Explore Parameter is a potentially unwanted program that seeks to attach itself to popular Mac browsers in order to use them for displaying online promotions. Safari, Chrome and Firefox are common targets of Explore Parameter, thus the program is considered a browser hijacker.
The advertisements we encounter online nowadays are inevitable whilst browsing the web. Many web users seek the help of ad-blockers to keep themselves away from pages with excessively intrusive advertising and page redirects. Yet, in some cases, even this is not enough to save them from being bombarded with annoying redirect tabs, pop-up notifications, nagging banners or other types of on-screen web ads.
Nevertheless, not all advertisements are the same and while the ads on certain pages are not really that annoying, there is a certain form of web advertising which may be really irritating and often also a bit hazardous and questionable. The advertisements and page redirects produced by browser hijacker apps such as Explore Parameter, Safe Finder and Search Marquis are precisely what we are talking about.
Explore Parameter for Mac
Explore Parameter for Mac is a software tool that looks like a browser extension and might even operate in a similar way at the beginning. However, as soon as it gets installed, Explore Parameter for Mac may change the configuration of the default web browser by setting a new homepage or replacing the search engine.
There are some major differences between a browser add-on that you find useful and would like to keep in your browser and a browser hijacker like Explore Parameter that introduces some unwanted changes. As you have probably already detected, the main problem with browser hijackers is their tendency to spam you with obstructive pop-up ads, banners and notifications or to redirect your web searches to pages you don’t want to see right now. Of course, that’s not as serious as, say, the attack of spyware, ransomware or a Trojan virus on your device. Still, for some users, being faced with a browser hijacker like Explore Parameter may be very annoying and even hazardous, especially when they are forced to deal with a new search engine or an unfamiliar homepage that constantly showers them with various aggressive advertisements.
The steps in the removal guide that is published below, however, will help you remove the unpleasant software and uninstall its browser changes without losing time.
What is Explore Parameter?
Explore Parameter is a macOS app that supports its developers by generating revenue for them from the clicks on paid advertisements. Users who have Explore Parameter in their browser may constantly see click prompts and pop-up notifications on their screen.
We understand that there may be many of you who don’t mind seeing ads from Explore Parameter (although commercial materials may be so very, very irritating at times). However, you should also be aware that browser hijacker applications like this one may expose you to various unknown web locations and questionable web ads. Thus, having them removed is highly advisable.
The ExploreParameter app
The ExploreParameter app is a program that shouldn’t be able to harm your system. However, the ads and the links that the ExploreParameter app displays may not always be safe and trusted. Thus, users should better uninstall this program when given a chance.
As you probably know, not all online ads are safe, and although a piece like Explore Parameter is unlikely to display harmful ads on purpose, it can still do so given that no one really checks the origin and the reliability of every single pop-up messages or web link that gets show on your screen. That’s why, you are not protected from accidentally inviting viruses and malware such as Trojans, spyware or ransomware in your system, if you click on the wrong banner, button, or website redirect link.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Intrusive ads and pop-up notifications may interrupt your regular web surfing experience.|
|Distribution Method||The file bundling method is a common way to spread browser hijackers across the web.|
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Explore Parameter Removal from Mac
For a quick way to remove Explore Parameter 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 Explore Parameter.
- Remove Explore Parameter 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 Explore Parameter!
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.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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 Explore Parameter 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 Explore Parameter 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!