TheorySeek adware removal

TheorySeek is a generic adware infection that targets Mac computers. While TheorySeek is promoted as a useful extension for improving your browser experience, it will actually have the opposite effect. While you browse, the adware will bombard your screen with advertisements and expose you to potentially harmful content. Because TheorySeek adware isn’t malicious, it won’t harm your Mac directly. Nonetheless, you should uninstall TheorySeek adware as soon as possible because its advertisements may expose you to potentially harmful content, such as scams and malware.

 

TheorySeek adware

 

Because they’re from the same adware family, TheorySeek adware is quite similar to MinimalRound, AnalyticsBloom, EasyHandler, FrequencyPlatform, and not to mention hundreds of other adware. Adware’s main goal is to expose you to as much advertising content as possible, which is why you’ll be bombarded with all kinds of ads. Regular ads, pop-ups, and even redirects will constantly interrupt your browsing. Even if the adware does not harm your computer directly, the adverts it generates may expose you to dubious content such as tech-support scams, bogus virus alerts, and fake giveaways. As long as adware is installed on your Mac, we don’t recommend interacting with any ads.

Because it has browser hijacker features, TheorySeek adware will change your browser settings as well. It will alter your homepage/new tabs, as well as set a questionable default search engine. All popular browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari, will be affected by the changes. You will also be unable to reverse the changes while the adware is still installed. Until you remove TheorySeek adware from your Mac, you will be stuck getting redirected to questionable websites as soon as you open your browser.

It’s also worth mentioning that TheorySeek adware will track your browsing habits and collect certain data. It will track what you search for, the sites you visit, what content you interact with, your IP address, and so on. This information is also shared with or sold to third parties, usually for advertising purposes. The data collection is very intrusive and that definitely warrants TheorySeek’s removal. There’s simply no reason to put up with this data collection, especially because the adware only serves to spam your screen with advertisements.

Adware installation methods

Software bundling is a common way for infections like adware, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) to be installed. This method of installation allows programs to be installed without requiring explicit permission from users. This is why it’s popular among unwanted program developers. The way it works is these infections are attached to free software as additional offers and said offers are allowed to install alongside automatically. As a result, the method is quite controversial, and anti-virus programs frequently flag apps that use it as potential threats.

Despite the fact that the offers are preselected to install alongside programs automatically, they are technically optional. Users must explicitly deselect these unwanted offers if they do not want them. Because the offers are hidden throughout the installation process, many users are unable to deselect them. You need to learn how to install free software correctly if you wish to avoid these unwanted installations. When Advanced (Custom) settings are available, opt for them. Although the installation window may suggest that you use Default settings, doing so would result in all additional offers being installed without your permission. Advanced settings, on the other hand, will show you all additional offers and allow you to uncheck all of them. Simply uncheck the boxes next to those offers.

Adware and browser hijackers are also quite often advertised as useful tools that can improve users’ browsing experiences. It’s especially popular on third-party download sites, where users are offered loads of freeware. It’s always a good idea to do some research on programs before installing them. In most cases, researching a program with a search engine like Google is enough.

Adware and browser hijacker infections are also spread via fake virus alerts and update notifications. Fake notifications are most commonly seen on high-risk websites. These fake alerts are common on sites with pornographic or pirated content, for example. You should never download anything from these notifications because that could result in a malware infection.

TheorySeek adware removal

TheorySeek adware can be removed manually or with anti-virus software. Because it is not a dangerous infection, you can remove TheorySeek adware on your own. The process can be somewhat tedious due to the numerous steps you’d need to do but it is not difficult. Instructions can be found right below. We strongly suggest using anti-virus software if you want a faster and easier solution. It would be taken care of by the program without you having to do anything. Once the adware is removed, the additional ads will stop popping up, and you will be able to change your browser’s settings as normal.

Remove TheorySeek from your Applications folder.

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

Remove TheorySeek related files and folders

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

Remove TheorySeek from Safari

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

Remove TheorySeek from Mozilla Firefox

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

Remove TheorySeek from Google Chrome

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

 

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