How to remove Apxs.xyz redirect virus from macOS

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What is Apxs.xyz?

Apxs.xyz is a fake search engine developed to redirect users’ traffic to 3rd-party websites filled with advertising content. Malware like this usually is installed along with freeware programs. Once inside, it modifies the browser’s settings in a way so every attempt to search for something will be accompanied by constant redirects to questionable sites. Additionally, in order to expose users to commercial material, it fills your browser with various banners, pop-ups, coupons, banners, and similar ads. This activity can be incredibly annoying and significantly affect users’ experience on the Internet. Therefore, you are advised to remove Apxs.xyz from your browser. You can follow the manual removal guide presented below or use Combo Cleaner to clean your Mac automatically.

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Also, you can try to remove Apxs.xyz manually.

Alternative solution. Step 1: Remove Apxs.xyz from Mac

Apxs.xyz may not have the app associated with it in Applications. However, we recommend you to inspect the list of installed applications and remove unknown or suspicious ones. Look for Apxs.xyz or Apxs.xyz.app.

Mac OSX:

  1. Open Finder
  2. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications
  3. If you see Uninstall Apxs.xyz or Apxs.xyz Uninstaller, double-click it and follow instructions
  4. Drag unwanted application Apxs.xyz from the Applications folder to the Trash (located on the right side of the Dock)

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Mac OSX

Step 2: Remove malicious entries from Profiles (Mac)

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on Profiles.
  3. Click on unsigned and suspicious profiles on the left panel.
  4. Click the minus button below to delete rogue settings.

mac profiles

Step 3: Get rid of Apxs.xyz using Terminal (only for Google Chrome)

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Copy and paste the following entries one by one each time by pressing “ENTER”:

    defaults write com.google.Chrome HomepageIsNewTabPage -bool false
    defaults write com.google.Chrome NewTabPageLocation -string “https://www.google.com/”
    defaults write com.google.Chrome HomepageLocation -string “https://www.google.com/”
    defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderSearchURL
    defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderNewTabURL
    defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderName

  3. Relaunch Chrome

Step 4: Delete Apxs.xyz from browsers

Safari:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari menu.
  3. Choose Extensions.
  4. Find Apxs.xyz or other suspicious extensions.
  5. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Safari.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click the Chrome menu (3-dots icon) in the top right corner.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Apxs.xyz or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose Apxs.xyz or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Step 5: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

Reset browser setting in Safari:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on the Safari menu.
  3. Choose Reset Safari….
  4. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Safari.

Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

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