What is NetCreative adware

NetCreative adware is a very generic adware infection targeting Mac computers. NetCreative may be marketed as a helpful extension on some websites but it will actually cause loads of issues. If you find NetCreative in your Applications folder, your browser’s settings have likely been changed without your permission and you’re seeing a significant increase in ads while browsing. The adware itself should not cause damage to your Mac but the ads it will expose you to on a regular basis are a different story. You could be exposed to loads of questionable content, including scams and even malware.

 

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How do adware programs infect computers?

Free software bundling is how infections like adware, browser hijackers, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) get installed. Programs can be installed using this method without the user’s explicit permission. This is why developers of adware and other similar infections frequently use it to spread their unwanted programs. The way it works is these infections are added as extra offers to free software, and these offers are allowed to install alongside automatically without requiring explicit user permission. Evidently, the method is rather controversial, and programs that use it are frequently flagged as potential threats by anti-virus providers.

The offers are technically optional even though they are pre-selected to install with programs they’re attached to. Users must manually uncheck these unwanted offers if they do not want them during installation. But because the offers are hidden during installation, many users are unable to prevent their installations. You need to learn how to install free software correctly if you wish to stop these unwanted installations. That mainly means using Advanced (Custom) settings when given the option during freeware installation. The installation window may recommend using Default settings, but if you do that, all added offers will be installed without your explicit consent. Advanced options, however, will display all additional offers and give you the choice to deselect everything. Simply deselecting the boxes of those offers is all you need to do. At first glance, certain offers may seem helpful, but allowing them to install would be a mistake. Your Mac will become clogged with useless programs that can be difficult to remove. It’s far simpler to uncheck a few boxes during installation than it is to uninstall infections like adware.

Adware and browser hijackers are also frequently advertised as helpful tools. This is especially common on third-party download websites, where a ton of freeware is offered to users. Researching programs before installing programs is strongly recommended. Most of the time, using a search engine like Google to research a program is sufficient.

Adware and browser hijacker infections are also pushed by fake virus alerts and update notifications. Usually, high-risk websites display these kinds of fake alerts. For example, potentially malicious alerts are frequently seen on websites that have pirated or pornographic content. Because downloading from these notifications will expose you to numerous potential malware, you should never download anything that’s offered to you on questionable websites.

Is NetCreative adware harmful?

Because they all belong to the same adware family, NetCreative adware is essentially the same as MotionCycle, LuckyRelic, PlanDevelopment, and RecordQuick. The primary goal of this adware infection is to expose you to as much advertisement content as possible, which is why you will constantly be bombarded with advertisements. That includes regular ads, pop-ups, and even redirects. Although the adware won’t damage your computer directly, its generated ads may expose you to dubious content like tech-support scams, fake virus alerts, and bogus giveaways. We recommend staying away from all advertisements while adware is installed on your Mac.

Due to its browser hijacker traits, NetCreative adware will also be able to change your browser’s settings. More specifically, it will change your homepage, new tabs, and default search engine to a dubious one. All widely used browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari, will be affected by the changes. Additionally, while the adware is still installed, you won’t be able to undo the settings modifications.

NetCreative adware will also monitor your browsing and collect specific data. To be more precise, it will collect your IP address, your searches, sites you visit, etc. The information would also likely be shared with third parties. There really is no reason why you should put up with NetCreative adware or any of its annoying behavior.

Ways to remove NetCreative

You can delete NetCreative adware both manually or using anti-virus software. Because it’s not a harmful infection, you may remove NetCreative adware on your own. The process is not difficult, albeit a little tedious. Instructions are provided below this report. Use anti-virus software to uninstall NetCreative adware if you want an easier and quicker option. It would be handled by the program without you needing to do anything. Once the adware is gone, the additional ads will stop and you will be free to alter your browser’s settings as usual.

 

NetCreative adware detections

Remove NetCreative from your Applications folder.

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

Remove NetCreative 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 NetCreative from Safari

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