PlusSpecial is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) belonging to the catrgory of Adware. It can make big problem to your MAC OS. PlusSpecial adware is harmful program that displays unwanted advertisements in form of pop up windows, discount offers, banners or even fake alerts on the web-browser. It can seriously affect your privacy, your computer’s performance and security.
The worst is, PlusSpecial adware be able to gather your browsing history and privacy info, including passwords and credit card numbers. In the future, confidential info can be transferred third party companies.
|Name||PlusSpecial, Plus Special 1.0 app|
|Type||adware software, potentially unwanted application (PUA), pop ups, pop up advertisements, popup virus|
|Removal||PlusSpecial removal guide|
How does PlusSpecial adware get on your Apple Mac
Adware software is usually gets on your machine along with free software and install themselves, with or without your knowledge, on your Apple Mac. This happens especially when you’re installing a free software. The program setup package tricks you into accepting the setup of additional software, that you do not really want. Moreover, certain paid apps can also install third-party applications that you do not want! Therefore, always download free programs and paid programs from reputable download web-sites. Use ONLY custom or manual setup type and never blindly press Next button.
If you are unfortunate have adware software, you can follow the step-by-step guide below that will help you to removePlusSpecial and thereby get rid of unwanted ads from your web-browser.
How to remove PlusSpecial
The answer is right here on this page. We have put together simplicity and efficiency. It will allow you easily to clean your computer of PlusSpecial adware software. Moreover, you can select manual or automatic removal method. If you are familiar with the MAC OS then use manual removal, otherwise use the free antimalware tool designed specifically to delete adware. Of course, you can combine both methods. Certain of the steps will require you to restart your machine or shut down this web site. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark this page or open it on your smartphone for later reference.
To remove PlusSpecial, follow the steps below:
- How to get rid of PlusSpecial adware without any software
- Automatic Removal of PlusSpecial
- How to stay safe online
- Finish words
How to get rid of PlusSpecial adware without any software
In most cases, it is possible to manually delete PlusSpecial adware. This way does not involve the use of any tricks or removal utilities. You just need to recover the normal settings of the computer and web browser. This can be done by following a few simple steps below. If you want to quickly remove PlusSpecial , as well as perform a full scan of your MAC OS, we recommend that you run adware removal utilities, which are listed below.
Delete PlusSpecial associated software by using the Finder
We suggest that you start the Apple Mac cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed apps and delete all unknown or questionable applications. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the harmful programs such as adware and browser hijackers may be bundled with free programs. Delete the unwanted software can remove the unwanted ads or internet browser redirect.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
It will show a list of all apps installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, and delete any questionable and unknown applications. Right click to questionable program and select “Move to Trash”. Another solution 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 PlusSpecial adware from Google Chrome
If you are getting PlusSpecial ads, then you can try to remove it by resetting Google Chrome to its default values. It will also clear cookies, content and site data, temporary and cached data. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
- First, launch the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then press Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the addon labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove PlusSpecial adware from Safari
If you find that Safari web-browser settings like newtab page, default search provider and start page having been modified by PlusSpecial , then you may revert back your settings, via the reset internet browser procedure.
Click Safari menu and select “Preferences”.
It will open the Safari Preferences window. Next, click the “Extensions” tab. Look for unknown and suspicious addons on left panel, select it, then click the “Uninstall” button. Most important to delete all unknown extensions from Safari.
Once complete, click “General” tab. Change the “Default Search Engine” to Google.
Find the “Homepage” and type into textfield “https://www.google.com”.
Remove PlusSpecial from Mozilla Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox settings have been replaced by PlusSpecial adware, then resetting it to the default state can help. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown in the figure below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button such as the one below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to return your Mozilla Firefox web-browser settings to their default state.
Automatic Removal of PlusSpecial
The easiest method to remove PlusSpecial adware is to run an anti-malware application capable of detecting adware. We recommend try MalwareBytes or another free malware remover which listed below. It has excellent detection rate when it comes to adware, hijacker infections and other potentially unwanted software.
Automatically remove PlusSpecial adware with MalwareBytes Free
We advise using the MalwareBytes Free that are completely clean your MAC of the adware. This free utility is an advanced malicious software removal program made by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It is able to help you remove intrusive PlusSpecial ads from your browsers, PUPs, malicious software, hijacker, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your machine for free.
- Please go to the following link to download MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM).
Malwarebytes Anti-malware (Mac)
Category: Security tools
Update: September 10, 2020
- After the download is complete, close all apps and windows on your MAC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Run the downloaded file and follow the prompts.
- Click the “Scan” button to begin scanning your machine for the PlusSpecial adware. Depending on your MAC system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the utility is scanning, you may see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- When MalwareBytes has finished scanning your MAC, you can check all items detected on your MAC OS. You may delete threats (move to Quarantine) by simply press “Remove Selected Items”.
How to stay stay safe online
Run adblocker program like AdGuard in order to block ads, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install harmful and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons that affect your MAC OS performance and impact your computer security. Surf the World Wide Web anonymously and stay safe online!
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
Once downloading is finished, run the downloaded file. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guidance. Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick instructions that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your MAC OS, AdGuard will start automatically and stop undesired pop ups, block harmful or misleading web sites.
After completing the few simple steps above, your MAC OS should be free from PlusSpecial and other malware. The Chrome, Safari and Firefox will no longer display the PlusSpecial ads. Unfortunately, if the step-by-step instructions does not help you, then you have caught a new adware software, and then the best way – ask for help here.