NationalSpecial virus

NationalSpecial is an ad-supported application that is classified as Mac malware

NationalSpecial adware

NationalSpecial adware

NationalSpecial is a questionable application for Mac OS that manages to bypass Mac anti-malware shield and start exhibiting intrusive behavior on a web browser. There are many users’ complaints about this application on cybersecurity forums, though the application itself does not seem to be present on legitimate download websites, like Google Play[1]. This fact proves evidence that NationalSpecial is malware that is being installed on Macs without users’ consent. Based on the research, it is not malicious. NationalSpecial works as an advertising platform, which may initiate Safari or Chrome redirects to potentially dangerous domains or generate rogue software update messages and downloads.

Despite being a non-malicious cyber infection, the NationalSpecial virus may be involved in shady advertising campaigns. Experts warn that it may be associated with the Safe Finder,,,, and other browser hijackers stemming from Safe Finder family. Open the backdoor to this and other potentially unwanted programs (PUP) may be one of the main tasks assigned to this adware.

This unwanted program may initiate a diverse advertising campaign to promote its partner’s websites or applications. NationalSpecial virus brings an excessive amount of advertising material, the most widely used banner ads, popups, interstitial ads, auto-play ads, or hyperlinks. NationalSpecial ads may redirect to third-party download websites never seen before, which, despite the neat look, may promote bundled software or dangerous programs.

Name NationalSpecial
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program (PUP)
Compatibility Mac OS-based 
Targeted web browser The adware is compatible with Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other web browsers widely used on Macs
Related malware  NationalSpecial may try to promote Safe Finder,,,, and other hijackers
Risk  The adware is a low-risk infection. However, it’s a potential threat due to the content that it may display. There are many examples when people experienced browser redirects to pages filled with malicious downloads
Removal Anti-malware tools designed for Macs can eliminate malware efficiently. However, if the adware managed to bypass anti-malware checks, it may be difficult to eliminate automatically. Therefore, manual removal should work. 
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Keeping NationalSpecial adware on the system may have various side effects. As pointed out, a significant rise of ads and popups on a web browser is the most prominent, but the adware may also be related to the changes on browser’s start page, search provider, and new tab URL.

NationalSpecial ads may be extremely intrusive as they cannot be turned off easily. Since they are generated with a sole purpose – to collect clicks and increase traffic to affiliate sites, an aggressive form of advertising becomes understandable. At least from the perspective of the adware developers. Unfortunately, the ads won’t stop from showing for as long as NationalSpecial removal won’t be performed.

Adware removal on Mac may sometimes be a tough nut to crack. Mac systems have a whole pack of inbuilt security tools and initiate multiple security checks before software installation. If, however, unwanted software is not recognized as malware and the system allows installing it, it may bypass further check quite easily.

If NationalSpecial ads keep showing on the system, it’s advisable to open the Applications folder and check whether it contains this app illustrated as a question mark in a green circle. If detected, delete it by dragging and dropping to trash. In some cases, this might help. However, more often adware spreads bundled with additional programs that can keep your web browser filled with ads and other intrusive content. Therefore, a full system scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner may be needed.

The general tendency of malware dissemination reveals a sad truth that Mac malware is outpacing Windows malware and the rise of unwanted applications on Mac devices is significant[2]. In comparison to Windows, Mac infections are relatively harmless and the majority of them are related to adware like the NationalSpecial virus.

NationalSpecial virus on Apps folder
NationalSpecial is an intrusive application that displays advertising content

NationalSpecial virus on Apps folder
NationalSpecial is an intrusive application that displays advertising content

The problem is that developers of malware tend to programs them in such a way that they can easily be distributed via Google play or Mac app store. The only way to stay protected is to stay away from apps that you are not familiar with. Skip the ones that have no developer disclosed or the ones that have many negative users’ comments and reviews.

To sum up, NationalSpecial virus removal is what you need if you see this app installed and noticed an abnormal web browser’s behavior. One of the removal options is a full system scan with a reliable anti-malware tool. However, you can give a manual removal a try. The full guide on how to remove NationalSpecial malware from Mac is given at the end of this article.

Avoid downloading new apps – that’s the only way to stay away from malware 

Even though Macs are more secure if compared to PCs, they’re still vulnerable to viruses, especially malware like adware or browser hijackers. The rise of malware infections has been noticed since 2016[3]. In general, Macs don’t need anti-virus due to the multiplicity of integrated security systems. However, cybercriminals seem to be a step forward as they are bypassing virus and malware definitions that Mac developers consider to be appropriate for many years. 

As a consequence, malware developers manage to invade App Store, Google Play, and other reputable app providers. Most of the users believe that they are going to download and install a trusted application, for example, an ad-blocker, while it later turns out to be the source for ads itself. 

NationalSpecial popups on Safari
NationalSpecial virus may generate ads that lead to websites promoting malicious programs

NationalSpecial popups on Safari
NationalSpecial virus may generate ads that lead to websites promoting malicious programs

In addition to the legitimate distribution of Mac adware, these intrusive applications can get installed from various third-party download websites. Even though Mac devices tend to warn users that the application comes from the untrusted installer and is not recommended, many people have the wrong belief that Macs are not vulnerable and will not accept malware. Such thinking might lead to common adware infections. 

Another trickery criminals use for spreading Mac malware is fake software update alerts on scam websites. Users may be urged to download the latest update for a particular application or warn about a critical Mac’s state due to a virus infection. Such and similar messages are not genuine. Online scanners and AV warnings are a way to make people download scareware and rogue tools. 

NationalSpecial virus removal methods

There may be many programs related to NationalSpecial ads. If the popups that you see have a postscript saying Powered by NationalSpecial, there are no doubts that this adware is installed. If no postscript is given, the removal of malware may be a little bit more confusing since any unknow app on the Apps list may be related. Therefore, try to remove the NationalSpecial virus with a professional Mac anti-malware tool in the first place. Please be very careful with anti-malware programs, especially those offered on Google Play because you can run into scareware. Read reviews carefully and download the software from first hands. We recommend using SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner

In case anti-malware failed to detect any malware on the system, the only way to perform NationalSpecial removal is a thorough investigation of Apps manually. You will find more details on the adware elimination process down below. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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