Connection Format is a software app known for redirecting the user’s browser to pages and sites that may not be safe. The goal of Connection Format is to promote the sites it redirects to, but in doing so it may endanger the computer.
This type of software is not uncommon and it can be encountered on any platform or device type, including Mac and PC computers as well as mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Android smart devices. No browser is safe from such apps so even if you are using Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or another highly secure browser, you could still get this type of unwanted software attached to it. Once inside the browser, the undesirable component would likely introduce a new search engine, toolbar buttons, and homepage address to further promote the content it is supposed to advertise. Even though apps like this one are not among the most dangerous forms of malware, it is obvious that they should not be kept on any computer or mobile device because their constant attempts to reroute the user’s traffic could eventually lead to hacker attacks and infections with spyware, ransomware, different forms of Trojan horse viruses, and more.
Connection Format for Mac
Connection Format for Mac is advertising software of the potentially unwanted category of apps known as browser hijackers. If Connection Format for Mac is added to your Safari browser, you can expect sudden page redirects as well as the generation of intrusive web ads.
Again, the main problem with Connection Format, Search Baron and Safe Finder isn’t that they can be quite annoying but that they can endanger your computer. Even though most browser-hijacking apps like this one are not intentionally designed to get users’ computers exposed to harm, they could still end up doing exactly that since the content advertised by them could have originated from anywhere on the Internet. Unfortunately, there’s typically no quality control over the things that get advertised by browser hijackers.
What is Connection Format?
Connection Format is an ad-spamming piece of software that leeches off of the user’s bandwidth to display ads and promote different sites. Connection Format can only operate if it is attached to the browser which is why apps like it are referred to as browser hijackers.
To prevent an app like this one from spamming your browser, your only option would be to remove it. Doing that isn’t always easy and many users give up trying after they learn that the hijacker does not go away after the first couple of attempts to remove it.
The ConnectionFormat app
The ConnectionFormat app is a rogue Safari attachment that introduces changes to the browser in order to spam the user with clickbait ads. The longer the ConnectionFormat app stays on the computer, the higher the chances of getting attacked by Trojans, ransomware, or other viruses.
If you need a hand with removing this undesirable software, we recommend you take a look at the following list of instructions. There, you should find all that you will need to get rid of the unwanted Mac browser hijacker and to return your browser to its normal state.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Changes to your Safari browser and sudden page redirects are the most commonly reported symptoms.|
|Distribution Method||Spam and misleading online ads as well as software bundles oftentimes carry hijackers with them.|
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Connection Format Removal from Mac
For a quick way to remove Connection Format try to do this inside your Mac browser:
- Open your Mac browser.
- Go to Preferences.
- Now navigate to the extensions sub-menu.
- Look for any unfamiliar entries, including Connection Format.
- Remove Connection Format from your Mac as well as any other suspicious-looking items by clicking on the trash bin icon.
If this does not help then continue reading this article for more detailed instructions on how to get rid of Connection Format!
The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:
You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.
Alternatively, you can simultaneously press ⌘ (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).
If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.
In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.
Close the dialog box/window.
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Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:
Now click on Sample at the bottom:
Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:
The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.
On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.
First, Force Quit Safari again.
Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.
Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,
and then again on the Extensions tab,
Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.
Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.
Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab
Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.
How to Remove Connection Format From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove Connection Format From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!