What is ExpandedLibrary

If your browser appearance has changed for unknown reasons, then maybe it got infected with adware and a browser hijacker. ExpandedLibrary belongs to this exact category of unwanted programs as it alters certain browser settings and sets up a new search engine (search.igt5d4.com). This search engine is not independent like Google or other legitimate engines. Usually, it is linked with legal engines and acts as an intermediary to redirect queries of users. By employing this type of technique, cybercriminals are able to generate fake traffic and get revenues from content searched by users. ExpandedLibrary changes your search preferences and other UI settings to serve advertising banners without consent. Stealth infiltrations like ExpandedLibrary would not pursue monetary benefits unless they were distributed in a fishy way. Keep in mind that all browser-changing applications like hijackers are also capable of running data surveillance. This means that the unwanted program might record data entered during the session. To prevent such privacy threats, we recommend deleting ExpandedLibrary from Mac as soon as possible.

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How ExpandedLibrary infected your computer

Browser hijackers and many other programs alike tend to gravitate big numbers of victims by getting spread via third-party software. Experienced swindlers find high-traffic websites that host pirated, cracked, or simply freeware software. Then, they collaborate with website holders and agree on some percentage of sales. Therefore, once an unwanted program gets successfully installed in one system, the developers will get profit. The amount of revenue is obviously defined by the number of victims, which is why cybercriminals are motivated to cover even more people. Overall, potentially unwanted software like ExpandedLibrary is included along with other programs. To disable its installation, users have to find and deactivate extra software inside of additional sections (e.g. “Advanced/Custom”). If you do not do this, more likely an unwanted program will be installed beyond the intended program as well. Usually, Mac is less susceptible to such infections because of better protection, however, it is still possible to become a victim unless you are a careful user.

Download ExpandedLibrary Removal Tool for Mac

Download Spyhunter for Mac

To remove ExpandedLibrary completely, we recommend you to use Spyhunter for Mac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of ExpandedLibrary 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 CleanMyMac

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

Remove ExpandedLibrary manually for free

Note: ExpandedLibrary 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 “ExpandedLibrary” entry. Select it, and click the “-“ (minus) button to remove it.

Note 2: ExpandedLibrary 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 ExpandedLibrary in the list.
  3. Click Force Quit button.

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

Remove ExpandedLibrary from Applications

Remove ExpandedLibrary from Mac:

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

Cannot uninstall ExpandedLibrary

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

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

Remove ExpandedLibrary add-on from your browsers

Removing ExpandedLibrary 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 ExpandedLibrary 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 ExpandedLibrary 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 ExpandedLibrary 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 ExpandedLibrary extension.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Reset browser settings

To finish ExpandedLibrary 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 ExpandedLibrary


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

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

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 ExpandedLibrary in browsers.

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How to protect Mac OSX from adware, like ExpandedLibrary

malwarebytes for mac 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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