How to remove Terraclicks from Mac
Despite being one of the most secure operating systems currently available, macOS is still susceptible to malware and other harmful software. A prime example of that is if your browser is consistently or almost constantly redirecting to websites like Terraclicks.com, then your computer is likely infected.
I’m sure you’re wondering how this could have happened. Or, more importantly, how do you remove Terraclick malware from your Mac? Don’t worry. This article will help show you the answer to all those questions and more.
Browser redirects and excessive pop-up ads
|Infection method||Software bundling and deceptive ads|
Online activity tracking, slow performance, an abundance of pop-ups, and webpage redirects
What is Terraclicks?
Terraclicks is a pay-per-click ad network. So every time somebody clicks on one of their ads, Terraclick gets paid for it. In order to make more money, Terraclicks distributes malware or adware to infect computers with the hopes that those users accidentally click on a few of those ads.
Sure, it’s annoying. But is it harmful to be installed on your Mac? And the short answer is yes because you never know what other information it’s collecting. Thus malware also leaves a backdoor open to your computer for other, more dubious software to infect.
How did Terraclicks end up on my Mac?
Let’s go back a few steps. How did Terraclick infect your Mac? Well, the most common method is referred to as software bundling. And what that means is bad actors and hackers will hide their code in other legitimate apps. So, when you think you’re downloading another free app to your Mac, you could really be installing a piece of malware right alongside that new app you actually want.
To help ensure that you’re only installing the app you downloaded, it’s a good idea to click Customize Install or Installation Options to make sure nothing else is trying to sneak onto your computer.
Symptoms of Terraclicks infection on Mac
The most apparent symptom of your Mac being infected is when your browser is constantly redirecting you to the Terraclicks website. For instance, if you try to open Amazon or Google and it takes you to Terraclicks, you might be infected.
Other common symptoms you might experience are sluggish browser performance or a plethora of popup ads. Both will cause you to have a less than ideal internet experience on your Mac.
Removing Terraclicks malware from Mac
The good news is that getting rid of Terraclicks malware is fairly simple; you’ll just need to follow a few easy steps. The first thing is to delete any apps related to Terraclicks. To do that, all you have to do is:
- Open a new Finder window.
- Click Go > Applications.
- Then, find anything Terraclicks-related and drag it to the Trash icon in your dock.
Once you’re removed any apps installed on your Mac, the next thing is to uninstall any browser extensions Terraclicks may have put on there.
How to get rid of Terraclicks ads in web browser on Mac
Uninstalling malware browser extensions is easy but tedious. While you could probably get away with only doing this for your default browser, it’s still wise to check all the others you have installed.
- Open Safari.
- Click Safari > Preferences > Extensions.
- Select the Terraclicks extension > Uninstall.
- Now, click Safari > Quit Safari and then re-open it.
- Open Firefox.
- Click the button with the three lines > Add-ons and themes > Extensions.
- Scroll down to the Terraclicks extension.
- Next to the extension, click … > Remove.
- Finally, restart Firefox.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click Chrome > Preferences > Extensions.
- Find the Terraclicks extension, then click Remove.
- Restart Chrome.
How to prevent installing PUAs, adware, redirect viruses and browser hijackers
Because malware and adware have a tendency to stealthily install themselves on to computers, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of regularly scanning for these types of apps.
Fortunately, you can download CleanMyMac X to help you do just that. CleanMyMac X is an app that was created to optimize the speed of your Mac. And one of the biggest ways it can do that is by scanning your hard drive for any nefarious activity and help you patch up any vulnerabilities.
Download CleanMyMac X right now and follow these simple steps:
- Open CleanMyMac X.
- Click Malware Removal in the sidebar.
- Then, click Scan.
CleanMyMac X will literally do everything else from here. You may just need to follow the on-screen instructions for a bit until it finishes scanning.
Potentially unwanted apps and other malware, like Terraclicks, can be a major headache when trying to use your computer. But the good news is that fixing the issues caused by Terraclicks is easy. And with just a few clicks, you’ll be able to follow the steps listed above to help get your computer back to running at peak performance again.