How to remove ActiveTrack Adware from Mac

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What is ActiveTrack?

ActiveTrack is a potentially unwanted application that can fully destroy your browsing experience. This malware employs fake Adobe Flash Player installer to infiltrate the user’s system. Once inside, it changes web browser settings on Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser. As a result, your browser will be filled with obnoxious advertisements such as pop-ups, video ads, banners, in-text ads and so on. In addition, it can initiate the automatic download and installation of other unwanted programs. If you follow our instructions below, you should be able to remove ActiveTrack without too many troubles. We also recommend scanning your device with ComboCleaner to make sure that all the damage done by the adware is fixed.

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Also, you can try to remove ActiveTrack manually.

Alternative solution. Step 1: Remove ActiveTrack from Mac

ActiveTrack 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 ActiveTrack or ActiveTrack.app.

Mac OSX:

  1. Open Finder
  2. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications
  3. If you see Uninstall ActiveTrack or ActiveTrack Uninstaller, double-click it and follow instructions
  4. Drag unwanted application ActiveTrack 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 ActiveTrack from browsers

Safari:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari menu.
  3. Choose Extensions.
  4. Find ActiveTrack 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 ActiveTrack 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 ActiveTrack 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 ActiveTrack:

~/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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