Safari, just like any other browser, is not invincible and it can have some viruses here and there. Knowing how to identify and remove a virus from your Safari installation can be extremely helpful. Thankfully, there are some methods you can use to help eliminate the Safari virus as quickly as possible.
Remove any random apps from your Mac
A good way to remove the virus is to remove any of the apps on your Mac that might be problematic. It might seem hard to figure out what those apps are, but check the list and see what apps you don’t use at all. That will give you a very good idea of what to remove and how to clean any of the virus instances. You can also go to the Library and remove any launch agents or launch daemons too.
Delete any Safari extensions you don’t know
In Safari you go to Settings, Extensions and here you check all the extensions to see if there are some you don’t know or use. Make sure you uninstall anything that was not installed by you, or maybe you may even want to delete some of the extensions that you already had installed. That’s up to you, just make sure that you safely remove any random extension that might be malicious.
Assess the search engine and homepage settings
Sometimes viruses will end up changing the search engine and homepage. From the General settings, you want to change the homepage to the right website. You can also go to the Search tab and pick the search engine you want. Viruses can change this, so you really want to tackle the issue as fast as you possibly can.
Use a malware removal tool
A Mac cleanup tool or an antivirus can help remove all virus instances and that might also included viruses residing in your Safari installation. We think that using the best anti-malware tools is going to help solve this issue, while also offering an excellent way to keep things on track and solve any problems by doing automated scans.
Use a non-privileged user account
You can start a new, Standard account from Users and Groups in the System Settings. The reason you want to do that is because the account is not an Admin. That means it can’t access info from other accounts, it can’t take control over the device since there are no Admin privileges here and so on. That can be a good way to contain the virus as you use the aforementioned methods to remove it.
While it’s not a huge deal to have a Safari virus, the truth is that such a virus can expand and it can become a problem in the long term. That’s why the best approach to remove such a virus is to assess what damage it caused, and then slowly figure out how to tackle the problem. There are always challenges when it comes to removing a virus, but these tips and tricks will help make the virus removal quicker and more convenient.