Remove ConnectionFormat (Mac OS)

The sudden appearance of ConnectionFormat on browser programs for Mac like Safari, Google Chrome, or Firefox should never be neglected by user because it can ballooned to an added threat that further endangers the computer. It may seem as simple browser hijacker that overtook minimal browser settings, hence, its after effects may be worse than the expected presumption.

More about ConnectionFormat

ConnectionFormat is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) for Mac that combines various tasks as data gathering, excessive display of ads, homepage takeover, and search hijacking. By examining the icons and interface it embeds on the applications folder, we can clearly see its resemblance to browser extension as ExpandedSkill, ExtendedLibrary, and Coordinator Boost. The truth is, these apps belong to the same clan and there are several hundreds of them in the circulation. While these suspicious browser extensions as occupying spots on several servers as embedded to dubious software bundles, Mac users who are fond of acquiring the cost less applications are in danger.

During the installation of suspicious free software, Mac users are unaware on the shaded installation of ConnectionFormat. After which, it attacks the browser program and past itself as Extension and starts to dominate it by modifying various settings. It overrides homepage and search defaults by assigning own server. As a result, every browsing and search sessions of Mac users are managed and tracked by ConnectionFormat app, which completely degrades the online browsing experience.

ConnectionFormat App

Avoiding ConnectionFormat App

Because ConnectionFormat depends on software bundling as its main distribution channel, Mac user can avoid it simply by avoiding suspicious sources like cracked software sites, torrent sites, and skeptical file sharing sites. If there is a need for installing freeware, Mac user can easily opt out for the installation of surplus program by selecting the Advanced or Custom setup and remove ConnectionFormat from the selection of programs to load. Unfortunately, because majority of computer users find it inconvenience to take this extra precaution, they ended up installing ConnectionFormat when setup is run in the traditional way.

At any rate, presence of adware on the computer should not be taken for granted as it can blow up to a much severe infection. For this reason, we are offering simple guide to remove ConnectionFormat using only effective steps and legitimate virus and malware removal tools. All of these are presented on the next section.

Procedures to Remove ConnectionFormat from Mac

This area contains comprehensive procedures to help you remove adware and potentially unwanted program from the computer.

Guide on this page are written in a manner that can be easily understand and execute by Mac users.

Quick Fix - Scan the System with Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner is a trusted Mac utility application with complete antivirus and optimization features. It is useful in dealing with adware, malware, and PUP's. Moreover, it can get rid of adware like ConnectionFormat. You may need to purchase full version if you require to maximize its premium features.

1. Download the tool from the following page:

2. Double-click the downloaded file and proceed with the installation.

3. In the opened window, drag and drop the Combo Cleaner icon onto your Applications folder icon.

4. Open your Launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon.

5. Wait until antivirus downloads its latest virus definition updates and click on "Start Combo Scan" to start removing ConnectionFormat.

Combo Cleaner Scanner

6. Free features of Combo Cleaner include Disk Cleaner, Big Files finder, Duplicate files finder, and Uninstaller. To use antivirus and privacy scanner, users have to upgrade to a premium version.

Proceed with the rest of the removal steps if you are comfortable in manually removing malicious objects associated with the threat.

Step 1 : Delete ConnectionFormat from Mac Applications

1. Go to Finder.

2. On the menu, click Go and then, select Applications from the list to open Applications Folder.

3. Find ConnectionFormat or any unwanted program.

Delete Unwnated App

4. Drag ConnectionFormat to Trash Bin to delete the application from Mac.

5. Right-click on Trash icon and click on Empty Trash.

Step 2 : Remove Browser Extensions that belongs to ConnectionFormat

1. Locate the add-on or extension that is relevant to the adware. To do this, please follow the following depending on affected browser.

Safari - Choose Preferences from the Safari menu, then click the Extensions icon. This will open a window showing all installed extensions.

Chrome - Select Preferences from the Chrome menu, and then click the Extensions link found on the left pane.

Firefox - Choose Add-ons from the Menu. Look at both the Extensions and Plug-ins lists when it opens a new window.

