MacSpend seems like a useful browser extension that gives you access to coupons and discounts. The truth is MacSpend is a typical adware that installs itself with other free applications. The creators have stated on their own website that the browser plug-in demands the use of third-party cookies for data collection purposes.
How Did I Install MacSpend on My Computer?
The browser extension can be downloaded from the official website.
It may also be bundled with freeware and shareware, or programs that users download for free. When the custom installation option is skipped, adware apps usually enter the system. The signs that will help you identify the presence of adware are the numerous pop-up ads and banners. They will start appearing when you are surfing the web.
Is MacSpend Dangerous?
MacSpend promises that it will personalize your browsing experience. In order to do so, the adware collects various personally identifiable data and ‘responds’ to your individual needs.
In other words, the pop-up ads and banners will actually reflect your intentions. For instance, if you have done a search query about buying a new mobile phone, the ad-related content will be about such offers. Not to forget that if you click any of the ads provided by adware, you may find yourself at a malicious web page. Attackers’ websites may infiltrate your machine with malware threats.
Moreover, once your private information is given to third-parties through the use of tracking cookies, it may be exploited in various ways.
Should I Remove MacSpend from My Computer?
MacSpend may seem like a very useful tool that improves your browsing activities. The truth is you will be flooded with potentially hazardous content. You may also receive periodic emails from MacSpend with information about updates, products, and services. Experts advise not clicking any of the links provided by adware in order to avoid malware infiltration.
In some cases, when you uninstall the program, it may leave behind some files. In order to completely clean your computer, you may run an anti-adware tool.
Another option is removing it manually. To do so, just follow the guidance below.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove MacSpend from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MacSpend from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MacSpend from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MacSpend from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MacSpend from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MacSpend from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MacSpend from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MacSpend from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MacSpend
Step 2: Uninstall MacSpend and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by MacSpend on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by MacSpend there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MacSpend from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MacSpend 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 MacSpend 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: Scan for and remove MacSpend files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MacSpend, 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.
Remove MacSpend 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.
Erase MacSpend 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.
Uninstall MacSpend 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.
Remove MacSpend 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the MacSpend will be removed.
Eliminate MacSpend 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.