What is ConnectionFormat
According to security researchers, ConnectionFormat is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that falls under the category of Adware . Adware is short for ‘ad supported’ software. Adware displays unwanted ads that appear in unclosable windows or in-text links on computer screens. In order to show unwanted adverts as often as possible adware software can alter the web browser settings. You may even find that your MAC settings are changed without your knowledge. The authors of adware do so in order to generate money via third-party ad network. Thus every your click on the adverts earns money for them.
The worst is, adware be able to collect a wide variety of marketing-type data about you to get profit. Adware can analyze your browsing, and gain access to your user info and, subsequently, can use it for marketing purposes. Thus, there are more than enough reasons to get rid of adware from your MAC system.
How does ConnectionFormat get on your Apple Mac
Adware software most likely to occur during the setup of freeware due the fact that PUAs like this are usually hidden in the installation package. Thus, if you have installed some free applications using Quick(Standard) mode, you may have let adware get inside your MAC. Keep in mind that the Quick mode is unreliable because it do not warn about bundled software. Thus, optional programs will be installed automatically unless you choose Advanced/Custom mode and uncheck its installation.
|Name||ConnectionFormat, Connection Format 1.0 app|
|Type||adware, potentially unwanted application (PUA), pop up ads, popup virus, pop-ups|
|Removal||ConnectionFormat removal guide|
How to Remove ConnectionFormat adware
The answer is right here on this page. We have put together simplicity and efficiency. It will help you easily to clean your MAC of ConnectionFormat ads. Moreover, you may select manual or automatic removal way. If you’re familiar with the machine then use manual removal, otherwise run the free anti-malware utility designed specifically to remove adware. Of course, you may combine both methods. Certain of the steps below will require you to close this web-page. So, please read the few simple steps carefully, after that bookmark it or open it on your smartphone for later reference.
To remove ConnectionFormat, perform the following steps:
- How to manually remove ConnectionFormat
- Automatic Removal of ConnectionFormat adware software
- How to stay safe online
- Finish words
How to manually remove ConnectionFormat
Looking for a way to get rid of ConnectionFormat adware manually without installing any applications? Then this section of the blog post is just for you. Below are some simple steps you can take. Performing these steps requires basic knowledge of browser and Microsoft Windows setup. If you doubt that you can follow them, it is better to use free tools listed below that can help you remove adware software.
Delete ConnectionFormat associated software by using the Finder
We recommend that you begin the computer cleaning process by checking the list of installed apps and uninstall all unknown or dubious applications. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the harmful applications such as adware and hijacker infections may be bundled with free programs. Remove the unwanted applications can delete the undesired ads or web-browser redirect.
- Open the Finder.
- Click “Applications”.
- It will show a list of all software installed on the MAC.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall dubious and unknown software. Pay maximum attention to the program you installed last.
- Drag the questionable program from the Applications folder to the Trash.
- Empty Trash.
Remove ConnectionFormat adware from Chrome
If you have adware software, ConnectionFormat removal problems or Google Chrome is running slow, then reset Google Chrome can help you. In this tutorial we’ll show you the way to reset your Google Chrome settings and data to default state without reinstall.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. 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 otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Chrome main menu again, press to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove ConnectionFormat from Mozilla Firefox by resetting browser settings
Resetting Mozilla Firefox browser will reset all the settings to their default values and will remove ConnectionFormat ads, malicious add-ons and extensions. It’ll keep your personal information like browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
Run the Firefox and press the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web-browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will display the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Firefox will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the ConnectionFormat adware. After, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
Get rid of ConnectionFormat from Safari
The Safari reset is great if your web browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your browser, that installed by an malicious software.
Run Safari web-browser. Next, select Preferences from the Safari menu.
First, click the “Security” tab. Here, select “Block pop-up windows”. It will stop some types of pop ups.
Now, click the “Extensions” icon. Look for questionable plugins on left panel, choose it, then click the “Uninstall” button. Most important to remove all dubious extensions from Safari.
Once complete, check your start page and search engine settings. Click “General” tab. Make sure that the “Homepage” field contains the website you want or is empty.
Make sure that the “Search engine” setting shows your preferred search engine. In some versions of Safari, this setting is in the “Search” tab.
Automatic Removal of ConnectionFormat adware software
If you’re not expert at machine technology, then we suggest to use free removal tools listed below to remove ConnectionFormat adware for good. The automatic solution is highly recommended. It has less steps and easier to implement than the manual solution. Moreover, it lower risk of system damage. So, the automatic adware removal is a better option.
Use MalwareBytes Free to remove ConnectionFormat adware software
We suggest using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware. You can download and install MalwareBytes to scan for adware software and thereby remove ConnectionFormat ads from your internet browsers. When installed and updated, this free malware remover automatically finds and removes all threats present on the Apple Mac.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware can be downloaded from the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: July 10, 2018
When the downloading process is finished, close all applications and windows on your MAC. Run the saved file. Follow the prompts.
The MalwareBytes Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button for scanning your Apple Mac for the ConnectionFormat adware. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the utility is checking, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned.
Once the scanning is done, you can check all threats detected on your MAC. Once you have selected what you want to remove from your machine click “Remove Selected Items” button. The MalwareBytes will delete ConnectionFormat adware.
How to stay safe online
One of the worst things is the fact that you cannot block all malicious websites using only built-in Windows capabilities. However, there is a program out that you can use to stop intrusive web browser redirects, advertisements and popups in any modern browsers including Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. It is named Adguard and it works very well.
Download AdGuard on your Apple Mac by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
When downloading is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen. Follow the prompts.
Each time, when you start your machine, AdGuard will run automatically and stop intrusive pop-up ads, block malicious and misleading web-pages.
After completing the guide shown above, your MAC should be free from the ConnectionFormat adware and other unwanted software. The Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox will no longer display any unwanted ads. Unfortunately, if the tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help here.