CompariShop Adware (Mac)

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

How to remove CompariShop from Mac?

What is CompariShop?

CompariShop is a rogue application identical to LiveShoppers, ShoppyTool, MyCouponize, and many others. By offering functionality to save time and money (coupons, notifications about special deals/discounts on various online shops, etc.), CompariShop attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Be aware, however, that this app is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are three reasons for these negative associations: 1) display of 'malvertising' ads; 2) information tracking, and; 3) stealth installation without users' consent.

CompariShop adware

Immediately after installation, CompariShop delivers coupons, banners, pop-ups, and other intrusive ads. These are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. The ads often conceal underlying content of visited websites, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, some redirect to various websites and/or run scripts that download/install malware or other PUPs. Therefore, even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. This program is essentially used to generate 'malvertising' revenue. As mentioned above, CompariShop also records sensitive data. Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, keystrokes, website URLs visited, pages viewed, queries entered into search engines, and other collected data, is later sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Thus, the presence of an information-tracking app can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Potentially unwanted programs often misuse system resources to run unwanted processes (e.g., to mine cryptocurrency) without users' consent. This behavior results in a significant reduction in overall system performance. For these reasons, apps such as CompariShop should be eliminated immediately.

All adware-type programs are very similar. By offering various useful features (e.g., system performance optimization, download performance increase, anti-virus, etc.), PUPs aim to trick users to install. In fact, only a small percentage of adware-type apps give any real value for regular users - most are useless. In fact, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers (via the "Pay Per Click" [PPC] advertising model, information sale, mining cryptocurrency, etc.) Therefore, rather than (or, in some cases, together with) enabling the functions promised, potentially unwanted programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did CompariShop install on my computer?

This adware has an official download website, however, as with most other PUPs, CompariShop is also distributed using 'malvertising' ads and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party software together with regular apps). Therefore, due to careless behavior by many users and lack of knowledge, CompariShop infiltrates systems without permission. Developers do not properly disclose installation of "bundled" software - they conceal such information within the "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes. Rushing these processes, skipping steps, and clicking ads, often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs thus exposing the system to risk of various infections and compromising your privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Pay close attention when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet in general. As mentioned above, PUPs are distributed using the "bundling" method. Therefore, carefully analyze each window (especially the "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download/installation dialogues and cancel all additionally-included programs. "Bundling" is also used to monetize third party download/installation tools (they promote malicious apps). Therefore, these tools should never be used. Note that criminals invest a great deal of resources into malicious ad design. Therefore, these ads usually appear legitimate - determining if they originate from the visited (legitimate) website is difficult. In fact, these ads are notable since they redirect to survey, gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other rogue websites. If you are redirected to such websites, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins.

CompariShop adware End User License Agreement (EULA):

CompariShop adware EULA

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Quick menu:

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

CompariShop adware removal:

Remove CompariShop-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.

Remove ads by comparishop 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.

step 5 Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps in the correct order you Mac should be clean of infections. To be sure your system is not infected run a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus. Download it HERE. After downloading the file double click combocleaner.dmg installer, in the opened window drag and drop Combo Cleaner icon on top of the Applications icon. Now open your launchpad and click on the Combo Cleaner icon. Wait until Combo Cleaner updates it's virus definition database and click "Start Combo Scan" button.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

Combo Cleaner will scan your Mac for malware infections. If the antivirus scan displays "no threats found" - this means that you can continue with the removal guide, otherwise it's recommended to remove any found infections before continuing.

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

Ads by CompariShop removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by comparishop 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 comparishop 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 comparishop 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.