How to make my Mac safe from MacShop?

What is MacShop and what risk does it pose?

Instead of discounts and deals from Amazon and other popular e-commerce websites, as MacShop claims, anyone who downloads this browser extension is inundated with adverts and pop-ups they don't want and need.

Normal adverts - whether they're on a website, a news site, a social network or within a search browser - fit within the layout. They always have a dedicated space, and users have every right to block them or say they're unwanted, or switch to reading an article without them. In this era, you don't need to see an advert you don't want.

Unfortunately, with adware, you don't have that option. Adware such as MacShop distorts web pages, inserts double lines under words, generating annoying pop-ups and banner adverts.

There is always a risk, whenever a browser is infected with an add-on such as this that it is tracking browser data. They are also known for collecting keystrokes and passwords. Browser extensions that are connected to unsafe advertising networks are also more vulnerable to cyber attacks, which means more serious and dangerous viruses could soon get into your Mac and steal data, even take control of your computer. Some of these could include ransomware demands and programs that corrupt files.

Downloading a browser extension such as this can cause numerous problems. The only way to resolve this is to delete it and reset your browser settings. 

How to remove MacShop

In order to remove this malware, you need to remove the browser extension and then reset the browser. Here is how you do that on Safari, Chrome and Firefox.

#1: Delete MacShop from Safari

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

To reset Safari after this, follow these steps:

  • Open the browser and go to the Menu;
  • Click Reset Safari in the list of drop-down options;
  • Tick all of the boxes;
  • Click Reset.

#2: Remove MacShop 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.
  5. Click Remove.
  6. Confirm that you want to Remove the extension.

Here is how you reset Chrome:

  • Open Chrome;
  • Go to Customize and Control Google Chrome;
  • Select Options;
  • In the Under the Hood tab a Reset to Default button is the one you need to click.

#3: Delete MacShop 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.

And here is how you reset Firefox after that:

  • Open Firefox;  
  • Go to Settings;
  • On that page is a Reset Firefox option;
  • Click that to Reset.

Next, check Library and Application folders for any trace of MacShop. Taking anything connected to it to the Trash, then emptying it, should solve the problem. Although to be safe, it is always worth using an antivirus or similar program to make sure it is gone for good.


A safer way to remove MacShop: CleanMyMac X

CleanMyMac X is an invaluable tool for improving the overall performance of your Mac that will help you remove MacShop in just a few clicks:

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

After that, your Mac will be operating at peak performance again. No more unwanted adverts and pop-ups when you are browsing the web!

After removing this adware from your Mac, make sure to scan your Mac for viruses and other threats once in a while. Use CleanMyMac X to help you out. We constantly research new malware and add all the popular infections to our database, so you can find and easily remove various types of adware, spyware, worms, and trojans. 

Stay safe!

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