Troubled with CompeteService Extension?

Here is the complete removal steps from Safari, Chrome & Mozilla

CompeteService is presented as a search tool to improve the browsing quality of users. However, this is not the real feature of this program. Instead, it functions more like a adware-type program that feeds plenty of advertisements on the browser.  Users are likely to notice various changes on their browser, soon after they install CompeteService extension.

This happens because, it is able to modify default settings of the browser, and replace the homepage and search engine address with its own set of programs. Thus, each time user opens the browser, they may see SafeFinder, AnySearchManager or Searchmine.net kind of browser hijackers.

Apart from that, CompeteService uses shady proliferating means like fake Adobe player installers to get inside the Mac. Thus, it is considered a potentially unwanted application that needs to be removed the Mac as soon as possible.

Read this post to know all about CompeteService and its best removal solution.

Overview

Name CompeteService
Type  Adware, PUA, Browser Hijacker, Search Redirect
Risk level Low
Description CompeteService is a fake search extension that injects advertisements of all sorts while browsing. Causing browser redirects to questionable sites.
Occurrence Adware-type program like extension or fake tools already present in the Mac, Visiting suspicious websites causes browser redirect to questionable websites.
Possible Symptoms Deliver of Fake Adobe Update warnings, installation of adware programs, Change of browser settings and displaying intrusive advertisements.
Detection Tool

Run a Scan Now– For Complete Removal of CompeteService security Experts Recommend using a reliable anti-malware tool

How CompeteService Get Inside The Mac?

You are likely to install this extension either from any fake Flash Player update installers or freeware downloads. There are various such scam sites that shows warnings “Abode Flash Player is out of date,”and needs to be updates. Until then, the bogus page restricts the loading the contents on the page. However, users downloading and updating Flash player from such scam sites may unknowingly install other adware programs.

So besides CompeteService, there are other adware that are promoted by this means. For instance, PrimaryIndexer, MajorSignalSearch, UtilityParse and so on.

CompeteService Adware Mac

CompeteService Adware Mac

Apart from that, you may accidentally install it via freeware program from third-party sites. Thus, users who do not pay attention while installing such freeware, may get this adware installed without their knowledge. It is advised that users should opt for custom/advanced installation procedure.

This is how you can prevent unknowingly entry of adware and PUA with administrative privileges. 

How Does This Adware Affects The Mac?

Being an adware, the CompeteService displays variety of adverts in various forms and sizes. Users may encounter them while browsing any website and along with search results page. For this, it mounts on the browser installed on the Mac like Safari or Chrome as an extension. 

Generally, the ads by CompeteService appear as like:

  • Hyperlinks texts,
  • Flashing pop-ups alerts,
  • oversize banners,
  • Small Pop-up windows showing coupons or discounts so on.

At times, the ads may appear anywhere and anytime that makes browsing difficult. Usually, users think that the ads originate from the websites they are browsing, however, this is not so. In fact, the adware are designed to inject ads by running scripts in the browser.

Thus, the ads often overlay the actual contents of the page that not only restricts the access to main information, but tricks to click on the ads. It is worth to note that, often ads sponsored by such dubious program are not trustworthy as they aims to promote low-ranked pages and its products. Thus, often users end up installing or purchasing any worthless products or services.

What’s More?

Besides that, the CompeteService often tracks browsing data as well as read the data of the websites visited by the user. Typically the collected data may include visited site info, IP address, ads clicked, search keywords and many such. Thus, your most of the data can be traced and share with third-party advertisers for earning illegal profits. 

Hence, it is better to remove CompeteService adware and its associated files as soon as possible.  

How to Remove CompeteService From Mac (Guide)

This is a complete manual removal guide for Mac users. It consist of step-by-step removal of unwanted programs.  For instance, Adware, browser hijackers, redirects, Trojans and other malware. The manual removal may take several minutes, therefore you have to patience. Please follow the steps carefully. If you are in hurry, then we suggest you to go for automatic removal solution.

Combo Cleaners LogoCombo Cleaner DOWNLOAD LINK
(The above link will open a new page from where the Combo Cleaner will download)
“CompeteService” may reinstall itself multiple times if you don’t delete its core files. We recommend downloading Combo Cleaner to scan for malicious programs. This may save your precious time and effort. Combo Cleaner scans the infected PC for free but you need to purchase its full version for complete removal. More information on Combo Cleaner.

To Remove CompeteService Extension and CompeteService from Mac OS, follow the steps:


STEP 1: Remove Unknown Profiles Created by CompeteService Program From Mac OS

Profiles are utility that allows business or organizations to control the actions and behavior of the Mac system. Thus, any profile created by the admins will prevent the users to change them. However, adware distributes design their programs that may create new profile. As a result, it prevents user from uninstalling the adware or other malware program.

So, we first need to find out if there is any malicious profile created on the Mac. If yes, then you have to remove them.

