Weknow.ac is a kind of malicious software or malware that can potentially inflict damage to your computer. The malware is basically a kind of program that looks like a false search engine called www.weknow.ac. This can look like your regular everyday browser at first glance. However, .ac actually records your web actions without your knowledge or permission.
This fake engine can be installed through a fake update of the Adobe Flash software on your computer. The malware basically targets popular browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. The fake Adobe installation will look like the regular one, however, there’s a twist.
It adds a lot of unknown add-ons where the user is forced to install in order to complete the full installation. The user can just click the OK button without knowing that they are installing malware that is created to hijack a lot of browser settings on their Mac.
If you’ve unknowingly installed this malware on your MAC, then you must remove it as soon as possible.
This article is created to explain how to remove the .ac malware as soon as possible. Uninstalling this should be easy and can be a walk in the park for some people.
How to Get Rid of weknow.ac
It is important to note that you should not trust any fake pop-up installation on your computer that looks like this:
You should get rid of this as soon as possible as this is the first sign that your computer was breached.
This might be old advice for all MacOS users, however, please pay great attention to every installation that you do. You also have to read all the things that the program is accessing. Never trust a fake adobe installation that looks like this:
Steps to Remove the .AC Malware from Mac
These are the steps that you can do in order to restore your original browser. Whether you’ve had Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari in the past, it is still important to note that you should remove the .ac fake search engine even if you are using the regular browsers now.
Another thing that you can follow is: Whenever you see the following during the removal process, remove them immediately. MacVX, SaveOnMac, MacSaver, Shop Brain, MacCaptain, Shopper Helper Pro, InstallMac, Inkeeper, Photo Zoom, News Ticker Remover, MacDeals or Mac Global Deals, Video download helper, MacVaX, PalMall, MacPriceCut, , MacXcoupon, MacSter, SShoP Brain, MacShop, Best YouTube Downloader, MacSmart, ArcadeYum, Extended Protection, GoldenBoy, FlashFree, Genieo, CleanYourMac, Software Updater MacKeeper,.
Start removing the .ac profile by doing the following:
1. Choose System Preferences on your Mac by opening it through the Dock
2. Click on the Profiles tab
3. Choose the AdminPrefs option
4. Delete AdminPrefs profile by clicking the minus icon on the screen.
5. Next, delete your MacOS’ search engine settings:
1. Go to Chrome and type the following: chrome://settings/searchEngines
2. If you are in the Safari browser go to Safari > Preferences > Search
2 – How to Delete weknow.ac completely
Remove everything that is related to weknow.ac. Everything that looks suspicious and should not be there on Mac should be sent to rash. Look out for any new apps on the dock that’s just recently added.
1. Go ahead and open the Apps folder
2. Delete Weknow.ac app or any Weknow.ac. that you can see. Look also for any suspicious apps such as NicePlayer” or “MPlayerX”.
3. Empty your Trash
3-Remove completely the addons of weknow
1. In Safari: go to Safari. Choose the Preferences option. Go to Extensions. Get the location of the weknow.ac extension. Remove it completely.
2. If you are on Google Chrome: type the following on the address bar: chrome: //extensions/. Locate the weknow.ac addon. Remove it completely.
3. On your Mozilla Firefox Browser: Go to the following: about: addons. Completely eliminate the addon.
4-How to Delete weknow files:
1. Go to the following: Folder. You can also press Shift + Cmd + G.
2. Enter the following: /Library/LaunchAgents. Launch then click Go.
3. Look for skeptical files. These are: “myppes.download.plist”, “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”. Other suspicious names that you should watch out for Inkeeper, Genieo, CleanYourMac, InstallMac, SoftwareUpdater, MacKeeper, NicePlayer, MplayerX, “myppes.download.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist, com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, com.avickUpd.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”. Delete them by dragging them to your trash folder.
4. The same procedure applies to these folders:
2. /Library/Application Support
Please take note that malware developers are updating their products from time to time. You should see a tech if you suspect that your privacy was breached. You should also make sure that everything installed on your computer is safe.
Install antivirus and activate your firewall all the time. This is to ensure that your computer is safe for any malware that tries to steal your data without your knowledge.