Remove SimpleProExtension adware from MacOS

Also Known As: SimpleProExtension 1.0 adware
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove SimpleProExtension from Mac?

What is SimpleProExtension?

SimpleProExtension is supposed to be a useful tool that helps its users to browse the web more efficiently. However, this app is a PUA (potentially unwanted application) that is classified as adware. It redirects all online searches through its own URL address before forwarding to Google search. By doing so, SimpleProExtension can easily gather user's web search queries. Apps like SimpleProExtension are known to track user's browsing information, display unwanted advertisements and cause redirects to other search engines such as Yahoo, Bing and so on.

SimpleProExtension adware

Adware-type apps feed their users with advertisements that usually are various coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other intrusive ads. People who click them often get redirected to untrustworthy websites or they cause downloads/installations of other PUAs (there are ads that are designed to run scripts that can do that). Another issue with applications like SimpleProExtension is that they operate as information tracking tools. It means that these apps gather user's IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries and other data related to browsing habits. Nevertheless, sometimes PUAs record personal/sensitive details too. Their developers send all data to other people (possibly cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Furthermore, quite often apps of this type promote other search engines (search.yahoo.com and bing.com, they force people to use them instead of their default search engines. Such apps can lead to problems with privacy, browsing safety and so on. It is not recommended to use them or have them installed. In other words, we advise to remove SimpleProExtension immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name SimpleProExtension 1.0 adware
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, search results are provided after redirecting through some other URL.
Detection Names (SimpleProExtension.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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SimpleProExtension is developed by the same people who created other apps of this type such as Top Results and MatchKnowledge. It is not recommended to use any of these apps. It is very likely that most of the times people do not download and install apps of this on purpose, they get tricked into it. If such apps are downloaded intentionally, then usually it is because their developers advertise them as legitimate, useful apps (when they are not).

How did SimpleProExtension install on my computer?

However, most users download and install apps of this type through intrusive ads (that are designed to run scripts that download and install them) or when through/together with some other software. To trick people into that, developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They bundle unwanted apps into setups of other programs and put information about it in their settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" and so on. The problem is that people download and install various programs without checking the settings that are included in setups. In other words, they unintentionally allow for PUAs to be downloaded and installed within other software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official and trustworthy websites (sources), avoid using torrent clients, eMule (other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders and so on. These channels are often monetized by distributing unwanted, potentially malicious apps. Do not skip any setup's steps without checking all "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options included in it. Deselect offers to download or install additional software (PUAs) and only then complete the download or installation process. Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they are shown on questionable pages. When clicked, they open other untrustworthy pages or even lead to unwanted downloads/installations. If appearing unwanted ads (or redirects to shady pages) is a common problem, then it might be caused by adware or some other PUA. Remove all unwanted extensions, add-ons, plug-ins that are installed on a web browser and unwanted programs that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with SimpleProExtension, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of files and folders of SimpleProExtension adware:

files and folders of the simpleproextension app 

Screenshot of the SimpleProExtension installed on Safari:

SimpleProExtension extension installed on safari

SimpleProExtension running in Activity Monitor:

SimpleProExtension process in activity monitor

SimpleProExtension redirects to Google through other URL (GIF):

SimpleProExtension apparance

Instant automatic removal of SimpleProExtension 1.0 adware: 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 SimpleProExtension 1.0 adware. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove SimpleProExtension adware using Combo Cleaner:

SimpleProExtension adware removal:

Remove SimpleProExtension-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 simpleproextension 1.0 adware 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.

SimpleProExtension 1.0 adware removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove simpleproextension 1.0 adware 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 simpleproextension 1.0 adware 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 simpleproextension 1.0 adware 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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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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