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My Safari browser has been taken over by malwear, and I can

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My Safari browser has been taken over by malwear, and I can no longer use it. But my computer tells me that I cannot put Safari in the Trash folder, because it is needed by the Mac operating system. What can I do? Can I download a second copy of Safari and then trash the one that has been corrupted?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Isaac Franklin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Isaac Franklin replied 8 months ago.

Turn off your mac. then turn it back on and hold the left shift key to get it into safe mode.

Open your finder ( magnifying glass ) type in disk utility, and launch the disk utility application.

On the left side of the disk utility window, click your mac hd, then at the upper right hand side, click first aid, then click start first aid..

Once complete.Shut down your mac.

Then, unplug your wireless router and modem from power for 1 minute, then plug them back in. ( or you may have a single combo unit, if so unplug that for a minute )

Then, after a minute passes plug them back in and turn them on. When the lights are all lit up, start your mac and try safari.

if it still cant access those pages, then lets reset safari..

Heres how:

From the Safari menu bar, please select Safari ▹ Preferences... ▹ Privacy ▹ Remove All Website Data > for time frame choose from the beginning of time and confirm.

Once complete, close safari, reopen it and test.

If you have another browser on your mac and safari still isnt working, please go to and download the

version of avast malware protection and scan your computer to see if anything still comes up for now.

If this doesnt work or if you get stuck or run into any issues, let me know.

Please update with results once you try this.

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