What is ComputingInteractive

Being part of the AdLoad malware family, ComputingInteractive is an adware application developed for Mac. This kind of software is designed to display various ads and redirect users to sponsored pages. This is done by analyzing users’ location and browsing habits based on previous sessions. As a rule, ads promoted by ComputingInteractive diminish browser experience significantly – it is common to see them push redirects to unwanted, scam, or malicious websites that expose your system to various threats. Their generation may also require extra system resources causing a computer to lag and work slower. It is also possible that adware like ComputingInteractive has some traits of browser hijackers that substitute default search engines and browser homepages. Furthermore, since adware has access to browser settings, it may be able to track various kinds of intel. In other words, it can surveil and gather sensitive data entered while surfing the web. Information like passwords, IP-addresses, and geolocations may be collected and abused for monetary purposes as a result. In sum, ComputingInteractive is not a virus itself, however, its capabilities may be enough to promote malware and create massive privacy threats. Thus, we strongly encourage you to remove it and restore a safe browsing experience with our guidelines below.

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How ComputingInteractive infected your computer

Software like ComputingInteractive can be distributed using so-called “bundling” methods. This is a method when unwanted programs like adware are promoted through other third-party installers. For instance, it may be a pirated or cracked installer available on torrent or peer-to-peer resources. When using installers of such, many limp through the entire set-up missing “Advanced” or “Custom” sections. These sections are often a place containing promotional offers that can be unticked and therefore prevented from installation. Sometimes, software like ComputingInteractive may install completely without consent forcing users to wonder where it came from. Overall, using unofficial installers should always be done at your own risk. Note that adware and other unwanted software may also be spread via suspicious banners claiming your computer is under infection or heavily damaged. They offer to download some software to fix these “issues” and restore safety eventually. This is obviously another trick used to force naive users into downloading some piece of unwanted or malicious software. Do not trust such and use only official websites to download software and browse the web. Avoid clicking on third-party ads and links you are not familiar with.

  1. Download ComputingInteractive Removal Tool
  2. Remove ComputingInteractive from Login Items
  3. Remove/Uninstall ComputingInteractive from Applications
  4. Remove ComputingInteractive from browsers
  5. Reset browser settings
  6. Remove ComputingInteractive files and folders
  7. Block ComputingInteractive ads and pop-ups
  8. How to protect from threats, like ComputingInteractive

Download ComputingInteractive Removal Tool

Download Spyhunter for Mac

To remove ComputingInteractive completely, we recommend you to use Spyhunter for Mac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of ComputingInteractive and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of Spyhunter for Mac offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download Combo Cleaner

To remove ComputingInteractive completely, we recommend you to use Combo Cleaner. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of ComputingInteractive and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser.

Remove ComputingInteractive manually for free

Note: ComputingInteractive sets up to start on Mac OS startup. Therefore, before starting the removal, perform these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences, choose Users & Groups.
  2. Choose your account (set up as Current User).
  3. Click Login Items tab.
  4. Find “ComputingInteractive” entry. Select it, and click the “-“ (minus) button to remove it.

Note 2: ComputingInteractive won’t quit just by closing it, therefor use Force Quit to end the process.

  1. Press 3 buttons at the same time: Option, Command, and Esc (Escape). This is similar to Control-Alt-Delete on a Windows PC.
  2. Choose ComputingInteractive in the list.
  3. Click Force Quit button.

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full ComputingInteractive removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of ComputingInteractive installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Remove ComputingInteractive from Applications

Remove ComputingInteractive from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. ComputingInteractive might have an Uninstaller. If you see Uninstall ComputingInteractive or ComputingInteractive Uninstaller, double-click it and follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Otherwise, drag ComputingInteractive from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Cannot uninstall ComputingInteractive

If you can’t uninstall ComputingInteractive using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of ComputingInteractive. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag ComputingInteractive from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with ComputingInteractive.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove ComputingInteractive add-on from your browsers

Removing ComputingInteractive from Applications often does not bring the desired effect. It is a browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove the ComputingInteractive extension from your browsers manually.

Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find ComputingInteractive extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find ComputingInteractive extension.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose ComputingInteractive extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Reset browser settings

To finish ComputingInteractive removal reset your browser settings to make sure, there are no leftover items in browser folders.

Reset Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
  4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
  5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
  6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
  8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
  9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

Reset Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox… button.
  4. Click Refresh Firefox to confirm.

Remove following files and folders of ComputingInteractive


~/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/Services/com.ComputingInteractive.service.app
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.ComputingInteractive.service.plist
/Library/Application Support/.[random_string]/System/com.ComputingInteractive.system
/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ComputingInteractive.system.plist

Download AdGuard for Mac to block malicious pop-ups, that promote ComputingInteractive

AdGuard is the best ad-blocker, internet filtering, and internet security application for macOS. It can cut out unwanted banners from site pages, block pop-ups, stop redirects, and prevent users from visiting potentially dangerous resources. Use it to stop ads promoting ComputingInteractive in browsers.

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How to protect Mac OSX from adware, like ComputingInteractive

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Mac OSX is known to be one of the safest operating systems, and for a long time, there was no need for antivirus products for Mac. But with the growing popularity of Mac computers and notebooks and evolving technology, viruses, trojans, adware, toolbars, hijackers, and other malware paved the way for Mac users. We recommend you to use one of the best anti-malware for Mac available – Malwarebytes for Mac.

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