The ExtraList PUA may be advertised as a program that can improve your browsing by providing improved search results and quick searches.
However, instead of improving your browsing experience, ExtraList may generate intrusive advertisements and inject them into your search results. It may also add a browser extension to your preferred browser, and may collect information about your surfing habits.
Because of this unwanted behavior, you should consider removing ExtraList from your Mac. We’ve provided PUA removal instructions at the end of this article.
|Short Description||A questionable application that hijacks your browser. It can perform browser modifications without your knowledge to add a browser extension and generate intrusive advertisements.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search engine in preferred web browser could be set to display a bogus search engine. 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|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss ExtraList.|
ExtraList PUA – Detailed Description
ExtraList is classified as a potentially unwanted application with adware capabilities. As such, the PUA’s configuration files could be spread via software bundling and corrupted third-party installers. These are the primary methods for distribution of adware and unwanted software. Third party marketers and app developers rely on bundled software installers for quick monetization. Adware, which stands for ad-supported software, generates pop-up ads which then generate revenue for the involved parties on a pay-per-click basis.
Most users affected by ExtraList could have caught the “virus” by installing third-party apps downloaded from suspicious websites. The idea behind ad-supported apps such as this one is that they generate intrusive advertisements that can be difficult to close. The apps could promise you a range of useful benefits, but in fact their only purpose is monetization, for which they were developed in the first place.
In most cases, PUAs such as ExtraList are designed to affect popular web browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Safari.
Data collection practices may also be associated with ExtraList, such as the use of tracking technologies like cookies, web beacons and log files. That being said, ExtraList could collect:
- Visited URLs and websites
- Browser’s home page
- Search queries
- Search queries on the visited web pages
- Type of used browser
- Operating system type
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Geographic location
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
So, the longer this PUA runs on your Mac, the more exposed you become to a range of issues. That is why its complete removal is absolutely recommended. Navigate to the removal guide in the next step for an easy-to-follow, step-by-step removal process of ExtraList.
Remove ExtraList PUA – Follow These Instructions
In order to remove ExtraList along with all entries it created on your Mac system, you should complete several removal steps in a precise order. The instructions below give you manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of files installed by potentially unwanted applications (PUAa), we recommend that you use both approaches we have provided. Also note that the manual removal of ExtraList might turn out to be time-consuming and complicated, so be patient. If you don’t feel comfortable with the manual steps, navigate to the automatic part of the instructions.
- Guide 1: Get rid of ExtraList from Mac OS X.
- Guide 2: Remove ExtraList from Google Chrome.
- Guide 3: Erase ExtraList from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 4: Uninstall ExtraList from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 5: Delete ExtraList from Safari.
- Guide 6: Eliminate ExtraList from Internet Explorer.
Get rid of ExtraList from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall ExtraList 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 ExtraList 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, 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 ExtraList 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 ExtraList 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 ExtraList 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.
Delete ExtraList 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 ExtraList will be removed.
Eliminate ExtraList 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.
What is ExtraList?
ExtraList 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 ExtraList 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 ExtraList a Virus?
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 ExtraList?
ExtraList 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, ExtraList 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 ExtraList, 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 ExtraList from my Mac?
By removing its core files. To get rid of ExtraList 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 ExtraList could be residing.
It will also make sure that ExtraList 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.