EssenceSkill is an adware infection that targets Mac computers. It comes from the AdLoad malware family and is mostly identical to the other adware infections. It uses fake Adobe Flash Player installers and software bundling to install on users’ computers unnoticed. Once it successfully infects your device, it will spam your screen with ads. Fortunately, EssenceSkill adware is not a serious infection when compared to malware such as trojans and ransomware. But even if it will not cause direct damage to your Mac, it can expose you to a lot of dubious content, including scams and malware. We strongly recommend you remove EssenceSkill adware if you notice it installed on your device.


EssenceSkill adware


Infections like EssenceSkill adware are usually obvious because their main goal is to expose users to ads. EssenceSkill adware is also clearly visible in your Applications folder. Some adware infections also have some browser hijacker features, which makes them even more obvious. EssenceSkill adware may make unwanted changes to your browser’s settings as well. For example, your homepage, new tabs, and default search engine may be changed to an unknown site. These sites are usually very questionable and promote dubious search engines in order to redirect users to sponsored websites.

The nonstop spamming of ads is the most obvious sign that adware is present on the computer. EssenceSkill adware will bombard you will all kinds of ads and even trigger redirects to potentially dangerous websites. You could also be exposed to a lot of harmful content because of these ads, including giveaway scams, fake virus alerts, and tech support scams. Additionally, it could redirect you to websites that hide malware. If you discover that your Mac is infected with adware, don’t click on any ads until you remove EssenceSkill adware.

You will want to delete EssenceSkill adware from your Mac as soon as possible, even if it’s not the most dangerous infection. It’s worth mentioning that it tracks what you do online, and gathers data about your browsing activities. The adware will track your searches, the websites you visit, your IP address, and other browsing information. Because EssenceSkill adware has no useful features, this type of data collection is intrusive enough to warrant removal.

How to avoid installing adware infections

The software bundling method is usually how infections like adware and browser hijackers install. This method allows for unwanted programs to be installed without users’ explicit permission. The majority of the time, free programs come with adware and other minor infections (e.g. browser hijackers) attached to them as extra offers. These offers are permitted to install automatically together with the program without users’ knowing about it. It’s worth mentioning that programs that use software bundling to install are usually detected as potential threats by anti-virus programs.

The extra offers are optional and can easily be deselected. The most important thing you need to do is opt for the correct settings. If you follow the installation window’s recommendation to use Default settings, all that’s added to the program will install. What you need to do is use Advanced (Custom) settings. All added offers will become visible if you select Advanced, and you can deselect all of them. You should uncheck every box even if an offer initially sounds useful. It’s not a good idea to let any offers install. Software bundling is a controversial installation method. If you install random offers, you will fill your Mac with useless programs that will be challenging to get rid of. It’s much easier to just uncheck a few boxes when installing programs.

Adware is also often promoted as browser extensions that would somehow improve the browsing experience. To avoid infections like adware, it is essential that you do at least minimal research before installing programs. Most of the time, even a quick search with Google is enough.

How you can remove EssenceSkill adware

It’s pretty easy to delete EssenceSkill adware from your Mac both manually and using anti-virus software. However, it would be much easier to remove EssenceSkill adware with an anti-virus program because it would do everything for you.

You can remove EssenceSkill adware manually as well, though it may take longer. As soon as you remove EssenceSkill adware, your browsing will go back to normal. To avoid future similar infections, be very attentive when installing programs.

EssenceSkill adware is detected as:

  • MacOS:Adload-AG [Adw] by Avast/AVG
  • Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.h by Kaspersky
  • Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.AdLoad.13 by BitDefender
  • A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.G by ESET
  • Adware:MacOS/Adload.AK!MTB by Microsoft
  • RDN/Generic.osx by McAfee

EssenceSkill adware detections



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Step 1. Uninstall EssenceSkill adware and related programs.

Remove EssenceSkill adware from Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel choose Programs and Features and select to Uninstall a software.

Delete EssenceSkill adware from Windows 8

Uninstall EssenceSkill adware from Windows 7

Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features → Uninstall a program.

Uninstall EssenceSkill adware from Windows 7

Delete EssenceSkill adware from Windows XP

Click Start → Settings → Control Panel. Locate and click → Add or Remove Programs.

