What are ads by MemoryFunction

MemoryFunction is a very generic adware infection that targets Mac computers. If you find MemoryFunction among your installed applications, you’re likely seeing an increase in intrusive ads while browsing. While adware isn’t a dangerous infection, it will be very annoying to deal with because of the ads. Furthermore, while adware does not cause direct damage to computers, its generated ads could expose you to dangerous content, including scams and malware. Furthermore, this adware has some browser hijacker characteristics, making it even more annoying.

 

MemoryFunction adware

 

MemoryFunction adware will try to expose you to as many ads as possible. It will constantly spam you with coupons, show fake alerts and update notifications, redirect to questionable websites, as well as promote giveaway scams. This behavior makes adware very obvious, though not all users will attribute the behavior to adware.

If you notice this kind of behavior and find MemoryFunction installed on your Mac, avoid ads until you remove MemoryFunction. While adware itself is relatively harmless, the same cannot be said about its generated ads. The adware could expose you to fake virus alerts and tech-support scams, as well as redirect you to giveaway scams. If you come across an alert in your browser claiming that your computer is infected with something and that you need to call the shown number, ignore the alert. And keep in mind that if you see an ad claiming you have won something, it’s more than likely a giveaway scam. These scams aim to steal users’ personal information and/or money.

Because this adware has certain browser hijacker characteristics, it may also change your browser’s settings and set questionable websites as your homepage/new tabs, as well as change your default search engine.

Adware infections are known to track users as they browse, collecting information about their browsing habits. MemoryFunction will track what sites you visit, what you search for, what content you interact with, your IP address, etc. Furthermore, this information is also shared with third parties. Your data would likely be used for advertising purposes. There’s really no reason to put up with this intrusive data collection practice, especially because you get nothing but ads from MemoryFunction.

How did adware install on your Mac?

Infections like adware, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) come attached to free software as extra offers. This is known as the software bundling method. The extra offers are permitted to install the program they’re attached to automatically, without users needing to approve it. In many cases, users aren’t even aware of the offers or their installations. Because it essentially allows unwanted programs to install without explicit permission, software bundling is regarded as a rather controversial installation method. It’s not uncommon for programs that use this method to install to be detected as potential threats by anti-virus programs.

The added offers are technically optional so users can prevent their installations as long as they pay attention when installing free programs. The problem is that the offers are hidden so users may have a hard time even noticing them. But as long as you know how to correctly install free programs, you will be able to prevent unwanted installations. During installation, make sure to opt for Advanced (Custom) settings when given the option. If you choose Default, the added offers will be hidden and permitted to install alongside the program automatically. On the other hand, Advanced settings will make all added offers visible. You will also be given the option to deselect all offers you do not want. Simply uncheck the boxes of those offers. Even if an offer seems useful, we do not recommend allowing it to install. You will only fill your computer with junk programs that are difficult to get rid of once installed.

It’s not uncommon for adware infections to be advertised as useful tools that would significantly improve the browsing experience. You can come across these programs on various third-party download sites. To avoid installing unwanted programs, you need to research programs before installing them in the future. It’s often enough to just research the program using a search engine. A simple search usually provides ample results about whether a program is safe or not.

Adware can also be hidden in fake update/virus alerts (e.g. Adobe Flash Player fake alerts). Fake alerts are usually encountered on high-risk websites. In particular, they’re very common on sites that have pornographic or pirated content. The alerts falsely claim that you need to install some update or remove a virus, and then offer you a download that hides adware or a similar infection.

MemoryFunction adware removal

You can remove MemoryFunction adware manually or use anti-virus software. Manual MemoryFunction adware removal can be a somewhat time-consuming process that requires effort so using anti-virus software is recommended. There are many anti-virus programs that detect this adware, so you should not have issues with MemoryFunction removal. When you successfully remove MemoryFunction adware, the additional ads and intrusive redirects will stop.

Remove MemoryFunction from your Applications folder.

  1. Open Finder → Applications.
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  2. Find MemoryFunction among your installed Applications, and drag it to the Trash.

Remove MemoryFunction related files and folders

  1. Open Finder → Go → Go to Folder.
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  2. Type /Library/LaunchAgents in the “Go to the folder” window, and press Go.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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) What are ads by MemoryFunction
  12. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.

Remove MemoryFunction from Safari

  1. Open Safari → Safari → Preferences.
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  2. In Preferences, click on the Extensions tab.
  3. In Extensions, find MemoryFunction and click Uninstall.
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Remove MemoryFunction from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox → Menu (the bars at the top right corner) → Add-ons and themes.
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  2. In the Extensions tab, find MemoryFunction, click on the three dots, and click Remove.
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Remove MemoryFunction from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome → Menu (the three dots at the top right corner) → More Tools → Extensions.
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  2. In Extensions, find MemoryFunction and click Remove.
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