What is ProfessionalView

ProfessionalView is classified as adware, which is a form of malware designed to display unwanted advertisements on the infected device. It falls under the broader category of potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) due to its intrusive behavior and the method of distribution, often without the user’s explicit consent. ProfessionalView is part of the AdLoad malware family, known for its advertising-supported software that generates revenue through displaying ads. ProfessionalView is a type of adware specifically targeting Mac computers, identified as part of the AdLoad malware family. This article aims to provide comprehensive information on ProfessionalView, including its characteristics, infection methods, and removal strategies, with a focus on prevention, removal, and general information. For users who prefer an automated approach or face difficulties with manual removal, several tools can assist in detecting and removing ProfessionalView and other adware from Mac computers. Spyhunter and CleanMyMac are recommended for their effectiveness in dealing with such threats.

ProfessionalView adware

How ProfessionalView infects Mac computers

ProfessionalView typically infiltrates Mac systems through deceptive methods such as software bundling, fake updates, or malicious websites. Users may unknowingly install ProfessionalView while downloading and installing other software, especially from unofficial sources or by clicking on misleading advertisements. Once installed, ProfessionalView may display various types of advertisements, including pop-ups, banners, and redirects, which not only disrupt the user experience but can also lead to further malware infections.

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

Download ProfessionalView Removal Tool

Download Spyhunter for Mac

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

Remove ProfessionalView manually for free

Note: ProfessionalView sets up to start on macOS 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 “ProfessionalView” entry. Select it, and click the “-“ (minus) button to remove it.

Note 2: ProfessionalView 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 ProfessionalView in the list.
  3. Click Force Quit button.

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

Remove ProfessionalView from Applications

Remove ProfessionalView from Mac:

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

Cannot uninstall ProfessionalView

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

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

Remove ProfessionalView add-on from your browsers

Removing ProfessionalView 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 ProfessionalView extension from your browsers manually.

Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find ProfessionalView 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 ProfessionalView 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 ProfessionalView extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Reset browser settings

To finish ProfessionalView 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 the 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 ProfessionalView


~/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/Services/com.ProfessionalView.service.app
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.ProfessionalView.service.plist
/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/System/com.ProfessionalView.system
/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ProfessionalView.system.plist

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

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 ProfessionalView in browsers.

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How to protect Mac OSX from adware, like ProfessionalView

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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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