MacBright Adware (Mac)

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

How to remove MacBright from Mac?

What is MacBright?

MacBright is a rogue application that infiltrates systems during installation of other software (the 'bundling' distribution method). Following infiltration, MacBright delivers various intrusive online advertisements and continually tracks information relating to users' Internet browsing activity. For these reasons, MacBright is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

MacBright adware

Following infiltration, MacBright employs a 'virtual layer' to generate various types of intrusive online advertisements. This is a tool that enables placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, pop-ups, banners, coupons, and other intrusive ads conceal underlying website content. In addition, once clicked, they often redirect to malicious websites or even execute scripts designed to download and install malware (or other PUPs). Therefore, even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking. This behavior is very common to adware-type applications. Cyber criminals' main aim is to generate revenue - they design PUPs to gather IP addresses, URLs visited, queries entered into search engines, pages viewed, mouse/keyboard activity, geo-locations, and other similar information that might contain personal details. The criminals sell this collected data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who also attempt to increase their revenue by misusing personal details. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app such as MacBright can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.

There are many potentially unwanted adware-type programs, all of which are virtually identical to MacBright. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) ShoppyTool, MyCouponize, RarGenie, and Wishapp. Adware-type applications usually offer different features, but have identical behavior. Claims to provide 'useful features' are simply attempts to give the impression of legitimacy - PUPs give no significant value for regular users. Their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, programs such as MacBright merely display intrusive online advertisements (using the "Pay Per Click" advertising model) and continually record various user-system information (which is later shared with third parties to generate revenue).

How did MacBright install on my computer?

As mentioned above, PUPs are distributed using intrusive online ads, however, criminals also proliferate them by employing a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party programs with regular (often free) software. Developers know that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, they conceal "bundled" programs within the "Custom" or "Advanced" options. Skipping these procedure steps, and clicking intrusive advertisements, often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue programs such as MacBright.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. Criminals proliferate PUPs via intrusive ads and the aforementioned bundling method. Therefore, be cautious when browsing the Internet. Avoid clicking ads, since cyber criminals put a great deal of effort into making them appear legitimate. Furthermore, download your software from official sources only using direct download URLs. Furthermore, select the "Custom/Advanced" options, observe each step, and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. If canceling third party programs is not possible, the entire process should be canceled. The key to computer safety is caution.

Deceptive application installer promoting MacBright adware:

Delusive installer used to promote MacBright

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

MacBright adware removal:

Remove MacBright-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 macbright 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 MacBright removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by macbright 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 macbright 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 macbright 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.