What is ActiveExplorer adware

ActiveExplorer will bombard your screen with ads because it’s classified as adware. It’s identical to VoyageClick, ManagerTemplate, StandartSync, and many other adware infections because they all come from the same adware family. ActiveExplorer may be marketed as a useful extension, but it is actually adware. The adware can install without your consent, alter your browser’s settings, flood your screen with annoying ads, and track your browsing. But because it will not directly harm your Mac, it is not classified as a particularly serious infection. Although the adware won’t harm your computer directly, its advertisements could expose you to dangerous content. The sooner you remove ActiveExplorer adware from your Mac, the better because you can be exposed to advertisements that promote scams or conceal malware.

 

ActiveExplorer adware

 

If you locate ActiveExplorer adware among your installed apps in your Applications folder, you will notice an increase in ads while browsing. The ActiveExplorer adware will constantly display pop-ups and banners in addition to regular advertisements. Furthermore, you will be redirected to all kinds of questionable websites. We advise against interacting with any adverts while adware is installed because doing so can expose you to potentially harmful content. Tech-support scams, fake giveaways, and false virus alerts are frequently shown by adware infections. You may encounter notifications stating that your computer has a virus and that you must download the suggested program to get rid of it. Other similar bogus alerts instruct you to call the displayed number in order to supposedly contact tech support. These types of notifications are never legitimate when they appear in browsers. It should be mentioned that this adware will also modify the settings of your browser without your consent. The default search engine, new tabs, and your homepage will all be changed to questionable websites.

It’s also worth mentioning that the ActiveExplorer adware will track your browsing in order to collect certain information. The adware will track what you search for, the websites you visit, your IP address, what content you interact with, etc. This information would also likely be sold to third parties. There is no reason to tolerate ActiveExplorer adware’s data gathering methods, considering that you get nothing in return. We strongly recommend you remove ActiveExplorer adware from your Mac.

How did adware install on your Mac?

The ActiveExplorer adware was probably installed on your Mac using the software bundling method. Adware, browser hijackers, and similar infections can be installed using software bundling without the knowledge or consent of the users. This is why developers of unwanted programs often use this method to spread their items. The way it works is said infections can be attached to free software as extra offers. The offers are permitted to install alongside the program automatically. The biggest issue with this installation method is that users are not informed about these offers. This makes software bundling a rather controversial installation method.

Although the extra offers are technically optional, they must be manually deselected during installation. As long as you pay attention when installing programs, you should be able to do this fairly easily. When installing free programs, you need to choose Advanced (Custom) options instead of Default. The installation method may say that you need to use Default but these settings will conceal all offers, allowing them to install. But Advanced settings allow you to deselect all offers that have been added. All you have to do is uncheck the boxes next to the offers to prevent them from installing. Always uncheck all offers because failing to do so will result in your Mac being filled with junk programs that can be annoying to get rid of once installed.

Adware is also often spread through deceptive ads and fake virus/update alerts. These fake alerts typically pop up when browsing high-risk websites, especially ones that have pornographic or pirated content. These and other unwanted ads can be blocked by installing an adblocker program.

ActiveExplorer adware may have also been promoted as a legitimate extension. If you do recall installing it yourself, you need to research programs before installing them in the future. In many cases, using a search engine like Google is enough to determine whether a program is safe to download, install and use.

How to delete ActiveExplorer adware from your Mac

You can use anti-virus software or uninstall ActiveExplorer adware manually. The former may be easier (especially if you have little experience with uninstalling programs) because the anti-virus program would take care of everything. Because ActiveExplorer adware is not a serious infection, you can also remove it manually. You can manually remove ActiveExplorer adware by following the steps listed below. Keep in mind that the process may be a little tedious because you need to go through many steps and do everything yourself. Once the adware is gone, your browsing will go back to normal and you will no longer be spammed with intrusive ads.

Remove ActiveExplorer from your Applications folder.

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

Remove ActiveExplorer 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.
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  12. Check the folder for any suspicious, recently-added files and drag them to the Trash.

Remove ActiveExplorer from Safari

  1. Open Safari → Safari → Preferences.
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  2. In Preferences, click on the Extensions tab.
  3. In Extensions, find ActiveExplorer and click Uninstall.
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Remove ActiveExplorer 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 ActiveExplorer, click on the three dots, and click Remove.
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Remove ActiveExplorer 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 ActiveExplorer and click Remove.
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