What is ConnectedSource

ConnectedSource is a very generic Mac adware infection that will spam you with all kinds of ads. Fortunately, it’s not a serious infection that will directly harm your computer. It will, however, spam you with all types of ads on every site you visit. And even if ConnectedSource isn’t malicious itself, the ads it generates can cause issues and expose you to dangerous content, including malware and scams. Additionally, it possesses browser hijacker characteristics, which makes it possible for the adware to make unwanted changes to your browser’s settings without your explicit permission. Overall, you need to remove ConnectedSource adware as soon as possible.

 

ConnectedSource adware

 

You will immediately start seeing annoying ads everywhere you go after ConnectedSource adware has been installed on your computer. This includes redirects, banners, pop-ups, etc. This type of behavior is quite bothersome and interrupts your normal browsing. Your browser’s settings have likely also been changed. ConnectedSource has probably changed the default search engine, homepage, and new tabs. As long as the adware remains installed on your Mac, you will be unable to undo the changes. This adware can hijack the majority of widely used browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

Adware infections do not directly harm computers, as we have already stated. However, the ConnectedSource adware’s ads might expose you to risky content. You might see bogus virus alerts, ads for dangerous downloads, tech-support scams, giveaway scams, etc. Additionally, you can be redirected to a malicious website. While adware is installed on your computer, we advise not engaging with any ads at all.

It’s also important to mention that ConnectedSource adware will monitor your browsing activity and gather data on the websites you visit, the searches you do, your IP address, the content you interact with, etc. Additionally, the information can be shared with unidentified third parties for marketing purposes. There’s no reason to put up with any form of data collecting since ConnectedSource has no redeemable features and does nothing but spam you with ads.

Even though the infection isn’t malicious, you should nevertheless remove ConnectedSource adware right away. Although it is much simpler to use antivirus software, you can try doing it manually.

Adware’s deceptive installation methods

Even though it probably happened by accident, you likely installed the adware yourself. These kinds of infections are installed through a method known as software bundling. This method allows programs to install on users’ computers without explicit permission. Adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs are often added to free software as extra offers. These offers are set up in a way that allows them to install automatically alongside the program without users’ knowledge. Software bundling is hence a fairly controversial installation method. It’s not unusual for anti-virus vendors to identify programs that use it as potential threats.

The extra offers are technically optional, but because they are hidden, many users are unable to stop their installation. You shouldn’t have any trouble stopping these unwanted installations if you pay attention when installing freeware. When installing freeware, you will be asked to select between Default (Basic) and Advanced (Custom) settings. Default settings, which are recommended by the installation window, will hide all extra offers and let them install alongside the software to which they are added. Therefore, you need to opt for Advanced settings instead. Using those settings, all added offers will be made visible and you will be able to deselect all of them. All you need to do is uncheck the boxes of those offers. And you should always deselect all offers because none of them will ever be useful to you.

Adware is frequently delivered through false alerts and deceptive advertising. You might encounter a fake Adobe Flash Player update alert, for instance. But you would end up downloading adware instead of a Flash Player update. Remember that genuine updates don’t work this way. Never download updates from adverts or notifications in your browser; only do so from official websites.

Another possibility is that this adware is being promoted as a helpful tool. You should exercise extra caution going forward if you installed it thinking it would somehow be useful. Before installing programs, it’s a good idea to do some research on them. To find out if a program is safe, even a quick search with Google or another search engine is sufficient. Additionally, we advise you to always download programs from official websites rather than from third-party websites.

ConnectedSource adware removal

There are two ways to uninstall ConnectedSource Adware (Mac), manually or by using anti-virus software. Adware can be removed manually, though the process can be a little tedious and take some time. Nonetheless, we have provided instructions below this report to help you manually remove ConnectedSource from your Mac. But anti-virus software makes it much simpler to delete ConnectedSource Adware from your Mac because it takes care of everything. Random redirects and intrusive ads will stop after the adware is removed.

Remove ConnectedSource from your Applications folder.

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

Remove ConnectedSource related files and folders

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

Remove ConnectedSource from Safari

  1. Open Safari → Safari → Preferences.
    Safari Preferences What is ConnectedSource
  2. In Preferences, click on the Extensions tab.
  3. In Extensions, find ConnectedSource and click Uninstall.
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Remove ConnectedSource 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 ConnectedSource, click on the three dots, and click Remove.
    Firefox extensions tab What is ConnectedSource

Remove ConnectedSource 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 ConnectedSource and click Remove.
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