How to Remove QuicklookPI Mac Virus

David Shore
IT Security Expert

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What Is QuicklookPI Mac Virus?


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QuicklookPI is a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted browser plugin that infects Mac Computers. Although the plug-in is just labeled “QuicklookPI” by the creator, it has been known to be adware or spyware according to some security firms and security software. QuicklookPI provides push notifications for other apps, many of them are considered spam as well. QuicklookPI has no official website, but it can be downloaded via various Android and iOS apps. It is a very small file that can be downloaded and installed using any file downloader, Internet browser or by visiting infected webpages. The purpose of QuicklookPI is to provide you with ads and push notifications for apps such as Spotify, Netflix or Hulu Plus. The plug-in has the capability to disable current add-ons such as phishing protection and Adguard.

How Is QuicklookPI Mac Virus Distributed?

“Quicklook PI” has been known to distribute via social media, pay-per-click networks and adult content sites. The ads will often state Limited time discount or looking for new members, opening and downloading the file(s) will start the installation and infection of your Mac computer. The main purpose of “Quicklook PI Mac” is to get a user to download apps that may not be useful. On top of this, you will be bombarded with ads that may lead you to questionable sites or contain malware. “Quicklook PI” is untrustworthy, suspicious and can infect your computer with malware. The real purpose of “Quicklook PI Mac” is for the creator to gain money.

How harmful is QuicklookPI hijacker? 

This browser hijacker is categorized as an adware. It will display ads, pop-ups and even redirect you to other websites that are not trusted and may contain malicious content. The invasions of the plug-in are mostly unwanted because of their ability to provide you with pop-up ads, redirect you to malicious domains and annoy you with repetitive messages. You may consider “Quicklook PI Mac” as a dangerous threat to your computer security because of the above mentioned actions.

How did I get infected?

The author of this browser hijacker is not known, it is just labeled “Quicklook PI.” The distribution methods are also not clear but we advise you to avoid downloading and installing apps from third-party websites because they can be easily infected. Make sure that you check the reputation of the app on a trustworthy website such as Google Play or report suspicious ads to security firms and anti-spyware companies.

How can I remove QuicklookPI virus ?

Anti-spyware programs are able to diagnose and remove this infection, but we advise you to read some removal instructions first. If you have been affected by QuicklookPI launched via an ad on certain sites, we advise you to remove this browser hijacker as soon as possible.

Step 1: Uninstall QuicklookPI and remove related files and objects

  • Open your Finder –> Click on GO –>Click on Utilities


  • Find Activity Monitor and open it


  • Review all the processes in Activity Monitor and write down the ones related to QuicklookPI virus


  • Select Quit


  • To kill the malicious process, choose the Force Quit option.

Step 2: Scan for and remove QuicklookPI files from your Mac

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