How to uninstall NameSync adware

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

How to remove NameSync from Mac?

What is NameSync?

Identical to GeneralNetSearch, Resourcetools, GlobalTechSearch, and a number of others, NameSync is an adware-type application that claims to enhance the browsing experience. Initially, NameSync may seem legitimate, however, this app typically infiltrates systems without permission. In addition, it delivers intrusive advertisements and causes unwanted browser redirects.

NameSync adware

This application redirects to a dubious website when users attempt to search the Internet. The process works as follows: 1) user enters a search query; 2) NameSync redirects them to a dubious URL; 3) users are presented with search results generated by the Google search engine. Other applications from this adware family are known to deliver results generated by the Bing and Yahoo search engines. Whether NameSync does this is currently unknown, however, it might be used to generate web traffic or record information such as search queries, IP addresses, websites visited, and so on. In any case, these redirects significantly diminish the browsing experience. Adware-type applications are also known to display intrusive advertisements. They typically deploy coupons, banners, pop-ups, and other similar ads. To achieve this, criminals employ tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, the ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, intrusive advertisements typically redirect to dubious websites and can even execute scripts to download/install unwanted (potentially malicious) applications. Therefore, even a single accidental click might result in high-risk computer infections. For these reason, NameSync should be uninstalled immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name NameSync potentially unwanted application
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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All potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are very similar. By offering many "useful features", they attempt to give the impression of legitimacy, however, apps such as NameSync typically have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, PUAs deliver advertisements, cause redirects, and gather data.

How did NameSync install on my computer?

PUAs such as NameSync are usually proliferated using the aforementioned intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Developers know that users often rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, all unwanted apps are concealed behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Carelessly skipping these steps or clicking advertisements can lead to inadvertent installation of rogue apps. In this way, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent infiltration by PUAs, be very cautious during the download/installation processes and when browsing the Internet. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Decline offers to download/install third party applications and opt-out of those already included. You are advised to download programs from official sources only, preferably using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers usually include rogue apps and thus these tools should not be used. Be aware that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, however, they redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar). If you encounter these advertisements, eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with NameSync, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once NameSync installation is over:

pop-up displayed once NameSync installation is done

Files of NameSync adware:

NameSync adware's files

Instant automatic removal of NameSync potentially unwanted application: 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 NameSync potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Video showing how to remove NameSync adware using Combo Cleaner:

NameSync adware removal:

Remove NameSync-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 namesync 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.

NameSync potentially unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove namesync 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 namesync 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 namesync 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:

Medium threat activity
Medium

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

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