MixBuilder Virus (Mac)

Also Known As: MixBuilder adware
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove MixBuilder from Mac?

What is MixBuilder?

MixBuilder is a potentially unwanted app (PUA) classified as adware. If this app is installed, it indicates that there are more adware-type apps already installed on the system. MixBuilder app is installed through other ad-supportive software without users' consent. Users with apps of this type installed on their systems are continually served with unwanted ads. Furthermore, PUAs often gather information relating to users' browsing habits.

MixBuilder adware

When installed, these PUAs deploy intrusive ads, such as pop-up ads, coupons, banners, surveys, etc. Generally, they are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, ads displayed by adware conceal underlying content of visited websites. This can be very frustrating. When clicked, they cause unwanted redirects, opening untrustworthy websites that often contain/promote malicious software. Clicking these ads often allows them to run scripts designed to download and install various PUAs. Furthermore, these PUAs usually record user-system information relating to browsing activity such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, and other data. These apps sometimes target personal, sensitive details. Developers share the information with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Some of these third parties might be cyber criminals. If you discover aware-type (or other) PUAs installed, remove them immediately, since they can lead to problems with browsing safety, online privacy, and even identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name MixBuilder adware
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Symptoms Your Mac becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

To eliminate MixBuilder adware our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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ChangeToPDF, PDF Mac Master, and Snap Media Player are just some examples of other adware-type apps that operate in a similar way to MixBuilder. Developers present these apps as useful tools that supposedly provide various features and other benefits. In fact, they cause unwanted redirects, display ads, and gather data. They are used to generate revenue for their developers and deliver none of the promoted functions.

How did MixBuilder install on my computer?

In this particular case, MixBuilder is installed through other adware. Typically, rogue software is installed through another package when developers use the "bundling" method. They include (bundle) unwanted apps into software set-ups, hiding them in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar parts. Furthermore, many people download and install software without checking settings, thereby causing unwanted installations. Clicking intrusive ads capable of executing scripts also cause unwanted downloads and installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Browse the web and download all software with care. Download using official and trustworthy websites, and not third party downloaders, unofficial websites, torrent clients, eMule or other Peer-to-Peer networks. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings when downloading and installing software, especially if it is free software. Ensure that you opt-out of offers to install potentially unwanted applications. Furthermore, avoid clicking ads displayed on dubious web pages, since they might open other sites relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If these redirects happen without clicking any ads, or unwanted ads appear on all pages, this might be due to installed PUAs. Check the list of installed browser extensions, plug-ins and add-ons, and remove all suspicious/unwanted entries immediately. The same applies to unwanted programs installed on the computer/operating system. If your computer is already infected with MixBuilder, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

File locations of MixBuilder adware:

  • /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.HermesLookupDaemon.plist
  • /Library/Application Support/com.HermesLookupDaemon/HermesLookup
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.HermesLookup.plist
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.HermesLookup/HermesLookup

Instant automatic removal of MixBuilder adware: 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 MixBuilder adware. 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:

MixBuilder adware removal:

Remove MixBuilder-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 mixbuilder adware 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.

MixBuilder adware removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove mixbuilder adware 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 mixbuilder adware 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 mixbuilder adware 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.