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 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.
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks web browsers installed on Mac. The app applies modifications without your knowledge.|
|Symptoms||Main browser preferences may be altered. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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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.
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.
About the ActiveMulti adware Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this ActiveMulti adware how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific macOS issue.
How did we conduct the research on ActiveMulti adware?
Please note that our research is based on an independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware definitions, including the various types of Mac threats, especially adware and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).
Furthermore, the research behind the ActiveMulti adware threat is backed with VirusTotal.
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Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall ActiveMulti adware and remove related files and objects
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:
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:
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:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Remove ActiveMulti adware – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove ActiveMulti adware files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as ActiveMulti adware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
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Step 4: How to Make Your Mac Run Faster?
Mac machines maintain probably the fastest operating system out there. Still, Macs do become slow and sluggish sometimes. The video guide below examines all of the possible problems that may lead to your Mac being slower than usual as well as all of the steps that can help you to speed up your Mac.
ActiveMulti adware FAQ
What is ActiveMulti adware on your Mac?
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your Mac to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your MacOS.
Can my Mac get a virus?
Yes. As much as any other device, Apple computers do get viruses. Apple devices may not be a frequent target by malware authors, but rest assured that the following Apple devices can become infected with a virus:
- Mac Mini
- Macbook Air
- Macbook Pro
What are the symptoms of ActiveMulti adware on your Mac?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also most Mac threats in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your Mac may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Mac's Activity Monitor.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your Mac for viruses.
What types of Mac threats are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently infect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Adware and hijackers.
- Trojan horses and other spyware.
- Ransomware and screen-lockers.
- Cryptocurrency miner malware.
What to do if I have a Mac virus, like ActiveMulti adware?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most Mac threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many Mac anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter for Mac is one of the reccomended Mac anti-malware apps, that can scan for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps plus take care of them quickly. This saves time for manual removal that you would otherwise have to do.
How to secure my passwords and other data from ActiveMulti adware?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and Apple devices will become significantly more safe against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our MacOS Virus section, where you can also ask any questions and comment about your Mac problems.