If you’re experiencing unwanted advertisements, browser redirects, and a changed default search engine on your Mac, there’s a chance you have been infected with DriveDataCache. DriveDataCache is a potentially unwanted program that injects ads into websites and redirects your browser search queries. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of removing DriveDataCache from your Mac and restoring your browser settings to normal.
DriveDataCache is a malicious program that hijacks your browser homepage and search engine, causing unwanted advertisements to appear on websites you visit. This program typically uses a browser extension or program to carry out its malicious activities. Once installed on your computer, DriveDataCache will redirect your browser search queries through DriveDataCache Search, which then redirects to search result pages from search.yahoo.com. This redirection is likely done to generate advertising revenue by utilizing Yahoo Search for its search results. Additionally, DriveDataCache may open new tabs in your browser, displaying advertisements that promote software sales, fake software updates, and tech support scams.
Common symptoms of DriveDataCache infection include:
- Your web browser’s default search engine is set to DriveDataCache Search.
- Your browser’s search queries are redirected through DriveDataCache Search.
- The presence of the “DriveDataCache” browser extension or program on your Mac.
How DriveDataCache Gets Installed
DriveDataCache is typically installed by users, either knowingly or unknowingly. Often, this type of program is offered through advertisements or bundled with other software, which can leave users unsure of where the software originated. Unfortunately, some free downloads do not provide sufficient disclosure about additional software that will be installed, leading to unintentional installation of DriveDataCache.
To protect your Mac from unwanted programs like DriveDataCache, it’s crucial to be cautious when downloading and installing software, especially from unfamiliar sources. Always read the terms and conditions and carefully review the installation process, looking out for any pre-selected checkboxes that indicate additional software installations. Additionally, consider using reputable antivirus software to scan and monitor your computer for potential threats.
Removal Instructions for DriveDataCache
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Removing DriveDataCache from your Mac requires a systematic approach to ensure complete removal. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to eliminate DriveDataCache and restore your browser settings.
Step 1: Remove Malicious Profiles
DriveDataCache may use configuration profiles to control your Mac’s behavior and prevent you from removing the malicious program. In this step, we will check if any configuration profiles are installed and remove them if necessary.
- Open “System Preferences” by clicking on the Apple menu and selecting System Preferences.
- Search for and click on the Profiles icon in the System Preferences window.
- If there are no Profiles icons, it means you don’t have any profiles installed, and you can proceed to the next steps.
- If there is a Profiles icon, click on it and select any suspicious profiles you want to remove. Then, click the minus (-) button and confirm the removal by clicking Remove.
Step 2: Delete Malicious Apps
In this step, we will identify and remove any malicious apps and files that may have been installed on your Mac alongside DriveDataCache.
- Quit any suspicious programs by clicking on their icons in the top-right corner of the Apple menu bar and selecting Quit.
- Open Finder by clicking on the Finder application in your dock.
- In the Finder left pane, click on Applications to display a list of installed apps on your Mac.
- Look for any suspicious apps that you don’t remember downloading or that don’t seem genuine. Right-click on them and select Move to Trash.
- Some known malicious programs to look out for include SearchMine, TakeFresh, TopResults, FeedBack, ApplicationEvents, GeneralOpen, PowerLog, MessengerNow, ImagePrime, GeneralNetSearch, Reading Cursors, GlobalTechSearch, PDFOnline-express, See Scenic Elf, MatchKnowledge, Easy Speedtest, or WebDiscover.
- Empty the Trash by right-clicking on the Trash icon in your dock and selecting Empty Trash.
- Locate and remove any malicious files associated with DriveDataCache by following these steps:
- Click on your desktop to make sure you’re in the Finder. Choose Go from the menu bar, then click on Go to Folder.
- Type or copy/paste each of the following paths into the window that opens, and click Go:
- /Library/Application Support
- Look for any suspicious files that you don’t remember downloading or that don’t seem genuine. When you find a malicious file, move it to the Trash.
Step 3: Reset Browsers to Default Settings
DriveDataCache may have made changes to your browsers, including installing malicious extensions and altering settings. Resetting your browsers to their default settings will remove these unwanted changes. Follow the instructions below for each browser you have installed on your Mac.
- Open Safari and click on the Safari menu in the menu bar.
- Select Preferences from the drop-down menu.
- In the Preferences window, click on the General tab to check your homepage settings. Make sure it’s set to a web page you want to use as your startup page.
- Click on the Extensions tab to view installed extensions. Remove any suspicious extensions by clicking on the Uninstall button.
- In the Preferences window, click on the Websites tab, then select Notifications. Deselect the option “Allow websites to ask for permission to send push notifications”.
- Still in the Preferences window, select the Privacy tab and click on the Manage Website Data button. In the dialog box that appears, click Remove All to delete data stored by websites on your computer.
- From the Safari menu bar, click on Safari and select Preferences again. This time, choose the Advanced tab. Enable the checkbox to “Show Develop menu in menu bar”.
- Click on Develop in the menu bar, then select Empty Caches to clear Safari’s caches.
Chrome for Mac Browser
- Open Chrome and click on the three dots in the top-right corner of the browser window.
- From the drop-down menu, select Settings.
- In the Settings tab, scroll down and click on Advanced to expand the advanced settings.
- Scroll down further and click on Restore settings to their original defaults under the Reset and clean up section.
- A confirmation dialog will appear. Click Reset settings to proceed.
- If necessary, you can also reset Chrome’s data sync by navigating to chrome.google.com/sync and clicking on the Clear Data button.
Firefox for Mac Browser
- Open Firefox and click on the menu button represented by three horizontal lines in the top-right corner.
- From the drop-down menu, select Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information.
- In the Troubleshooting Information page, click on the Refresh Firefox button.
- A confirmation dialog will appear. Click Refresh Firefox to proceed.
- Once the refresh process is complete, click Finish to close the dialog box.
By following the above steps, you should be able to successfully remove DriveDataCache from your Mac and restore your browser settings to normal. Remember to exercise caution when downloading and installing software, and consider using reputable antivirus software to protect your Mac from potential threats. If you encounter any difficulties during the removal process, don’t hesitate to seek assistance from reliable Mac malware removal forums or support communities. Stay vigilant and keep your Mac secure from unwanted programs like DriveDataCache.