How to remove Merlin Trojan from Mac

Simple tips to delete Merlin Trojan

Merlin Trojan is a dangerous computer infection that targets the Mac operating system. It is designed to create multiple files that stop AV tools and steal stored data on the computer. Other malicious files may be downloaded and installed on the system. Important operations of the Trojan are performed in the background. The malware may actually remain undetected on the system and persist permanently. In this article, you will find the complete instructions on how to remove Merlin Trojan and back up the system.

Merlin Trojan activities and purpose

Merlin Trojan is designed to glide on the PC. It can infect infected MacOs through apps that are corrupted, compromised and vulnerable. Sometimes it can be found in fake or fraudulent apps or on hacked websites. These apps may be uploaded to various websites and third-party software. It is seen as legitimate software such as helpers, torrent clients and other useful apps.

In addition, the malware can infect systems through various email attachments that are presented as invoices from legitimate companies. Once loaded onto a system, it performs various malicious activities. It can disable the installed antivirus tool and firewall settings. It may interfere with Windows system procedures. It can take screenshots, obtain saved passwords, read and write files, delete them, record audio and video, turn on the camera and so on.

Merlin Trojan can download malicious malware such as dangerous ransomware, cryptocurrency miner and keylogger, etc. Upload and even escalate the permissions. In addition, there is a potential to be automatically updated on the network. Removing viruses from Mac is extremely important to avoid potential damage that these actions can cause to user's system and personnel. Below the post you will find complete instructions on how to remove the Trojan from the Mac.

How did Merlin Trojan infiltrate my system?

Usually, crooks spread malware via mal-spam, untrusted file download channels, programs, unofficial software activation tools and fake software updates. In the first case, the crooks deliver malware via email attachments or download links for malicious files. In most cases, they send emails that look like official letters and contain some important documents. Its main motive is to make people download malicious Microsoft Office, executable files, archive files, JavaScript files, PDFs, etc. To open.

Downloads from questionable, untrusted sources can be used to spread malware. These files look legitimate, regular files. To trick people into downloading, the crooks use P2P networks, free file hosting sites and third-party downloaders / installers. Unofficial software activations or so-called cracking are meant to illegally activate software for users without paying for it. However, crooks often bundle malware with them. Fake update tools can infect systems either by directly downloading malware or by exploiting bugs / errors of outdated software.

How to prevent malware infiltration?

Installed software should always be activated and updated with the tools / features provided by the official software developers. Avoid unofficial third-party tools as they are often designed to install malware. Another problem is that it is illegal to use them to activate licensed software. Moreover, website links and files in irrelevant emails should never be clicked on. Files and programs should always be downloaded from official websites and direct links. Have a reputable antivirus tool installed and updated for proper protection. Also use this tool for regular system scans and to delete detected threats.

Special offer (for Macintosh)

Merlin Trojan can be a creepy computer infection that keeps popping up when the files on computers remain hidden. To remove this malware without any problems, we recommend that you use a powerful anti-malware scanner to get rid of this virus

"Combo Cleaner" The free downloaded scanner will scan and detect only the threats present on the computers. If you want to remove detected threats immediately, you need to purchase the license version

Remove files and folders related to Merlin Trojan

Open the menu bar and click on the "Finder" icon. Select "Go" and click "Go to folder …" Button.

Step 1: Scan the suspicious and doubtful malware-generated files in the folder / Library / LaunchAgents

Type / Library / LaunchAgents in the "Go to folder" option

In the Launch Agent folder, look for all the files you have recently downloaded and move them to the Recycle Bin. Some of the examples of files created by browser hijacker or adware are as follows: "myppes.Download.Plist", "mykotlerino.Itvbit.Plist", "installmac.Appremoval.Plist" and "kuklorest.Update.Plist" to.

Step 2: Detect and remove the files generated by the adware in the support folder "/ Library / Application"

In the "Go to folder …" Bar, type. "/ Library / Application Support".

In the "Application Support" folder, look for suspicious newly added folders. If you detect one of them like "NicePlayer" or "MPlayerX", send it to the Trash folder.

Step 3: Search the folder / Library / LaunchAgent for the files generated by malware:

Go to the folder bar and type / Library / LaunchAgents

They are located in the "LaunchAgents" folder. Here, you need to check for any newly added files and move them to the Trash if you find them suspicious. Some examples of suspicious files generated by malware are "myppes.Download.Plist", "installmac.Appremoved.Plist", "kuklorest.Update.Plist", "mykotlerino.Ltvbit.Plist" etc.

Step 4: Go to the folder / Library / LaunchDaemons and look for the files created by malware

Type / Library / LaunchDaemons in the "Go to folder" option

In the newly opened LaunchDaemons folder, look for recently added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of some of the suspicious files are "com.Kuklorest.Net-settings.Plist", "com.Avickupd.Plist", "com.Myppes.Net-priority.Plist", "com.Aoudad.Net-settings.Plist" " and so on.

