From time to time, when downloading legitimate applications, they come bundled with utilities that are both self promoting and buggy. MacKeeper comes to mind and I have written about that digital excrement before here but this time I need to warn you about Genieo.
I first noticed Genieo a few years ago on a clients computer. Back then thought it was something she had downloaded for her own purposes and so I didn’t mention it. But in recent weeks I have found 4 macs infected with Mac Trojans and this is a stark contrast to the zero I have discovered in the last 25 years…. so I thought something was up. The trojans were continually putting up ads in Safari or offers to enter competitions when the client was trying to browse.
I was shocked by this sudden leap in infections and when I started looking into it I discovered that nearly all of these clients had Genieo installed.
Now I am not saying that Genieo is a trojan or a virus or even that it is evil. But its definitely self promoting and does little to enhance your Mac. Needless to say I removed it quick smart and I advise you do as well.
So, how do you know if you have it installed?
If Genieo is installed you will see an icon – looks something like a house – in the menubar. If you click on it you’ll see a menu something like this.
Steps to remove
1. Click on the Genieo menu and choose Quit
2. go to this address
3. Click on Uninstall Genieo and follow the prompts.