Eliminate PasteBoard adware from the system

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

How to remove PasteBoard from Mac?

What is PasteBoard?

PasteBoard (also known as PasteBoardHelper) is an ordinary adware-type application that usually infiltrates computers without users' consent. It is very likely to install together with the Spotlight.app and Spaces.app unwanted apps, which are designed to redirect users to searchbaron.com. After successful infiltration, PasteBoard continually delivers intrusive advertisements and records information relating to users' browsing habits.

PasteBoard adware

Applications such as PasteBoard usually deliver coupons, banners, pop-ups, and other advertisements that often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. PasteBoard delivers ads using third party tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Furthermore, the ads often redirect to dubious websites and execute scripts designed to download/install other unwanted applications. Thus, clicking them is risky and can result in various computer infections. Another important issue is data tracking. As with most adware-type applications, PasteBoard gathers data relating to browsing activity (e.g., queries entered into search engines, websites visited, pages viewed, Internet Protocol [IP] addresses, and similar). Collected information is likely to contain personal details that developers share with third parties to generate revenue. These people (potentially, cyber criminals) misuse private information to generate even more revenue. Therefore, having a data-tracking app installed on your computer can lead to serious privacy issues, including identity theft. We strongly recommend that you eliminate this adware immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by PasteBoardHelper
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Ikarus (PUA.OSX.AMCleaner), Full List (VirusTotal)
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 dozens of adware-type apps that share many similarities with PasteBoard including NameSync, GeneralNetSearch, and Related-Offers - the list goes on. Most offer "useful features", however, these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. In fact, unwanted apps usually provide no value for regular users, since their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than enabling the functions promised, they cause redirects, gather data, and deliver advertisements, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience.

How did PasteBoard install on my computer?

As mentioned above, PasteBoard usually infiltrates systems without users' consent, since these apps are usually proliferated using intrusive advertisements (such as those PasteBoard itself delivers) and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software). Developers hide "bundled" applications behind various sections (such as "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often rush these procedures, skip steps, and click advertisements. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy. Therefore, the main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge of these threats and careless behavior.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay attention during the download/installation processes and when browsing the Internet. Never download applications using third party downloaders/installers, since most promote ("bundle") unwanted applications. Software should be downloaded from official sources only, preferably using direct download links. Choose "Custom/Advanced" settings and study each window of the download/installation dialogs. Opt-out of all additionally-included applications and decline offers to download/install them. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design. In fact, these ads often redirect to dubious websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and similar). If you frequently encounter such ads/redirects, remove all suspicious applications/browser plug-ins immediately. If your computer is already infected with PasteBoard, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of PasteBoard adware process in Activity Monitor:

PasteBoard adware process

Another example of the PasteBoard adware process ("PasteBoardHelper") in Activity Monitor:

PasteBoardHelper process in Activity Monitor

Screenshot of PasteBoardHelper files:

PasteBoardHelper adware files

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

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

PasteBoard adware removal:

Remove PasteBoard-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 pasteboardhelper 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by PasteBoardHelper removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by pasteboardhelper 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 pasteboardhelper 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 pasteboardhelper 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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