What is IndexInterface adware (Mac)

IndexInterface is generic adware often found on Mac computers. Its main purpose is to expose users to advertisement content to generate revenue, and it does so by bombarding your screen with various ads. The infection also has browser hijacker qualities, so it may make changes to your browser’s settings. While it will likely be very annoying to deal with, IndexInterface itself isn’t a dangerous infection. However, its ads could expose you to potentially dangerous content, which is why it’s recommended to avoid interacting with any ads while adware is still present.

 

IndexInterface adware

 

IndexInterface adware is identical to AspectSkip, NavigateNetwork, ClickManager, MemoryFunction, and many other adware infections. The main purpose of IndexInterface adware is to expose you to as much advertisement content as possible. It will do so by constantly spamming your screen with ads. You will be shown tech-support scams, fake virus alerts, bogus giveaways, etc. While adware itself will not harm your computer, the same cannot be said about the ads it generates. If you interact with adware ads, you could be exposed to various scams and even malware. So if you find this adware installed among your Applications, do not interact with ads until you uninstall IndexInterface adware.

The adware has browser hijacker features so you may find that your browser’s settings have been changed. In most cases, these infections change the homepage/new tabs, as well as set a questionable default search engine. These unwanted changes can affect all popular browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. You will also not be able to reverse them while the hijacker is installed, which is quite annoying.

Another annoying adware quality is its data collection. It will track your browsing and collect information about what sites you visit, what you search for, your IP address, what content you interact with, etc. The data is usually shared with third parties as well, for advertisement purposes. While it doesn’t collect personal information, there’s no reason to put up with any kind of data collection from a program that does nothing but spam your screen with ads.

How does adware install

Infections like adware, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are usually installed via the software bundling method. The way it works is these infections can be added to free software as extra offers. The extra offers are permitted to install the program they’re attached to automatically and without users needing to permit it. It’s not uncommon for users to not even notice the offers or their installations. Software bundling is a rather sneaky installation method, which is why programs that use it are often regarded as potential threats by anti-virus programs.

When a program has offers attached to it, they are authorized to install alongside. However, they are optional. But to prevent their installations, users need to manually deselect them. Many users are unable to do that simply because the offers are hidden initially. If you learn to correctly install free programs, you will be able to prevent these unwanted installations in the future. Correctly installing programs means choosing Advanced (Custom) settings instead of Default when given the option. The installation window may recommend that you use Default settings but those settings will hide all offers and permit them to install automatically. If you choose Advanced settings, not only will all added be made visible but you will also be able to deselect all of them. It’s recommended to not allow any offers to install. If you do allow these installations, you will only fill your computer with junk programs. It’s much easier to uncheck a couple of boxes than it is to have to uninstall persistent infections like adware.

It’s also common for adware infections to be falsely advertised as useful tools. For example, this adware may be advertised as an extension that will somehow improve the browsing experience. You can find such bogus ads on various third-party download websites. This is why it’s important that you are careful about where you download your programs from. You should also always research programs before installing them. A search with Google or another search engine is often enough.

Adware developers also use deceptive virus/update alerts to trick users into installing adware. For example, fake Adobe Flash Player update alerts were very common in the past, and interacting with them often resulted in an adware infection. Keep in mind that you will never get legitimate virus/update alerts in your browser.

IndexInterface Adware (Mac) removal

You can remove IndexInterface adware manually, but it’s recommended to use anti-virus software. Even if adware isn’t a serious infection and you can uninstall IndexInterface manually from your Mac, it can be a tedious process that involves multiple steps. Using anti-virus software is much easier and less time-consuming. Once the adware is gone from your computer, the additional ads will stop and you will be able to change your browser’s settings like normal.

 

IndexInterface detections

Remove IndexInterface from your Applications folder.

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

Remove IndexInterface related files and folders

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

Remove IndexInterface from Safari

  1. Open Safari → Safari → Preferences.
    Safari Preferences What is IndexInterface adware (Mac)
  2. In Preferences, click on the Extensions tab.
  3. In Extensions, find IndexInterface and click Uninstall.
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Remove IndexInterface 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 IndexInterface, click on the three dots, and click Remove.
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Remove IndexInterface 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 IndexInterface and click Remove.
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