Remove ads caused by GeneralNetSearch adware

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

How to remove GeneralNetSearch from Mac?

What is GeneralNetSearch?

GeneralNetSearch is an application that is identical to GlobalTechSearch, Resourcetools and SimpleProExtension. All these apps supposed to provide features that would make web browsing easier/enhance browsing experience. However, it is simply an adware-type app that delivers unwanted ads. Besides, it forces users to visit some questionable website too. When a search query is entered, GeneralNetSearch redirects users to third party page and then opens a list of search results generated by Google. Typically, people download and install apps of this type unintentionally.

GeneralNetSearch adware

It is very likely that GeneralNetSearch allows users to access search results from Google only after loading some questionable page because it is designed to generate/increase traffic or/and gather entered search queries. However, other adware type apps like GeneralNetSearch may be promoting Yahoo or Bing search engine. These are legitimate search engines that have nothing to do with this or other similar/identical adware. After installation, apps of this type show various advertisements, e.g., coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads and so on. When clicked, these ads usually open pages that should not be trusted. In other cases, ads of this kind may run scripts that will start downloading/installing some unwanted apps. Moreover, adware-type applications are often designed to collect information about user's browsing activities. They record details like IP addresses, addresses of opened pages, entered search queries, geolocations and so on. Unfortunately, some adware can be used to gather personal, sensitive details too. Adware developers share them with people who may be cyber criminals. In most cases other parties misuse received data to generate revenue. Having adware installed on a browser or computer can cause privacy, browsing safety issues, unwanted downloads, installations and other issues. It is not recommended to use such apps or/and keep them installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by GeneralNetSearch
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.
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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There is a great number of apps that are categorized as adware. Most people do not download and install them on purpose. When installed, they help their developers/distributors to generate revenue by feeding users with unwanted ads and collecting information about their 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 be downloaded/installed through other software's setups too - 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 various setups. Simply said, information about additionally included applications is not being disclosed properly. However, unwanted downloads/installations happen only to people who download and install programs without making changes in their setups.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Use only trustworthy (official) websites to download or install software, not some third party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, questionable pages or other similar channels. Always 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. Keep in mind that intrusive ads should not be trusted/clicked. They open questionable pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating and other dubious sites. If there are any unknown/unwanted applications (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) installed on a browser or unknown/unwanted programs installed the operating system, they should be removed as soon as possible. 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

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

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