How to Remove VideoSeek

VideoSeek is supposed to be a tool for enhancing the online browsing of Mac users. The people behind this dubious browser extension claim that it is useful, and they are encouraging web users to install it on Google Chrome or Safari. Since it seems like a legitimate program, internet users tend to install this kind of app. However, some unconsciously inject this program into their Mac computers. It is possible because of the freeware bundles that download sites offer. VideoSeek is considerably a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and it has the ability to penetrate into computers without requesting the permission of web users. Developers usually include VideoSeek in the application setup. Similarly, there are programs requiring optional or extra software installs, and this process could carry out VideoSeek.

How does VideoSeek access Mac computers?

VideoSeek adware typically infiltrates Mac computers through deceptive tactics and user actions. One common method is through bundled software downloads, where users unwittingly install adware along with legitimate applications. For instance, users might download a seemingly harmless program or utility from a third-party website, but during the installation process, VideoSeek is included as an additional component. Users often overlook or hastily click through installation prompts, inadvertently allowing VideoSeek to gain access to their Mac systems.

Another avenue for VideoSeek infiltration is malicious advertisements and pop-ups on websites. Clicking on these ads or pop-ups can trigger the download and installation of VideoSeek onto the user’s Mac. VideoSeek creators exploit vulnerabilities in software or web browsers to deliver their payloads, taking advantage of users who may not have updated their software or are using outdated browser versions. In summary, VideoSeek and similar adware such as VectorIndex, AccessibleGuideSearch, and ExpertModuleSearch rely on user negligence, deceptive software bundling, and exploiting vulnerabilities to infiltrate Mac computers and display unwanted advertisements.

VideoSeek App for Mac

VideoSeek is a browser hijacker

VideoSeek is an unwanted application and a browser hijacker because of its malicious behavior on the Mac operating system. The developers designed VideoSeek to have trackers in it for spying and collecting data about web users, particularly browsing habits and even personal details. After successful infiltration of VideoSeek, it will start to modify browser settings, changing the way it supports operations. All searches will automatically redirect to their associated web address, providing limited and inaccurate results. VideoSeek also generates intrusive advertisements and pop-ups, linking to various web pages containing unpleasant subjects or unexpected contents. VideoSeek triggers pop-ups that promote false claims or fake software downloads (see image above).

As mentioned earlier, VideoSeek has trackers that log online user’s valuable information. Data collected by VideoSeek can be accessed by cybercriminals who are misusing it to produce online income. Exposing private data to anyone could result in serious privacy issues. To avoid future encounters with computer implications or significant dangers, the removal of VideoSeek is suggested. Meanwhile, carefully checking the process of downloading and installing applications can prevent the intrusion of unwanted programs in the future.

Procedures to Remove VideoSeek 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 VideoSeek. 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 VideoSeek.

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 VideoSeek 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 VideoSeek 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 VideoSeek

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 VideoSeek, 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 VideoSeek

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.VideoSeek.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:

- VideoSeek, (random characters).plist

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

- VideoSeek

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 VideoSeek 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 VideoSeek.

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 VideoSeek 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 VideoSeek 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 VideoSeek 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 VideoSeek 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 VideoSeek 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 VideoSeek. 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 VideoSeek 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 VideoSeek.

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