Delete CycleAfter adware

CycleAfter is an adware program targeting Mac computers. It can be marketed on third-party download sites as a useful extension that will supposedly improve the browsing experience. In reality, it will only hinder it by bombarding your screen with pop-up ads and redirects. It’s not a harmful infection because it doesn’t cause direct harm to the computer. But adware-generated ads could expose you to harmful content, such as malware and scams. Therefore, you need to remove CycleAfter adware as soon as possible if you find it installed on your Mac. The extra ads will stop once the adware is gone.

 

CycleAfter adware

 

CycleAfter adware is identical to DigitalInitiator, LogLibrary, TheorySeek, MinimalRound, and hundreds of other adware. They all come from the same adware family. They all do the same thing, aka spam your screen with ads. Additionally, CycleAfter adware has browser hijacker characteristics. This means that the adware will make unwanted changes to your browser’s settings. To be more precise, CycleAfter adware will set you a different default search engine, and change your homepage and new tabs. All popular browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari, would be impacted by the changes. It’s worth mentioning that while the adware is installed on your Mac, you won’t be able to undo these settings changes.

The main goal of adware is to expose you to as much advertisement content as possible. That means you will be spammed with all kinds of ads on every site you visit.  There will be banners, pop-ups, regular ads, and even redirects. Regular ads are pretty annoying, adware generated ones will be much worse. You should also know that the adware may expose you to potentially harmful content like giveaway scams, false virus alerts, and tech support scams. We recommend not interacting with any ads while adware is installed on your Mac, just to be safe.

Adware infections are notorious for their data collection practices. The CycleAfter adware will track your browsing activity and gather data such as the websites you visit, the searches you do, the content you interact with, your IP address, etc. Given that you receive nothing from CycleAfter adware, there really is no reason to put up with the data collection.

How does adware install

To install adware on users’ computers without them even realizing it adware developers use a variety of different deceptive methods. Adware can be hidden in fake update/virus notifications, included as an extra offer to free software, advertised as a useful extension, etc.

It’s crucial to install programs using the correct settings since adware is frequently spread through the software bundling method. When freeware is installed incorrectly, a variety of garbage programs may end up on the computer and interrupt normal computer use. Adware, browser hijackers, and other similar infections are added as extra offers to free software. The additional offers are authorized to install alongside the freeware without explicit consent. And unless users are paying close attention, they may not even notice the extra offers. Programs that install using the bundling method are often categorized as potential threats by anti-virus programs because it is a rather controversial installation method.

Though technically optional, the offers that are added to programs need to be manually deselected in order to block them from installing. Due to offers being hidden, many users are unable to do that. Users might not even notice the extra offers during installation unless they are paying close attention. When given the option, you need to opt for Advanced (Custom) settings. The Default settings may be suggested by the installation window, but those settings will hide all offers, thus preventing you from deselecting them. All added offers will be made visible if you choose Advanced settings. Those settings will also allow you to deselect everything. There are usually at least a couple of additional offers, and we recommend deselecting them all. Do not allow an offer to install even if it appears useful at first glance.

This adware might have also been promoted as a helpful extension that would improve your browsing. You should research programs before installing them in the future if you downloaded/installed the adware yourself, believing it to be useful. You can research a program to determine whether it’s safe by using a search engine like Google.

Adware is also frequently concealed in fake virus/update alerts. An adblocker program would take care of the fake alerts, especially when you’re visiting high-risk websites. Remember that if virus and update alerts appear in your browser, they are scams, regardless of how convincing they may look.

CycleAfter adware removal

You can remove CycleAfter adware manually because adware isn’t a particularly dangerous infection. However, because there are so many steps, the procedure can be fairly tedious. Nonetheless, we will provide instructions below to help you. Using an anti-virus program to remove CycleAfter adware from your Mac is considerably easier and quicker. You won’t see as many ads when the adware has been eliminated, and you’ll be able to modify your browser’s settings like normal.

Remove CycleAfter from your Applications folder.

  1. Open Finder → Applications.
    Finder (Applications) Delete CycleAfter adware
  2. Find CycleAfter among your installed Applications, and drag it to the Trash.

Remove CycleAfter related files and folders

  1. Open Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
    Finder (Go to folder) Delete CycleAfter adware
  2. Type /Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
    Finder (LaunchAgents) Delete CycleAfter 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) Delete CycleAfter 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.
    Finder LaunchAgents Delete CycleAfter adware
  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) Delete CycleAfter adware
  12. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.

Remove CycleAfter from Safari

  1. Open Safari → Safari → Preferences.
    Safari Preferences Delete CycleAfter adware
  2. In Preferences, click on the Extensions tab.
  3. In Extensions, find CycleAfter and click Uninstall.
    Safari extension (remove) Delete CycleAfter adware

Remove CycleAfter from Mozilla Firefox

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

Remove CycleAfter from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome → Menu (the three dots at the top right corner) → More Tools → Extensions.
    Google-chrome-pref Delete CycleAfter adware
  2. In Extensions, find CycleAfter and click Remove.
    Google-chrome-extensions Delete CycleAfter adware

 

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