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 that is very similar to MatchKnowledge and Top Results. It supposed to operate as a tool which helps users to search the web more effectively. However, adware is a type of software that feeds users with unwanted ads. Besides, apps like WindowArea are often used to gather various details about users too. We do not recommend to use WindowArea and to uninstall it as soon as possible.

WindowArea adware

When installed, WindowArea forces its users to search the web through Yahoo search engine (search.yahoo.com). It is a legitimate and trustworthy search engine, however, people who have WindowArea installed users cannot search the web with a preferred engine. Furthermore, adware-type apps force users to see intrusive advertisements. They display ads like coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and so on. When clicked, these ads usually open various untrustworthy or even malicious pages. Sometimes they execute scripts that lead to unwanted downloads or even installations of other potentially unwanted applications or even malware. Another problem with WindowArea (and other adware) is that apps of this type often are designed to collect information about user's browsing habits. For example, they record details such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, and so on. Adware developers send gathered information to other people (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. To sum up, adware can cause privacy and browsing safety issues, lead to unwanted downloads, installations of various PUAs or even malicious programs. For these reasons any adware that is installed on a computer or browser should be removed as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by WindowArea
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

To eliminate Ads by WindowArea our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Combo Cleaner.
▼ Download Combo Cleaner
Free scanner checks if your computer is infected. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Combo Cleaner.

Typically, people who install adware intentionally, they do it because they think that one or another app of this type is useful, legitimate and so on. However, after installation apps of this type begin to display unwanted advertisements and gather details. To sum, they do not operate as their users expect them to.

How did WindowArea install on my computer?

Typically, to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps, developers use a "bundling" method. To be more precise, they include PUAs into various download and installation setups of regular software. Information about it usually can be found in settings like "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of software setups. However, quite often people skip this part and leave all available settings unchanged. It means that they allow for unwanted apps to be downloaded or installed through a setup of other software/together with other programs. Another way to unintentionally download or install adware or other unwanted software is through deceptive ads. Ads of this type, if clicked, run scripts that cause unwanted downloads (or even installations).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We do not recommend to download files or software through third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule and so on, unofficial pages and other similar channels. Additionally, third party installed should not be trusted too. Download software from official pages and use direct download links. Download and install them properly: analyze each setup by checking what are the "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options. If there are any offers to install or download additional programs, dismiss them. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, they often redirect people to untrustworthy websites. Untrustworthy ads usually are displayed on pages related to adult dating, pornography, gambling and so on. To stop browser from opening questionable pages or/and showing ads, remove all unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are installed on a browser and programs that are installed on a computer (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. Users who attempt to delete it without killing the process 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's 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:
▼ DOWNLOAD Combo Cleaner for Mac By downloading any software listed on this website you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Free scanner checks if your computer is infected. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Combo Cleaner.

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.

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 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.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

PCrisk security portal is brought by a company RCS LT. Joined forces of security researchers help educate computer users about the latest online security threats. More information about the company RCS LT.

Our malware removal guides are free. However, if you want to support us you can send us a donation.

Removal Instructions in other languages
Malware activity

Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
Medium

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

QR Code
Ads by WindowArea QR code
A QR code (Quick Response Code) is a machine-readable code which stores URLs and other information. This code can be read using a camera on a smartphone or a tablet. Scan this QR code to have an easy access removal guide of Ads by WindowArea on your mobile device.
We Recommend:

Get rid of Ads by WindowArea today:

▼ REMOVE IT NOW with Combo Cleaner for Mac

Platform: macOS

Editors' Rating for Combo Cleaner:
Editors ratingOutstanding!

[Back to Top]

Free scanner checks if your computer is infected. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Combo Cleaner.