"Double click to install" Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by "Double click to install"
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove "Double click to install" from Mac?

What is "Double click to install"?

If you are a Mac user and have encountered a pop-up window stating that "Double click to install" wants access to control "System" events", it is likely that an adware-type app is installed on the browser or operating system. When installed, these apps serve users with unwanted, intrusive ads and often gather information relating to browsing habits.

double click to install adware

The pop-up also states that allowing to control the "System Events" will provide access to documents and data in "System Events", and perform actions within that app. We recommend that you do not grant these permissions to potentially unwanted apps (PUAs). This pop-up often appears due to installed adware. Adware-type apps display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on. Typically, these conceal underlying content of visited websites. They are annoying and affect the browsing experience. Do not click these ads, since they open dubious websites (some might be malicious) or execute scripts designed to download and install unwanted, possibly malicious apps. Furthermore, PUAs cause problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and so on. Furthermore, adware-type apps often gather information such as users' IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, etc. Adware developers share the data with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. If you have reason to believe that there is an adware-type app installed on your system, remove it immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by "Double click to install"
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (fake software crack promoting adware that delivers this pop-up) Avast (MacOS:AdwareSig [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.Grader.97), Emsisoft (Gen:Variant.Application.MAC.Grader.97 (B)), Kaspersky (not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Geonei.as), Full List (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), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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There are many different adware-type apps online. Developers promote them as 'useful apps' that supposedly provide features, tools, and so on. In fact, PUAs serve just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers by gathering information and delivering advertisements. Examples of other similar apps include 1 Click PDF, ApplicationWork, and TopicLookup.

How did "Double click to install" install on my computer?

Generally, people download and install adware or other PUAs inadvertently when software developers trick them using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They hide information regarding the inclusion of PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options of software download/installation set-ups. If these settings are left unchanged (and offers to download or install unwanted apps are not dismissed), PUAs are downloaded/installed with some other, intentionally downloaded/installed software. In other cases, people cause these problems by clicking intrusive advertisements that run scripts, which then download and install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from trustworthy, official websites only. Downloading programs using third party software downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial pages often leads to additional, unwanted downloads/installations. Third party installers can also cause this. Furthermore, check all available "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of any download or installation setup. Opt-out of offers to download and install PUAs, and only then finish the download or installation. Do not click Intrusive ads, since they can open dubious websites relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If these ads appear on most visited websites or redirects to dubious web pages occur frequently, it is very likely that there is adware or other PUAs installed on the browser or computer. We recommend that you check your browser for unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons, and remove all unwanted, unknown entries immediately. The same applies to the programs of this kind installed on the computer (operating system). If your computer is already infected with "Double click to install", we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Text presented in the pop-up window:

"Double click to install" wants access to control "System Events". Allowing control will provide access to documents and data in "System Events", and to perform actions within that app.

Deceptive application installer promoting "Double click to install" adware:

Delusive installer used to promote double click to install

Ouo.io website delivering intrusive ads that promote adware-type applications designed to deliver "Double click to install" pop-ups:

Dubious website used to promote double click to install adware

Instant automatic removal of Ads by Double click to install: 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 Double click to install. 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:

"Double click to install" adware removal:

Remove "Double click to install"-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 "double click to install" 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

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

Ads by "Double click to install" removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by "double click to install" 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 "double click to install" 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 "double click to install" 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

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

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