The ReachChoice is supposed to be a application that will improve the browsing experience, but this program is adware. Adware is not a harmful application such as trojan or other malicious software, but its presence can bring constant popup windows and/or annoying advertising. Actually authors of adware is associated with some third-party ad networks and by showing adverts to users they earn revenue for yourself. These adverts not only bother your browsing experience but also redirect you to malicious web sites.
Does adware software steal your personal data? Adware software be able to gather and transmit sensitive information without your permission. Adware can track information about webpages visited, browser and system information, and your Apple Mac IP address.
|Type||adware, potentially unwanted application (PUA), popup advertisements, pop up virus, pop ups|
|Removal||ReachChoice removal guide|
How did Adware get on your MAC
Many of the free programs out there install unwanted internet browser toolbars, browser hijackers, adware and potentially unwanted programs along with them without your knowledge. One has to be attentive while installing free software in order to avoid accidentally installing optional programs. It’s important that you pay attention to the EULA (End User License Agreements) and choose the Custom, Manual or Advanced installation mode as it will typically disclose what additional programs will also be installed.
By following guidance below it’s easy to scan and get rid of adware from Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari and your MAC. Learn how to delete ReachChoice and adware programs, as well as how to run a full MAC system virus scan.
How to Remove ReachChoice (Adware virus removal guide)
There are several steps to uninstalling the ReachChoice adware which developed to redirect your browser to various ad web-pages, because it installs itself so deeply into MS Windows. You need to delete all suspicious and unknown software, then remove harmful extensions from the Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari and other internet browsers you have installed. Finally, you need to reset your web browser settings to remove any changes the adware has made, and then check your computer with MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) to ensure the adware software is fully removed. It will take a while.
To remove ReachChoice, execute the steps below:
- How to delete ReachChoice without any software
- Use free malware removal utilities to completely remove ReachChoice adware software
- Block ReachChoice and other unwanted websites
- To sum up
How to delete ReachChoice without any software
Looking for a way to remove ReachChoice manually without downloading any applications? Then this section of the article is just for you. Below are some simple steps you can take. Performing these steps requires basic knowledge of web-browser and Microsoft Windows setup. If you are not sure that you can follow them, it is better to use free utilities listed below that can help you delete ReachChoice adware.
Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using the Finder
First, you should try to identify and uninstall the program that causes the appearance of intrusive advertisements or web-browser redirect, using the ‘Applications’ list that located in the Finder.
Make sure you have closed all web browsers and other software. Next, remove any unknown and suspicious programs from machine using the Finder.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
Look around the entire list of programs installed on your MAC OS. Most likely, one of them is the ReachChoice adware which causes unwanted advertisements. Choose the questionable program or the application that name is not familiar to you and delete it.
Drag the suspicious program from the Applications folder to the Trash.
Most important, don’t forget, choose Finder -> Empty Trash.
Remove ReachChoice adware from Safari
By resetting Safari web browser you revert back your browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by ReachChoice adware software.
Click Safari menu and select “Preferences”.
It will open the Safari Preferences window. Next, click the “Extensions” tab. Look for unknown and suspicious extensions on left panel, choose it, then press the “Uninstall” button. Most important to remove all unknown extensions from Safari.
Once complete, click “General” tab. Change the “Default Search Engine” to Google.
Find the “Homepage” and type into textfield “https://www.google.com”.
Remove ReachChoice adware software from Google Chrome
Annoying ReachChoice ads or other symptom of having adware software in your internet browser is a good reason to reset Google Chrome. This is an easy method to restore the Google Chrome settings and not lose any important information.
- First, run the Google Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed plugins. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, press the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove ReachChoice from Mozilla Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
If your Mozilla Firefox web browser is redirected to ReachChoice ads without your permission or an unknown search provider opens results for your search, then it may be time to perform the internet browser reset. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
First, run the Mozilla Firefox and press button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Further, click the Help button () as displayed below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the ReachChoice adware. Once, it is complete, press the “Finish” button.
Use free malware removal utilities to completely remove ReachChoice adware software
There are not many good free anti malware applications with high detection ratio. The effectiveness of malware removal tools depends on various factors, mostly on how often their virus/malware signatures DB are updated in order to effectively detect modern malicious software, adware, browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted software. We suggest to use several programs, not just one. These programs that listed below will allow you get rid of all components of the adware from your disk and system folders and thereby get rid of ReachChoice adware.
Run MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) to get rid of ReachChoice adware
We advise using the MalwareBytes which are fully clean your machine of the adware. This free tool is an advanced malicious software removal application created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It is able to help you delete intrusive ReachChoice ads from your internet browsers, PUPs, malicious software, browser hijacker, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your MAC system for free.
Click the link below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free for Mac OS.
Category: Security tools
Update: July 10, 2018
After the download is complete, close all software and windows on your Apple Mac. Open a directory in which you saved it. Run the saved file and follow the prompts.
Once setup is done, you will see window as on the image below.
Now press the “Scan” button for scanning your MAC for the ReachChoice adware that causes internet browsers to show intrusive pop ups. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) program is checking, you may see how many objects it has identified as threat.
When MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) is done scanning your computer, MalwareBytes will display a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been detected. Review the scan results and then press “Remove Selected Items” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove ReachChoice adware.
How to stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your MAC system against new undesired ads and harmful web-sites, you need to run ad-blocker program that blocks an access to harmful advertisements and web sites. Moreover, the program can stop the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Visit the following page to download the latest version of AdGuard for Mac.
AdGuard for Mac download
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
- Once the downloading process is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the install is done, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your MAC, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop intrusive ads, block malicious or misleading web pages.
To sum up
Now your MAC system should be clean of the ReachChoice adware. We suggest that you keep MalwareBytes (to periodically scan your computer for new adwares and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop up ads and harmful web-sites). Moreover, to prevent any adware, please stay clear of unknown and third party apps.
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