What is Crusader Connect
Crusader Connect is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), responsible for the strange browser behavior you may be experiencing. This app is programmed to generate numerous intrusive ads on your screen, and can even modify your browser settings. The produced sponsored content is very likely to be unreliable, since it can lead to shady third-party websites, or make you install other useless junk on your Mac.
How it is distributed
The most common distribution methods include torrent files, freeware, dubious links and ads, email attachments, software bundles and fake update messages. It is very easy for hidden software to slip past the user during an installation process, which is why you need to be very cautious and diligent. Installers are known to advertise additional programs, and in most cases, they turn out to be malware in disguise. Also, if you don’t opt for a custom/advanced installation, such bonus apps may get installed by default without your knowledge. That’s why you mustn’t make the same mistake. Look for any optional programs and decline their installation.
How it operates
Crusader Connect is an app, which might install other malicious programs on your browser, show many aggressive ads, pop-ups and messages, aiming to trick you into clicking on them. For each click you make, the parasite will create revenue for its creators via the pay-per-click scheme. Soon, your browser will become unresponsive to your actions, due to the heavy adverts it is made to show by Crusader Connect. What’s more, your personal data may get exposed! The only way to protect your online privacy and return your Mac to a malware-free state, is to remove this unwanted application as soon as you detect its presence. The longer you delay, the worse your situation will get, so you need to act fast!
Staying safe from Crusader Connect
Apart from having a reliable AV software installed on your Mac, there are other things you can do to ensure your device’s safety. We highly recommend you to:
- Pay close attention when you install third-party software, especially torrent files, so you don’t install shady additional applications that you don’t want. In most cases, that’s how malicious parasites are able to infect your computer;
- Read any Terms and Conditions you see, so you know exactly what you agree to. The last thing you want is to unknowingly give permission to a nasty virus to infiltrate your Mac;
- Follow links that lead to trustworthy sites only;
- It is best to visit only reliable and official websites. You never know what dangers might lurk behind an unfamiliar site;
- No matter how attractive an ad is, if you are not familiar with the website it redirects to, it might be best to steer clear of it and not click;
- Always check the sender’s email address before opening a message. If it states that it’s from an official company, compare the email with the one given in their official page. If there is no match, delete the message, since it most likely is fake and has malicious aims;
- Don’t open email attachments from unknown senders. More often than not, such files carry infections that can seriously damage your computer.
How to manually remove Crusader Connect from Mac
If you’ve had the misfortune of getting your Mac infected with the Crusader Connect PUA, the instructions below can help you to remove it manually. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Go to Utilities. You can do that by using the ⇧+⌘+U key combination, or by going to Finder and choosing Utilities from the Go main menu at the top.
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it.
3. A list will be displayed. Find any processes that seem suspicious to you and use the ‘Force Quit‘ option to quit them completely.
4. Open Finder. Click on the Go button from the main menu at the top, and choose Applications. An alternative way is to use the ⇧+⌘+A key combination.
5. Look for any suspicious applications, especially ones with a name similar to Crusader Connect. If any are found, right-click on them and select the ‘Move to Trash‘ option.
6. Remove any related left-over files by going to Finder‘s search bar and typing the name of the app you want to remove. Make sure to modify the two drop down menus above to ‘System Files‘ and ‘Are Included‘, so that any hidden files are visible for you to remove. Once you find the files you want to remove, simply drag them to Trash.
7. All that’s left for you to do is remove any related extensions to Crusader Connect from your Mac browsers.
For Mozilla Firefox extensions:
- Open the Firefox browser and from the ‘burger’ menu in the top right corner of the window select ‘Add-ons’.
- Select any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and click ‘Remove’.
For Google Chrome extensions:
- Open the Chrome browser and select Tools > Extensions from the menu (the three dots in the top right corner of the browser window).
- Locate any suspicious extensions that may be related to the virus and remove them.
For Safari extensions:
- Open the Safari browser. From the Safari menu choose Preferences. Select Extensions from the options at the top.
- Find any extensions you think are related to the virus, select them and click ‘Uninstall’. A new window will show up asking for confirmation. Click Uninstall again, for the extension to get deleted permanently from your browser.