How to Remove CommonBrand Adware (Mac Virus Removal)
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How to Remove CommonBrand Adware (Mac Virus Removal)

Remove CommonBrand Adware Mac

What is CommonBrand App on Mac?

CommonBrand is a suspicious application that hijacks popular browsers for Mac. The sudden appearance of CommonBrand in the Applications list makes affected users believe that it is a virus or a virus related app. However, it is an adware program that aims to monetize its presence on your Mac by delivering various annoying ads and collecting data. As soon as, this adware loads on a Mac operating system, it accesses the settings of installed browsers where it applies certain changes. Then it starts generating various ads in affected browsers. Beware as the ads generated by CommonBrand may present misleading details in order to make you more prone to visit sponsored content.

Since apps of this type are primarily used for the data harvest and aggressive advertising, we recommend that you scan your macOS for any present harmful files as soon as possible.

Threat Summary

NameCommonBrand adware
TypePUP, Adware
Short DescriptionA questionable website that hijacks browsers installed on Mac to deliver ads. Probably supported by an adware or a browser hijacker.
SymptomsAffected browser is inundated with lots of annoying ads. The browser loads slower than ususal. An unwanted program may start every time you start the system.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Redirects by Shady Websites
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CommonBrand Adware – Spreading Techniques and Impact

CommonBrand is a strange program that can appear in the Applications’ list of your Mac. Usually, potentially unwanted programs like CommonBrand get installed on your Mac without your knowledge. So in the event that your browser is affected by the CommonBrand virus, there is a possibility that you have installed this adware inadvertently. This issue may have happened during the installation of a desired app (probably free one) or during regular web browsing.

To prevent the unnoticed installation of undesired apps, you should download and install apps from trusted and legitimate sources only. Additionally, you should always perform an Advanced/Custom installation process because oftentimes the information about added “extra offers”, undesired apps, in other words, is listed under this configuration step.

The moment such a deceptive app gets installed on a Mac system, it can access installed browsers and alter some main of their main setting including preferences like homepages, new tab pages, and default search engines. To become able to generate annoying CommonBrand browser redirects as well as other types of online ads, the undesired program may install a browser extension. Since CommonBrand is known to be used for the realization of shady advertising campaigns, it is likely to deliver lots of annoying ads in all browsers it has affected.

The ads generated by the so-called CommonBrand virus on Mac may be related to suspicious or even hacked web pages. In the event that you load such a page in your browser, you may let it trigger an unnoticed download process of some kind of malicious software on your Mac.

Another issue that may occur after CommonBrand adware is started on your Mac and on web browsers like Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc. is unsolicited data collection from both affected browser and system. Potentially undesired apps used for the realization of shady advertising campaigns are usually designed to activate different tracking technologies. Then they can obtain various details that define your online interests.

Data records are likely to be used for the configuration of aggressive advertising campaigns that flood the affected browser with lots of annoying advertisements (pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, redirects, images, etc.)

Security experts advise affected users to remove CommonBrand and associated files from their affected Macs as soon as they detect their unwanted impact.

How to Get Rid of CommonBrand Adware on Mac

In order to remove CommonBrand adware along with all associated undesired programs, 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 CommonBrand 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.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for four years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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