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Crusader Connect Mac Virus App – How to Remove

This is a post that will show you if Crusader Connect is a virus or legitimate and also how you can remove It effectively from your Mac.

Crusader Connect is classified as another one of those pesky browser hijacking applications. Crusader Connect aims to claim it is some sort of a helpful app, but in reality may modify Firefox, Chrome and Safari browsers to show a significant ammout of pop-ups, redirects and other types of ads on your Mac. The outcome is that some of those ads could lead to an infection or other risky sites. This is the main reason why you should read this article and learn how to remove Crusader Connect completely from your Mac.

Threat Summary

NameCrusader Connect
TypeBrowser Hijacker for Mac OS
Short DescriptionCrusader Connect can hijack your browsers to show you different advertised content.
SymptomsRedirects, pop-ups, banners, highlighted text and other ads that may slow down your Mac.
Distribution Method Via software bundling or by being advertised on a suspicious site.
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Crusader Connect Virus – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?

The primary method that is used by Crusader Connect virus to spread onto victims computers is to allegedly be bundled in the installers of other programs. This means that you could encounter it somewhere in the install steps. There, Crusader Connect could be advertised as an optional offer or a free extra that is added to your current installation.

Once in your Mac, Crusader Connect may begin to perform all sorts of unwanted activities. One of those activities is to modify the settings of the following web browsers:

  • Chrome.
  • Safari.
  • Firefox.
  • Opera.

Once having done this, the Crusader Connect app may begin to change your New tab and Home pages to show a custom search site, instead of the original ones (Google, Bing, etc.).

This is likely done to collect information about the things you search and track what you type while online. The main idea of this is to show you ads and aggregate information about you. The ads that appear after installing Crusader Connect could be of the following types:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Browser redirect ads.
  • Online search result ads.
  • Push notifications adverts.
  • Banners.

The ads that may be displayed by Crusader Connect could lead you to different sites that can be very dangerous to you. Some of the sites could be risky by showing scams and some sites can even be malicious and infect your computer with a dangerous virus.

Remove Crusader Connect Malware from Your Mac

Crusader Connect is the type of app that can be tricky to remove from your Mac. If you want it gone, we recommend that you follow the removal steps underneath this article. They have been made to help you manualy remove this app. Bear in mind that apps, like Crusader Connect could begin to perform quite the activities on your computer and can have leftover files that may remain after manual removal. This is why, we stronlgy recommend that you remove Crusader Connect automatically using an advanced malware removal software. Such cleaner will detect and remove all virus files of Crusader Connect from your Mac.

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Preparation Phase:

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 Crusader Connect 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 Crusader Connect:

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 Crusader Connect. 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 Crusader Connect. 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 Crusader Connect 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 Crusader Connect. 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: Remove Crusader Connect – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox

Remove an extension from Safari and reset it.Remove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

1. Start Safari

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

3. From the menu, click on "Preferences"

stf-safari preferences

4. After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab

stf-safari-extensions

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

6. Click 'Uninstall'

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Crusader Connect 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.

1. Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu

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

3. From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the add-on and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.

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


1. Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window

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

3. Select the Extension and click "Remove"

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


Step 3: Scan for and remove Crusader Connect files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Crusader Connect, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Crusader Connect:


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