Element Force Mac

Element Force

Element Force is a Mac application that belongs to the browser hijacker group and typically shows a variety of web rerouting ads and pop-ups during browsing sessions. Element Force remains a mostly non-malicious application that can redirect user searches to random web locations and fill their browser’s screen with pay-per-click messages.

Element Force

If you landed on this page, your regular web browsing might have been disturbed by some unwelcome and potentially unwanted ads, pop-ups and banners in different colors. Or, you have noticed recent changes in the homepage or the default search engine of your Mac browser. Or perhaps you have started to experience automatic redirecting to websites you did not intend to visit. Unfortunately, these disturbing changes can take place inside any popular web browser for Mac – be it Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, Safari, etc. The removal guide below, however, contains details that will show you how to restore your previous settings and how to safely remove and uninstall all the unwanted ads, auto-redirect prompts, search engines and homepages that have been imposed on you.

Element Force for Mac

Element Force for Mac is a browser hijacking tool used to redirect user traffic to different sponsored websites. In addition to rerouting users’ searches, Element Force for Mac typically fills the Mac browser’s screen with pay-per-click ads and installs some third-party search engine or homepage.

Security professionals classify Element Force as a browser hijacker due to its ability to mess with the Mac browser’s settings and suggest that the Mac users uninstall it in order to regain control over their browsing software. If you do not exactly know what stands behind the term “browser hijacker”, don’t take it too seriously. This is not the name of some new virus or malware class (similar to Ransomware and Trojans) but a term used to describe programs specifically designed to modify a web browser’s settings so that an enormous number of pop-up ads can be generated on its screen and user searches can be redirected to certain web pages.

What is Element Force?

Element Force is a Mac application used to promote sponsored URLs and messages that generate revenue once clicked on. In most cases, Element Force for Mac is programmed to stream hundreds of text advertisements, banners, online offers, sales alerts, and page-redirect links the very moment the users start their Mac browser.

Most programs of the browser hijacker category, like Search Marquis or QSearch, are least interested in destroying your computer and are solely focused on their ad-promoting service. Nevertheless, depending on exactly what’s on these links and advertisements that are so aggressively promoted, interacting with them may potentially land you a real virus, like Ransomware, a Trojan or some other nasty malware.

The Element Force app

The Element Force app is seen as a potentially unwanted program that is a source of annoying page redirects and annoying pop-up messages. The random advertisements and promotional links that the Element Force app can display can interrupt the normal web browsing and can trick users into clicking on misleading links.

In some rare instances, some of the pop-up messages displayed by the browser hijacker may contain a hidden virus such as Ransomware or a Trojan horse infection. Therefore, even if programs like Element Force cannot encrypt your personal information, steal or corrupt your banking details, it is best that you remove them and keep away from their ads.

SUMMARY:

NameElement Force
TypeAdware
Danger LevelMedium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Detection Tool

Remove Element Force from Mac

Step1

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.

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to activity-monitor

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:

chromeinfo

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

chromesample

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:

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    Step3

    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.

    Step4

    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,

    Preferences in Safari

    and then again on the Extensions tab,

    extensions in safari

    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.
    Step5

    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,
    Privacy in Safari

    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

    General Tab in Safari

    Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
    Default Home Page

    Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.

    firefox-512 How to Remove Element Force From Firefox in OSX:

    Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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    The problem should be lurking somewhere around here –  Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.


    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundHow to Remove Element Force From Chrome in OSX:

     Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  chrome-trash-icon.

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     Click chrome menu icon 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!

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