2. Once you have located ConnectionFormat, click on Remove or Uninstall, to get rid of it.

3. Close the browser and proceed to the next steps.

Step 3 : Delete Malicious Files that have installed ConnectionFormat

1. Select and copy the string below to your Clipboard by pressing Command + C on your keyboard.

~/Library/LaunchAgents

2. Go to your Finder. From the menu bar please select Go > Go to Folder...

3. Press Command + V on your keyboard to paste the copied string. Press Return to go to the said folder.

Command + V

4. You will now see a folder named LaunchAgents. Take note of the following files inside the folder:

  • com.ConnectionFormat
  • unknown.download.plist
  • unknown.ltvbit.plist
  • unknown.update.plist

The term unknown is just a representation of the actual malware name. Attackers may masks the actual name with following:

- ExpandedSkill, ExtendedLibrary

If you cannot find the specified file, please look for any unfamiliar or suspicious entries. It may be the one causing ConnectionFormat to be present on your Mac. Arranging all items to see the most latest ones may also help you identify recently installed unfamiliar files. Please press Option + Command + 4 on your keyboard to arrange the application list in chronological order.

Option + Command + 4

Important: Take note of all the suspicious files as you may also delete the same item on another folder as we go on.

5. Drag all suspicious files that you may find to Trash.

6. Please restart the computer.

7. Open another folder using the same method as above. Copy and Paste the following string to easily locate the folder.

~/Library/Application Support

8. Look for any suspicious items that are similar to the ones in Step 4. Drag them to the Trash.

9. Repeat the process on the following non-hidden folders (without ~):

/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons
/Library/Application Support

10. Lastly, go to your Finder and open the Applications Folder. Look for subfolders with the following names and drag them to Trash.

- ExpandedSkill, ExtendedLibrary

Optional : For locked files that cannot be removed, do the following:

1. Go to Launchpad, Utilities folder, open Activity Monitor.

2. Select the process you want to quit.

Force Quit Locked Files

3. Click on Force Quit button.

4. You may now delete or remove locked files that belongs to ConnectionFormat adware.

Step 4 : Double-check with MBAM Tool for Mac

1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac from this link:

2. Run Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac. It will check for updates and download if most recent version is available. This is necessary in finding recent malware threats including ConnectionFormat.

3. If it prompts to close all running web browser, please do so. Thus, we advise you to PRINT this guide for your reference before going offline.

4. Once it opens the user interface, please click on Scan button to start scanning your Mac computer.

MBAM for Mac - Scan

5. After the scan, Malwarebytes Anti-malware for Mac will display a list of identified threats, ConnectionFormat is surely part of it. Be sure to select all items in the list. Then, click Remove button to clean the computer.

Step 5 : Remove ConnectionFormat from Homepage and Search

Safari

- Open your Safari browser.
- Go to Safari Menu located on upper left hand corner, and then select Preferences.
- Under General tab, navigate to Default Search Engine section and select Google or any valid search engine.
- Next, be sure that "New Windows Open With" field is set to Homepage.
- Lastly, remove ConnectionFormat from the Homepage field. Replace it with your preferred URL to be set as your default homepage.

Google Chrome

- Open Chrome browser.
- Type the following on the address bar and press Enter on keyboard : chrome://settings/
- Look for 'On Startup' area.
- Select 'Open a specific page or set of pages'.
- Click on More Actions and select Edit.
- Enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing ConnectionFormat. Click Save.
- To set default search engine, go to Search Engine area.
- Click on 'Manage search engines...' button.
- Go to questionable Search Engine. Click on More Actions and Click 'Remove from list'.
- Go back to Search Engine area and choose valid entry from Search engine used in the address bar.

Mozilla Firefox

- Run Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type the following on the address bar and hit Enter on keyboard : about:preferences
- On Startup area, select 'Show your home page' under 'When Firefox starts' field.
- Under Home Page field, type the desired URL to replace ConnectionFormat settings.
- To configure default search engine, select Search on left sidebar to display settings.
- Under Default Search Engine list, please select one.
- On the same page, you have an option to Remove unwanted search engine.

Optional : If unable to change browser settings, execute these steps:

Some user complains that there is no way to change browser settings because it is grayed out by ConnectionFormat. In such situation, it is important to check if there is unwanted profile. Please do the following:

1. Quit any running applications and launch System Preferences from your Dock.

2. Under System Preferences, click Profiles.

3. Select ConnectionFormat or any relevant profile from the left pane. See image below.

Remove Profile

4. At the bottom of this window, click minus [-] button to delete the account. Please refer to image above.

5. Close the Profiles window and open the affected browser to change all settings associated with ConnectionFormat.

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