Adware.Mindspark

Short bio

Adware.Mindspark is Malwarebytes’ generic detection name for a large family of browser hijackers that affect major internet browsers running on macOS.

Symptoms

Adware.Mindspark comes in many forms like toolbars and other browser extensions.

MyFunCards Chrome extension

MyFunCards Chrome extension

Type and source of infection

Mindspark is a big part of IAC/InterActiveCorp, a media and internet company that creates revenue with advertising. Its EULA and Privacy Policy vary from software to software. They always clearly state their intentions however.

Adware.Mindspark is usually installed by the users themselves, who may be prompted to do so by exaggerated promises of functionality. It provides toolbars and MyWay new-tab pages claiming to offer sweepstakes, app emoticons, and helpful tools for user hobbies and interests.

Protection

Malwarebytes protects users from Adware.Mindspark by using real-time protection.

Remediation

Malwarebytes for Mac will detect and remove the components of this malware.

  1. Download and install the latest version of Malwarebytes for Mac.
  2. Click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan.
  3. If threats are detected during the scan, a count of detected threats is displayed. More detailed threat information is displayed after the scan completes.
  4. Click “Confirm” to move the detected threats to Quarantine.
  5. If a restart is required to complete remediation of threats detected during a scan, you will be notified. When a restart is required, please remember to save all work before clicking “Restart”.

Associated threats

PUP.Optional.Mindspark

Select your language