About HybridSpace adware

Despite being advertised as a useful browser extension, HybridSpace is classified as an adware infection. It will not directly harm your Mac but it will spam you with various ads in order to generate revenue. Its sole objective is to bombard you with as many advertisements as possible. The adware has browser hijacker characteristics so your browser’s settings will also be changed. But its most annoying feature is the ads. Those ads could expose you to dangerous content, including malware and scams. It will also collect certain information about your browsing activities. The adware has no useful features so there’s no reason why you should not delete HybridSpace adware from your Mac.

 

HybridSpace adware

 

Adware infections like SharedEdge, ConsoleControl, SkyWard, and CladRumble are all part of the same adware family as HybridSpace adware. These infections resemble one another so closely that they are virtually identical. They all change browser settings and spam users with ads. The HybridSpace adware will spam your screen with pop-ups, and banners, and may even redirect you to questionable websites. You’ll also often encounter fake virus alerts, tech-support scams, and bogus giveaways. You risk being exposed to harmful content, such as malware and scams if you interact with those advertisements.

You may also have noticed that this adware made changes to your browser’s settings. The adware could hijack all major browsers, including Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Once a browser has been taken over, you will have a new homepage/new tabs, and be forced to use a questionable search engine. The changes are made to make it easier to redirect you to sponsored websites. You won’t be able to undo the modifications made to your browser’s settings as long as the HybridSpace adware remains installed on your Mac.

Finally, it’s important to note that HybridSpace monitors your browsing in order to collect certain data. The adware will track your IP address, websites you visit, searches you conduct, the content you interact with, and other data. The collected data would also be shared with third parties. Even if HybridSpace doesn’t collect personal information, it has no redeemable features so there is no reason to put up with this. The sooner you uninstall HybridSpace adware from your browser, the quicker you can go back to regular browsing.

Adware distribution methods

Adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs are frequently installed through the software bundling method. Using this method, said applications can be added as extra offers to free software and installed simultaneously without requiring users’ explicit permission. This is why developers of unwanted software favor software bundling. It is a somewhat controversial installation technique, and many anti-virus vendors flag software that uses it as a potential threat.

Although the additional offers are technically optional, many consumers don’t block their installations because they’re hidden from view. The block their installations, the offers need to be manually deselected. But to deselect them, they first need to be made visible. As long as you pay attention when installing programs, it is not difficult to do. The most important part is choosing the correct settings. The installation window will recommend using Default settings but these settings will conceal all offers, allowing their installations. Instead, you need to opt for Advanced (Custom) settings. All additional offers will be made visible in Advanced settings, and you will be given the option to deselect all of them. To block an offer, just uncheck the box next to it. Even if some offers appear useful at first, it is not a good idea to permit their installation. It’s much easier to uncheck a couple of boxes during installation than it is to uninstall infections like adware.

Adware and browser hijackers can also both be promoted as useful extensions. You can come across a variety of questionable programs marketed as legitimate if you browse third-party download sites. You should always research programs before installing them to ensure you don’t install junk that could cause issues. Even a simple search with Google is often enough to determine whether a program is safe to download.

It’s also possible that the HybridSpace adware was hidden in fake virus alerts or update notifications. When visiting certain high-risk websites, these fake alerts are pretty common. Pay no attention to these alerts because they will be scams. You should also never download anything from these alerts because you could end up with malware.

HybridSpace adware removal

Because it is not a serious malware infection, you can uninstall HybridSpace adware manually. There are numerous steps you’d need to take and the process is somewhat tedious, but it’s not difficult. You can use the directions provided below to assist you with HybridSpace adware removal. However, using anti-virus software to delete HybridSpace adware from your Mac would be much easier because the programs would take care of everything. Once the adware is gone, your browsing will go back to normal.

HybridSpace adware detections

Remove HybridSpace from your Applications folder.

  1. Open Finder → Applications.
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  2. Find HybridSpace among your installed Applications, and drag it to the Trash.

Remove HybridSpace related files and folders

  1. Open Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
    Finder (Go to folder) About HybridSpace adware
  2. Type /Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder (LaunchAgents) About HybridSpace adware
  3. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.
  4. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  5. Type ~/Library/Application Support in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder (Application Support) About HybridSpace adware
  6. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added folders and drag them to the Trash.
  7. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  8. Type ~/Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
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  9. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.
  10. Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
  11. Type /Library/LaunchDaemons in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder (LaunchDaemons) About HybridSpace adware
  12. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.

Remove HybridSpace from Safari

  1. Open Safari → Safari → Preferences.
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  2. In Preferences, click on the Extensions tab.
  3. In Extensions, find HybridSpace and click Uninstall.
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Remove HybridSpace from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox → Menu (the bars at the top right corner) → Add-ons and themes.
    Firefox About HybridSpace adware
  2. In the Extensions tab, find HybridSpace, click on the three dots, and click Remove.
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Remove HybridSpace from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome → Menu (the three dots at the top right corner) → More Tools → Extensions.
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  2. In Extensions, find HybridSpace and click Remove.
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