What is Adware.MAC.XLoader
Adware.MAC.XLoader has been classified as an adware infection. The main purpose of its creators is making profit by displaying useless ads on your Mac, thus you should remove the pest as soon as you notice it onto the system.
How is Adware.MAC.XLoader distributed
Most often, Adware.MAC.XLoader is distributed via a deceptive method, called “bundling”. This means that the adware is usually attached to another useful program that users install onto their computer not having an idea about the existing threat.
For instance, when you install a Flash Player update, or other popular software, you may not notice the unwanted applications attached to the program and all of a sudden it infects your Mac. To avoid such bad surprises, you should pay more attention to the installation steps when you install new software onto your computer.
How do you know if your Mac is infected with Adware.MAC.XLoader
Usually, adware enters your Mac in different forms such as new toolbars, fake web browsers, weather forecast widgets, etc. Some of these flood your browsers with numerous pop-up ads, while others silently keep a track of your browsing history and transfer the collected data to advertisers. No matter which form the adware uses, you will certainly notice there’s something wrong due to the slow speed of your web browser and the tonnes of adds that show up on your screen. Additionally, you may see toolbars and banners that you have never installed and browser add-ons which redirect you to unknown web searches. In any case, you should be very careful which ads you open and where all these links lead to. Otherwise, you might seriously threaten your online security.
How to avoid installation of Adware.MAC.XLoader on your Mac
To avoid installing Adware.MAC.XLoader onto your Mac, you should download free software from developers’ websites only and pay close attention to the installation process. Don’t trust Torrent websites or pop-up ads asking you to update software because they could easily deceive you. Also, make sure that you have installed a reliable anti-virus software onto your Mac to keep it safe at all times.
Remove Adware.MAC.XLoader manually
Click on the blank space on your desktop and select “Go” from the top menu.
Select “Go to folder“
Paste the lines shown below in the opened window and look for adware generated files in the folders to remove them.
Here’s a list of folders commonly used by adware infections:
Adware.MAC.XLoader removal using Activity Monitor
Open your Launchpad, select “Other“, and select “Activity Monitor“ from the list.
Search for any suspicious process name in the Activity Monitor, and if you notice such, double-click on it.
Click the “Sample” button in the opened window. An additional window will open and you will see a line starting with “Path:” Select the path of the suspicious process (select the path, then right click over the selection and select “Copy“).
Click on any blank space on your desktop and select “Go” from the top menu.
Select “Go to Folder…“ from the “Go” menu and paste the path of the suspicious process you copied in the opened window.
Drag and drop the suspicious file from the opened folder to Trash.
Keep in mind that some adware apps install unwanted extensions onto your web browsers. This is how you can remove them from the different browsers.
Remove rogue browser extensions from Safari
- Open your Safari browser. Click on Safari in the top menu and select “Preferences” from the list.
- Select “Extensions” from the preferences window and remove all suspicious extensions by clicking “Uninstall“.
Remove rogue browser extensions from Google Chrome
Open your Google Chrome browser and click on the three dots symbol. Select “More Tools” from the list and then “Extensions“.
Search for suspicious extensions in the opened window and click the “Remove” button next to them.
Remove rogue browser extensions from Mozilla Firefox
- Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. Click on the three lines symbol and select “Add-ons“ from the list.
- Search for suspicious add-ons in the opened window and click the “Remove” button next to them.