My Best Year Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by My Best Year
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove My Best Year from Mac?

What is My Best Year?

According to the developers of this app, My Best Year provides users with various daily tips for a better life and a free web search. This app promotes search.getmybestyear.com, a fake search engine. Furthermore, the app itself is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Typically, apps of this type (including My Best Year) are promoted using the "bundling" method. This is used to trick people into installing PUAs inadvertently. Furthermore, My Best Year is related to Genieo, another unwanted application.

My Best Year adware

Once installed, My Best Year supposedly provides various uplifting and inspirational quotes and tips that help to improve heath, lifestyle, and confidence. In fact, apps that are installed using "bundling" usually record user-system information, including browsing-related data such as geo-locations, search queries, URLs of visited websites, IP addresses, and so on. In some cases, these apps gather personal details. The data is usually shared with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Note that some of these third parties might be cyber criminals. Thus, having PUAs installed can cause problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft. Another problem with PUAs is that they record data and serve users with ads. They use tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, these ads conceal underlying content of visited websites, which can be very annoying. Examples of ads displayed by PUAs are coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. When clicked, they often cause redirects to dubious, potentially malicious websites and sometimes execute scripts designed to download/install other unwanted apps. My Best Year might have some of these characteristics (as do many bundled PUAs). Therefore, do not use this app under any circumstances.

Generally, apps such as My Best Year are promoted as useful and legitimate, however, once installed, they provide none of the features promised. Many PUAs are promoted using the identical (bundling) method. Examples include Video Monkey, BeeAware, and ZipRar.

How did My Best Year install on my computer?

A website is used to promote this app, and from which it can be downloaded, however, most people are tricked into downloading/installing it unintentionally. The "bundling" method allows software developers to cause these unwanted installations/downloads. This method is used to trick people into downloading/installing unwanted apps by hiding the details in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of installation or download set-ups. Unwanted installations or downloads usually occur when people leave available download/installation settings unchanged/unchecked.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official/trustworthy sources and avoid using third party software downloaders (or installers), unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, and other similar channels. Check available "Advanced", "Custom" and other sections/settings of the installation or download processes and do not skip steps without deselecting offers to install/download unwanted apps. Additionally, ensure that there are no checkboxes ticked by default indicating that you agree to install or download unwanted apps. Remember, most malicious (or other untrustworthy) ads usually seem legitimate, however, once clicked, they lead people to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.). If these redirects (or ads leading to these websites) occur often, check for any new plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions installed on your browser. Also check for suspicious apps installed on your computer. Eliminate/uninstall any unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with My Best Year, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Website promoting My Best Year:

Dubious website used to promote My Best Year

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove My Best Year adware using Combo Cleaner:

My Best Year adware removal:

Remove My Best Year-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 my best year 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

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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 My Best Year removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by my best year 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 my best year 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 my best year 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.