Remove FormList "Virus" App (Mac Instructions)
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Remove FormList “Virus” App (Mac Instructions)

Are you trying to get rid of FormList?

FormList may be advertised as a useful application that improves searching and enhances browsing but is in fact classified as a PUA (potentially unwanted application). Furthermore, FormList may generate advertisements which makes it an adware.

Applications such as FormList often collect user information, which can be used in further advertising campaigns. The problem with such ads is that they can take you to suspicious pages, and may compromise your system and browsers in a number of ways.

Thus, the removal of FormList is highly advisable but it may be a complicated process. You will find detailed instructions at the end of this article.

Threat Summary

NameFormList
TypePUA, Adware
Short DescriptionA questionable application that hijacks your browser. It may promise to improve your browsing experience but will only compromise it.
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 MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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What Is FormList?

There are several other similar applications that are currently targeting Mac users, such as ExtraList and SystemDistrict. All these applications may be developed by the same company with the sole purpose of quick monetization.

As already mentioned, FormList is classified as a potentially unwanted application which is ad-supported and as such, generates a large amount of unwanted ads. Being a PUA also means that the app’s configuration files are 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 FormList could have downloaded the app by installing third-party software downloaded from suspicious download websites. The idea behind ad-supported apps 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.

Of course, FormList may also collect information about your browsing by utilizing tracking technologies like cookies, web beacons and log files to 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)

This only means that the longer FormList runs on your Mac, the more exposed you become to a range of issues. Thus, its thorough removal is highly recommended. Navigate to the removal guide in the next step for an easy-to-follow, step-by-step removal process of FormList.

Remove FormList PUA

In order to remove FormList 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 FormList 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.

Milena Dimitrova

Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum since the beginning. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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