Eliminate ads caused by StudyDisplay

Also Known As: Ads by StudyDisplay
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove StudyDisplay from Mac?

What is StudyDisplay?

StudyDisplay is an adware-type application that supposed to enhance Internet browsing experience. Apps of this type are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), it is because most people download and install them unintentionally. In other words, they get tricked into it. It is very likely that people who have StudyDisplay installed are being fed with unwanted ads. Besides, this app may be designed to collect information about user's browsing activity too.

StudyDisplay adware

Adware is a software that generates/displays online advertisements. If installed, apps of this type serve various intrusive ads, for example: coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads and other unwanted advertisements. Quite often people who click these ads get redirected to questionable and/or deceptive websites. These pages might be designed to trick people into installing unwanted or even malicious apps. Moreover, sometimes clicking these ads causes unwanted downloads/installations. It is because these ads are designed to run scripts that download or/and install various apps. Furthermore, StudyDisplay might be an app that gathers browsing-related information. As a rule, such apps target information related to user's browsing activities. For example, they record IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, search queries that were entered while browsing the web and so on. It is worth mentioning that sometimes these apps gather personal (sensitive) data too. Another problem is that people who develop these apps send this data to other people who misuse it to generate income. There are cases where third parties who receive information about a user include cyber criminals. These are the main reason why StudyDisplay or any other adware should be removed as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by StudyDisplay
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Detection Names (StudyDisplay.app.zip) Full list of detections (VirusTotal).
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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StudyDisplay is similar to some other apps, such as MatchKnowledge and Top Results. However, the Internet is full of adware, so there are many other apps of this type. As a rule, people download and install the unintentionally. One way or another, these apps often cause problems with browsing safety, privacy and so on.

How did StudyDisplay install on my computer?

It is possible that StudyDisplay is promoted on some website and can be downloaded intentionally. However, only a small number of people download and install apps of this type on purpose. Typically, these apps are bundled into setups of other software. It means that people download and install unwanted apps together with wanted ones. As a rule, information about PUAs being included (bundled) into setups is not disclosed properly. To be more precise, developers hide it in setup's settings/options like "Advanced", "Custom" and other parts. To sum up, unintentional installations (or downloads) happen only if people do not check settings that are available in download/installation setups. Additionally, sometimes it happens when they click unreliable advertisements that are designed to download/install unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is important to download programs from reliable, official websites. Sources such as torrent clients, eMule (other Peer-to-peer-networks), questionable websites and so on should not be trusted. Very often they include unwanted, potentially malicious apps. Installations (or downloads) should be processed properly. To achieve it, we recommend to always check what are the settings (like "Custom, "Advanced" and so on) that are included in every download or installation setup and to dismiss offers to download or install unwanted apps. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially when visiting dubious websites. These ads tend to cause redirects to potentially malicious pages. Or they might download and install PUAs. If unwanted advertisements appear or redirects happen often, then it is very likely that there is some PUA installed on the system. Check what are extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on a web browser (or/and programs a computer) and uninstall suspicious/unknown entries. If your computer is already infected with StudyDisplay, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Contents of StudyDisplay installation folder:

studydisplay installation folder contents

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove StudyDisplay adware using Combo Cleaner:

StudyDisplay adware removal:

Remove StudyDisplay-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 studydisplay 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.

Ads by StudyDisplay removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by studydisplay 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 studydisplay 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 studydisplay 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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