Remove PowerLog and MacPerformance from MacOS

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

How to remove PowerLog from Mac?

What is PowerLog?

PowerLog is an adware-type app and part of the Pirrit family. After installation, PowerLog installs another app of this type called MacPerformance. This app forces browsers to open web pages that offer updates to software with fake tools. Adware is software designed to display various ads. In some cases, these apps can be used to record user-system (and other) information. Typically, people download and install adware inadvertently. Therefore, these programs are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

PowerLog adware

Installed adware feeds users with advertisements that are displayed in the form of coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. People who click them are usually redirected to potentially malicious, untrustworthy websites, or they allow these ads to download (or even install) other unwanted applications that might be malicious. Furthermore, these apps are often designed to collect IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of opened pages, entered search queries and other information relating to users' browsing habits. In some cases, PUAs are used to gather personal details. In any case, people who develop PUAs share the data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Some of the third parties might be cyber criminals. To avoid this situation, uninstall PowerLog and MacPerformance immediately. Note that MacPerformance asks users for permission to access and control browsers. If allowed, the program gains access to documents and data within the browser and permission to perform actions within the app.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by PowerLog
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Pirrit-AT [Adw]), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.Pirrit.HZ), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Pirrit.AN), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Pirrit.s), Full List Of Detections (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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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There are many apps similar to PowerLog. Other examples are DisplayUpdate, PowerLift, and LightAgent. All display intrusive, deceptive ads that usually cause unwanted downloads, installations or redirect to dubious websites. Remove all adware, since it can lead to installation of other PUAs, problems with browsing safety, privacy, and so on.

How did PowerLog install on my computer?

Some PUAs can be downloaded from their 'official' websites, however, many people download and install them unintentionally, or inadvertently. People are tricked into these unwanted installations/downloads when developers use a deceptive marketing method known as "bundling". They add PUAs to the set-ups of other, regular programs that people wish to download. Many people thus install PUAs together with normal software. This happens when they leave settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" (available in software set-ups) unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download all files and programs from official websites. Other channels/tools such as Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial pages, third party downloaders, etc., should not be used - these channels are used to distribute PUAs or even malware. Do not use third party installers. Check software setups that contain "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and decline offers to download or install unwanted apps. Do not trust or click ads displayed on dubious sites (for example, those relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on). Typically, they open untrustworthy or malicious websites, or run scripts that download or install unwanted, potentially malicious applications. To stop the browser from opening dubious sites or showing ads, uninstall all unwanted, unknown or suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons). If that does not solve the problem, remove all programs of this kind from the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PowerLog, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

PowerLog process in Activity Monitor:

PowerLog running process in activity monitor

PowerLog displays a pop-up with an offer to update software with a fake updating tool:

pPwerLog fake update

MacPerformance asks to access and control the browser:

MacPerformance asking for various permissions

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Quick menu:

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

PowerLog adware removal:

Remove PowerLog-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 powerlog 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.

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

Ads by PowerLog removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by powerlog 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 powerlog 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 powerlog 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 malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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