What Is The Chunckapp Virus & How To Remove It

The Chunckapp Virus is a virus that pretends to be a web search enhancement tool. However, the application will replace the default search engine and homepage in Safari, Chrome, or other browser. 

The search bar may have feed.chunckapp.com or search.chunckapp.com

Users cannot run web searches with the browser they are used to and may be redirected to another browser hijacker called SafeFinder. 

If you’re a victim of this virus, continue reading to learn how to remove the virus from your MacOS device.

How To Remove The Chunckapp Virus

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Search for the Profiles icon.
  3. Remove malicious profiles by clicking any suspicious profiles and clicking the minus button in the bottom left corner.
  4. Quit the malicious program by clicking any unknown or suspicious icon in the Apple menu bar and clicking Quit.
  5. Open Finder.
  6. Click Applications.
  7. Scroll through your applications to find the malicious application. Right-click on it and click Move to Trash. Remember that malicious applications may have believable-sounding names. When it doubt, google the application’s name to see if it is legitimate.
  8. Click Empty Trash.
  9. Click the desktop to make sure you’re in Finder.
  10. Click Go in the top menu.
  11. Click Go To Folder from the drop-down menu.
  12. Copy and paste each of the paths listed into the window that opens. Click Go. 
    1. /Library/LaunchAgents
    2. ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    3. /Library/Application Support
    4. /Library/LaunchDaemons
  13. After typing each path, identify and delete the files the malware is using to stay in your device. 

How To Remove The Chunckapp Virus From Your Web Browser

Safari

  1. Go To Preferences in Safari.
  2. Click the Advanced tab. 
  3. Enable the option “Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. Expand the Develop entry and click on Empty Caches.
  5. Select History in the Safari menu and click Clear History.
  6. Select “all history” as the time period you want to delete your history and click “Clear History.”
  7. Go back to Safari Preferences and click the Privacy tab. 
  8. Click Manage Website Data
  9. Click Remove All.

Chrome

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the three vertical dots icon in the top right corner. 
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu. 
  4. Select Advanced
  5. Scroll down to the Reset settings section.
  6. Confirm the reset when asked.

Firefox

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Go to Help – Troubleshooting Information.
  3. Click on the Refresh Firefox button.
  4. Confirm the changes when asked.

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