How To Remove Virus From Your Mac

Fuq is a browser hijacker, redirecting infected Macs to an adult-oriented website such as or showing banners encouraging downloads of explicit material. Imagine suddenly coming face-to-face with explicit material when giving a presentation at work! While having your Mac infected by fuq might make you think back to Friends when Joey and Chandler got stuck watching porn channels for hours on end – reality can often differ greatly!

I have put together the most efficient steps to remove from your Mac. Let’s first discuss how it comes into being so that we can better safeguard ourselves and other devices going forward.

How Did My Mac Contract the Virus?

As is typically the case, virus infiltrates Mac devices of unaware owners when they visit unsafe websites, download files from dubious sources or click malicious links.

An unsafe download often comes bundled with additional programs, some of which could be malicious, that end up getting installed onto your device and creating havoc.

Downloading malicious browser extensions is one of the primary means through which Macs become infected with malware, although an already existing malicious host could also introduce viruses onto your Mac – in particular the virus which could re-infect if all its elements remain on its host’s website.

Quick Tip: Before looking at our solutions below, we found that one of the quickest and easiest ways for our users to eliminate harmful viruses before they damage reputation and relationships is with an effective antivirus system.

At Intego Internet Security, we often recommend it because of its outstanding detection scores and comprehensive protection to erase virus traces completely from your Mac while simultaneously protecting it against further attack.

How To Eliminate From Your Mac

Here are a few tried-and-tested methods employed by users to eliminate the virus from their Mac computers.

1. Force Quit the Process from Activity Monitor

To temporarily stop virus infections, follow these steps.

Clicking the Go menu in your Apple toolbar, scrolling down until Utilities appear, and clicking them opens the Utilities folder.

Click Go and select Utilities

2. Find Activity Monitor on the following window and double-click to open it.

Open Activity Monitor
Open Activity Monitor

3. Once Activity Monitor opens up, search for a process named Fuq or, select it, and click the X icon at the top of the window.

Select the process and click the X at the top of the screen

4. You will see a dialog box pop-up asking if you would like to quit the process. Click Force Quit.

Choose Force Quit on the pop-up

That is all for Activity Monitor. Next, It is also recommended that you move the application to trash.

2. Move the Application to Trash

1. Click the Go menu again.

2. This time, select Applications.

Open the Go menu and select Applications

3. In the list, scan for Fuq or Fuq Toolbar, right-click it, and select Move to Trash.

Select the or fuq toolbar app, right-click and move to Trash

You have successfully moved the virus to trash. Finally, let’s prevent the malware from launching at start-up. This is how to do it:

3. Remove from Login Items

1. Click the Apple Menu icon and choose System Preferences.

Open the Apple Menu and select System Preferences

2. In the System Preferences window, select Users & Groups

Users & Groups

3. Select Login Items to view a list of resources that launch when your Mac boots up.

Click Login Items

4. Find Fuq or and click the ‘-‘ to remove it.

Select a Login Item and click the - icon at the bottom of the screen

Congratulations, you have successfully uninstalled the virus from your Mac computer! But wait a second…you still need to take some steps in order to block pop-ups in your browsers. Let me guide you through it step-by-step.

How To Disable Pop-Ups on Mac

Step one in this process will involve clearing your cache on all browsers in which you have encountered pop-ups; let’s begin with Safari:

1. Launch Safari, select Preferences under Safari from the main menu bar, and enable Virus Removal from Safari Browser

Select Preferences in the Safari menu

2. Go to the Privacy tab and select Manage Website Data.

Go to the Privacy tab and click Manage Website Data

3. The following window will list all the websites that have stored cache data on your Mac. Select the Remove All option.

Click Remove All

4. A dialog box will pop up asking you to confirm the deletion. Choose the Remove Now option to complete the operation.

Choose Remove Now in the pop-up

After that is complete, follow these steps to remove this virus from Chrome browser as well. This may involve clearing its cache.

Remove Virus From Chrome Browser

1. Open Chrome browser and click the Hamburger Icon from its right menu bar.

Open Chrome and click the More menu in the top right corner

2. Select Settings in the drop-down.

Select Settings in the drop-down

3. Scroll down in the left menu and click Reset Settings.

Click Reset Settings

4. Click Reset settings to their original defaults.

Click Restore settings to their original defaults

You will get a pop-up asking you to confirm that you want to reset settings.

5. Select the Reset Settings option.

Choose reset Settings on the pop-up window

This would remove the virus from your Chrome Browser. Now let’s do the same for Firefox. Follow the steps below:

Remove Virus From Firefox Browser

1. Open Firefox and click the sandwich menu in the right corner of the menu bar.

Open Firefox and click the sandwich menu

2. Scroll down to the Help menu and select it.

Search for and click Help

3. Click More troubleshooting information.

Click More troubleshooting information

4. In the following browser window, click Refresh Firefox.

Click Refresh Firefox

A pop-up window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to refresh Firefox to its default settings.

5. Click Refresh Firefox to complete the operation.

Choose Refresh Firefox in the pop-up window

Excellent! Now you can browse your browsers without being worried about virus pop-ups! Although Mac viruses are uncommon, it would be foolish to wait until it was too late before taking steps to prevent further infections – let’s explore ways to protect ourselves in future!

Here Are Steps You Can Take To Avoid Future Malware Attacks

Below are a few measures you can take in order to ward off future malware attacks.

1. Refrain from installing unlicensed or pirated software. Only trust source apps and programs for software installation.

2. Avoid downloading software, media files and other files from suspicious or ad-ridden websites.

3. Make an effort to limit the number of Administrator users you create on your Mac, using them only when necessary for app installations or when setting up new apps. Instead, try switching over to using regular user accounts instead and learning how to do it here.

4. Always update and install security updates as they become available – for best results, enable Automatic Updates!


The virus can have serious repercussions for your life in an instant. So make sure not to hesitate in taking swift action against this threat, sharing your experiences with browser hijackers in the comments section below, as well as viewing our guide on identifying and eliminating other types of malware from Macs.

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