MacWizz Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by MacWizz
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove MacWizz from Mac?

What is MacWizz?

MacWizz is a deceptive application that infiltrates the system during installation of other apps (bundling method). Following successful infiltration, MacWizz generates various intrusive online advertisements and continually records information relating to users' Internet browsing activity. For these reasons, MacWizz is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

MacWizz adware

MacWizz employs a 'virtual layer' to generate pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar advertisements. Ads displayed by this adware are marked as "X by MacWizz". The virtual layer is a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying content of visited websites, significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, they often redirect to malicious websites - clicking them can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Be aware that web browsing activity is monitored, since MacWizz continually gathers IP addresses, search queries, URLs visited, and other similar data that might be personally identifiable. In addition, MacWizz's developers share the data with cooperating third party companies who misuse personal details to generate revenue. The presence of an information-tracking app such as MacWizz on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are, therefore, advised to uninstall this PUP immediately.

There are dozens of potentially unwanted programs similar to MacWizz. Examples include InstallWizz, SurfBuyer, MediaDownloader, and Wishapp. Note that all adware offers different functionality, however, these apps are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Claims to enhance the Internet browsing experience are merely attempts to trick users to install. Adware-type applications collect private data (which is later sold to third parties) and deliver intrusive online advertisements (via the "Pay Per Click" advertising model). Therefore, apps such as MacWizz are useless for regular users.

How did MacWizz install on my computer?

MacWizz is promoted using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular software/apps. Developers hide bundled programs within the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes. Users often rush these stages and skip steps, thereby inadvertently exposing their systems to risk of various infections and compromising their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two simple steps you should take to prevent system infiltration by PUPs. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each step. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and opt-out of those already included. Bundled programs are often malicious and, thus, should never be installed.

Deceptive free software installer used in MacWizz adware distribution:

macwizz adware installer

MacWizz generating intrusive online advertisements (marked as 'by MacWizz'):

Dubious website used to promote MacWizz

Quick menu:

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

MacWizz adware removal:

Remove MacWizz-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 ads by macwizz 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.

Ads by MacWizz removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by macwizz 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 ads by macwizz 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 ads by macwizz 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.