How to remove ActivelySearch from Mac

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What is ActivelySearch?

ActivelySearch is a potentially unwanted program that comes with fake Adobe Flash Player installer. As soon as it gets on a user’s device, it starts modifying system and browser configurations. As a result, tons of intrusive ads will flood your browser. We highly recommend you not to click them, as they can redirect you to malicious websites. Besides, it can gather your personal information and send it to third parties. Many ads and offers are bait for users because the ActivelySearch was created to make money. In addition, receiving these ads significantly reduces the performance of your PC and complicates browsing. Do not risk the safety of your information. Remove ActivelySearch right now.

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Also, you can try to remove ActivelySearch manually.

Alternative solution. Step 1: Remove ActivelySearch from Mac

ActivelySearch may not have the app associated with it in Applications. However, we recommend you to inspect the list of installed applications and remove unknown or suspicious ones. Look for ActivelySearch or ActivelySearch.app.

Mac OSX:

  1. Open Finder
  2. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications
  3. If you see Uninstall ActivelySearch or ActivelySearch Uninstaller, double-click it and follow instructions
  4. Drag unwanted application ActivelySearch from the Applications folder to the Trash (located on the right side of the Dock)

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Mac OSX

Step 2: Remove malicious entries from Profiles (Mac)

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on Profiles.
  3. Click on unsigned and suspicious profiles on the left panel.
  4. Click the minus button below to delete rogue settings.

mac profiles

Step 3: Remove ActivelySearch from browsers

Safari:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari menu.
  3. Choose Extensions.
  4. Find ActivelySearch or other suspicious extensions.
  5. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Safari.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click the Chrome menu (3-dots icon) in the top right corner.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find ActivelySearch or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose ActivelySearch or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Step 4: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

Reset browser setting in Safari:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on the Safari menu.
  3. Choose Reset Safari….
  4. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Safari.

Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

Remove following files and folders of ActivelySearch:

~/Library/Application Support/com.PublicAdviseSearch/PublicAdviseSearch
~/Library/Application Support/com.PublicAdviseSearchDaemon/PublicAdviseSearch
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.PublicAdviseSearch.plist
~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.PublicAdviseSearchDaemon.plist

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