Instructions on how to eliminate GlobalTechSearch adware

Also Known As: GlobalTechSearch potentially unwanted application
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove GlobalTechSearch from Mac?

What is GlobalTechSearch?

Identical to Resourcetools and SimpleProExtension, GlobalTechSearch is a rogue application that claims to enhance web browsing experience. However, it is worth noting that GlobalTechSearch causes a redirect to a third party website whenever user enters a search query (search query -> third party URL -> Google search engine). Additionally, adware-type applications like GlobalTechSearch often gather various information about user's web browsing activity and deliver various intrusive advertisements. Adware-type applications usually infiltrate computers without user's consent.

GlobalTechSearch adware

As mentioned above, GlobalTechSearch redirects users to a certain website (before redirecting to the Google search engine) whenever a search query is entered. This is very likely to be done with an intention of generating traffic and/or gathering search queries. It is known other applications from this adware family promote Yahoo and Bing web search engines. However, it is worth noting that none of these search engines have anything to do with this adware and they're completely legitimate. Adware-type applications in general are notorious for tracking various personal information, such as IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, geolocations, etc. Such information usually includes personal details. Yet what's more important is that adware developers share it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking might eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Additionally, adware-type applications often deliver coupon, banner, pop-up, and other similar intrusive advertisements which typically redirect to potentially malicious websites and may even run scripts that download/install other rogue apps. Therefore, clicking may result in various system infections. Notice that intrusive ads are delivered using various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content. For this reason, ads often overlay visited websites' content, thereby significantly diminishing web browsing experience. In summary, GlobalTechSearch poses threat to user's privacy/computer safety and it should be eliminated as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name GlobalTechSearch potentially unwanted application
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names (GlobalTechSearch.app.zip) Full List (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
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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Internet is full of adware-type applications that share many similarities in-between. By offering a huge variety of "useful features", adware-type apps create the impression of legitimacy/usefulness and trick users into installation. However, their true and only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, rather than giving any real value for the user, such applications cause unwanted redirects, gather information, and deliver advertisements.

How did GlobalTechSearch install on my computer?

Apps of this type are usually proliferated using the aforementioned intrusive advertisements, as well as a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (an undercover installation of third party applications together with the regular software). What developers do is hide "bundled" applications when behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. They do this because users often carelessly rush these procedures and skip most of the steps. If that wasn't enough, users are very likely to click on various advertisements without thinking about possible consequences. Such careless behavior often leads to inadvertent installations of third party programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Firstly, users must realize that the main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and reckless behavior. The key to its safety is caution, which means that paying close attention when browsing the Internet, as well as downloading and installing software is a must. Always be sure to carefully analyze each step of download/installation processes using either "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. While doing so, opt-out additionally included programs and decline all offers to download/install such. We recommend to download apps only from official sources (preferably, via direct download links) and to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since crooks often monetize them by using the "bundling" method. It is also important to note that intrusive ads usually look completely appropriate because develoeprs invest a lot of resources into their design. Distinguishing, nevertheless, is easy, because such ads often redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other similar sites. If you encounter such ads/redirects frequently, then remove all suspicious applications/browser plug-ins as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with GlobalTechSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

GlobalTechSearch adware executable and files:

GlobalTechSearch adware files

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GlobalTechSearch adware removal:

Remove GlobalTechSearch-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 globaltechsearch potentially unwanted application 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.

GlobalTechSearch potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove globaltechsearch potentially unwanted application 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 globaltechsearch potentially unwanted application 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 globaltechsearch potentially unwanted application 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:

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

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