SkilledObject is an annoying application that is currently only affecting Mac computers. SkilledObject is associated with browser hijackers, adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). The developers who create and distribute such unwanted software do so to generate advertising revenue by displaying unwanted pop-ups, injecting ads directly into the browser, and diverting online visitors to websites that are heavy with advertisements and sponsored content. Apps like SkilledObject are usually distributed via bundles of free software, pirated or cracked software, torrent websites, and spam emails.
Once installed, SkilledObject is added as a web browser extension in Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers. One of its features is the ability to use trackers to check your online browsing habits. It does this by accessing: Cookies. Tags. Pixels. Flash cookies. And Geo-locators.
These trackers allow app developers to see what you’ve been searching for as well as your saved usernames and passwords. This helps the culprits behind the app better tailor: web browser redirects and page transfers, pop-ups, randomly appearing banners, and “new tab” advertisements.
The macOs may flag SkilledObject as a potential threat and pop up the alert message that reads:
“SkilledObjectwill damage your computer. You should move it to the Trash.
This file was downloaded on an unknown date.
Report malware to Apple to protect other users.”
There have been several Mac threats that have triggered the same macOS alert message. Examples of adware or potentially unwanted programs that macOs pops up an alert message are ActivityInput, OperativeMachine, ProtocolStatus, DominantPartition, CleanParameter, TrustedAnalog, ElementaryTyped, ManagerAnalog, and StandardBoost, among others. Some of the apps may appear on the pop-up message with their app names misspelled like “ActivityInput” shows as “ActivityInputd” (notice the letter “d” at the end).
The ads shown by SkilledObject make it a potentially unwanted app. Many of the websites to which those ads could lead to other potentially unwanted programs or websites that can infect your Mac with online threats. That’s why many experts are recommending the removal of SkilledObject should you find it on your Mac.
If a potentially unwanted program or browser hijacker has infected your computer and your browser is redirecting to suspicious websites, you may need to take the appropriate steps to undo the changes made to your browser.
What to do? Here are some manual steps that may help to resolve the issue: Remove suspicious programs or browser extensions, especially programs you don’t recognize. Reset the web browser to default settings. Clear out your browser cache and the DNS cache.
If the browser redirects persist, then it is advised to run a reputable anti-malware program to scan for, detect and remove browser hijackers, adware or potentially unwanted programs from your computer.
If you are still having trouble, consider contacting remote technical support options.