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Bitdefender Launches Removal Tool for Stubborn Mac Adware

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New tool for Macs relieves users of aggressive adware

BUCHAREST, Romania, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bitdefender, the innovative antivirus software provider, has released the Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool to remove aggressive adware such as Genieo that can alter users' search results, inject ads and monitor web sites visited.

The removal tool for Macs quickly scans a user's system for adware and its elements and, if detected, asks for permission to remove it. It then removes all traces of the software and resets browser settings that were changed by the adware, eliminating unwanted ads and modified default search results.

"Several Mac users have complained about nuisance toolbar issues," said Bitdefender Chief Security Researcher Catalin Cosoi. "This small tool is designed to address those issues simply and efficiently. Even if the toolbars don't pose an immediate danger to user's system or data, they can be an endless source of aggravation."

Adware-heavy software doesn't technically constitute malware, but it can often spread by means such as fake application installers and codecs. The removal tool so far recognizes and removes only Genieo. Although Genieo often comes with an uninstaller, users regularly report that it doesn't work or it leaves active software behind.

The Bitdefender Adware Removal Tool is available for download here.

About Bitdefender®
Bitdefender is the creator of one of the world's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. The company is an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection since 2001. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of 400 million home and corporate users across the globe.

Top international testing organizations and world-renowned software reviewers acknowledge Bitdefender as a provider of the world's most effective antimalware solutions. In January 2014, Bitdefender won top honors from AV-TEST, becoming the first solution to win "Best Protection" and "Best Performance" simultaneously. Bitdefender has also confirmed its industry leadership status with titles including "Best Antivirus of 2014" and two Editor's Choice awards from PCMAG, and 2013 Editor's Choice from CNET.

For more information about Bitdefender products, visit the security press room. Bitdefender also publishes the HOTforSecurity blog, with stories from the underworld of internet fraud, scams and malicious software.

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