Remove ads caused by GeneralNetSearch adware

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

How to remove GeneralNetSearch from Mac?

What is GeneralNetSearch?

The GeneralNetSearch application is identical to GlobalTechSearch, Resourcetools, and SimpleProExtension. These apps supposedly provide features to enhance the browsing experience, however, they are simply adware-type apps that deliver unwanted ads and force users to visit dubious websites. When a search query is entered, GeneralNetSearch redirects users to a third party web page and then opens a list of search results generated by Google. Typically, people download and install these apps unintentionally.

GeneralNetSearch adware

GeneralNetSearch allows users to access search results from Google only after loading a dubious web page, since this generates/increases traffic and gathers entered search queries. Other adware type apps similar to GeneralNetSearch might promote the Yahoo or Bing search engines. These are legitimate search engines and not associated with this or other similar/identical adware. After installation, these apps show advertisements such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on. When clicked, they usually open sites that should not be trusted. In other cases, they might run scripts that start downloading and installing unwanted apps. Furthermore, adware-type applications are often designed to collect information relating to users' browsing activities such as IP addresses, addresses of opened web pages, entered search queries, geolocations, and so on. Unfortunately, some adware is also used to gather personal, sensitive details. Adware developers share the details with third parties who might be cyber criminals. These people often misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, having adware installed on your browser or computer can cause privacy/browsing safety issues, unwanted downloads, installations, and other issues. Do not use these apps or keep them installed on your system.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by GeneralNetSearch
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.
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

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There are many apps that are categorized as adware. Most people do not download or install them intentionally. When installed, however, they help developers/distributors to generate revenue by feeding users with unwanted ads and collecting information relating to browsing habits.

How did GeneralNetSearch install on my computer?

As we mentioned above, people often download and install adware through deceptive ads, however, apps of this type can also be downloaded/installed through setups of other software - when they are promoted by developers who use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". To trick people into unintentional downloads and installations, developers hide unwanted apps in settings such as "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar parts of the set-ups. Information about these additionally-included applications is not properly disclosed, however, unwanted downloads/installations can only occur when people fail to make changes to the set-ups.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Use only trustworthy (official) websites to download or install software, and NOT third party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, dubious web pages, or other similar channels. Check all the available "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" and other settings/options of any download or installation setup. Dismiss offers to download or install unwanted apps, change browser settings, and so on, and only then complete the download or installation process. Bear in mind that intrusive ads should not be trusted or clicked. They can open dubious web pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and other similar sites. Remove any unknown/unwanted applications (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons) installed on the browser or unknown/unwanted programs installed the operating system. If your computer is already infected with GeneralNetSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of files in the GeneralNetSearch installation folder:

installation folder of GeneralNetSearch

GeneralNetSearch installed as an extension in Safari web browser:

GeneralNetSearch installed on Safari

Instant automatic removal of Ads by GeneralNetSearch: 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 GeneralNetSearch. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Video showing how to remove GeneralNetSearch adware using Combo Cleaner:

GeneralNetSearch adware removal:

Remove GeneralNetSearch-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 generalnetsearch 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 GeneralNetSearch removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by generalnetsearch 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 generalnetsearch 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 generalnetsearch 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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