Step 5: Use Combo Cleaner Anti-Malware and scan your Mac PC

The malware infections can be removed from the Mac PC if you properly perform all the above steps. However, it is always recommended to make sure that your PC is not infected. It is recommended to scan the workstation with "Combo Cleaner Anti-Virus.

Special offer (for Macintosh)

Merlin Trojan can be a creepy computer infection that keeps appearing if the files remain hidden on computers. To remove this malware easily, we recommend you to use a powerful anti-malware scanner to get rid of this virus

"Combo Cleaner" The free downloaded scanner scans and detects only the threats present on the computers. If you want to remove detected threats immediately, you need to purchase the licensed version

After downloading the file, double-click the combocleaner installer in the newly opened window.Dmg. Next, open the "Launchpad" and press the "Combo Cleaner" icon. It is recommended to wait until "Combo Cleaner" updates the latest malware detection definition. Click on the "Start Combo Scan" button.

A deep scan of your Mac PC will be performed to detect malware. If the antivirus scan report shows "No threat found", you can continue with the instructions. On the other hand, it is recommended to delete the detected malware infection before proceeding.

After removing the files and folders created by the adware, you need to remove the unwanted extensions from the browsers.

Remove Merlin Trojan from Internet browsers

Delete the doubtful and malicious extension from Safari

Go to the menu bar and open the "Safari" browser. Select "Safari" and then "Preferences".

In the opened "Settings" window, select the "Extensions" option that you have recently installed. All of these extensions should be detected and click the "Uninstall" button next to them. If you have any doubts, you can remove all extensions from the "Safari" browser, as none of them are important for smooth functionality of the browser.

If you continue to be subjected to unwanted web page redirects or aggressive ad bombardments, you can reset the "Safari" browser.

"Reset Safari"

Open Safari menu and select "Preferences …" From the drop-down menu.

Go to the "Extension" tab and set the extension slider to "Off". This will disable all installed extensions in the Safari browser

The next step is to check the home page. Go to the "Settings …" Option and select the "General" tab. Change the homepage to your preferred URL.

Also check the default settings of the search engine provider. Go to the "Settings …" Window and select the "Search" tab and the search engine provider you want, such as "Google".

Next, clear the Safari browser cache. Go to the "Preferences …" Window, select the "Advanced" tab and click "Show development menu in the menu bar".

Go to the "Develop" menu and select "Empty caches".

Remove website data and browsing history. Go to the "Safari" menu and select "Clear history and website data". Select "All history" and then click "Clear history" button.

Remove unwanted and harmful plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox

Delete Merlin Trojan add-ons from Mozilla Firefox

Open Firefox Mozilla browser. Click the "Open" menu in the upper right corner of the screen. Select "Add-Ons" in the newly opened menu.

Go to the "Extension" option and detect the latest installed add-ons. Select each of the suspicious add-ons and click the "Remove" button next to them.

If you want to reset Mozilla Firefox browser, perform the following steps.

Reset the Mozilla Firefox settings

Open the Firefox Mozilla browser and click the "Firefox" button in the upper left corner of the screen.

 

In the new menu, go to the "Help" submenu and select "Troubleshooting information".

On the "Troubleshooting information" page click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Confirm that you want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking on the "Reset Firefox" option

Restart the browser and reset the settings to factory defaults

Delete unwanted and harmful extensions from Google Chrome

Open the Chrome browser and click the "Chrome menu" button. In the drop-down option, select "More tools" and then "Extensions".

In the "Extensions" option, search for all recently installed add-ons and extensions. Select them and choose the "Trash" button. Third-party extensions are not important for the smooth functionality of the browser.

Reset Google Chrome settings

Open the browser and click on the three-line bar in the upper right corner of the window.

Go to the bottom of the newly opened window and select "Show advanced settings".

In the newly opened window, scroll down and select "Reset browser settings".

In the opened "Reset browser settings" window, click the "Reset" button

Restart the browser and the changes you get will be applied

The above manual process should be done as mentioned above. It is a cumbersome process and requires a lot of technical expertise. Therefore, it is recommended only for technical professionals. To make sure that your PC is free from malware, you should scan the workstation with a powerful anti-malware tool. The automatic malware removal application is preferred because it does not require additional technical skills and expertise.

Special offer (for Macintosh)

Merlin Trojan can be a creepy computer infection that keeps appearing when the files remain hidden on computers. In order to remove this malware easily, we recommend that you use a powerful anti-malware scanner to get rid of this virus

"Combo Cleaner" The free downloaded scanner scans and detects only the threats present on the computers. If you want to remove detected threats immediately, you need to purchase the licensed version

Download the application and run it on the PC to start deep scanning. Once the scan is complete, the list of all files associated with Merlin Trojan will be displayed. You can select such malicious files and folders and remove them immediately.

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