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ExtendedTool Mac Adware Removal Guide

If you are wondering what ExtendedTool is and how to remove this app from your Mac, then keep reading this guide.

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ExtendedTool Mac Adware

The ExtendedTool adware is a program that invades Mac operating systems with the goal to generate revenue to its developers. The adware performs specific modifications of system settings and hijacks installed browsers. Its installation happens without users’ noticing it. The potentially unwanted program ExtendedTool affects macOS to start displaying annoying ads and spying on online actions. Sometimes adware like ExtendedTool installs unwanted browser extensions in order to become able to hijack browsers. Afterward, affected browsers start displaying hoax search engines or legitimate-like ones (Bing, Yahoo). Search results generated by these engines may contain lots of sponsored results of which not all are related to trustworthy websites.

Since ExtendedTool adware poses a certain danger to your online security and the security of your macOS, we recommend that you consider its immediate removal.

ExtendedTool Adware Summary

NameExtendedTool / Extended Tool
TypePUP, Adware, Hijacker
Short DescriptionA questionable application that hijacks Mac systems and popular browsers installed on them including Safari, Chrome and Firefox. The program performs browser modifications without your knowledge.
SymptomsBrowser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads. The program may load every time you start the affected Mac.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Websites, Fake Software Updates
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More Details About ExtendedTool for Mac

ExtendedTool is seemingly a regular app that has useful features. However, it invades Mac operating systems and performs specific operations without users’ knowledge. In fact, the program is classified as potentially unwanted. PUPs like ExtendedTool are being spread via shady techniques like software packages, questionable websites and corrupted software installers.

We want to reassure you that ExtendedTool is not a computer virus. It won’t cause permanent damage to your affected Mac or personal files stored on its drives. This does not mean that it is a good idea to keep it on your system. As long as this adware is running on your macOS, it makes it less secured, hence, vulnerable to different malware infections.

The main goal of ExtendedTool adware is to affect installed browsers and start delivering annoying ads. This way it can generate revenue to its owners by implementing the advertising model pay-per-click. To make you more prone to visit sponsored content, ExtendedTool’s owners aim to deliver ads that match your online interests.

To identify your interests ExtendedTool Mac adware drops and activates different tracking technologies and start collecting details about your online browsing. The ads delivered by the adware may be so intrusive that you may start noticing performance issues and even system freezes sometimes.

Your favorite browser may be inundated with lots of annoying redirects to questionable websites, pop-ups, and banners that present “special” offers. Beware with all such ads as the websites they link to may be hosting programs/files that can endanger the overall security of your Mac system. Sometimes deceptive websites are used for the spread of serious malware infections. Better refrain from visiting questionable sponsored content.

Even though ExtendedTool is adware is not a malicious program, we recommend its immediate removal from the affected Mac and browser.

How to Remove ExtendedTool from Mac

In order to remove ExtendedTool along with all entries it creates on the system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The guide below presents manual and automatic removal approaches. 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.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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Get rid of ExtendedTool Adware from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall ExtendedTool Adware 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 ExtendedTool Adware:

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 ExtendedTool Adware. 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 ExtendedTool Adware. 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 ExtendedTool Adware 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 ExtendedTool Adware. 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: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

You can use the tool we recommended above in order to remove ExtendedTool Adware:



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


Remove ExtendedTool Adware 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.


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Erase ExtendedTool Adware 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.



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Uninstall ExtendedTool Adware 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.



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Delete ExtendedTool Adware 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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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


ExtendedTool Adware FAQ

What is ExtendedTool Adware?

ExtendedTool Adware is classified as a potentially unwanted app for Mac. It appears like a normal app, but it may cause unpleasant pop-ups and redirects on your Mac.

Be aware, that ExtendedTool Adware may be able to affect the browsers Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Opera. It may they perform unwanted activities on your Mac.

Such can turn out to be showing advertisements of all types, slowing down your Mac's performance and even infecting your Mac with other viruses by showing you dangerous ads.

Is ExtendedTool Adware a Virus?

No, but it is just as risky. The ExtendedTool Adware object is not entirely a virus but it is still as dangerous as a virus for your Mac and your information. The main reason for that is because ExtendedTool Adware can use cookies and other tracking technologies that may obtain personal information from your Mac while you are browsing.

It may also cause dangers and may lead to risky websites, such as:

  • Phishing sites.
  • Web pages that are scam.
  • Sites that may contain viruses.

These are the main reasons why threatening is considered by experts to be indirectly dangerous to your Mac.

Can my Mac get virus?

The answer to this question is "yes". Unfortunately it opened happens that Mac devices become infected with different types of malware, adware and other threats. This causes a lot of problems for both companies and users.

How did I get ExtendedTool Adware?

ExtendedTool Adware could be spread to Mac computers via several methods. One of those methods is via the installers of third party apps. This technique is called software bundling.

Also, ExtendedTool Adware adware could be included in the installer steps of an app you may have downloaded for your Mac from a third party website. Search app could be a media player or some other free software you may have tried to recently install.

You may have missed ExtendedTool Adware, because it could be hiding in one of the install steps or could be offered as a "free extra" or an "optional offer".

How to remove ExtendedTool Adware from my Mac?

By removing its core files. To get rid of ExtendedTool Adware from your Mac, security experts strongly advise to scan it with a professional anti-malware app for Mac.

An anti-malware security app has the capability of scanning all of the areas in your Mac were ExtendedTool Adware could be residing.

It will also make sure that ExtendedTool Adware is permanently gone from your Mac and that your Mac is safe in the future.

How to protect my Mac from viruses?

To protect your Mac from all sorts of virus threats, you can can minimize the risk of getting a virus in the first place. This is why we strongly recommend that you take the following steps for protection on your Mac below:

1. Register for a VPN service of your choice.
2. Clear the cookies that are on your web browsers and uninstall any browser extensions from them that you believe are suspicious.
3. Download and install reputable malware removal and protection software.
4. Always check if the website you're visiting has HTTPS instead of just HTTP in its address. This indicates that a site is secure.
5. Do not type any personal info on websites which are with low reputation or you can't trust.
6. Always check if the site you're visiting is the real web page at not a fake one by looking at the address bar. Many fishing websites that contain viruses change one or two letters in the main domain name of the site they're trying to mimic.
7. Always link your cell phone phone to your Bank Accounts, PayPal, Facebook, Gmail, Instagram and other accounts. This will allow you to see notification if somebody else logged in from your account and makes account hijacking nearly impossible.
8. Always find a way to backup all your important files regularly. You can save them on a USB stick or use Cloud backup services, like Google Drive. iDrive, Onedrive and others.

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