Uninstall TechNetSearch adware

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

How to remove TechNetSearch from Mac?

What is TechNetSearch?

TechNetSearch is an app that supposed to improve browsing experience. Nevertheless, it is known that this app causes unwanted redirects - it forces users to visit some suspicious addresses and only then provides search results generated by Google. Furthermore, apps of this type often are designed to promote other (legitimate) search engines, they cause redirects to Yahoo or Bing search pages. Since TechNetSearch is an adware-type app, it is very likely that is designed to serve its users with ads and gather various information about them.

TechNetSearch adware

When TechNetSearch's users enter a search query into their browsers, this app opens some questionable address first and only then it provides them with the search results. Simply said, this app causes unwanted redirects. Besides, quite often apps like TechNetSearch are designed to cause redirects to various (official) search engines too. For example, they redirect users to search.yahoo.com or bing.com. As mentioned in the introduction, TechNetSearch is categorized as adware. Typically, apps of this type are designed to have one main goal: to display various ads. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. Quite often clicking them leads to questionable websites. In some cases these ads execute scripts that cause unwanted downloads and installations. Furthermore, there are cases where adware-type apps collect various data (such as geolocations, URLs of visited pages, entered search queries, IP addresses and so on) too. Their developers share it with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. It is worth mentioning that some of those parties may include cyber criminals. These are the main reasons why we recommend to uninstall TechNetSearch or any other apps of this type that is installed on a browser (or computer) as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by TechNetSearch
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 (TechNetSearch.app.zip) Ikarus (PUA.OSX.Adware), 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

To eliminate Ads by TechNetSearch our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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TechNetSearch is one of the apps that was created by people who also developed SimpleProExtension, Top Results and MatchKnowledge. All these apps are designed to cause unwanted redirects and are classified as adware. Apps of this type can lead to unwanted installations, problems with browsing safety, privacy, etc. To avoid any if this we recommend to uninstall it immediately.

How did TechNetSearch install on my computer?

It is possible that TechNetSearch is advertised on some supposedly official page. However, it is very common that people download and install such applications unintentionally/unwillingly. Developers distribute potentially unwanted apps using deception - by bundling them into various download/installation setups of other software. To be more precise, by hiding them in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of those setups and not disclosing information about it properly. The easiest way to be tricked into downloading/installing PUAs is to leave the aforementioned parts of various setups unchanged. However, sometimes clicking various intrusive ads causes unwanted downloads/installations too.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We strongly recommend to download all software using official and trustworthy websites, and avoid using third party downloaders, torrent clients, eMule or other Peer-to-Peer networks and other questionable channels. Another important thing is to always check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings that are available in various download or installation setups. Dismiss offers to download or install unwanted software/applications and only them complete the setup. Moreover, avoid clicking various advertisements, especially if they are displayed on untrustworthy, unofficial web pages. These ads usually cause redirects to untrustworthy/potentially malicious websites or unwanted downloads, installations. If unwanted redirects happen or ads appear often, then check the browse for installed unwanted applications (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) and remove them. Same applies to programs installed on a computer too. Remove all the unwanted/unknown applications or programs as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with TechNetSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

TechNetSearch installation folder:

technetsearch folder contents

Instant automatic removal of Ads by TechNetSearch: 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 TechNetSearch. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove TechNetSearch adware using Combo Cleaner:

TechNetSearch adware removal:

Remove TechNetSearch-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 technetsearch 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 TechNetSearch removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by technetsearch 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 technetsearch 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 technetsearch 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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