Uninstall TaskFresh adware from your Mac computer

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

How to remove TaskFresh from Mac?

What is TaskFresh?

Many people download and install the TaskFresh application unintentionally. This app supposedly makes access to favorite search engines easier. In fact, TaskFresh specifically promotes Yahoo (search.yahoo.com). This application is advertised as legitimate and useful, however, TaskFresh is a potentially unwanted app (PUA) categorized as adware. It is likely to collect information relating to users' browsing habits and display intrusive ads.

TaskFresh adware

Adware-type applications gather information such as search queries entered while browsing the web, IP addresses, URLs of visited pages, geolocations, and so on. To generate revenue, developers sell this data to other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Some of these third parties might be cyber criminals. Furthermore, adware feeds users with unwanted advertisements. Typically, these conceal underlying content of visited web pages and, if clicked, open potentially malicious websites. These ads can proliferate unwanted (potentially malicious) applications. When clicked, they run scripts that download and install various unwanted apps. Some examples of ads that adware-type apps display are coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. As mentioned, TaskFresh promotes the Yahoo search engine, which is legitimate, however, there are cases whereby cyber criminals try to monetize apps of this type by advertising/promoting legitimate search engines (such as search.yahoo.com). This does no direct damage, however, being forced to use another search engine might be annoying and diminish the browsing experience. To avoid unwanted downloads, installations, redirects to dubious web pages, problems with privacy, browsing safety, and so on, we recommend that you uninstall TaskFresh immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name TaskFresh unwanted application
Threat Type Adware, 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

To eliminate TaskFresh unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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TaskFresh is similar to other apps of this type, such as Top Results, PDF Genie, TopicLookup, and so on. They are advertised as legitimate applications, and yet they provide no real value and simply cause problems.

How did TaskFresh install on my computer?

Typically, users download and install PUAs such as TaskFresh inadvertently by clicking deceptive advertisements, however, they are also proliferated by developers who bundle them into set-ups of other software. People commonly agree to download and install PUAs by default when they download and install other, regular (usually free) software without checking additional settings. Developers hide information about additionally-included (bundled) apps in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. When these settings remain unchecked and unchanged, PUAs are granted permission to be downloaded and installed together with other programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download all software from official, trustworthy sources (websites), and using direct download links. Do not download using third party downloaders, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), untrustworthy websites, and so on. Download and install carefully: check each download/installation setup step, and each "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar setting. Opt-out of offers to download or install extra apps. Avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, even if they seem legitimate  Many ads redirect to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. They are typically displayed on dubious web pages. If your browser opens untrustworthy websites or displays various ads, check extensions, plug-ins, and pop-ups installed and remove unknown or suspicious entries. Also apply this to programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with TaskFresh, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of the TaskFresh installation folder:

taskfresh installation folder

Instant automatic removal of TaskFresh 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 TaskFresh unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove TaskFresh adware using Combo Cleaner:

TaskFresh adware removal:

Remove TaskFresh-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 taskfresh 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.

TaskFresh unwanted application removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove taskfresh 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 taskfresh 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 taskfresh 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.

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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