Remove NavigateNetwork adware (Mac)

NavigateNetwork is adware targeting Mac computers, falsely promoted as an extension that can improve your browsing experience. However, in reality, it will spam your Mac with ads of all kinds. Compared to malware like trojans and ransomware, NavigateNetwork adware isn’t a serious infection. However, even if it will not directly harm your Mac, it will expose you to a lot of questionable content, including scams and even malware. And it goes without saying that adware ads will be very annoying to deal with. If you notice this adware among your installed applications, remove NavigateNetwork adware (Mac).

 

NevigateNetwork adware

 

NavigateNetwork adware (Mac) has certain browser hijacker characteristics, which is why it will change your browser’s settings. It will set a questionable website as your homepage/new tabs, as well as change your default search engine. These changes are done to make redirecting you to sponsored websites easier. The changes can affect all popular browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. You will not be able to undo these setting changes until you get rid of the adware. But at least this makes the infection very obvious, allowing you to get rid of it sooner rather than later.

Adware’s most annoying feature is the ads. It will spam you with all kinds of ads, including banners, pop-ups, and even redirects. Those ads could expose you to loads of dangerous content, including tech-support scams, fake virus alerts, and giveaway scams. You could also be redirected to sites that conceal malware. If you notice that adware is present on your device, avoid interacting with all ads until you get rid of the adware.

While adware isn’t very dangerous, the sooner you remove NavigateNetwork adware from your Mac, the better. Until you get rid of it, it will track your browsing and collect certain information about your browsing activities. To be more specific, the adware will track what you search for, what sites you visit, your IP address, etc. This kind of data collection is intrusive enough to warrant removal, particularly because you likely did not install NavigateNetwork adware knowingly.

How does adware install

Adware, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, and similar infections get installed on users’ computers without notice because of the free software building method. When programs install using this method, they do not require explicit permission from users. The way software bundling works is smaller threats are added to freeware as extra offers. These offers are authorized to install alongside the program automatically, without users being informed about it. The method is very controversial because it essentially allows programs to sneak past users. It’s not uncommon for programs that use it to be classified as potential threats by anti-virus vendors.

Because the extra offers are optional, their installation can be prevented. As long as you pay attention during installation, you should be able to prevent unwanted installations. The most important step is choosing the correct settings when installing programs. The installation window may recommend using Default but if you opt for these settings, the extra offers will remain hidden and be permitted to install alongside automatically. Choose Advanced (Custom) settings instead. Advanced will make all added offers visible, as well as allow you to deselect everything. Always uncheck all boxes because even if an offer seems useful at first sight, allowing them to install is not a good idea. Software bundling is not a good installation method, and if you allow random offers to install, you’ll fill your computer with junk that’s difficult to get rid of later one.

NavigateNetwork could have been advertised as a useful tool that will supposedly improve the browsing experience. If you downloaded it yourself, believing it to be a useful tool, you need to do more research before installing programs in the future. A simple search with Google or another search engine would be enough in most cases.

Another method used by adware and similar threat developers is concealing adware in fake virus alerts and bogus updates. You can often encounter these fake alerts when browsing high-risk sites (e.g. ones with pornographic or pirated content) without an adblocker. While those notifications may seem alarming at first, if they appear in your browser, pay no attention to them. Certainly do not download anything they offer.

NavigateNetwork adware (Mac) removal

You can use anti-malware software to remove NavigateNetwork adware (Mac) from your computer, or you can do it yourself manually. For users who have very little experience with uninstalling applications, it would be much easier to do it using an anti-virus program because it would take care of everything. In general, using anti-virus software would be much quicker and easier. The ads will stop, and you will be able to change your browser’s settings like normal once the adware is gone. To avoid similar situations in the future, make sure to pay attention when installing free programs in the future.

Remove NavigateNetwork from your Applications folder.

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

Remove NavigateNetwork related files and folders

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

Remove NavigateNetwork from Safari

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

Remove NavigateNetwork from Mozilla Firefox

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

Remove NavigateNetwork from Google Chrome

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

 

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