Eliminate ads caused by StudyDisplay

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

How to remove StudyDisplay from Mac?

What is StudyDisplay?

StudyDisplay is an adware-type application that supposedly enhances the internet browsing experience. Apps of this type are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), since most people are tricked into downloading and installing them unintentionally. It is also likely that people who have StudyDisplay installed on their systems will be fed unwanted ads. Furthermore, this app might be designed to collect information relating to users' browsing activity.

StudyDisplay adware

Adware is software that generates/displays online advertisements. If installed, these apps serve intrusive ads including, for example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and others. People who click these ads are redirected to dubious or deceptive websites. These web pages might be designed to trick people into installing unwanted or even malicious apps. Furthermore, clicking these ads sometimes causes unwanted downloads/installations, since they run scripts that download/install various PUAs. StudyDisplay might also gather browsing-related information. Generally, these apps target information relating to users' browsing activity such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, search queries that were entered whilst browsing the web, and so on. These apps can also gather personal, sensitive data. Developers send the data to other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. In some cases, these third parties include cyber criminals. These are the main reason why StudyDisplay and other adware should be removed immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by StudyDisplay
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.
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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
Removal

To eliminate Ads by StudyDisplay our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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StudyDisplay is similar to some other apps, such as MatchKnowledge and Top Results. Note, that the Internet is full of adware, so there are many other apps of this type. Generally, people download and install PUAs unintentionally. These apps often cause problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and so on.

How did StudyDisplay install on my computer?

It is possible that StudyDisplay is promoted on a website from which it can be downloaded, however, few people download and install PUAs deliberately. Typically, these apps are bundled into set-ups of other software. Therefore, people download and install unwanted apps together with regular software. Information about the inclusion (bundling) of PUAs into set-ups is not properly disclosed. Developers hide the details in setup settings and options such as "Advanced", "Custom", etc. Unintentional installations/downloads happen only if people fail to  check the settings available in download/installation set-ups. Additionally, this happens when they click dubious advertisements that download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download programs from reputable, official websites. Do not trust sources such as torrent clients, eMule (other Peer-to-peer-networks), dubious websites and so on. They often include unwanted, potentially malicious apps. Installations and downloads should be handled properly. Check all settings (such as "Custom, "Advanced" and so on) included in each download or installation setup, and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted apps. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially on dubious websites. These tend to cause redirects to potentially malicious web pages, or they might download and install PUAs. If unwanted advertisements appear or redirects happen often, it is very likely that a PUA is installed on the system. Check extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on the browser and programs on the 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.

Pop-up window displayed once StudyDisplay installation is over:

pop-up displayed once StudyDisplay installation is done

Contents of StudyDisplay installation folder:

studydisplay installation folder contents

Instant automatic removal of Ads by StudyDisplay: 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 StudyDisplay. Download it by clicking the button below:
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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.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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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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