How to remove SkyWard adware

SkyWard is classified as adware because it spams users with ads when installed. It targets Mac computers. It’s frequently advertised as a useful browser extension that can make the browsing experience better. In actuality, it will bombard your screen with ads. SkyWard adware is pretty minor compared to malware infections like trojans and ransomware. Even if it doesn’t directly harm your Mac, it will nevertheless expose you to a variety of dubious content, such as viruses and scams. Ads, in general, can be annoying, but the ones displayed by adware will be considerably more so. The sooner you remove SkyWard adware from your Mac, the better.

 

SkyWard adware

 

Because of its browser hijacker traits, the SkyWard will change your browser’s settings. Your homepage and new tabs will be changed to a dubious website, and you’ll get a new default search engine. These changes allow the adware to redirect you to sponsored websites. The changes will affect all popular browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. Until the adware is removed, you won’t be able to undo these setting changes. While very annoying, these unwanted changes at least make an infection very obvious, allowing users to remove it sooner rather than later. The changes will also be irreversible while the adware is installed because it will just keep making the changes.

The most annoying part of adware is the neverending stream of ads. You will be spammed with redirects, pop-ups, banners, and other forms of advertising. You could be exposed to a range of questionable content through these advertisements, including giveaway scams, bogus virus alerts, and tech support scams. Even worse, you can be taken to a dangerous website. Avoid interacting with any ads until you remove SkyWard adware from your Mac.

The sooner you remove SkyWard adware from your Mac, the better. Even if it’s not directly dangerous to your Mac, it’s still an infection with plenty of annoying qualities. Until you get rid of it, it will track your browsing and gather certain data about your browsing habits. In particular, the adware will track your searches, websites visited, IP address, and other information. This kind of data collection is intrusive enough to warrant removal, especially because you probably installed SkyWard adware unintentionally.

Adware installation methods

Adware, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, and other similar infections can be installed on users’ computers without their knowledge because of the software bundling method. When installing programs using this technique, users’ explicit permission is not necessary. The way it works is less serious threats are added to freeware as extra offers. These offers are allowed to install automatically alongside the software. The technique, which essentially allows programs to trick users, is quite controversial. Programs that use this method of installation are frequently categorized as potential threats by anti-virus vendors.

The installation of these extra offers can be blocked because they are optional. If you pay attention when installing free programs, you should be able to prevent unwanted installations. The most crucial stage when installing programs is choosing the appropriate settings. Although the installation window may advise using Default settings, if you do so, the additional offers will be hidden and permitted to install. Selecting Advanced (Custom) settings is what you need to do. Advanced settings will display all added offers and give you the option to deselect them all. We strongly recommend not allowing any offers to install, even if they appear useful at first sight. Allowing random offers to install will clog your computer with garbage programs that will be challenging to remove later.

It’s also likely that SkyWard was promoted as a useful extension that promises to enhance the browsing experience. If you downloaded/installed SkyWard adware yourself because you thought it would be useful, you should do more research before installing programs in the future. A quick search with Google or another search engine will usually be sufficient.

Adware and other similar infections are occasionally hidden in bogus virus/updates alerts. You may come across these bogus alerts when browsing high-risk websites (such as those with pornographic or pirated content) without an adblocker. If you see these alerts when browsing, ignore them even if they can, at first, seem alarming. Don’t download any of the programs they offer either.

SkyWard adware removal

When it comes to removing SkyWard adware from your Mac, you have two choices: manually or with anti-malware software. If you don’t have much experience in uninstalling programs, it would be much simpler to remove SkyWard adware using an anti-virus tool because it would handle everything for you. In general, using anti-virus software would be much faster and easier. However, the steps for manually removing SkyWard adware are provided below. Once the adware is removed, the additional ads will stop and you will be able to change your browser’s settings as usual.

 

SkyWard adware detections

Remove SkyWard from your Applications folder.

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

Remove SkyWard related files and folders

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

Remove SkyWard from Safari

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

Remove SkyWard from Mozilla Firefox

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

Remove SkyWard from Google Chrome

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

 

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