Please follow the Steps here:

    1. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu;
      Open System Preferences

      Open System Preferences

    2. Within the System Preferences window, find “Profiles” icon; (If you can’t find the profile icon, it means may not have any profiles created.)
      Choose Users & Groups Icon

      Choose Users & Groups Icon

    3. When the “Profile” Window opens, look for the unknown profiles. To remove CompeteService fake user profile, select it and click on the – (minus) button.
      Remove Unknown User Profile By CompeteService

      Remove Unknown User Profile By CompeteService

    4. Repeat the steps to remove all unknown profiles.

STEP 2: Uninstall CompeteService/Malicious Apps From Mac OS

In this step, You need to locate for CompeteService application or unknown programs that you may not have installed yourself. Remove all such apps from your system.

  1. Open “Finder” application from your dock;
    Finder

    Finder

  2. In the left pane of the Finder, click on “Applications“;
    Choose Applications

    Choose Applications

  3. The Applications window will display the list of all apps installed on your Mac OS. Next, you need to locate the CompeteService/suspicious apps by scrolling.
  4. To remove CompeteService, right-click on it, and then click “Move to Trash”. (Repeat this step until you remove all such apps).
    Remove CompeteService Application

    Remove CompeteService Application

  5. Now you need to empty the trash as sometimes program can restore themselves from the trash. On your dock, right-click on the trash icon and then select “Empty Trash”.

STEP 3: Remove CompeteService Daemons And Agents From Mac’s Startup

  1. From top menu On Desktop → Choose Go→Go to Folder;
    Go To Folder

    Go To Folder

  2. Within the “Go To Folder” pop-up window, enter the following paths along with CompeteService.plist one by one. This will locate the malicious files created by the apps.
    • /Library/LaunchAgents
      Remove Launch Agents By CompeteService

      Remove Launch Agents By CompeteService

    • ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    • /Library/Application Support
    • /Library/LaunchDaemons

For instance, If a malicious program named CompeteService, then you may see ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.CompeteService.plist”, within this location.  You will see lots of files with “.plist” extension. Scroll through it and find the ones which appear to be suspicious.

    • To Remove launch agents by CompeteService, right click on it and “More To Trash”.
      Delete CompeteService Malicious Agents

      Delete CompeteService Malicious Agents

Similarly, do this for launching agents locations: /Library/LaunchAgents/com.CompeteService.plist.

NOTE: Do not forget to empty the trash. 


STEP 4: Use ComboCleaner Scan To Remove CompeteService

Combo Cleaners LogoCombo Cleaner DOWNLOAD LINK
(The above link will open a new page from where the Combo Cleaner will download)
“CompeteService” may reinstall itself multiple times if you don’t delete its core files. We recommend downloading Combo Cleaner to scan for malicious programs. This may save your precious time and effort. Combo Cleaner scans the infected PC for free but you need to purchase its full version for complete removal. More information on Combo Cleaner.

Combo Cleaner is a complete security suite for Mac OS that is developed by “RCS LT” company. This program is featured with anti-virus scanner and system optimization tools like disk cleaner, duplicate files finder, application uninstaller, privacy scanner, and 24*7 customer support service.

It is very important to have a reliable anti-virus solution for the computer system. Combo cleaner is one of the best options for MAC users as detects and eliminates all sorts of threats like adware, browser hijacker, Trojans, and other malware.

How to Install and Scan with Combo Cleaner

  • 1. Click the above button to Download the “Combo Cleaner”;

  • 2. Once the download completes, double-click on the downloaded file;

  • 3. After the window opens, drag the Combo Cleaner program icon and drop it into your “Applications folder” icon.

    Combo Cleaner Install Step 2

    Combo Cleaner Install Step 2

  • 4. Now, open your “Launchpad” and click on the “Combo Cleaner” icon.

    Combo Cleaner Install Step 3

    Combo Cleaner Install Step 3

  • 5. This will start the combo cleaner installation and updates its latest virus definition. Once done, Combo cleaner will launch;

    Combo Cleaner Dashboard

    Combo Cleaner Dashboard

  • 6. Click on “Antivirus” tab and choose the scan options like Quick, Full, and custom. (Full is recommended for the first time)

    Combo Cleaner Antivirus Scan

    Combo Cleaner Antivirus Scan

  • 7. Let the scan be completed and it will list all the threats found. Now, click on “Remove All Threats”;

    Combo Cleaner Scan Results

    Combo Cleaner Scan Results

  • 8. after removing the threats, click on the “uninstaller” to find and remove any unwanted programs. Select the program from the list and its related files and then click on “Remove Selected Items“

    Remove CompeteService And Other Threats

    Remove CompeteService And Other Threats


STEP 5: Remove CompeteService From Safari, Chrome, And Firefox Web Browsers

Reset Safari

Safari Browser

To Remove CompeteService Extensions, homepage redirects From Safari Browser, follow steps:

