Guide on Removing Unwanted Ads and Apps from Your Mac

Guide on Removing Unwanted Ads and Apps from Your Mac

Using a Mac has long been correlated with superior protection and resistance to viruses, malware, and other forms of cyber-crime. But times change, and Mac users increasingly face a variety of malicious threats and data theft cases. Nobody is immune to cyber-crime in the 21st century, with hackers preying on your sensitive data and funds. Thus, it is imperative for every computer user to know more about malware, to learn how to scan their devices for viruses, and to find out how to remove ads on Mac (as they can also contain malicious code). Here is the full guide for everyone wishing to advance their Mac security. Continue reading to learn how to secure your devices and data using cutting-edge expertise and skills.

Why Are There So Many Ads on Your Computer?

We live in the era of pop-up ads that attack mobile phone and desktop users alike. These notifications can take the form of commercials, special offers, alerts, notifications of winning a prize or lottery, etc. Many of them are phishing attacks on your browser organized by third-party ad providers. 

  • You visited too many shopping websites and clicked “Allow” on the bar asking for sending you pop-up notifications.
  • You have some unwanted software or adware  installed on the browser.

In the first case, you need to go to Settings and block the pop-up notifications from merchants. In the second case, your browser has been hijacked, and you need to take action to restore its healthy functioning.

Blocking Adware in Safari

Ad-blocker is a program removing most types of ads from your browser and blocking dubious pop-up notices. To choose an ad blocker suiting your goals, consider either standalone software covering all ads on your computer or a customized add-on to your computer browser. Besides, there is a built-in ad blocker function in the Safari browser on Macs.

    1.Safari Ad Blocker

To block all incoming ads in your Safari browser, go to the “Security” settings in the section of “Safari preferences.” There, you should indicate that you want to block pop-ups and fraud warnings. Mac security settings allow getting alerts of visiting fraudulent websites, locking pop-up windows, and specifying the plug-in installation preferences. Another option is to double-check the “Extensions” section where the illicit adware may reside.

    2. Standalone Software

If you’re using a third-party ad blocker program, first install it on your Mac and run it on the computer. By following the app’s instructions, you can customize the ad blocking preferences, indicating which ads you would like to receive, and which should be blocked.

Ad Blockers: A New Word in Mac Security?

There is no unanimous opinion about whether using an ad blocker to achieve complete blocking of ads is a good decision. On the one hand, you can avoid viewing distractive commercials, which speeds up and improves the browsing experience, at the same time securing you from the accidental installation of viruses and malware hiding in malicious ads. 

Furthermore, seeing no advertising on free websites reduces your support for website creators who rely on ad revenue to provide free content to users. Blocking advertising will soon be replaced by paying, subscription-based content access. As a result, you must choose whether to spend a few minutes watching a short advertisement or pay for online advertising in other ways.

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