go to the "When Edge Starts" area. Under the "Open these pages" section, click More Actions (3-dot).

4. Select Edit to open the Edit Page window.

5. Input your desired address to replace the homepage settings of SharedProjector.

Screenshot of Edge for Mac Default Homepage

6. Click the Save button. You may now restart Microsoft Edge for Mac.

Mozilla Firefox

Delete SharedProjector from Mozilla Firefox browser.

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser on your Mac computer.

2. Type the following on the address bar, then press Enter on the keyboard:

about:preferences

3. Click Home in the sidebar area.

Screenshot of Firefox Homepage Settings

4. Under "Homepage and new windows", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs.

5. If you chose Custom URLs, input the desired URL to replace SharedProjector settings.

6. To configure the default search engine, select Search in the sidebar to display the settings.

Screenshot of Firefox Search Settings

7. Under the Default Search Engine list, please select a legitimate one (i.e., Google).

8. Scroll down to "Search Shortcuts" and select an unwanted search engine.

Screenshot of Deleting Search

9. Click on the Remove button to delete the unwanted search engine. You may now restart the Mozilla Firefox for Mac.

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