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.
|Short Description||A 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 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 FormList.|
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.
Before starting to follow the steps below, be advised that you should first do the following preparations:
- Backup your files in case the worst happens.
- Make sure to have a device with these instructions on standy.
- Arm yourself with patience.
Step 1: Uninstall FormList 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 FormList 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: Remove FormList – related extensions from Safari / Chrome / Firefox
Step 3: Scan for and remove FormList files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as FormList, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.