Delete DirectNetwork adware

DirectNetwork is a very generic adware infection, promoted as a useful browser extension that will supposedly improve the browsing experience. However, in reality, it will only disrupt regular browsing by bombarding users with ads. It also has browser hijacker characteristics, so it will make unwanted changes to the browser’s settings. It’s not a dangerous infection, however. It will not directly harm the computer because that’s not its main intention. However, its ads could expose users to potentially dangerous content, including scams and malware.

 

DirectNetwork adware

 

 

DirectNetwork adware is practically identical to ProcesserGridCommonCreative, BlissFresh, IndexInterface, and countless other adware. They all come from the same adware family and thus look the same. DirectNetwork adware will spam you with all kinds of ads, mostly pop-ups, banners, and even redirects. We don’t recommend interacting with ads while adware is installed on your Mac because you could be exposed to dangerous content. The adware will show you tech-support scams, fake virus alerts, and bogus giveaways, as well as redirect you to sites that have scams or malware.

You may also notice that the adware can change your browser’s settings. It can hijack all popular browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. Once it attaches itself to a browser, it will change the homepage/new tabs, as well as set a different default search engine. These changes are done to make redirecting users to sponsored websites easier. The changes will be irreversible until you uninstall DirectNetwork adware from your Mac.

Since DirectNetwork is adware, it will track your browsing and collect certain information. It will track what sites you visit, what you search for, what content you interact with, your IP address, etc. The information can be shared or sold to third parties. Even if it doesn’t collect personal information, the adware’s data collection is still intrusive enough to warrant its removal. There’s really no reason to put up with this data collection, considering that adware does nothing but spam you with ads.

How does adware install?

Adware, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are usually installed via the software bundling method. The method allows programs to install without users’ explicit permission, which is why it’s often used by developers of unwanted programs. The way it works is adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs can be attached to free software as extra offers and authorized to install alongside. This method of installation is quite controversial, and it’s not uncommon for programs that use it to be detected as potential threats by anti-virus programs.

The extra offers are optional but they are preselected to install automatically. So if users do not want the offers, they need to manually deselect them. The problem with this is that the offers are hidden, and unless users are paying close attention, they’re unlikely to notice them. It’s important that you learn to correctly install free programs and prevent these unwanted installations because otherwise, you’ll fill your computer with junk programs that are difficult to get rid of once fully installed. What you need to do is opt for Advance (Custom) settings during freeware installation. The installation window will recommend using Default settings but if you follow this advice, the added offers will be hidden and permitted to install alongside automatically. However, if you opt for Advanced settings, all added offers will be made visible, and you will be given the option to deselect all of them. All you need to do is uncheck the boxes of those offers. Some offers may seem useful at first sight but allowing them to install is not a good idea. No legitimate program will ever use this installation method. And it’s much easier to uncheck a couple of boxes than it is to get rid of fully installed adware.

Infections like adware and browser hijackers can also be promoted as useful tools. If you use third-party download sites, you may come across all kinds of questionable programs advertised as legitimate. We recommend always researching programs before installing them, even a simple search with Google is usually enough.

DirectNetwork adware could have also been pushed via fake virus alerts or update notifications. When you browse high-risk websites, it’s usually very common to encounter these alerts, which is why having an adblocker program is a must. You can ignore those alerts completely, as they will never be legitimate.

DirectNetwork adware removal

Since adware isn’t a malicious infection, you can remove DirectNetwork adware manually if you want. It can be a rather tedious process because there are several steps but it is possible. You can use the directions provided below to help you with the process. For users looking for a quicker and easier solution, using anti-virus software is recommended. The program would locate and delete DirectNetwork adware without you needing to do anything.

Here’s a list of anti-virus programs that detect and remove DirectNetwork adware:

DirectNetwork detections

Remove DirectNetwork from your Applications folder.

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

Remove DirectNetwork related files and folders

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

Remove DirectNetwork from Safari

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

Remove DirectNetwork from Mozilla Firefox

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

Remove DirectNetwork from Google Chrome

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

 

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