How to delete ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac)

ExpressionCargo is an adware infection that targets Mac computers. It’s not particularly dangerous because it doesn’t cause direct harm to the computer. However, it will be very annoying because it will spam you with intrusive ads and redirects. But while adware isn’t directly dangerous ExpressionCargo may expose you to malicious ads and various scams. It also has browser hijacker characteristics so your browser’s settings may be changed without permission. Overall, ExpressionCargo adware is a nuisance that should be removed sooner rather than later.

 

Adware

As soon as ExpressionCargo adware is installed on your computer, you will be constantly spammed with ads everywhere you go. That includes pop-ups, banners, redirects, etc. This kind of behavior is very intrusive and disrupts regular browsing. The adware also has some browser hijacker features so your browser’s settings have likely been changed. In particular, ExpressionCargo likely set a different homepage, new tabs, and default search engine. These changes are done without permission, and cannot be reversed while the infection is installed. Most popular browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari, can be hijacked by this adware.

As we already said, adware infections do not directly harm computers. However, ExpressionCargo adware may expose you to potentially dangerous ads. For example, you may be shown tech-support scams, fake virus alerts, malicious download ads, giveaway scams, etc. You could also be redirected to a dangerous website that hides malware. We recommend that you do not engage with ads at all while adware is installed on your computer.

It’s also worth mentioning that ExpressionCargo adware will track your browsing and collect information about what sites you visit, what you search for, your IP address, what content you engage with, etc. Furthermore, this information is usually shared with unknown third parties for advertisement purposes. Considering that ExpressionCargo is not benefiting you in any way, there’s no reason to put up with any kind of data collection.

It isn’t a dangerous infection but you still need to remove ExpressionCargo adware as soon as possible. You can try to do it manually, though using anti-virus software is much easier.

How does adware install?

You likely installed the adware yourself, albeit unknowingly. These kinds of infections use a method known as software bundling to install. This allows them to essentially sneak into users’ computers without explicit permission. Infections like adware, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs come attached to free software as extra offers. These offers are attached in a way that allows them to install alongside the program automatically, without users even knowing. This makes software bundling a somewhat controversial installation method. It’s not uncommon for programs that use it to be detected as potential threats by anti-virus vendors.

While the extra offers are technically optional, they are hidden, which is why many users fail to prevent their installations. If you pay attention when installing freeware, you should have no trouble preventing these unwanted installations. You will be able to choose between Default (Basic) and Advanced (Custom) settings when installing freeware. The installation window will recommend using Default settings but those settings will hide all added offers and allow them to install alongside the program they’re attached to. Instead, you should opt for Advanced. Those settings will make all added offers visible, and you will be able to deselect all of them. Always deselect all offers because none of them will be of any use to you.

Adware is also often distributed using deceptive advertising and fake alerts. For example, you may come across a fake Adobe Flash Player update alert. But instead of an update for Flash Player, you would end up downloading adware. Keep in mind that legitimate updates don’t work this way. You should only download updates from official websites, never ads or alerts in your browser.

It’s also possible that this adware is being promoted as a useful extension. If you installed it thinking it would be a useful tool, you need to be more careful in the future. It’s a good idea to research programs before installing them. Even a simple search with Google or a different search engine is enough to determine whether something can be safely installed. We also recommend you stick to official websites when downloading programs instead of using third-party sites.

ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac) removal

When it comes to ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac) removal, you have two options. You can uninstall ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac) manually or use anti-virus software. Since adware isn’t a dangerous infection, it can be removed manually, though the process can be quite time-consuming and require more effort. It’s much easier to remove ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac) using anti-virus software because the program would take care of everything. Once the adware is gone, the random redirects and intrusive ads will stop.

Here are the anti-virus programs that will help delete ExpressionCargo adware from your Mac.

 

ExpressionCargo detections

Remove ExpressionCargo from your Applications folder.

  1. Open Finder → Applications.
    Finder (Applications) How to delete ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac)
  2. Find ExpressionCargo among your installed Applications, and drag it to the Trash.

Remove ExpressionCargo related files and folders

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

Remove ExpressionCargo from Safari

  1. Open Safari → Safari → Preferences.
    Safari Preferences How to delete ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac)
  2. In Preferences, click on the Extensions tab.
  3. In Extensions, find ExpressionCargo and click Uninstall.
    Safari extension (remove) How to delete ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac)

Remove ExpressionCargo from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox → Menu (the bars at the top right corner) → Add-ons and themes.
    Firefox How to delete ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac)
  2. In the Extensions tab, find ExpressionCargo, click on the three dots, and click Remove.
    Firefox extensions tab How to delete ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac)

Remove ExpressionCargo from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome → Menu (the three dots at the top right corner) → More Tools → Extensions.
    Google-chrome-pref How to delete ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac)
  2. In Extensions, find ExpressionCargo and click Remove.
    Google-chrome-extensions How to delete ExpressionCargo Adware (Mac)

 

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