BeeAware Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by BeeAware
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove BeeAware from Mac?

What is BeeAware?

BeeAware is an adware-type potentially unwanted application (PUA) that users often install unintentionally. These PUAs are designed to deliver various online advertisements and record information relating to browsing habits. Uninstall these applications immediately, since they can cause a number of issues.

BeeAware adware

If you encounter a "Software Update" pop-up window informing you of an update for a new version of BeeAware, it is likely that this and a number of other adware-type applications will be installed on your Mac computer (if you click 'OK'). Adware is software that continually feeds users with various advertisements (coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on). This situation can affect overall browsing quality, since the ads are often displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content. If clicked, they redirect to deceptive/untrustworthy websites. Some might lead to potentially malicious websites or even execute scripts that download/install other unwanted apps (such as adware). These PUAs commonly record browsing-related information including IP addresses, search queries, URLs of visited websites, geo-locations, and so on. Furthermore, adware developers share the information with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, having these apps installed might cause privacy, browsing safety problems, or even identity theft. If the BeeAware app is installed on your Mac, uninstall it immediately.

Threat Summary:
NameAds by BeeAware
Threat TypeMac malware, Mac virus
SymptomsYour Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
DamageInternet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

To eliminate Ads by BeeAware our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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There are countless adware-type apps on the internet. Users often install them unintentionally or are tricked. Other examples include MacPro Install, MyCouponsmart, and PDF Tycoon. Developers usually promote them as 'useful applications', however, when installed, they deliver none of the functionality promised. On the contrary, most cause issues and are designed only to generate revenue for the developers.

How did BeeAware install on my computer?

Generally, adware-type (and other potentially unwanted apps) are installed through clicked deceptive ads or when software developers use the "bundling" method. Bundling is used to trick users into installing unwanted apps together with other software. Typically, these installations are achieved by hiding unwanted apps in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings/options of the installation or download set-ups. Generally, information regarding the inclusion (bundling) of these apps within set-ups is not properly disclosed. Furthermore, users who skip download/installation steps often allow them to be installed inadvertently.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software using official and trustworthy websites (or other sources) and direct links. Do not use third party tools such as third party software installers, peer-to-peer networks, unofficial websites, etc. Do not skip download or installation steps without checking "Custom", "Advanced", and other options/settings. If there are any additional (potentially unwanted) applications offered, deselect them and only then finish the download or installation. There are many intrusive ads that redirect to deceptive, untrustworthy or even malicious websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, or similar). If you encounter these ads, check the list of installed programs on your computer. Also, check installed extensions, add-ons, and plugins on your browser. Remove all unwanted/unknown entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with BeeAware, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Text presented in BeeAware software update pop-up window:

Software Update

Update Required

A new version of BeeAware is now available. By clicking "OK" you agree to install BeeAware and to its privacy policy and license agreement. you may remove BeeAware at any time from the applications folder.

Instant automatic removal of Ads by BeeAware: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads by BeeAware. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

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

BeeAware adware removal:

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

mac browser hijacker 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 beeaware 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.

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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 BeeAware removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by beeaware 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 beeaware 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 beeaware 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.