ControlMethod is an adware infection from the AdLoad adware family. It’s a type of infection that causes redirects to questionable sites, shows ads, and triggers pop-ups. While very annoying, it’s not a dangerous infection that can cause direct damage to a device.



Adware from the AdLoad adware family are very obvious infections and not difficult to notice. If ControlMethod adware (Mac) is installed on your Mac, it will be clearly visible in the Applications folder among your installed programs. It will also try to expose you to as many ads as possible.

When adware is present on a device, there is a significant increase in ads of all types. You may see intrusive ads on previously ad-free websites, as well as get redirected to seemingly random websites. Engaging with adware-generated ads is not recommended because you could be exposed to dangerous content, including scams and malware. So even if the adware itself is not directly harmful to the computer, its generated ads are a different story.

One common ad shown by adware is a tech support scam. These ads are made to look like virus alerts and warn users that their computers are infected with something serious. The ads suggest either downloading some kind of “security” program or calling the shown phone number to get assistance. If users call, they will be connected to scammers pretending to be working for Apple who will request remote access to the computer. If users grant access, the scammers will pretend to fix the computer. While connected, they may also steal some personal files/information and/or set a password for users’ computers. At the end of this fake repair session, scammers would demand hundreds of dollars in payment. Paying, of course, would be a mistake because users neither received any services nor needed them in the first place.

You should be able to delete ControlMethod adware (Mac) fairly easily. If you can see it in your Applications folders, simply drag it to the bin. That should remove ControlMethod adware from your Mac. If it’s not possible to do that, use an anti-virus program. It should immediately detect and remove ControlMethod adware.

How did adware install on your Mac computer?

Adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are usually installed via the software bundling method. Said infections can be attached to free programs as additional offers. Because the offers are preselected to install alongside the free programs, when users install them, they end up installing the infections as well. It’s a rather deceptive installation method. It’s not uncommon for programs that use it to be detected as potential threats by anti-malware programs.

The offers that are added to free programs are optional but they need to be manually deselected to prevent their installations. Many users do not do this simply because they do not notice the offers. They are hidden in Advanced (Custom) settings, which users do not normally use. Most users use Default settings, the settings that the installation window recommends. However, if these settings are chosen, all added offers are authorized to be installed. Advanced settings, on the other hand, will make all offers visible and you will have the option to deselect all of them. All you need to do is uncheck the boxes of those offers. To avoid filling your computer with junk programs that can be difficult to remove, always deselect all offers.

Adware infections like ControlMethod are also promoted on various free program sites as useful tools. Download sites are full of these types of infections, which is why you should be very careful with what you download. It’s a good idea to always research programs before downloading them.

ControlMethod adware (Mac) removal

Adware is not a particularly serious infection so you can remove ControlMethod adware (Mac) manually. If it’s visible in your Applications folder, you should be able to drag it to the Bin and thus remove ControlMethod adware (Mac). Instructions will be provided below this article.

If you do not want to bother with manual removal, you can delete ControlMethod adware (Mac) using anti-virus software. This would be easier because the program would take care of everything. It is detected by many popular anti-virus programs, including Avast, ESET, Kaspersky, and AVG.

When the adware is fully removed, your browsing should go back to normal with no random redirects and intrusive pop-ups.

Quick Menu

Step 1. Uninstall ControlMethod adware (Mac) and related programs.

Remove ControlMethod adware (Mac) from Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel choose Programs and Features and select to Uninstall a software.

Delete ControlMethod adware (Mac) from Windows 8

Uninstall ControlMethod adware (Mac) from Windows 7

Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features → Uninstall a program.

Uninstall ControlMethod adware (Mac) from Windows 7

Delete ControlMethod adware (Mac) from Windows XP

Click Start → Settings → Control Panel. Locate and click → Add or Remove Programs.

