If you are wondering how ElementsCentral app has appeared on your Mac and what kind of program it is, then you are not alone. There are many affected Mac users that are struggling to understand why and how this app has been started on their systems.
ElementsCentral “Virus” on Mac
ElementsCentral is software that belongs to the adware-type of apps. Even though it may pretend to be a useful program that is capable of improving searching and enhancing browsing experience, ElementsCentral is a program that primarily aims to deliver ads.
To be more effective these ads should match your interests. For the purpose once started on your Mac, this potentially unwanted program activates different tracking technologies to spy on your online behavior.
In this article, we will reveal all important details related to ElementsCentral program and its presence on your Mac. Since ElementsCentral poses a certain danger to the security of your macOS, we recommend that you consider its immediate removal.
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks Mac systems and popular browsers like Safari and Chrome installed on them. Performs browser modifications without your knowledge.|
|Symptoms||Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may start every time you start the affected Mac.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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Techniques That Install ElementsCentral on Mac Systems
The main reason why users consider ElementsCentral as a malicious app and call it ElementsCentral virus is its unexpected and undesired appearance on their Mac system. This is due to the fact that the spread of ElementsCentral adware program is realized via shady techniques like freeware installers, bundled packages and other undesired programs like Mac Cleanup Pro. So there is a real chance that you have installed ElementsCentral on your Mac system without noticing the process.
Software packages are programs that are designed to feature extra apps in their installers. Unfortunately, the extra apps are not always disclosed properly. So you can get tricked into installing those extra apps on your Mac. Sometimes this nasty issue can be avoided with a careful check of the information listed under the Advanced or Custom setup option.
More Details About ElementsCentral Adware on Mac
Once executed on the system, ElementsCentral adware is likely to create and run specific files that have the function to alter system and browser settings on the background of all other active programs and processes. The undesired app may also drop some kind of tracking technologies that are designed to collect sensitive data from the affected device.
ElementsCentral is likely to transfer all data records to remote servers. By doing this the unwanted program enables its owners to misuse the details for aggressive advertising and financial gains. As an undesired adware program, ElementsCentral aims to generate revenue for its owners. So its presence on your Mac may be related to the appearance of many annoying ads in the browsers it affects (Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc). The moment you click an ad pushed by ElementsCentral “virus”, the owners of the program get paid for your click.
The ads delivered by ElementsCentral may be so intrusive that your favorite browser may become sluggish. What’s even more annoying is the regular interruption of online surfing caused by annoying redirects to questionable websites that present “special” offers. Beware with all those ads and websites because they may expose your Mac system at risk of serious malware infections. Better refrain from visiting questionable sponsored content.
Even though this adware is not a malicious program, it can trick you into visiting hacked web pages. As a result, you may become a victim of a drive-by attack and then malware infection. That’s why we recommend the immediate removal of ElementsCentral virus from your affected Mac and browser.
How to Remove ElementsCentral “Virus” from Affected Browser and macOS
In order to remove ElementsCentral “virus” along with all entries it creates 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. Some of the files associated with the adware cannot be removed manually except you are an experienced computer user. So the manual adware 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.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment.
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 ElementsCentral virus 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:
- 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 ElementsCentral virus 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:
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 ElementsCentral virus – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove ElementsCentral virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as ElementsCentral virus, 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.