How to remove UtilityParse [Explained]

What is UtilityParse

UtilityParse is an adware program that affects Mac computers. It’s a pretty minor infection that will mainly show you ads and possibly redirect you to certain sites but will not otherwise harm your Mac. It spreads via fake Adobe Flash Player updates and software bundling so while you install it yourself, you do it without knowing what it actually is. UtilityParse is part of the Pirrit adware family, and while many users may refer to it as a virus, that classification would technically be incorrect.

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While the adware is relatively harmless by itself, its ads and redirects are a different story. Adware does not check what kind of content it exposes users to, which means users could easily be exposed to malware and scams. In order to avoid a potentially serious infection, users should avoid interacting with ads if they notice adware installed on their devices. At least until they remove UtilityParse.

Users install adware and other similar infections accidentally, usually because they do not pay enough attention to how they install programs. Free programs often come together with additional offers attached, and those offers are adware, browser hijackers and potentially unwanted program (PUPs). If users do not notice them, they are permitted to install. We will further explain this in the following paragraph.

How did UtilityParse install

There are two ways you could have installed this adware. You either downloaded a fake Adobe Flash Player update or installed freeware that had it attached.

Fake updates are often used to spread all kinds of infection. This particular adware is known to spread as a Adobe Flash Player update. If you recall seeing an alert when browsing that claimed you need to install this update, that’s probably how it got in. These fake alert notifications are usually shown on high-risk websites that host adult and pirated content. For future reference, remember that legitimate update notifications will never be pushed via your browser. Most programs update automatically, and if a program needed a manual update, you’d be notified via the program itself. Never download updates from advertisements.

You could have also accidentally installed UtilityParse together with freeware. Free programs often come with extra offers attached to it. Those offers are attached in a way that allows them to install alongside the program, unless users manually deselect them. But since the offers are usually hidden, users often do not notice them. To prevent these unwanted installations, always opt for Advanced (Custom) settings when given the option. Those settings will make all offers visible, and you will be able to deselect them. Simply uncheck the boxes and you can continue the installation.

You always need to pay attention to what kind of program you install and how you do it. Otherwise, your Mac will be full of useless programs that only hinder your system.

Is UtilityParse dangerous?

Adware infections aren’t particularity dangerous, they’re more annoying than anything. They mainly show ads and try to expose users to as many of them as possible to generate revenue.

UtilityParse comes from a known Pirrit adware family. Once it attaches itself to popular browsers like Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, it will start bombarding you with ads. If you start noticing “ads by UtilityParse”, avoid clicking on any ads. Adware generated ones will not necessarily be safe and could actually expose you to malware or scams. You could be prompted to install highly questionable programs or more fake updates. You could also be exposed to scams that aim to get your personal information.

One more thing you should know about adware is that it collects information about users and their activities. It will track what you search for, what sites you visit, your location, etc. Third-parties usually get access to this information as well.

UtilityParse removal

We strongly recommend using anti-spyware software to delete UtilityParse. Adware are tricky infections that are difficult to get rid of manually, so using anti-spyware would be easiest. You can try to uninstall UtilityParse manually but you will need to find and get rid of not only the application itself but all related files as well.  Once you have removed the infection, your browsing will go back to normal.

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Remove UtilityParse with malware removal software

We recommend using anti-spyware or some other malware removal program to delete UtilityParse because that would be easiest. UtilityParse should be deleted by anti-spyware with no issue because their purpose is dealing with such threats. These applications are quite simple to use and ought to easily remove UtilityParse. If you continue reading, you’ll also find instructions that explain manual UtilityParse deletion.

Delete UtilityParse from Windows manually

Windows XP

  1. Push the windows key on the keyboard to access Start menu (or simply click Start), then click Settings and then Control Panel.
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  2. Choose Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Uninstall UtilityParse.
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  4. Check all your installed applications, and delete anything else you do not recognise.

Windows 7

  1. Click Start (the windows logo) or tap the windows key – Control Panel.
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  2. Access Programs and Features – Uninstall a program.
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  3. Find UtilityParse and uninstall it.
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  4. The same ought to be done to all additional unfamiliar programs.

Windows 8/10

  1. Right-click on Start and pick Programs and Features.
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  2. Uninstall UtilityParse.
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  3. Look through all installed programs for anything else that seems dubious and delete them.

How to manually uninstall UtilityParse from Mac OS

You shouldn’t have any problems with deleting UtilityParse from your Mac device. But we will also guide you through deleting some leftover files after you remove UtilityParse.

