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Remove ActiveMulti Mac Adware and Secure macOS

The app ActiveMulti affects Mac operating systems to deliver ads and push browser redirects. See how to remove this potentially unwanted program and secure your system against similar nasty apps.

ActiveMulti Mac adware removal guide

ActiveMulti

ActiveMulti is an adware program that many affected consider as a virus. But is it dangerous for the systems it affects? The origin of the term ActiveMulti virus is mainly related to the unexpected appearance of this program on Mac computers. Its installation process often happens without the knowledge of affected users. The good news is that ActiveMulti is not a program that will corrupt personal files or essential system settings. However, it still poses a certain danger to the overall security of the affected system.

Keep up with our ActiveMulti “virus” removal guide and find out how to get rid of all potentially harmful files. The steps in this guide are applicable to all Mac operating system versions.

Threat Summary

NameActiveMulti adware
TypePUP
Short DescriptionA questionable application that hijacks web browsers installed on Mac. The app applies modifications without your knowledge.
SymptomsMain browser preferences may be altered. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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ActiveMulti Adware

ActiveMulti adware is a undesired app that aims to deliver intrusive ads on Mac devices and generate revenue for its developers. Like many other nasty adware/browser hijacker apps that target Mac operating systems (Search Pulse, Receiver Helper, and Navlibx) ActiveMulti lands on macOS without users’ knowledge. How this adware gets installed on Macs is via shady spread techniques like software bundles, software packages, scam websites, misleading ads, and so on.

An example of a misleading technique used for the spread of ActiveMulti is the Fake Flash Player Update Pop-up that has been pushed on various suspicious websites.

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What does happen once ActiveMulti gets installed on your Mac? As typical potentially unwanted program of adware-type, ActiveMulti alters some main browser settings in order to become able to generate intrusive ads on the browser. It can even install an unwanted extension of push a browser hijacker like Safe Finder. The program may modify the settings of your browser homepage, new tab page address and default search engine. This issue may be hard to fix as every time you try to adjust your browser preferences, they may get affected again.

Another issue that occurs after the activation of ActiveMulti adware on your Mac is unsolicited data collection. This app is likely to activate tracking technoligies like cookies, web beacons, scrips, and so on, in order to becomes able to spy on certain details related to your online activities. Hence, it may start collecting data like:

  • Browsing history.
  • Clicks on links.
  • Visited websites.
  • Type of used browser.
  • Operating system type.
  • Internet protocol (IP) address.
  • Geographic location.
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP).

After ActiveMulti transfers the harvested data to its servers, its owners become able to misuse it for their business purposes. As a result, they may configure their adware to deliver sponsored content that matches your online interests. You may start noticing many annoying online ads on all websites you visit. All popular browsers including Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera may be compromised and inundated with all these suspicious ads.

Active Multi Mac App

The developers of Active Multi Mac app aim to trick users into installing it unwittingly on their Macs. Undesired programs like Active Multi are famous for their ability to serve annoying ads on almost all websites and perform unsolicited data collection. Beware that websites’ owners don’t know about the appearance of ads delivered by Active Multi. Hence, you may be presented with dangerous ads that are related to compromised websites that in turn are part of malware propagation campaigns. It is recommendable that you avoid visiting sponsored results generated by Active Multi adware.

Active Multi may not be a virus but its presence on your Mac may lead to serious issues that affect both system and personal data security. To avoid such unpleasant consequences, navigate to the removal instructions below and get rid of this undesired and potentially harmful program.

How to Remove ActiveMulti Mac Adware and Secure macOS

In order to remove ActiveMulti along with all entries it created on the system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents you manual and automatic removal approach. In order to fully get rid of files installed by undesired programs and strengthen macOS security, we recommend that you combine the steps. The manual ActiveMulti virus removal might be quite a complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the guide. We would strongly suggest that you use professional anti-malware software. Such a program aims to scan for malicious files and delete them from your machine. It will keep your macOS protected against intrusive apps in the future as well.

Notice: Before manually removing files or folders on your Mac, make sure to identify the accurate components of ActiveMulti, because deleting other apps’ files or system settings files by mistake may trigger malfunction of installed apps or even your system.

In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of ActiveMulti adware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall ActiveMulti adware and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to ActiveMulti adware:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to ActiveMulti adware. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to ActiveMulti adware. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove ActiveMulti adware via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as ActiveMulti adware. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove ActiveMulti adware from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase ActiveMulti adware from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall ActiveMulti adware from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Delete ActiveMulti adware from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the ActiveMulti adware will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate ActiveMulti adware from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


ActiveMulti adware FAQ

What is ActiveMulti adware?

ActiveMulti adware is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.

Be aware, that ActiveMulti adware may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.

Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.

Is ActiveMulti adware a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The ActiveMulti adware object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because ActiveMulti adware can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Web pages that are scam.
  • Sites that may contain viruses.

These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.

Can my Mac get virus?

The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.

How did I get ActiveMulti adware?

ActiveMulti adware could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.

Also, ActiveMulti adware adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.

You may have missed ActiveMulti adware, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".

How to remove ActiveMulti adware from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of ActiveMulti adware from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.

An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were ActiveMulti adware could be residing.

It will also make sure that ActiveMulti adware is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.

How to protect my Mac from viruses?

To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:

1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.

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