Remove MacBar Adware

MacBar is an adware program that inserts itself in your web browser. While it may still look like your normal browser, all searches are being filtered through their site to direct you to their affiliates.

The official web site of MacBar states that it is the world’s most convenient tool for searching and browsing the web. It promises to give you easy access to all web sites right from your desktop. MacBar also assures users that by using this tool, they will have better experience and eliminate all clutters when browsing the Internet.

Technically, MacBar is utilized to distribute software using its own network. It is believed to be part of adware that carries malicious intent. Originally, MacBar is delivered packed with other software and unwanted programs. This scheme is compensated with a sum of money paid by adware authors.

When MacBar is mounted into the computer, it may also target browsers like Safari, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Firefox. Delivering advertisements like banners and pop-ups is its main purpose. MacBar can also add some items on the browser not authorized by the user. Having these behaviors, computer security experts categorized it as potentially unwanted program (PUP) that must be removed from the computer without any delay.

MacBar

MacBar Removal Procedures

Below are several steps that you should carry out to delete MacBar adware from Mac computer. We highly recommend executing both manual removal and thorough scanning of the system using the provided tool.

Delete MacBar from Safari browser

1. Open Safari browser.

2. Go to Safari menu.

3. Choose “Preferences“.

Safari Preferences

4. This will open the Safari settings dialog box.

5. Please select “Extensions” tab to see list of installed extensions.

6. Select MacBar from the list. If not found, it may be hiding under a different name. Look for unknown or suspicious item.

7. Turn off the extension by removing the Check Mark on the box beside “Enable MacBar extension” or similar entry. You can also Uninstall the extension if you need to permanently remove it from the computer.

8. Please close Safari browser at the moment and proceed to the next steps.

Manually delete all files dropped by the adware

1. Navigate the Apple Menu bar and click on “Go“. Then, select “Go to Folder“.

Go Folder

2. Copy and paste, or type the following line in the field and press Enter on your keyboard:

/Library/LaunchAgents

3. LaunchAgents folder should open at this point. Look for items with the following file name:

  • MacBar.update.plist
  • MacBar.AppRemoval.plist
  • MacBar.download.plist
  • MacBar.ltvbit.plist
  • .com. MacBar.agent.plist
  • .com.SoftwareUpdater.agent.plist

4. Move each file to the Trash. This action may require administrator privilege. If you are not logged in as administrator, you need to provide required password.

5. Go to a different folder again using procedure from Step 1 and copy and paste or type the following line:

~/Library/LaunchAgents

6. Do the same process as in Step 3 and move each file to the Trash.

7. Next, we need to look at Application Support folder. Using the same method as above. Go to this location:

~/Library/Application Support

8. Find the same files as in Step 3 and drag them to the Trash.

9. Go back to Apple Menu, click Go, and then select Applications from the drop-down list.

Apple Applications

10. Delete the following folders just in case they do exist.

  • SoftwareUpdater
  • MacBar

Note: Malware may use alternative names instead of MacBar to mislead security programs as well as users. If in case the above list is not present, please look for unfamiliar or suspicious items containing the same extension as update.plist, ltvbit.plist, and download.plist.

Scan with MBAM to easily get rid of MacBar

1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac from the link below.

Download MBAM for Mac

2. Drag the downloaded file MBAM-Mac-[version].dmg to Applications folder.

3. Under Applications folder, right-click on Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and select “Open” from the given choices.

4. After opening the tool, click on the “Scan” button to start checking the computer for presence of MacBar and other malware.

MBAM for Mac Scan

5. When scanning is done, the tool will display all identified threats. Be sure to select malicious items.

6. Click on “Remove Selected Items” to delete the threats.

mbam-mac-remove

We hope that the procedures and removal tool on this page was able to help you in removing MacBar. Your computer should now be malware free.

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