Awesome Screenshot: Is it really what it claims?

What is Awesome Screenshot?

Awesome Screenshot first appeared in 2014 as a browser extension for Safari, Firefox and Chrome. According to its fairly respectable website, it has over 2 million users worldwide and claims to give people a way to “Share and collaborate with friends and colleagues.”

The concept is simple: take a screenshot, share it with others more easily than sending an email attachment or via an online message platform. At the time this was released, apps such as Slack were fairly new, Facebook Messenger wasn't as popular in the workplace and Telegram didn't exist, so maybe the creators were genuinely trying to fill a gap in the market.

However, Awesome Screenshot is not all it appeared to be and doesn't exist to improve your web browsing or screenshot sharing experiences.

People who downloaded and installed this found that Awesome Screenshot was generating pop-ups and adverts in web pages where none used to exist. Yes, unfortunately, this apparently helpful browser extension is actually adware and it didn't take long before antivirus providers started to deal with this the same as any other unwanted virus. 

Mac security bloggers looking further into this found “a set of scripts that seemed to belong to a company called Presto Savings. This code has a number of functions that inject code into web pages… something that a simple screenshot extension should not be doing.”

What does Awesome Screenshot do?

An analysis of the code indicated that it would inject popup and price comparison adverts without the user consent. It's not mentioned anywhere on the website. Only the Firefox add-ons page mentions the following:

“This extension also integrate some additional features such as “Discover Similar Sites” and “Price Comparison While You Shop.” These are value-added features, and definitely are not “Malware” or “Adware” as some may mistakenly believe. Please also note that these features are disabled by default unless you enable them.”

Despite this claim, many who downloaded it saw unwanted adverts. Some security analysts were concerned that it was monitoring web activity and then transmitting that to the creators or an unknown third party. As with other untrustworthy browser extensions, it can also compromise your Mac’s security, so getting rid of it as soon as possible is what you should do. 


How to remove Awesome Screenshot?

Here is how you remove it from web browsers (even if you only downloaded it on one, it’s always worth checking others):

#1: Delete Awesome Screenshot from Safari

  1. Go to Safari > Preferences.
  2. Click on Extensions.
  3. Pick the Extension that you don't recognize to delete.
  4. Click Uninstall.
  5. Confirm that you want to uninstall the extension.

#2: Remove Awesome Screenshot from Chrome

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Go to the Menu in your browser.
  3. Click on More Tools > Extensions.
  4. Pick the Extension that you don't recognize to delete.
  5. Click Remove.
  6. Confirm that you want to Remove the extension.

#3: Delete Awesome Screenshot from Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Go to the Menu in your browser.
  3. Click on the Add-ons manager tab.
  4. Select the Extension you want to remove.
  5. Click Remove.
  6. Confirm that you want to delete it.

Next, check Library and Application folders for any trace of Awesome Screenshot. Move any suspicious files to trash and empty that, then restart your Mac. That should help. But be careful, it is always worth using an antivirus or similar program to make sure it is gone for good.

How to remove Awesome Screenshot in a click using CleanMyMac X

CleanMyMac X is an invaluable tool for improving the overall performance of your Mac. It has a Malware Removal tool that can easily detect any threat and neutralize it. 

 To remove Awesome Screenshot, do the following:

  1. Download CleanMyMac X and launch the app (free trial available).
  2. Click on the Malware Removal tab.
  3. Click Scan.
  4. Click Remove.

After that, your Mac will be operating at peak performance again. 

Once you've saved your Mac from malware, I advise you using other CleanMyMac X modules to free up space, uninstall unneeded programs, update all your apps to the latest version, and more. Explore all the tools in the left menu to quickly optimize your Mac's performance and make it run as good as new. 

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