What is BeAware and how to get rid of it

Many Mac users know how irritating adware pop-ups can be. Do you notice tons of intrusive ads while surfing the web? Most likely, an adware-type infection found its way to your computer as well.

BeAware belongs to an adware family, but it’s not so tricky to get rid of as it seems. How do I remove BeAware from my Mac? In this article, I’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to do that. You’ll also find out how to protect your Mac from future threats. Let's get started!

Name

BeAware

CategoryAdware, browser hijacker, PUP
Also known as

BeeAware

SymptomsDelivers lots of sponsored ads, displays fake software updates, redirects to bogus websites
Infection method

Bundling, torrent downloaders, deceitful update messages

System damageUnwanted changes of the default browser settings, system slowdown, sudden browser freeze, privacy issues caused by data-tracking activity
RemovalCleanMyMac X anti-virus, Malwarebytes

Everything you need to know about BeAware

Is BeAware a virus? Technically, it’s not. Also known as BeeAware, it’s an aggressive ad-generating malware. Being also a potentially unwanted program (PUP), it exploits sneaky ways to get into your Mac without your knowledge.

As a browser hijacker, BeAware tends to modify custom browser settings in a way hard to reset. It quickly takes control over your browser and starts:

  • Showing various ads, including pop-ups, banners, and coupons
  • Turning random text on websites into in-text links
  • Installing other malware without your permission
  • Redirecting to affiliate pages you never wanted to visit

The ads produced by BeAware usually promote other suspicious programs and questionable products — everything that can bring cybercriminals pay-per-click revenue. The culprit might also be why your browser crashes, hangs, or freezes unexpectedly.

Note:

You can identify the BeAware adware by the following ad text: Advertisements by BeAware, Ads by BeAware, Powered by BeAware, Brought to you by BeAware, etc.

How did the BeAware virus get on my computer?

Most users who end up with adware on their Mac do not understand where it came from. In reality, PUPs like BeAware often get installed by users themselves.

Unfortunately, some freeware doesn’t reveal that other software comes bundled. As a result, you come up with the app you want to install and a bunch of extra programs you never wanted to get. To avoid getting into this trap, pay attention to what you agree to install and manually disable any bonus offers.

Potential risks of BeAware

The BeAware adware itself is not so harmful as viruses or ransomware. Still, having it on your Mac might be potentially dangerous for system safety.

Once installed, BeAware starts displaying a warning ‘Update required’ message, asking you to renew the app to the latest version. Here’s how it looks like:

Potential risks of BeAware

If you click OK, you’ll run a risk of facing other PUPs or even more severe threats like viruses. So don’t click on any available buttons. Once you notice such a malicious notification, immediately remove the BeAware adware and perform a full system scan with a proven anti-malware tool. Let’s see how to do this!

How to get rid of BeAware

There are several steps to eliminating the BeAware adware. First, you need to delete any suspicious programs and malware-related components from your Mac. Next, it’s time to get your browsers back by reconfiguring them and removing the shady extensions.

Step 1. Remove the malicious apps

  1. Choose the Go menu > Utilities > Activity Monitor in the Finder.
  2. Find a malware-related process and hit the Force Quit button. Opt for the Force Quit option to confirm the action.
  3. Go to the Application folder. Scroll the list of your apps to spot the BeAware app. Also, search for programs you downloaded right before you noticed the adware.
  4. Drag and drop all these apps to the Trash. Right-click on the Trash icon and choose Empty Trash.
  5. In the Finder, navigate to Go > Go to Folder.
  6. Paste the following folder names into the box, one at a time, and click Go after each one:

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

  7. Trash any files associated with the BeAware adware. They may also include BeeAware or Bahlpr in their names. Finally, empty the Trash.

Seems like a lot of work? Note that you should delete every component related to adware to eliminate it. Manual removal won’t always be useful, as it may still leave some hidden files on your machine. Luckily, you can perform the same operation automatically if you have the right tool at hand.

Destroy the culprit automatically

My favorite anti-malware software is CleanMyMac X by MacPaw. It offers a rich feature set that elevates Mac’s performance to a higher level. Most crucially, Apple notarized it, so CleanMyMac X is safe to use.

I’ve been using it for months and can highly recommend its Malware Removal tool. Here’s how it works:

  1. Grab your copy of CleanMyMac X here (at no cost at all).
  2. Install and launch the app.
  3. Go to the Malware Removal tab on the left-side panel.
  4. Press Scan.
  5. If anything is found, hit Remove. Nothing more!
Go to the Malware Removal tab

To make sure that my computer always stays protected, I enabled a real-time malware monitor. It runs regular scans of my Mac to prevent any suspicious behavior and remove the threat right away. Check it out!

regular scans of my Mac to prevent any suspicious behavior

Step 2. Remove BeAware from all your browsers

Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Click the Safari menu at the top of the screen.
  3. Choose Preferences > the Extension tab.
  4. Search for the extension that looks out of place.
  5. Once you locate one, select it and press Uninstall.

    Remove BeAware from all your browsers
  6. Quick tip:

    Use the Extensions tab of CleanMyMac X to manage add-ons without the need to dig into Safari’s Preferences.

  7. Go back to the General tab and set your preferred homepage.
  8. Click the Search tab and choose the search engine from the drop-down menu.
  9. Restart Safari.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. Paste ‘chrome://extensions’ to the address bar and press Enter.
  3. Detect the adware-related extension.
  4. Click Remove next to it to delete it from the list.

    Detect the adware related extension
  5. Now, go to ‘chrome://settings’.
  6. Scroll down to the Search engine and pick the one you want to use.
  7. In the On-startup section, choose what you want to see on start-up.
  8. Restart Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch Firefox.
  2. Head over to ‘about:addons’.
  3. Look for the extension that should be there.
  4. Click on the three-dot menu next to it and choose Remove.

    Click on the three dot menu next to it and choose Remove
  5. Go to ‘about:preferences’.
  6. Click Home to set your homepage.
  7. Then select your default search engine in the Search tab.
  8. Restart Firefox.

The BeAware Mac virus is nothing more than a deceitful PUP and adware, trying to trick you into installing more suspicious apps. To avoid getting this and other malware on your device, always be careful about links you open and files or apps you download. Make sure they come from a credible source. Opt for custom or advanced installation and never turn to free download websites.

I hope this detailed guide helped you catch the hazard and remove it for good!

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