Crusader Connect Mac Virus App – How to Remove

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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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Crusader Connect.

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

Get rid of Crusader Connect from Mac OS X.

Step 1: Uninstall Crusader Connect and remove related files and objects

Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy

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

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

Step 2: 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. 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 Crusader Connect 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 Crusader Connect 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 Crusader Connect 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 Crusader Connect 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.


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 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.

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

Eliminate Crusader Connect 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.

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