Stop ads displayed by OnlyApplication adware

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

How to remove OnlyApplication from Mac computers

What is OnlyApplication?

Developers advertise OnlyApplication as a useful tool which provides faster searches, accurate results, and an enhanced browsing experience. In fact, this program is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), an adware-type app that serves unwanted, intrusive advertisements. PUAs often collect various user-system information. Generally, people download and install adware (and other PUAs) unintentionally.

OnlyApplication adware

When adware such as OnlyApplication is installed on a computer or browser, it feeds users with unwanted, often deceptive advertisements. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. Typically, people who click these ads are redirected to dubious or even malicious websites. Some of these ads might run scripts that download and install PUAs, or potentially malicious programs. Furthermore, installed PUAs might be used to gather various details such as users' IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, geolocations, etc. Developers share the data with other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Some of these third parties might be cyber criminals. Adware and other similar PUAs can lead to problems with privacy, browsing safety, and could even be used to steal users' identities. For these reasons, we recommend that you uninstall adware from browsers and computers immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by OnlyApplication
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Arcabit (Adware.MAC.Hula.D), BitDefender (Adware.MAC.Hula.D), Emsisoft (Adware.MAC.Hula.D (B)), FireEye (Adware.MAC.Hula.D), 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.
Removal

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OnlyApplication is virtually identical to other adware-type apps, such as ExtraWindow, CoordinatorPlus, WindowMode, and many others. In any case, these apps serve unwanted ads and record various details. They provide no value. To avoid possible problems that might occur due to adware, do not download or install PUAs and remove any installed on browsers or operating systems.

How did OnlyApplication install on my computer?

PUAs are often downloaded and/or installed through intrusive advertisements that people click, or during the download/installation processes of other software. Developers include unwanted apps into the set-ups of various programs, however, they do not disclose related information - offers to download or install additional apps is hidden in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. This distribution method is called "bundling" - it is a deceptive marketing method that developers use to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps with regular software. It often works when people fail to check the settings that are available in set-ups, and leave them unchanged. In doing so, they grant PUAs permission to be downloaded or installed by default.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

All software should be downloaded from official websites, especially if it is free. Channels or tools such as third party downloaders, installers, unofficial, dubious web pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule) should not be trusted, since they are often used to promote various unwanted, possibly malicious applications. All files and software should be downloaded from official websites. Furthermore, if a download or installation setup contains any settings (such as "Custom", "Advanced"), check them carefully. They often include offers to download or install unwanted software. These offers should be dismissed before completing the download or installation process. Do not click ads that are displayed on dubious web pages. Typically, they cause redirects to other dubious pages or cause unwanted downloads/installations. Note that ads of this kind might also be displayed on legitimate web pages. To stop browsers from opening untrustworthy websites or showing unwanted ads, remove unwanted or suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed on them. Additionally, it might be necessary to apply this to programs of this type installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with OnlyApplication, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once OnlyApplication installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once OnlyApplication installation is done

OnlyApplication installation folder:

OnlyApplication installation folder and its contents

OnlyApplication installed on Safari:

OnlyApplication safari extension

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

Video showing how to remove OnlyApplication adware using Combo Cleaner:

OnlyApplication adware removal:

Remove OnlyApplication-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 onlyapplication 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 OnlyApplication removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by onlyapplication 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 onlyapplication 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 onlyapplication 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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