How to remove CoordinatorPlus adware

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

How to remove CoordinatorPlus from Mac computers

What is CoordinatorPlus?

CoordinatorPlus is promoted as a useful tool for enhancing the browsing experience. It is supposedly capable of providing fast searches, accurate search results and similar. In fact, this app is adware. Adware-type applications run intrusive advertisement campaigns. I.e., they display various unwanted ads. CoordinatorPlus is also categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since most users install it unintentionally. Note also that most adware is capable of tracking private data.

CoordinatorPlus adware

Banners, pop-ups, coupons, and surveys are just some examples of ads displayed by adware-type apps. These intrusive advertisements can severely affect the browsing experience by limiting browsing performance and site visibility (by overlaying web page content). Even if they seem a minor annoyance, these ads are a safety threat. Intrusive ads redirect to various sale-based, untrustworthy and even malicious websites. Once clicked, they can also execute scripts designed to make rogue downloads/installs of unwanted or malicious content. PUAs (which, as mentioned, can be installed by intrusive advertisements) also have data tracking abilities. By monitoring browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search engine history, etc.), they record users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations, and private details). Note that this data is then passed to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) seeking to generate revenue by misusing it. Therefore, adware present on your system can cause various infiltration and/or infections and lead to serious privacy issues (including identity theft). Due to these threats, you are strongly advised to remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by CoordinatorPlus
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

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There are thousands of adware-type applications online. Most are similar and, some, even identical. Relevant examples of apps similar to CoordinatorPlus include StudyDisplay, FormalSearchTop Results, amongst dozens of others. Most PUAs offer "useful" and "beneficial" features, however, in most cases, all advertised features are nonoperational. The only purpose of all unwanted software/content is to generate revenue for the developers and these products are practically worthless for regular users. Rather than delivering any real value, adware apps deliver intrusive ad campaigns and gather vulnerable data.

How did CoordinatorPlus install on my computer?

Certain PUAs have "official" web pages on which they are offered as "free to download". They also proliferate through the download/installation set-ups of other software. The method of packing regular programs with unwanted/malicious content is called "bundling". By rushing through the download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options, etc.), many users risk allowing unwanted and/or malicious programs into their systems. PUAs are also spread by intrusive ads. By clicking these, many users trigger them to execute scripts designed to make rogue downloads/installs of PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Study software/content to verify its legitimacy before downloading/installing. All software should be downloaded via official and verified channels. Using Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (e.g. BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), unofficial or free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders and similar sources is not advised - these are more likely to offer programs bundled with unwanted or malicious apps. You are advised to use caution when downloading/installing. Read the terms to ensure that you are installing exactly what you want and that it will operate as advertised. Additionally, use "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline downloading/installing supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Note that intrusive ads usually seem normal and harmless, however, they often redirect to dubious sites such as, pornography, adult-dating, gambling, and similar. If you experience ads/redirects of this type, check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with CoordinatorPlus, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware .

Pop-up window displayed once CoordinatorPlus installation is complete:

pop-up that is designed to install CoordinatorPlus on Safari browser

CoordinatorPlus installation folder:

CoordinatorPlus install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove CoordinatorPlus adware using Combo Cleaner:

CoordinatorPlus adware removal:

Remove CoordinatorPlus-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 coordinatorplus 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 CoordinatorPlus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by coordinatorplus 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 coordinatorplus 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 coordinatorplus 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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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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