PowerSearchOnline Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: PowerSearchOnline ads
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove PowerSearchOnline from Mac?

What is PowerSearchOnline?

PowerSearchOnline is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) claiming to save time and money while shopping online. These claims often trick users to install, however, PowerSearchOnline is likely to infiltrate systems without user's permission. Furthermore, this PUP collects various user/system data and displays intrusive online advertisements. Therefore, PowerSearchOnline is classed as adware.

PowerSearchOnline adware

Following successful infiltration, PowerSearchOnline employs a 'virtual layer' to generate coupon, pop-up, banner, and other similar data types. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Since none of these ads originate from visited websites, underlying content is often concealed, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. In addition, some lead to dubious websites that might contain malicious content - clicking them risks further adware or malware infections. Be aware that PowerSearchOnline records search queries entered into search engines, website URLs visited, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and other similar information relating to Internet browsing activity. This data may seem insignificant, however, it will often contain personal details that developers share with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse personal information to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Therefore, PowerSearchOnline should be uninstalled immediately.

There are many applications similar to PowerSearchOnline including SmartShoppy, ShoppyTool, and WebShoppers - these are just some examples from a long list. All adware claims to enhance the web browsing experience in certain ways, however, these claims are often false, since many adware-type apps are useless for regular users. Their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing any real value, applications such as PowerSearchOnline collect personally identifiable information (which is later sold to third parties) and deliver intrusive online advertisements (via the "Pay Per Click" [PPC] advertising model).

How did PowerSearchOnline install on my computer?

PowerSearchOnline has an official download website, however, developers also distribute this app using a deceptive software marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of PUPs with regular software. Many users do not expect developers to hide third party applications under the "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes and skip this section. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy. The more developers promote these PUPs, the more revenue they generate. Thus, they never properly disclose these installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Installation of deceptive applications such as PowerSearchOnline can be prevented by closely analyzing the download/installation processes and declining all offers to install third party software. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings, observe each step, and cancel all additionally-included applications. Bundled software is often malicious and should never be installed. The key to computer safety is caution.

Deceptive application installers promoting PowerSearchOnline adware:

Delusive installer used to promote PowerSearchOnline Delusive installer used to promote PowerSearchOnline

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Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

PowerSearchOnline adware removal:

Remove PowerSearchOnline-related potentially unwanted applications from your "Applications" folder:

mac adware removal from applications folder

Click the Finder icon. In the Finder window, select “Applications”. In the applications folder, look for “MPlayerX”,“NicePlayer”, or other suspicious applications and drag them to the Trash. After removing the potentially unwanted application(s) that cause online ads, scan your Mac for any remaining unwanted components.


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Remove powersearchonline ads adware related files and folders:

Finder go to folder command

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

step1Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from launch agents folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from launch agents folder step 2
In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step2Check for adware generated files in the /Library/Application Support folder:

removing adware from application support folder step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/Application Support

removing adware from application support folder step 2
In the “Application Support” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious folders. For example, “MplayerX” or “NicePlayer”, and move these folders to the Trash.

step3Check for adware-generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder:

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 1


In the Go to Folder bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents

removing adware from ~launch agents folder step 2

In the “LaunchAgents” folder, look for any recently-added suspicious files and move them to the Trash. Examples of files generated by adware - “installmac.AppRemoval.plist”, “myppes.download.plist”, “mykotlerino.ltvbit.plist”, “kuklorest.update.plist”, etc. Adware commonly installs several files with the same string.

step4Check for adware-generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons folder:

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 1
In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons

removing adware from launch daemons folder step 2
In the “LaunchDaemons” folder, look for recently-added suspicious files. For example “com.aoudad.net-preferences.plist”, “com.myppes.net-preferences.plist”, "com.kuklorest.net-preferences.plist”, “com.avickUpd.plist”, etc., and move them to the Trash.

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

PowerSearchOnline ads adware removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove powersearchonline ads related Safari extensions:

safari browser preferences

Open Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

safari extensions window

In the preferences window, select "Extensions" and look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions. When located, click the "Uninstall" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Safari browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove powersearchonline ads related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

accessing mozilla firefox add-ons

Open your Mozilla Firefox browser. At the top right corner of the screen, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button. From the opened menu, choose "Add-ons".

removing malicious add-ons from mozilla firefox

Choose the "Extensions" tab and look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Remove" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Mozilla Firefox browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove powersearchonline ads related Google Chrome add-ons:

removing malicious google chrome extensions step 1

Open Google Chrome and click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button located in the top-right corner of the browser window. From the drop-down menu, choose "More Tools" and select "Extensions".

removing malicious Google Chrome extensions step 2

In the "Extensions" window, look for any recently-installed suspicious add-ons. When located, click the "Trash" button next to it/them. Note that you can safely uninstall all extensions from your Google Chrome browser - none are crucial for normal browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.