    • On the Safari browser, click the “Safari” menu then select “Preferences”.
      Safari Preferences

      Safari Preferences

    • On the “General” tab of the Safari preferences, check for CompeteService URL added as the default homepage. Within the “Homepage” field enter your preferred URL as your default start-page of the browser.
      Reset Safari Homepage

      Reset Safari Homepage

    • Next, you need to check for malicious extensions, click on the “Extensions” tab on the same window.
    • The “Extensions” screen will list all the extensions installed on your safari browser. You need to browse through the list and uninstall CompeteService extension or Adware. Select it and then click on “Uninstall”. Repeat the steps to remove all unwanted extensions.
      Uninstall CompeteService Extension From Safari

      Uninstall CompeteService Extension From Safari

  1. Delete Safari’s preferences file to reset the default settings

Even after performing the above steps, some malicious program may reappear again. This happens because adware and browser hijackers creates new files within the preferences. Thus, they are able to replace the homepage and search engine URLs each time when user launches the Safari.

To do this, follow the below steps:

    • Close the Safari browser;
    • Come to normal desktop mode, now choose “Go” from the top menu then click on “Go to Folder“.
    • Within the “Go to Folder: pop-up window, enter the ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist path and click on GO;
      Safari Reset

      Safari Reset

    • Delete the file, if found;
    • Launch the Safari Again.

Reset Google Chrome

Google Chrome

 

To Remove CompeteService From Chrome (Extensions, homepage redirects), follow steps:

Similarly,  you need to reset the default settings of Chrome browser. In order to remove unknown extensions, search engines, startup, and new tabs.

It is better to use the default reset feature of the Google Chrome. This will reset all the unwanted modifications done by third-party programs. It should be noted that you will not lose your saved passwords and bookmarks. (Sync your Google with Account to secure them first). However, it will delete cookies, extensions, startups, URLs, homepage and new tabs preferences.

    • Click on Chrome’s main menu then choose “Settings“. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Advanced”;
      Google Chrome Advanced Settings

      Google Chrome Advanced Settings

    • Under the Advanced page, go for “Reset and clean up” section.  Then click on “Reset settings to their original defaults”;
      Remove CompeteService Extension And Reset Chrome

      Remove CompeteService Extension And Reset Chrome

    • Next, click on “Reset”, when you will be prompted for a confirmation “This will reset your startup page, a new tab page, search engine, and pinned tabs. It will also disable all extensions and clear temporary data like cookies. Your bookmarks, history, and saved passwords will not be cleared”;
    • Click on the “Reset Settings” button to confirm the procedure. After that, it may ask to restart your browser, click “Yes”.
  1. Remove Chrome’s policies created by CompeteService Program

If the above reset solution does not work for you, then it may possible that the malicious programs has created policies within the chrome browser. This certainly restricts the unwanted apps, homepage and search engine settings to reset again.  The Chrome polices are listed within chrome://policy URL. You can check the unwanted policies created by malicious apps. If this is the case then you need to remove them.

To reset such policies from chrome browser, follow the steps below:

    • Open a Terminal window. Go to Finder → Go → Utilities → Terminal;
      Open Terminal Window

      Open Terminal Window

    • Within the Terminal window, execute the following commands one by one. And press enter after each command.
      Delete Chrome Policies

      Delete Chrome Policies

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
defaults delete com.google.Chrome ExtensionInstallSources
    • After executing the above commands, launch the Chrome browser again. To check the unknown policies to be removed successfully. Type  “chrome://policy” within the address bar and click on  “Reload policies”.
      Reload Chrome Policy

      Reload Chrome Policy

    • Now, the malicious policies should be gone. After that,  you can modify your homepage, new tab and search engine as per your preferences.

NOTE: Last but not the least, if the above solution also does not work for you. Then the malicious programs may have install “Managed by your organization” policy. As a consequence it restricts to remove the unknown extension or homepage even after resetting the browser.

Please follow our guide Remove “Managed by your organization” Chrome Hijack From Mac


 

Reset FirefoxMozilla Firefox Browser

 

To Remove CompeteService Extension, homepage redirects From Mozilla Firefox Browser, follow steps:

Finally, if you have facing same issues with Firefox browser, then follow the steps to refresh it.

    • Open Firefox’s Main Menu button by clicking on three horizontal lines. After that, from the drop-down menu select “Help“;
    • Click on the “Troubleshooting Information,“ from the Help menu;
      Troubleshooting Information Firefox

      Troubleshooting Information Firefox

    • From the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page, click on the “Refresh Firefox”.
      Reset Firfox

      Reset Firefox

    • To confirm, click on the “Refresh Firefox” button, within the confirmation pop-up window.
    • Click on the “Finish“ button.

By the time now, your Mac should free from adware and other malicious programs. Most importantly, you should always have a reliable anti-malware with real-time protection features. So, that it can trace the behaviors of unwanted program at its earliest. And quarantine it from being making serious damages.

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