How does adware know which adverts to show me?Adware software installs a component on your Mac when downloaded. This component monitors the websites that you visit, records this data and sends it back to the developer - who will then tailor which advertisements you see. Although this is an aggressive marketing tactic, you may still think that this is all fairly innocuous however the constant irritation of pop-ups aside, adware will adversely affect your CPU's performance and slow down your Internet connection speed. What is more, this adware uses very tricky methods to avoid anti-virus detection by giving extension a name that is a slight variation on the Vidx name, for example ViddX 4, Viddxx 4, Vidox and so on. Please note that even though it comes bundled with other adware and potentially unwanted applications the malicious browser extensions are usually downloaded in the background and installed without your permission. The installer requires no license agreements and obviously doesn't inform you about third-party software that will be installed afterwards. That's rather unethical to say the least.
How do I know if I have Vidx on my Mac?Being spammed by pop-up adverts is a pretty clear sign that you have adware installed on your machine but there are a few more distinct indicators that you could, and should, look out for too. These are the main ones:
- You're seeing an unprecedented amount of pop-up and banner adverts, in this case they are all labeled "Ads by Vidx".
- You have a new and unfamiliar browser extension in your web browser all of a sudden
- You uninstall this extension but it keeps popping back up and won't take no for an answer!
- Your Mac is running a lot more slowly or is crashing more frequently than before
- Your browser home page or default search engine has changed or keeps changing
How do I protect myself against Vidx?Don't ever click on a link and download something if you don't recognize the publisher. If you don't know or trust the source, don't download it – simple as that! Similarly, don't download files from either your email, or from websites if you don't know the sender or source. And don't download email attachments unless you know and trust the sender. Make sure you have pop-up blockers installed on your machine. Be wary and watch the types of websites that you visit – particularly if they are of an adult or illegal nature.
If you have fallen for this adware infection, you should remove it immediately. Remove any browser extensions named anything similar to Vidx, and if you have it an app in your Applications folder, throw it in the trash.
If you have questions, please leave a comment down below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Vidx Removal Guide:1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this adware from your Mac. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Vidx related applications from your Applications folder. Here's a typical file path: /Applications/Vidx.app.
3. Delete any browser extensions having a name similar to Vidx.
- Safari – choose Preferences from the Safari menu, then click the Extensions icon, near the right side of the row of icons along the top of the window.
- Chrome – choose Preferences from the Chrome menu, then click the Extensions item in the list on the left side of the window.
- Firefox – choose Add-ons from the Tools menu, then look at both the Extensions and Plugins lists in the window that opens.
You will also see all the other extensions you have, and unintsall any other ones you deem unnecessary.