How to uninstall WindowGroup adware

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

How to remove WindowGroup from Mac computers

What is WindowGroup?

WindowGroup is advertised as a tool that provides accurate search results, fast searches, and other features that supposedly enhance the browsing experience. In fact, it also serves unwanted, intrusive advertisements. Therefore, WindowGroup is classified as adware and a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Note that these apps record details relating to browsing activities. Most people download and install adware (and other PUAs) unintentionally/inadvertently.

WindowGroup adware

Adware-type applications feed users with intrusive ads that are usually displayed in the form of coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and so on. When displayed, these ads conceal content of visited websites and, if clicked, redirect people to untrustworthy websites or they download/install unwanted applications. Furthermore, PUAs often gather information such as users' geolocations, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and so on. Some PUAs might also record sensitive details. Typically, adware developers sell the information to other parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. Thus, having adware or other PUAs installed can lead to problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and so on. Furthermore, recorded details might be misused to steal users' identities. We strongly recommend that you uninstall adware and all other unwanted software as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by WindowGroup
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names 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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WindowGroup is virtually identical to other adware-type apps including, for example, OnlyApplication, ExtraWindow, and WindowMode. Typically, these apps are designed to feed users with unwanted ads, however, they might also perform information tracking. In any case, these PUAs deliver no real value and cause only problems. Therefore, never download or install them.

How did WindowGroup install on my computer?

Most people download and install apps of this type unintentionally. Typically, they cause this by clicking various (deceptive) ads or when developers include them into the download/installation set-ups - they hide related information in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", etc. Unwanted downloads and installations take place when people download or install regular programs without checking settings that are included in the setup. This adware distribution method is called "bundling" and developers use it to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps with regular software/apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Do not use untrustworthy websites, third party software downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule or other similar download or installation tools/sources. The safest method to download files and programs is to use official websites and direct links. Check settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" and sections included in set-ups, and dismiss any offers to download or install additional software. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially if displayed on dubious, unofficial websites. These often redirect people to other malicious sites. If unwanted redirects happen often or unwanted ads appear on each visited website, remove all unwanted or unknown add-ons, plug-ins, and extensions that are installed the web browser immediately. Also remove programs of this type installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with WindowGroup, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once WindowGroup installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once WindowGroup installation is done

WindowGroup installation folder:

windowgroup adware installation folder contents

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

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

WindowGroup adware removal:

Remove WindowGroup-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 windowgroup 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 WindowGroup removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by windowgroup 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 windowgroup 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 windowgroup 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

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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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