BasicVirtual is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) that belongs to the Adware. Adware is a part of malicious software which tries to generate revenue by redirecting you to unwanted web sites or online adverts. It has different methods of earning money including showing up advertising on the web-browser forcefully. In some cases, adware can promote p*rn web-pages and adult products.
Another reason why you need to remove adware is its online data-tracking activity. BasicVirtual adware can be used to gather and transmit user data without your knowledge. Adware be able to track information about websites visited, web-browser and system information, and your machine IP address.
|Type||adware, PUP (potentially unwanted program), pop up advertisements, popup virus, popups|
|Removal||BasicVirtual removal guide|
How does BasicVirtual adware get on your Apple Mac
Do not panic because we’ve got the solution. Here’s a steps on how to remove BasicVirtual adware from the Firefox, Chrome and Safari and other web-browsers.
How to remove BasicVirtual adware
Fortunately, it is not hard to remove BasicVirtual adware. In the following steps, we will provide two ways to clean your MAC OS of this adware. One is the manual removal solution and the other is automatic removal method. You can choose the way that best fits you. Please follow the removal steps below to delete BasicVirtual right now!
To remove BasicVirtual, complete the following steps:
- How to manually remove BasicVirtual
- Automatic Removal of BasicVirtual adware
- How to stay safe online
- To sum up
How to manually remove BasicVirtual
In this section of the blog post, we have posted the steps that will help to remove BasicVirtual manually. Although compared to removal tools, this solution loses in time, but you don’t need to download anything on the MAC system. It will be enough for you to follow the detailed guidance with pictures. We tried to describe each step in detail, but if you realized that you might not be able to figure it out, or simply do not want to change the MS Windows and browser settings, then it’s better for you to run utilities from trusted developers, which are listed below.
Delete BasicVirtual associated software by using the Finder
It is of primary importance to first identify and delete all potentially unwanted applications, adware software applications and browser hijacker infections through the ‘Applications’ section of the Finder.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
It will show a list of all apps installed on your machine. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications. Right click to questionable application and choose “Move to Trash”. Another way is drag the program from the Applications folder to the Trash.
Most important, scroll through the all list, and move to trash any unknown applications. Don’t forget, select Finder -> Empty Trash.
Remove BasicVirtual from Mozilla Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
Resetting your Mozilla Firefox is first troubleshooting step for any issues with your browser application, including the BasicVirtual ads. Essential information such as bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
First, open the Mozilla Firefox and press button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, click the Help button () as displayed in the figure below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the BasicVirtual adware. When, it’s done, click the “Finish” button.
Remove BasicVirtual from Google Chrome
Like other modern web browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby recover the browser’s settings like startpage, newtab and search engine by default that have been modified by the BasicVirtual .
First launch the Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will display the Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed addons. If the list has the extension signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following tutorial: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option called “Settings”.
The web-browser will show the settings screen. Another way to open the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown in the following example and press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation prompt as on the image below.
You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The web-browser will run the task of cleaning. Once it’s complete, the browser’s settings including start page, new tab and search provider by default back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your MAC.
Get rid of BasicVirtual adware software from Safari
If you find that Safari browser settings like search provider by default, start page and newtab having been changed by BasicVirtual adware, then you may restore your settings, via the reset web browser procedure.
Run Safari browser. Next, select Preferences from the Safari menu.
First, click the “Security” tab. Here, select “Block pop-up windows”. It will stop some types of popups.
Now, click the “Extensions” tab. Look for dubious plugins on left panel, choose it, then press the “Uninstall” button. Most important to remove all dubious add-ons from Safari.
Once complete, check your homepage and search provider settings. Click “General” tab. Make sure that the “Homepage” field contains the website you want or is empty.
Make sure that the “Search engine” setting shows your preferred search engine. In some versions of Safari, this setting is in the “Search” tab.
Automatic Removal of BasicVirtual adware
If you’re not expert at Apple Mac technology, then we advise to use free removal utilities listed below to remove BasicVirtual for good. The automatic solution is highly recommended. It has less steps and easier to implement than the manual method. Moreover, it lower risk of system damage. So, the automatic BasicVirtual removal is a better option.
Use MalwareBytes Free to remove BasicVirtual adware
Manual BasicVirtual adware removal requires some computer skills. Some files that created by the adware can be not fully removed. We recommend that run the MalwareBytes that are fully free your computer of adware software. Moreover, this free utility will allow you to get rid of hijacker, malicious software, potentially unwanted applications and toolbars that your MAC may be infected too.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes AntiMalware for Mac.
Category: Security tools
Update: September 10, 2020
After downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your MAC system. Run the saved file. Follow the prompts.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed below.
Now press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the BasicVirtual . This process can take some time, so please be patient. During the scan MalwareBytes Free will scan for threats exist on your MAC system.
After the scan is finished, you will be displayed the list of all found items on your MAC system. Review the results once the utility has done the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Remove Selected Items” button. The MalwareBytes Free will begin to get rid of BasicVirtual adware.
How to stay safe online
It’s important to use adblocker apps like AdGuard to protect your MAC from malicious websites. Most security experts says that it’s okay to stop advertisements. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to stop malicious and other unwanted web-pages.
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
After the download is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen. Follow the prompts.
Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted pop ups, block malicious or misleading webpages.
To sum up
After completing the instructions shown above, your machine should be clean from BasicVirtual adware software and other malware. The Safari, Chrome and Firefox will no longer redirect you to the BasicVirtual ads. Unfortunately, if the tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help here.