Remove WindowArea from the system

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

How to remove WindowArea from Mac?

What is WindowArea?

WindowArea is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), an adware-type type app very similar to MatchKnowledge and Top Results. The app supposedly allows users to search more effectively, however, adware is a type of software that feeds users with unwanted ads. Furthermore, apps such as WindowArea are often used to gather details about users. We strongly advise against the use of WindowArea - uninstall it immediately.

WindowArea adware

When installed, WindowArea forces users to search via the Yahoo search engine (search.yahoo.com). Although this is a legitimate and trustworthy search engine, people with WindowArea installed on their systems cannot search with their preferred search engine. Furthermore, adware-type apps force users to see intrusive advertisements. They display ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. When clicked, these open untrustworthy or even malicious web pages. Furthermore, they sometimes execute scripts that lead to unwanted downloads or installation of other PUAs, or even malware. Another problem with WindowArea (and other adware) is that apps of this type often collect information relating to users' browsing habits. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, and so on. Adware developers send the information to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Adware can thus cause privacy and browsing safety issues, and lead to unwanted download/installation of PUAs or even malicious programs. Therefore, remove all adware installed on your computer or browser immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by WindowArea
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

To eliminate Ads by WindowArea our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
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People sometimes install adware intentionally when they believe it is useful, legitimate, and so on. After installation, however, these apps display unwanted advertisements, record information, and deliver no real value.

How did WindowArea install on my computer?

To trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps, developers use the "bundling" method. They include PUAs into the download and installation set-ups of regular software. Information about this can usually be found in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar parts of software set-ups. Many people skip this section and leave available settings unchanged, thus allowing unwanted apps to be downloaded or installed through the setups of other regular software. Unwanted software also infiltrates through deceptive ads that, if clicked, run scripts that cause unwanted downloads and installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not download files or software through third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, and so on, unofficial pages, or other similar channels. Do not trust third party installers. Download software from official web pages and use direct download links. Download and install software correctly: study each setup by checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options. Decline offers to install or download additional programs. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, since they often redirect to untrustworthy websites. Untrustworthy ads are usually displayed on pages relating to adult dating, pornography, gambling, and so on. To stop your browser from opening these dubious sites and displaying ads, remove all unwanted extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins installed on the browser and programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with WindowArea, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

IMPORTANT NOTE! It is impossible to delete WindowArea unless its process in Activity Monitor is killed. If you attempt to delete it without killing the process, you will encounter this pop-up:

windowarea adware prevents from deleting it

To remove this adware, you must first kill its process using Activity Monitor:

kill windowarea process in activity monitor

Screenshot of WindowArea adware files:

WindowArea adware files

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

Video showing how to remove WindowArea adware using Combo Cleaner:

WindowArea adware removal:

Remove WindowArea-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 windowarea 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.

Ads by WindowArea removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by windowarea 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 windowarea 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 windowarea 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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