  1. Press on Finder (the first icon from the left on your dock) and press on Applications.
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  2. Locate UtilityParse and drag it to the trash (the trash icon located on the dock).
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  3. If there are any other suspicious programs, uninstall them as well.
  4. In the menu bar, press Go – Go to Folder.
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  5. Type /Library/LaunchAgents, and put to the trash any dubious and recently-added files.
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  6. Go back to Go to Folder, and type /Library/Application Support. Look for any recently-added or otherwise dubious files and drag them to the trash.
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  7. Return to Go to Folder, and put in ~/Library/LaunchAgents. If you notice any questionable and recently added files, drag them to the trash.
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  8. Go back to Go to Folder, and put in /Library/LaunchDaemons. trash any suspicious and recently-added files.
  9. Finally, empty the trash which you can do by right-clicking on the trash icon and clicking Empty Trash.
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How to delete UtilityParse from your Internet browser

Remove UtilityParse from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Open the menu (the gear icon top-right corner), and press Manage Add-ons.
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  3. Click Remove on UtilityParse and all unknown extensions.
  4. Open Internet Options through browser menu (the gear icon).
  5. In the General tab, modify the homepage to your preferred site.
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  6. Access Manage Add-ons by opening the browser menu (the gear icon) and clicking Manage Add-ons.
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  7. Press Search Providers (from the menu on the left), change the search engine to your preference after you remove the one set by UtilityParse.

If UtilityParse is still causing issues, restoring your browser settings will be necessary.

  1. If you’re using Windows XP, Start – Run, type in inetcpl.cpl, proceed to the Advanced tab and click Reset.
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  2. For Windows Vista/7 users, click the windows logo, type in inetcpl.cpl in the search box and click Enter. Open the Advanced tab and click Reset.
  3. If you are using Windows 8/10, open Internet Explorer, gear icon – Internet Options – Advanced tab – Reset. Confirm the reset by clicking Reset again.
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UtilityParse removal from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Menu (the three dots) – More tools – Extensions.
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  3. Find and delete UtilityParse, as well as any other extension you do not know.
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  4. Open the menu again and select Settings.
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  5. You’ll have to modify your homepage in On startup.
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  6. Open the Search engine section from the menu on the left, access Manage search engines, modify your search engine.
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Your browser’s settings will need to be reset if you are still having issues with UtilityParse.

  1. Open Google Chrome, open menu (the three dots on the top-right corner of the screen), press Settings.
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  2. Go down, click Advanced and scroll down to the Reset section.
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  3. Press Reset and then click Reset again.
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Uninstall UtilityParse from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Open Add-ons through the menu (the three bars).
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  3. Open Extensions, find UtilityParse and any other extension you cannot identify, and delete them.
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  4. Menu (the three bars) – Preferences.
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  5. You will have to change your homepage in the Home tab.
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  6. Proceed to the Search tab from the menu tab on the left, change your search engine.

Your browser’s settings will have to be reset if UtilityParse is still present.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox, click on the three bars at the top-right corner of the screen, Help – Troubleshoot information.
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  2. Press Refresh Firefox.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox again.
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UtilityParse removal from Safari

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Safari (from the menu bar at the top) – Preferences.
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  3. Open the Extensions tab, find all extensions you don’t know, as well as UtilityParse, and delete them.
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  4. If you go to the General tab, you’ll see that UtilityParse set a strange site as your homepage, set it to one of your choice.
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  5. Open the Search tab, change your search engine from the one set by UtilityParse to something else.

If that didn’t fix your trouble, your browser’s settings will need to be reset.

  1. Launch Safari, press on Safari from the menu bar, and click on Clear History.
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  2. Click Safari (from the top menu) again – Preferences – Advanced tab.
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  3. Check the Show Develop menu in menu bar box.
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  4. You’ll see the Develop menu at the top, click on that and then press on Empty Caches.

Uninstall UtilityParse from Microsoft Edge

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge.
  2. Press the three dots at the top-right corner of the screen, and press Extensions.
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  3. Locate and delete UtilityParse, as well as any other unfamiliar extension.
  4. Menu (the three dots) – Settings.
  5. You will need to modify your homepage in On Startup.
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  6. Proceed to Privacy and services tab, modify your search engine.
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In case you’re still struggling with UtilityParse, it’ll be necessary to reset your browser’s settings to default.

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge, press on menu (the three dots), select Settings, press on the Reset settings tab.
  2. Select Restore settings to their default values. Confirm the reset.
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