Remove IndexerSource adware (Mac)

IndexerSource is a generic adware infection that targets Mac computers. It installs using deceptive installation methods, interrupts browsing with intrusive ads, tracks online activities, and makes changes to the browser’s settings. While very annoying and troublesome to deal with, adware isn’t a particularly dangerous infection because it does not directly harm the computer. Despite this, the sooner you remove IndexerSource from your Mac, the better.

 

IndexerSource adware

 

The main purpose of an adware infection is to expose users to as much advertisement content as possible. Because it essentially spams you with ads, adware is a very noticeable infection. If you’re not familiar with adware infections, you might not necessarily attribute the strange behavior to adware but you will definitely notice that something’s wrong. Adware ads will come in various forms, usually banners, pop-ups, and even redirects. We don’t recommend interacting with any ads while adware is installed because you could be exposed to dangerous content. Adware is often behind tech-support scams and fake virus alerts. If you’re redirected to a questionable site that shows an alert with warnings about a supposed malware infection on your computer, ignore the alert. Do not download anything that’s offered and do not call the displayed phone numbers. These virus alerts are nothing more than scams. Adware could also redirect you to sites promoting fake giveaways. Promises of great prizes are just a ruse to trick users into disclosing their personal information. IndexerSource adware also has browser hijacker characteristics so your browser’s settings may be changed. To be more specific, the adware may change your homepage and new tabs, as well as your search engine.

It’s also worth mentioning that IndexerSource adware will track your browsing and collect certain information. It will track your search queries, what sites you visit, your IP address, etc. This information would be shared with unknown third parties as well. While no personal information is collected, there’s no reason to put up with IndexerSource adware. Use anti-malware software to remove IndexerSource adware from your computer, the sooner, the better.

How does adware install?

Adware is usually installed using the free software bundling method. The method allows adware, browser hijackers, and similar infections to install without needing explicit permission from users. This is why it’s often used by developers of unwanted programs. The infections can come attached to free software as extra offers. The offers are permitted to install alongside programs automatically. Users are often not even aware of anything being added to the program they’re installing. This is why software bundling is a rather controversial installation method. What likely happened in your case is the adware was attached to a free program you installed.

The offers are technically optional but they need to be manually deselected to prevent their installation. But since they’re hidden, users simply do not notice the offers. As long as you pay attention to how you install programs, you should be able to prevent these unwanted installations. When installing free programs, you need to opt for Advanced (Custom) settings instead of Default. Advanced settings will make all added offers visible, and you will have the option to deselect all of them. You simply need to uncheck the boxes of those offers. If you use Default settings, the added offers will be hidden, and you will not be able to deselect them. Keep in mind that it’s much easier to uncheck a couple of boxes than it is to later have to uninstall troublesome infections like adware.

Adware is also often distributed using deceptive ads, as well as fake alerts about updates and viruses. These ads are most often encountered when browsing certain high-risk websites without an adblocker. For example, you can often see deceptive ads when browsing sites that have pornographic or pirated content. Malicious actors also often spread adware and similar infections using fake Adobe Flash Player update alerts.

Lastly, IndexerSource could have been advertised as some useful extension that would improve your browsing experience. If you can remember installing the program yourself, you need to do more extensive research in the future before installing programs in the future. Using a search engine like Google to look into a program is often enough. Had you searched IndexerSource, you would have been shown many results pointing to it being adware.

IndexerSource adware removal

You can remove IndexerSource adware both manually and using anti-virus software. It would be much easier to do it using an anti-virus program because it would take care of everything for you. However, since adware isn’t malicious, you can also delete IndexerSource adware manually. Though that may require more effort and time, as you’d have to do everything yourself. Once the adware has been removed from your computer, the additional ads will stop. You will also be able to change your browser’s settings freely again.

Here are the anti-virus programs that will help delete IndexerSource adware from your Mac:

IndexerSource detections

Remove IndexerSource from your Applications folder.

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

Remove IndexerSource related files and folders

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

Remove IndexerSource from Safari

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

Remove IndexerSource from Mozilla Firefox

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

Remove IndexerSource from Google Chrome

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

 

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