Remove EssenceSkill adware from Windows XP

Remove EssenceSkill adware from Mac OS X

Click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Select applications folder and look for EssenceSkill adware or any other suspicious software. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash, then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

EssenceSkill adware removal from MAC OS X

Step 2. Delete EssenceSkill adware from your browsers

Terminate the unwanted extensions from Internet Explorer
  1. Tap the Gear icon and go to Manage Add-ons. EssenceSkill adware IE gear
  2. Pick Toolbars and Extensions and eliminate all suspicious entries (other than Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Oracle or Adobe) EssenceSkill adware IE toolbars and extensions
  3. Leave the window.
Change Internet Explorer homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of your browser and click Internet Options. EssenceSkill adware IE gear
  2. In General Tab remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Press Apply to save changes. EssenceSkill adware IE toolbars and extensions
Reset your browser
  1. Click the Gear icon and move to Internet Options. EssenceSkill adware IE options
  2. Open the Advanced tab and press Reset. EssenceSkill adware IE reset browser
  3. Choose Delete personal settings and pick Reset one more time. EssenceSkill adware IE reset
  4. Tap Close and leave your browser. EssenceSkill adware IE close
  5. If you were unable to reset your browsers, employ a reputable anti-malware and scan your entire computer with it.
Erase EssenceSkill adware from Google Chrome
  1. Access menu (top right corner of the window) and pick Settings. EssenceSkill adware Chrome menu
  2. Choose Extensions. EssenceSkill adware Chrome settings
  3. Eliminate the suspicious extensions from the list by clicking the Trash bin next to them. EssenceSkill adware Chrome extensions remove
  4. If you are unsure which extensions to remove, you can disable them temporarily. EssenceSkill adware Chrome extensions disable
Reset Google Chrome homepage and default search engine if it was hijacker by virus
  1. Press on menu icon and click Settings. EssenceSkill adware Chrome menu
  2. Look for the “Open a specific page” or “Set Pages” under “On start up” option and click on Set pages. EssenceSkill adware Chrome settings
  3. In another window remove malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. EssenceSkill adware Chrome extensions remove
  4. Under the Search section choose Manage Search engines. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search websites. You should leave only Google or your preferred search name. EssenceSkill adware Chrome extensions disable
    EssenceSkill adware Chrome extensions disable
Reset your browser
  1. If the browser still does not work the way you prefer, you can reset its settings.
  2. Open menu and navigate to Settings. EssenceSkill adware Chrome settings more
  3. Press Reset button at the end of the page. EssenceSkill adware Chrome advanced menu
  4. Tap Reset button one more time in the confirmation box. EssenceSkill adware Chrome reset
  5. If you cannot reset the settings, purchase a legitimate anti-malware and scan your PC.
Remove EssenceSkill adware from Mozilla Firefox
  1. In the top right corner of the screen, press menu and choose Add-ons (or tap Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously). EssenceSkill adware Firefox add ons
  2. Move to Extensions and Add-ons list and uninstall all suspicious and unknown entries. EssenceSkill adware Firefox extensions
Change Mozilla Firefox homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap on the menu (top right corner), choose Options. EssenceSkill adware Firefox reset confirm
  2. On General tab delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default. EssenceSkill adware Firefox reset confirm
  3. Press OK to save these changes.
Reset your browser
  1. Open the menu and tap Help button. EssenceSkill adware Firefox help
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information. EssenceSkill adware Firefox troubleshooting
  3. Press Refresh Firefox. EssenceSkill adware Firefox reset
  4. In the confirmation box, click Refresh Firefox once more. EssenceSkill adware Firefox reset confirm
  5. If you are unable to reset Mozilla Firefox, scan your entire computer with a trustworthy anti-malware.
Uninstall EssenceSkill adware from Safari (Mac OS X)
  1. Access the menu.
  2. Pick Preferences. EssenceSkill adware Safari menu
  3. Go to the Extensions Tab. EssenceSkill adware Safari extensions
  4. Tap the Uninstall button next to the undesirable EssenceSkill adware and get rid of all the other unknown entries as well. If you are unsure whether the extension is reliable or not, simply uncheck the Enable box in order to disable it temporarily.
  5. Restart Safari.
Reset your browser
  1. Tap the menu icon and choose Reset Safari. EssenceSkill adware Safari reset menu
  2. Pick the options which you want to reset (often all of them are preselected) and press Reset. EssenceSkill adware Safari reset
  3. If you cannot reset the browser, scan your whole PC with an authentic malware removal software.

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