Download.cnet.com malware removal help?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mvs, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. mvs macrumors newbie

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    Kansas City
    #1
    I haven't been to download.com in years but I thought cnet was a trusted site. I downloaded Scribus yesterday and with it came download.com installer that I tried to remove to trash and it states, "Unable to uninstall." Both Chrome and Safari changed to Yahoo. In preferences, Yahoo isn't even on the list of search engines. I finally (for now) got Chrome back and changed Safari (so I thought) but Safari opens and then when searching for anything, it changes to Yahoo.

    I'm at a loss and after reading stories about this same problem, I wonder if I should restore to factory settings. It's going to be a process because I have a lot of back up to do before I restore.

    Before I take that step, has anyone found themselves in this mess and if so, how did you resolve it?

    Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Location:
    California
    #2
    Yeah... download.com is skeevy as heck and has been installing that junk for a while. See this article.

    If you download and run the app MalwareBytes is should remove that junk for you.
     

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