Delete SharedEdge adware

SharedEdge adware is promoted as a useful extension but is, in fact, adware. Its whole purpose is to spam you with as many ads as possible. It also has browser hijacker characteristics so your browser’s settings will also be changed. Fortunately, it’s not a dangerous infection that can directly harm your Mac computer. However, adware ads might expose you to malware and other potentially malicious content. You also likely did not install SharedEdge adware knowingly, as such applications use deceptive installation methods. There’s no reason to keep the adware installed, and the sooner you remove SharedEdge adware, the quicker you can go back to regular browsing.

 

SharedEdge adware

 

SharedEdge comes from a family of adware that includes infections like ConsoleControl, SkyWard, CladRumble, and HybridBudget. These infections are practically identical to one another in every way. They all make unwanted changes to browsers’ settings and spam ads of all kinds. SharedEdge adware will bombard your screen with pop-ups, and banners, and even redirect you to questionable websites. You will constantly be exposed to fake virus alerts, tech-support scams, and bogus giveaways. Interacting with those ads is not a good idea because you could be exposed to dangerous content, such as malware.

Additionally, you might notice that this adware can change your browser’s settings. All popular browsers, such as Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, are susceptible to hijacking by adware. Once it has hijacked a browser, it will change the default search engine, the homepage, and new tabs. The changes are done to make redirecting to sponsored sites easier. If SharedEdge adware successfully hijacked your browser, you will not be able to undo the setting changes until you uninstall SharedEdge adware from your Mac.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that SharedEdge tracks your browsing to collect certain data. Your IP address, the websites you visit, the searches you do, the content you engage with, and other information will all be tracked by the adware. The data may also be shared with third parties. Even if the adware doesn’t collect personal information, its data collection techniques are intrusive enough to warrant its removal. When a program just serves to bombard you with ads, there is no reason to put up with this kind of data collection.

Adware installation methods

Software bundling is usually used to install threats like adware, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). This method allows said programs to be attached to free software as extra offers and install alongside without requiring explicit permission from users. This is why software bundling is often used by developers of unwanted programs. It’s a rather controversial installation method and many anti-virus programs detect programs that use it as potential threats.

The added offers are technically optional but many users fail to prevent their installations because the offers are hidden. The offers need to be manually deselected but they first need to be made visible. It’s not difficult to do as long as you pay attention when installing programs. The most important thing is to choose the correct settings. The installation window may recommend using Default settings but if you follow this advice, all added offers will be hidden and permitted to install alongside. What you need to do is select Advanced (Custom) settings when installing free software. In Advanced settings, all additional offers will be made visible, and you will be given the option to deselect all of them. Simply uncheck the boxes next to the offers you don’t want. Even if some offers seem useful at first sight, allowing their installations is not a good idea. Legitimate programs will never use software bundling to install because it’s a deceptive installation method. It’s also worth mentioning that deselecting a couple of boxes is much easier than it is to uninstall infections like adware.

Furthermore, browser hijackers and adware can both be advertised as helpful tools. If you visit third-party download sites, you can run into a number of dubious programs that are being promoted as legitimate. We strongly recommend researching programs before installing them. Usually, a quick Google search is enough to determine whether a program is safe to download.

SharedEdge adware could have also been distributed via fake virus alerts or update notifications. These alerts are frequently displayed when browsing high-risk websites, which is why using an adblocker program is necessary. You can ignore all virus alerts that appear in browsers because they will always be scams.

SharedEdge adware removal

You can remove the SharedEdge adware manually because it isn’t a serious malware infection. It can be a somewhat tedious process because there are many steps, but it is not difficult. You can use the directions provided below to help you through the process. Users who want a quicker and easier approach are recommended to use anti-virus software. Once the adware is gone from your computer, the additional ads will stop and you will be able to change your browser’s settings like normal.

Remove SharedEdge from your Applications folder.

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

Remove SharedEdge related files and folders

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

Remove SharedEdge from Safari

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

Remove SharedEdge from Mozilla Firefox

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

Remove SharedEdge from Google Chrome

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

 

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