What is CommonCreative adware

CommonCreative is a very generic adware infection that affects Mac computers. If it’s installed on your Mac, you will find it among your installed Applications. You will also notice an increase in intrusive ads while browsing, as well as changed browser settings. Adware isn’t a particularly dangerous infection because it doesn’t directly damage computers. However, its behavior is very annoying, so the sooner you remove CommonCreative, the better.

 

CommonCreative adware

 

CommonCreative is completely identical to BlissFresh, IndexInterface, AspectSkip, NavigateNetwork, and countless other adware. They’re all from the same adware family. Adware isn’t considered to be a particularly dangerous infection but it is very annoying to deal with. CommonCreative adware will spam your screen with all kinds of ads on every site you visit. You will be exposed to ads, banners, and pop-ups, as well as redirected to questionable websites. The adware itself does not directly damage computers but its ads are not as harmless. CommonCreative adware may expose you to tech-support scams, fake virus alerts, bogus giveaways, as well as sites that hide malware. To avoid encountering something malicious, avoid interacting with any ads while adware is installed.

You may also notice that your browser’s settings have been changed. CommonCreative adware has browser hijacker characteristics, which allows it to change your browser’s homepage/new tab, as well as set you a different default search engine. It can attach itself to all popular browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. These changes are done to expose you to as much advertisement content as possible. The changes will be irreversible while CommonCreative is still installed on your computer.

We should also mention that CommonCreative will track your browser and collect certain information. To be more specific, it will track what you search for, what sites you visit, what content you interact with, your IP address, etc. This information is also usually shared with third parties for advertising purposes. Considering that all CommonCreative does is spam you with ads, there is no need to put up with any kind of data collection from it.

How does adware sneak into Mac computers?

Adware, browser hijackers, and similar kinds of infections are usually installed using a method known as software bundling. This method is popular among unwanted program developers because it essentially allows the unwanted items to install without explicit permission from users. The way it works is the mentioned infections are added to freeware as additional offers. The offers are authorized to install alongside the program automatically. Evidently, it’s quite a sneaky installation method. Installing programs that use this method is not recommended. And anti-virus programs often detect programs that use this method as potential threats.

While the offers are preselected to install automatically, they are optional so it is possible to prevent them from installing. But because the offers are hidden, many users often have trouble stopping them from installing. As long as you correctly install freeware, you will be able to prevent these unwanted installations. Correctly installing freeware means using Advanced (Custom) settings instead of Default. The installation window may advise you to use Default settings but if you do that, the added items will be hidden and allowed to install. Advanced settings, on the other hand, will not only make all offers visible but also give you the option to deselect everything. Simply uncheck the boxes of those offers. It’s generally recommended to deselect all offers because they’re all essentially useless. Even if some offers seem useful initially, do not permit their installations. Allowing these installations is a quick way to fill your computer with junk that can be difficult to get rid of if installed. It’s much easier to uncheck a couple of boxes when installing programs than it is to uninstall adware that’s already fully installed.

Adware and browser hijackers are also often disguised as useful tools to trick users into installing them. CommonCreative may have been advertised as an extension that would improve your browsing experience. These deceptive promotions are often encountered on third-party download websites. It’s highly recommended that you always research programs before installing them. Even a search with Google or another search engine would be better than nothing.

If you’ve ever come across browser ads that claim there’s a virus on your computer or that you need to install an update, these ads are also promoting questionable programs like adware. These fake alerts appear when browsing high-risk websites, usually sites that have pornographic or pirated content. Do not pay attention to those ads and certainly do not install anything they promote.

CommonCreative adware removal

Adware isn’t a complex malware infection so you can delete CommonCreative adware manually if you want. But the process can be quite tedious as it involves numerous steps. Instructions for manual CommonCreative adware removal will be provided below. For a quicker and more efficient solution, we recommend using anti-virus software to uninstall CommonCreative adware from your Mac. Once the adware is gone, the additional ads and redirects should stop. You will also be able to change your browser’s settings as normal.

CommonCreative adware detections

Remove CommonCreative from your Applications folder.

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

Remove CommonCreative related files and folders

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

Remove CommonCreative from Safari

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