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ApplicationWork Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Application.work
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is ApplicationWork?

ApplicationWork (also known as Application.work) is one of many potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are distributed through other software (they are bundled into set-ups). This application is categorized as adware - software that serves users with intrusive advertisements. Furthermore, many PUAs of this type often gather user-system information.

ApplicationWork adware

Typically, adware-type apps feed unsuspecting users with coupons, pop-up ads, surveys, banners, and other annoying content. Generally, they conceal underlying content of visited websites, thus making it difficult to avoid clicking them. For example, when trying to close them. When clicked, they can open dubious websites. For example, scam websites.

In some cases, ads of this kind, if clicked, run scripts that cause download and installation of unwanted applications. Downloaded/installed apps might be malicious and lead to computer infections.

Furthermore, these apps are generally designed to collect browsing-related (and other) data - geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, IP addresses, and so on. Some PUAs also gather personal data. Developers share the details with third parties who misuse private information to generate revenue.

Some of these people might be cyber criminals. To avoid problems relating to privacy and browsing safety that can be caused by having these apps installed, we recommend that you remove them immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Application.work
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names (ApplicationWork.app.zip) Ikarus (PUA.OSX.Adware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Most adware-type and other PUAs are promoted as supposedly legitimate and somehow useful, however, these are attempts to trick people into downloading and installing them. Once this is done, rather than delivering the features promised, they simply cause problems and perform actions that developers use to generate revenue.

Some examples of other adware-type apps are TopicLookup, ChangeToPDF, and Snap Media Player.

How did ApplicationWork install on my computer?

It is sometimes possible to download unwanted applications from their websites, however, most users download and install them unintentionally. Software developers often use the "bundling" method to trick people into installing PUAs. They achieve this by including (bundling) unwanted programs into set-ups of other software that people download and install intentionally.

They hide PUAs in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings or options of the set-ups. Furthermore, many users skip download/installation steps without checking the settings, thus leading to unwanted downloads and installations. Intrusive ads also lead to unintentional downloads/installations. If clicked, some download and install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software using official and trustworthy websites and direct links. Avoid using third party downloaders, downloading tools such as 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 included/bundled, deselect them and only then finish the download or installation. Furthermore, intrusive ads, if clicked, often redirect to deceptive, untrustworthy or even malicious websites. These ads are usually displayed on dubious pages relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on.

If you encounter these ads or redirects, check the list of installed extensions, add-ons, and plugins on your browser and remove all unwanted/unknown entries immediately.

We also recommend that you uninstall unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with ApplicationWork, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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Quick menu:

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

ApplicationWork adware removal:

Remove ApplicationWork-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 application.work 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.

Application.work removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove application.work 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 application.work 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 application.work 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.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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