What is KeyData?
Do you have an issue with your Mac device? If yes, then your Mac system has been infected with KeyData, a dangerous application. You don’t have to be agitated while we are here for you to remove the browser hijacker from your Mac system. KeyData is a potentially unwanted program that comes across the system through software bundles or extensions. Some users download this nasty virus believing that this tool is useful. Thus, this type of program is classified under browser hijacker that alters the default homepage, browser setting to promote fake search engines. However, this type of malicious threat replaces the search provider, new tab setting, URLs with the address of a fraudulent tool that reroute all the searches to Bing, Yahoo, and some other legitimate search providers. Although the result which is presented by the modified search engine is tangled with some irrelevant sponsored advertisers.
At a first glance, KeyData may look useful to the user with some of the features. In most cases, users do not install the application itself but it gets downloaded due to freeware that has been added into the browser for advertising. Thus, KeyData spy on the user’s activity and records all the things that the users do when they surf the internet such as visiting the site, search queries, URLs, cookies, bookmarks, and many more. Although some groups of hackers also induce some malicious advertisements that the user visit. However, an advertisement that is delivered by KeyData can be in form of coupons, banners, discounts, offers, and many more. Normally these type of advertisements is not so clear so that they can redirect to a dubious site and try to trick the user into installing and downloading the undesirable content so that the hackers can track the personal data.
Generally, a potentially unwanted application like KeyData has the ability to track user information like IP address, geolocation, cookies, personal information, credit cards details for evil motives. Therefore, these confidential data may be misused for making nasty transactions that can result in identity theft and financial losses. So users are suggested to remove KeyData as soon as possible.
How KeyData Affect The System
KeyData and other potentially harmful applications are often downloaded or installed in combination with other programs. Typically, people obtain the application from biased sources. The majority of developers offer these types of programs as part of the software bundles. Bundling is a type of marketing that allows hackers to make money by using unlawful means. Lastly, we recommend that the user install a genuine antivirus software technique
Removal Steps For KeyData
We are here to give you two possible methods to remove KeyData from macOS. Any one of the methods can be used depending upon whichever suits them best.
1. Manual Removal: It is for those who have the knowledge of computer and how it works and is time-consuming
2. Automatic Removal: This method is useful for those who want to remove on their own without taking help from others.
So, if these two methods do not suit you then you can go with our manual removal guide which we have suggested below.
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Firstly Open the “Menu” bar and then you need to click the “Finder” icon. Now Select “Go” and click on “Go to Folder”
Step 1: You need to Search the suspicious malware related files in /Library/LaunchAgents folder
Within the “Go to Folder” option type /Library/LaunchAgents
In the “Launch Agent” folder, you need to look for all the KeyData files which were recently downloaded and then move them to “Trash”.
Step 2: Search and remove the files generated by the KeyData in “/Library/Application” Support folder
Within “Go to Folder bar”, you need to type “/Library/Application Support”
Search all suspicious and newly created folders in “Application Support” folder. If you detect any one of these like KeyData then move them to “Trash” folder.
Step 3: Look for any of the files that are malware generated in /Library/LaunchAgent Folder
Go to Folder bar and type /Library/LaunchAgents
Step4: Now Go to /Library/LaunchDaemons Folder and look for KeyData Related Files
Step 5: Use Spyhunter Anti-Malware To Scan your Mac PC
The malware can be removed from the Mac PC provided you carry out all the steps mentioned above exactly in same way. However, it is always advised to ensure that your PC is not infected. It is suggested to scan the work-station with SpyHunter for Mac Scanner.
- SpyHunter for Mac Scanner is a robust scanner which is designed in such a way that it can be used by both Novice as well as advanced Mac users.
- Custom Scan – Users can easily select and run custom scan for individual files, privacy issues, memories apart from running complete scan as well.
- Startup Manager – It is configured and designed in such a manner that users can initiate the scan process to remove KeyData and troubleshoot startup issues.
- SpyHunter Spyware HelpDesk – Users can click on the Submit a Support Ticket button and fill up their detailed information. A support agent will then contact within 48 hours of ticket submission.
App Uninstaller: Users can uninstall Mac apps and its related files to make some space free on hard drive.
How TO Remove KeyData from Internet Browsers
Steps to Delete suspicious and Malicious Extension from Safari
In order to accomplish this task, Open Safari browser and then go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Now Click on the “Extension” and check all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall” on the selected extension.
Users need to Open the “Safari” and go to menu. Under the drop-down menu, select “Clear History and Website Data”.
within new opened window, you need to select “All History” option and then press on “Clear History” to Delete it.
How to Remove KeyData from Internet Browsers
Steps to Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from Internet Explorer
You need to Click on the gear icon which is at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Now Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search and check for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and then click on “Remove” option.
How to Remove suspicious and unwanted Extension from Google Chrome
Under menu option of Google Chrome, press on three vertical dots and then select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. Users need to search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If KeyData still persists or in case if users experience any issue in removing it, then opt to reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dot points which is at the top right corner and then choose “Settings”. you need to Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
You can notice the “Reset” option is there at the bottom. Now click on it.
Within then next opened window, one needs to confirm to reset the Google Chrome settings by clicking on the “Reset” button.
Remove KeyData plugins (including all other suspicious plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
First of all Open the Firefox browser, under menu you need to select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Now Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you experience problems in KeyData removal then reset the settings option in Mozilla Firefox. For this users need to Open the browser (FF) and now click on the “menu” and then click on “Help“.
Now Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
Now confirm and reset the Mozilla Firefox to its default settings by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.