Extralist Mac


Extralist is advertising software that installs in the browsers of Mac systems and reroutes their traffic to sites that need promotion. Extralist is advertised as a browser add-on, but it is generally seen as potentially unwanted because it doesn’t provide the user with anything useful.


Extralist Mac

Extralist on Mac

If your online browsing is getting disrupted by this piece of software and you are unable to stop its constant page-redirecting activities on your own, we offer you our help with this problem. In this article, you will learn some important facts about advertising apps like Extralist and you will also find out how you can uninstall them.

If this unwanted software gets inside your browser, changes are likely to occur in the starting page, the toolbar, and the search engine tool of the browsing program. This can happen to Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or any other Mac-compatible browser. The goal of those changes is to make the affected browser more predisposed to ad-generation and page-redirection. The changes themselves aren’t harmful, but most people find them irritating and unpleasant because they generally tend to disrupt the users’ browsing experience instead of improving it.

Extralist on Mac

Extralist for Mac is a small piece of software aimed at promoting various sites through the user’s browser by initiating automatic redirects to said sites. Extralist for Mac is disguised as an add-on for Mac browsers and installs via file-bundles.

The majority of users don’t like having such apps in their computers and for a good reason. The presence of such an app can be particularly irritating as the user is likely to experience frequent automatic page-redirects to pages that he or she did not intend to visit. Also, the generation of random ads that get placed in the center of the screen and/or over the navigation buttons of a given page can also be quite frustrating. The main problem, however, stems from the fact that you never really know what awaits you behind those ads and page redirects – for all you know it could be some phishing site or a site used by hackers for Trojan Horse or Ransomware distribution.

What is Extralist?

Extralist is defined as a browser hijacker app that steals the settings of the user’s browser and makes changes to it that favor the generation of ads and page redirects. Extralist can be installed on the computer with the help of file-bundles and spam email attachments.

To keep away from this sort of software in the future, we advise you to only download new apps from the app store and to never interact with messages that look like spam.

The ExtraList App

The Extralist app is a type of undesirable software that can force the browsers on Mac computers to uncontrollably generate ads and initiate page-redirects. The Extralist app has the potential to compromise your system’s security by making unauthorized changes in the browser.

If you don’t want to take any chances and minimize the risk of getting attacked by Ransomware, Spyware, or Trojans after getting redirected to some unreliable online location, we advise you to follow our instructions and uninstall the hijacker with their help as well as remove all of its changes from the affected browser.


Name Extralist
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Symptoms such as changes in the browser settings and unpleasant generation of pesky ads are the most prominent.
Distribution Method Spam letters, file bundles, clickbait pop-ups, etc.
Detection Tool

Extralist Virus Removal

Extralist Mac

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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Start Activity Monitor by opening up Finder, then proceed to Extralist Mac

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:

Extralist Mac

Now click on Sample at the bottom:

Extralist Mac

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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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.

Extralist Mac

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,

Extralist Mac

and then again on the Extensions tab,

Extralist Mac

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.
Extralist Mac

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,
Extralist Mac

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

Extralist Mac

Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Extralist Mac

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

Extralist Mac How to Remove Extralist From Firefox in OSX:

Open Firefoxclick on Extralist Mac (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

Extralist Mac

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

Extralist MacHow to Remove Extralist From Chrome in OSX:

 Start Chrome, click Extralist Mac —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the malware and  select  Extralist Mac.

Extralist Mac

 Click Extralist Mac 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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