InstallMiez.BHQ is a recently discovered adware program for Mac computers. Its creators distribute it as fake updates or add it as an extra “bonus” to another program's installation files. In most cases, users do not notice when InstallMiez.BHQ has infiltrated their system, yet some obvious symptoms eventually start showing up. Malware researchers consider this tool potentially harmful and malicious due to its functionalities and stealthy channels of distribution.
As an adware-type of malware, InstallMiez.BHQ’s purpose is to display advertising content like ads, banners, or pop-ups directly on infected devices. These messages are not harmless by any means as they usually lead to compromised websites and end up in destructive malware threats being installed on the victim’s computer. Programs like InstallMiez.BHQ have been designed to redirect traffic to untrusty websites and services that can bring along dangerous malware infections like Ransomware and Trojans. Many adware pop-ups often send users to phishing websites that mimic legit login pages so that users are tricked into entering their usernames, passwords, or credit card information.
Along with running aggressive third-party advertising campaigns, InstallMiez.BHQ attaches itself to a remote host once installed and starts sending various data concerning the user’s browsing behavior, such as visited websites, searched terms, bookmarks, IP addresses, and so on. Some Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs) are also known to collect personal data, which creates additional risks for your online privacy and identity when the stolen data is sold to cyber crooks who use it to compromise your online accounts. While these are the hidden functionalities of adware, some other signs of their presence are obvious for the user. Apart from the regular ads and pop-ups, victims of InstallMiez.BHQ may also notice that their Mac has become less efficient, starts working more slowly than before, or crashes down and freezes for no reason.
InstallMiez.BHQ is associated with many cybersecurity risks; thus, it is recommended to remove that program as soon as possible. You can do that manually, which can be a complicated process, or through an automated malware removal program. Also, always opt for the “Custom”/”Advanced” setup option when installing new applications, as this will allow you to avoid any undesired tools.