Remove ControlMethod adware (Mac) from Windows XP

Remove ControlMethod adware (Mac) from Mac OS X

Click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Select applications folder and look for ControlMethod adware (Mac) or any other suspicious software. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash, then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

ControlMethod adware (Mac) removal from MAC OS X

Step 2. Delete ControlMethod adware (Mac) from your browsers

Terminate the unwanted extensions from Internet Explorer
  1. Tap the Gear icon and go to Manage Add-ons. ControlMethod adware (Mac) IE gear
  2. Pick Toolbars and Extensions and eliminate all suspicious entries (other than Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Oracle or Adobe) ControlMethod adware (Mac) IE toolbars and extensions
  3. Leave the window.
Change Internet Explorer homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of your browser and click Internet Options. ControlMethod adware (Mac) IE gear
  2. In General Tab remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Press Apply to save changes. ControlMethod adware (Mac) IE toolbars and extensions
Reset your browser
  1. Click the Gear icon and move to Internet Options. ControlMethod adware (Mac) IE options
  2. Open the Advanced tab and press Reset. ControlMethod adware (Mac) IE reset browser
  3. Choose Delete personal settings and pick Reset one more time. ControlMethod adware (Mac) IE reset
  4. Tap Close and leave your browser. ControlMethod adware (Mac) IE close
  5. If you were unable to reset your browsers, employ a reputable anti-malware and scan your entire computer with it.
Erase ControlMethod adware (Mac) from Google Chrome
  1. Access menu (top right corner of the window) and pick Settings. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome menu
  2. Choose Extensions. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome settings
  3. Eliminate the suspicious extensions from the list by clicking the Trash bin next to them. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome extensions remove
  4. If you are unsure which extensions to remove, you can disable them temporarily. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome extensions disable
Reset Google Chrome homepage and default search engine if it was hijacker by virus
  1. Press on menu icon and click Settings. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome menu
  2. Look for the “Open a specific page” or “Set Pages” under “On start up” option and click on Set pages. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome settings
  3. In another window remove malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome extensions remove
  4. Under the Search section choose Manage Search engines. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search websites. You should leave only Google or your preferred search name. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome extensions disable
    ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome extensions disable
Reset your browser
  1. If the browser still does not work the way you prefer, you can reset its settings.
  2. Open menu and navigate to Settings. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome settings more
  3. Press Reset button at the end of the page. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome advanced menu
  4. Tap Reset button one more time in the confirmation box. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Chrome reset
  5. If you cannot reset the settings, purchase a legitimate anti-malware and scan your PC.
Remove ControlMethod adware (Mac) from Mozilla Firefox
  1. In the top right corner of the screen, press menu and choose Add-ons (or tap Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously). ControlMethod adware (Mac) Firefox add ons
  2. Move to Extensions and Add-ons list and uninstall all suspicious and unknown entries. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Firefox extensions
Change Mozilla Firefox homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap on the menu (top right corner), choose Options. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Firefox reset confirm
  2. On General tab delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Firefox reset confirm
  3. Press OK to save these changes.
Reset your browser
  1. Open the menu and tap Help button. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Firefox help
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Firefox troubleshooting
  3. Press Refresh Firefox. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Firefox reset
  4. In the confirmation box, click Refresh Firefox once more. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Firefox reset confirm
  5. If you are unable to reset Mozilla Firefox, scan your entire computer with a trustworthy anti-malware.
Uninstall ControlMethod adware (Mac) from Safari (Mac OS X)
  1. Access the menu.
  2. Pick Preferences. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Safari menu
  3. Go to the Extensions Tab. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Safari extensions
  4. Tap the Uninstall button next to the undesirable ControlMethod adware (Mac) and get rid of all the other unknown entries as well. If you are unsure whether the extension is reliable or not, simply uncheck the Enable box in order to disable it temporarily.
  5. Restart Safari.
Reset your browser
  1. Tap the menu icon and choose Reset Safari. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Safari reset menu
  2. Pick the options which you want to reset (often all of them are preselected) and press Reset. ControlMethod adware (Mac) Safari reset
  3. If you cannot reset the browser, scan your whole PC with an authentic malware removal software.


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