PDF Genie Adware (Mac)

Also Known As: Ads by PDF Genie
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove PDF Genie from Mac?

What is PDF Genie?

PDF Genie is advertised as a PDF file converter that is apparently supported by the best technology. It supposedly allows conversion of all popular documents to PDF format and vice versa. Unfortunately, research shows that PDF Genie is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), software categorized as adware. Adware-type apps serve users with unwanted, intrusive ads and often gather private data.

PDF Genie adware

Typically, adware-type applications feed users with unwanted ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on. These are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, the ads conceal underlying content of visited/opened web pages. Additionally, users who click them are often redirected to untrustworthy websites. Some of these ads might be designed to run scripts that cause download and installation of other unwanted (or even malicious) apps. Furthermore, PUAs operate as information tracking tools. They gather information such as entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, IP addresses, geolocations and other details relating to users' browsing habits. There is a strong possibility that personal details will also be recorded. Developers share the collected data with other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. These third parties might include cyber criminals. If there are adware-type apps installed on the browser or operating system, remove them immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by PDF Genie
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Related Domain pdfgenie[.]net
Serving IP Address (pdfgenie[.]net) 192.155.106.117
Supposed Functionality This app supposedly converts various documents to PDF files and vice versa
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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The Internet is full of adware. Some examples of other apps of this type are PDF Mac Master, 1 Click PDF, and NG Player. Typically, developers advertise PUAs (adware and other unwanted apps) as useful and legitimate applications, however, most do not operate as promised. Adware-type apps often cause privacy/browsing safety issues and lead to unwanted downloads and installations.

How did PDF Genie install on my computer?

Typically, people do not download and install unwanted apps intentionally - this happens when they click intrusive, deceptive ads that run scripts that lead to infiltration. In other cases, PUAs are downloaded/installed with other (usually free) software. I.e., when unwanted apps are 'bundled' into software set-ups. Developers hide information about the inclusion of unwanted apps in options such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Various unwanted apps are downloaded and installed when people leave these settings unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download all programs from trustworthy, official websites and not third party downloaders, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients eMule, or other such tools. Do not leave "Custom"/"Advanced" and other options/settings of any setup unchecked. Deselect offers to download or install unwanted software and only then complete the setup. Furthermore, avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious web pages. For example, those relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. If, however, such web pages are opened randomly or unwanted ads appear regularly, check the browser for suspicious plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions, and remove them. Also check the list of programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PDF Genie, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Website promoting PDF Genie:

Dubious website used to promote PDF Genie

Instant automatic removal of Ads by PDF Genie: 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 PDF Genie. 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:

PDF Genie adware removal:

Remove PDF Genie-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 pdf genie 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 PDF Genie removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by pdf genie 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 pdf genie 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 pdf genie 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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