What is OriginType

OriginType is known to be an unwanted program developed for Mac-based systems. After getting installed inside of a device, it changes browser settings to display additional ads and promote its fake search engine. Software granted with such capabilities is usually categorized as browser hijacker with adware traits. These changes have nothing to do with improving user experience, but rather with earning money for the developers. Various ads, banners, and pop-up tabs will be generated while surfing the web on different websites. Even if you have Adblock software installed, OriginType may have the necessary permissions to disable it and feature its content no matter what. Although browser hijackers claim to have their own search engine able of generating unique results, many of them are fake and non-existent. Instead, all search queries entered by users will be redirected through legitimate engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing. Cybercriminals exploit them to create traffic of visits and gain money on it. It is also worth mentioning that many unwanted programs have data-tracking abilities. This means OriginType can read and therefore gather your browsing data (passwords, IP addresses, geolocations, etc.). Based on these threats, it becomes apparent that OriginType should be removed from your system. Do it as soon as possible with the help of our instructions below.

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How OriginType infected your computer

OriginType can be distributed in the form of a program, browser extension, or even both. Users infected with two, will struggle to remove the browser hijacker and changes that easily. The way they could crawl into your system is while installing software from third-party resources. Although this is quite rare in Mac, some developers promote unwanted software within third-party installers advertised on the web. Usually, users may opt for such installers to avoid paying for licensed software. During the installation, future victims could skip “Advanced”, “Custom”, or similar sections containing additional offers. The installation setup could also offer to OriginType or any other software as a better alternative to your browsing experience. Developers make sure such offers are presented in the nicest of ways to make users believe they are actually useful. As a result, inexperienced people agree or miss them completely as mentioned. The solution is simple – to be more careful and reduce the usage of third-party installers, if possible. For more protection tips on how to secure yourself from such threats in the future, follow our tutorial below.

  1. Download OriginType Removal Tool
  2. Remove OriginType from Login Items
  3. Remove/Uninstall OriginType from Applications
  4. Remove OriginType from browsers
  5. Reset browser settings
  6. Remove OriginType files and folders
  7. Block OriginType ads and pop-ups
  8. How to protect from threats, like OriginType

Download OriginType Removal Tool

Download Spyhunter for Mac

To remove OriginType completely, we recommend you to use Spyhunter for Mac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of OriginType and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of Spyhunter for Mac offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download CleanMyMac

To remove OriginType completely, we recommend you to use CleanMyMac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of OriginType and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser.

Remove OriginType manually for free

Note: OriginType sets up to start on Mac OS startup. Therefore, before starting the removal, perform these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences, choose Users & Groups.
  2. Choose your account (set up as Current User).
  3. Click Login Items tab.
  4. Find “OriginType” entry. Select it, and click the “-“ (minus) button to remove it.

Note 2: OriginType won’t quit just by closing it, therefor use Force Quit to end the process.

  1. Press 3 buttons at the same time: Option, Command, and Esc (Escape). This is similar to Control-Alt-Delete on a Windows PC.
  2. Choose OriginType in the list.
  3. Click Force Quit button.

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full OriginType removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of OriginType installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Remove OriginType from Applications

Remove OriginType from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. OriginType might have an Uninstaller. If you see Uninstall OriginType or OriginType Uninstaller, double-click it and follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Otherwise, drag OriginType from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Cannot uninstall OriginType

If you can’t uninstall OriginType using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of OriginType. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag OriginType from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with OriginType.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove OriginType add-on from your browsers

Removing OriginType from Applications often does not bring the desired effect. It is a browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove the OriginType extension from your browsers manually.


  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find OriginType extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find OriginType extension.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose OriginType extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Reset browser settings

To finish OriginType removal reset your browser settings to make sure, there are no leftover items in browser folders.

Reset Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
  4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
  5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
  6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
  8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
  9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

Reset Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox… button.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox to confirm.

Remove following files and folders of OriginType

~/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/Services/com.OriginType.service.app
/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/System/com.OriginType.system

Download AdGuard for Mac to block malicious pop-ups, that promote OriginType

AdGuard is the best ad-blocker, internet filtering, and internet security application for macOS. It can cut out unwanted banners from site pages, block pop-ups, stop redirects, and prevent users from visiting potentially dangerous resources. Use it to stop ads promoting OriginType in browsers.

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Download AdGuard for Mac

How to protect Mac OSX from adware, like OriginType

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Mac OSX is known to be one of the safest operating systems, and for a long time, there was no need for antivirus products for Mac. But with the growing popularity of Mac computers and notebooks and evolving technology, viruses, trojans, adware, toolbars, hijackers, and other malware paved the way for Mac users. We recommend you to use one of the best anti-malware for Mac available – Malwarebytes for Mac.

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