What is Ads by ClickManager (Mac)

ClickManager is a generic adware infection targeting Macs, identical to MemoryFunction, IndexerSource, and WheelInstant. It’s not a dangerous malware infection because it will not directly harm the computer. However, it will spam you with neverending ads, redirect you to questionable websites, change your browser’s settings, and track your browsing. Overall, while not very harmful, ClickManager is certainly very annoying.

 

ClickManager adware

 

You will notice that ClickManager can make changes to your browser’s settings. It can hijack your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari browsers and make unauthorized changes. It will set a new homepage/new tabs, as well as change your default search engine. In addition to the unwanted changes, the adware will also bombard you with ads. After all, the main purpose of this infection is to expose you to as much advertisement content as possible. At least the number of ads that will start suddenly appearing will make adware’s presence immediately obvious. While not all users will attribute the behavior to adware, they will at least know that something’s not right.

The adware will not directly harm your computer but it’s not entirely harmless either. In addition to the annoying but harmless ads, the adware can also expose you to dangerous content, including scams and malware. You could be redirected to tech-support scams, fake virus alerts, and giveaway scams.

The adware will track your browsing and collect certain information. To be more specific, ClickManager will track what sites you visit, what you search for, your IP address, what content you interact with, etc. It’s not personal, nor highly sensitive information but there’s still no need to put up with any kind of data collection from a program that spams you with ads. The sooner you remove ClickManager from your Mac, the better.

Adware installation methods

Adware, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs are usually installed via the free software building method. The method allows such programs to essentially install without explicit permission. The way it works is the mentioned infections can be added to free software as extra offers. The offers are permitted to install alongside the program automatically, and users aren’t even informed of this in most cases. It’s a rather sneaky installation method, which is why it’s quite frowned upon. Programs that use it are often classified as potential threats by anti-virus programs.

Technically, the added offers are optional. So it is possible to prevent unwanted installations, as long as you pay attention when installing programs. The offers are hidden, which is why so many users have a hard time stopping them from installing. To correctly install free programs without the added offers, you need to opt for Advanced (Custom) settings when given the option. The installation window will likely recommend using Default but if you follow this recommendation, all added offers will be permitted to install without you even noticing. However, if you use Advanced settings, not only will the offers be made visible, but you will also be able to deselect what you do not want. All you need to do is uncheck the boxes of those offers. We always recommend deselecting all offers because no legitimate program will ever install this way. If you allow these installations, you’ll fill your computer with junk programs that can be difficult to get rid of later on. It’s much easier to uncheck a couple of boxes than it is to have to uninstall ClickManager adware and similar infections.

It’s also possible for you to have installed ClickManager yourself. Adware infections are often advertised as legitimate tools that will supposedly improve the browsing experience. It’s usually third-party download sites that promote these questionable programs. Researching programs before installing them in the future is essential because of these questionable installations. Had you researched ClickManager using a search engine, you would have come across many results recommending against installing it.

Adware is also often hidden in fake update/virus alerts (e.g. Adobe Flash Player). These kinds of alerts are most often seen when visiting high-risk sites (such as ones that have pornographic or pirated content). These alerts are very flashy and will seem quite obviously fake to users who are familiar with what legitimate updates and virus notifications look like.

ClickManager removal

You can remove ClickManager using anti-virus software or manually. If you choose to do it manually, the removal process may take longer because you’d have to do everything yourself. While it’s not difficult, it involves multiple steps. Nonetheless, you can delete ClickManager manually. However, we would recommend using anti-virus software. Not only would it be easier but the program would also make sure to get rid of all adware components, preventing it from being able to recover. Once the adware is gone from your computer, the additional ads will stop appearing.

Below you can find anti-virus programs that would help remove ClickManager adware from your Mac.

 

ClickManager detections

Remove ClickManager from your Applications folder.

  1. Open Finder → Applications.
    Finder (Applications) What is Ads by ClickManager (Mac)
  2. Find ClickManager among your installed Applications, and drag it to the Trash.

Remove ClickManager related files and folders

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

Remove ClickManager from Safari

  1. Open Safari → Safari → Preferences.
    Safari Preferences What is Ads by ClickManager (Mac)
  2. In Preferences, click on the Extensions tab.
  3. In Extensions, find ClickManager and click Uninstall.
    Safari extension (remove) What is Ads by ClickManager (Mac)

Remove ClickManager from Mozilla Firefox

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

Remove ClickManager from Google Chrome

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

 

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