What is ControlFraction
ControlFraction is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that falls under the category of Adware . Adware is something that developed in order to display third-party ads to the user without asking his permission. Adware takes control of web browsers and redirects them to unwanted web pages and online ads every time you surf the Internet. Adware software can end up on your machine in various methods. In many cases is when you download freeware and forget to uncheck the box for the bundled software installation.
Does adware steal your privacy data? Adware be able to gather lots of privacy info such as what web-sites you are opening, what you are looking for the Internet and so on. This confidential data, subsequently, may be transferred third party companies.
The instructions below explaining steps to remove ControlFraction. Feel free to use it for removal of the adware that may attack Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari and other popular internet browsers. The guide will help you delete adware software and thus clean your browser from all intrusive ads.
How does ControlFraction get on your MAC system
|Name||ControlFraction, Control Fraction 1.0 app|
|Type||adware, PUP (potentially unwanted program), popup virus, popup advertisements, pop ups|
|Removal||ControlFraction removal guide|
How to Remove ControlFraction adware (removal instructions)
Fortunately, we have an effective way which will assist you manually or/and automatically delete ControlFraction ads from your internet browser and bring your web-browser settings, including search provider by default, new tab and start page, back to normal. Below you’ll find a removal instructions with all the steps you may need to successfully get rid of adware and its traces. Certain of the steps below will require you to close this web site. So, please read the step-by-step guide carefully, after that bookmark it or open it on your smartphone for later reference.
To remove ControlFraction, follow the steps below:
- Manual ControlFraction adware software removal
- Automatic Removal of ControlFraction
- How to stay safe online
- Finish words
Manual ControlFraction adware software removal
In most cases, it is possible to manually remove adware software. This way does not involve the use of any tricks or removal tools. You just need to restore the normal settings of the Apple Mac and internet browser. This can be done by following a few simple steps below. If you want to quickly remove the ControlFraction adware, as well as perform a full scan of your machine, we recommend that you use adware removal utilities, which are listed below.
Delete potentially unwanted programs using the Finder
Some PUPs, browser hijacking software and adware can be removed by uninstalling the free software they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed programs in Finder. Use the “Move to Trash” command in order to get rid of them.
Make sure you have closed all web-browsers and other software. Next, uninstall any unknown and suspicious software from Apple Mac using the Finder.
Open Finder and click “Applications”.
Look around the entire list of programs installed on your MAC. Most likely, one of them is the ControlFraction adware. Select the questionable application or the application that name is not familiar to you and uninstall it.
Drag the dubious program from the Applications folder to the Trash.
Most important, don’t forget, choose Finder -> Empty Trash.
Get rid of ControlFraction from Safari
By resetting Safari web browser you restore your internet browser settings to its default state. This is basic when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by ControlFraction adware.
Run Safari web-browser. Next, choose Preferences from the Safari menu.
First, click the “Security” icon. Here, select “Block pop-up windows”. It will block some types of popups.
Now, click the “Extensions” tab. Look for dubious extensions on left panel, select it, then press the “Uninstall” button. Most important to delete all suspicious plugins from Safari.
Once complete, check your homepage and search engine settings. Click “General” icon. 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.
Remove ControlFraction adware from Firefox
If the Firefox web-browser is hijacked by ControlFraction and you want to restore the Firefox settings back to their original settings, then you should follow the steps below. However, your themes, bookmarks, history, passwords, and web form auto-fill information will not be deleted.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown in the following example.
A small menu will appear, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as shown below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Firefox internet browser settings to their default values.
Remove ControlFraction from Google Chrome
Another method to get rid of ControlFraction ads from Chrome is Reset Chrome settings. This will disable malicious addons and reset Google Chrome settings to original state. However, your saved passwords and bookmarks will not be changed, deleted or cleared.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will open the Google Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, press the option called “Settings”.
The browser will display the settings screen. Another method to open the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will display the confirmation prompt as on the image below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The browser will start the procedure of cleaning. When it’s finished, the internet browser’s settings including new tab, search provider and start page back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your MAC.
Automatic Removal of ControlFraction
The adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the ControlFraction again infect your Apple Mac. Moreover, We want to note that it’s not always safe to get rid of adware software manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the operating system. The best way to search for and delete adware is to run free malicious software removal applications.
Use MalwareBytes Anti-Malware to remove ControlFraction adware
Manual ControlFraction removal requires some computer skills. Some files that created by the adware may be not completely removed. We recommend that run the MalwareBytes Free that are completely clean your machine of adware software. Moreover, this free utility will allow you to get rid of hijacker, malicious software, potentially unwanted apps and toolbars that your MAC OS may be infected too.
- Installing the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is simple. First you will need to download MalwareBytes Free on your MAC by clicking on the following link.
Malwarebytes Anti-malware (Mac)
Category: Security tools
Update: September 10, 2020
- When the download is finished, please close all apps and open windows on your MAC. Run the downloaded file. Follow the prompts.
- The MalwareBytes Anti Malware will start and open the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the ControlFraction adware. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. During the scan MalwareBytes Free will scan for threats exist on your computer.
- Once MalwareBytes has completed scanning your machine, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will show a list of found threats.
- Review the scan results and then click the “Remove Selected Items” button.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
How to stay safe online
By installing an ad-blocking application such as AdGuard, you are able to block malicious webpages, stop autoplaying video ads and get rid of a large number of distracting and unwanted ads on web pages.
Please go to the following link to download AdGuard.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: January 17, 2018
After the downloading process is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen. Follow the prompts.
Each time, when you launch your MAC OS, AdGuard will run automatically and stop unwanted advertisements, block harmful and misleading web sites.
Once you have done the guide shown above, your MAC OS should be clean from this adware and other malicious software. The Safari, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox will no longer display the ControlFraction ads when you browse the Web. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please create a new question by using the “Ask Question” button in the Questions and Answers. Try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with adware software.