How to remove ForBrowser adware from your browser and operating system

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

How to remove ForBrowser from Mac computers

What is ForBrowser?

ForBrowser is one of many adware-type applications that serve intrusive advertisements. Typically, people download and install apps of this type unintentionally. They are therefore called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Additionally, adware is often designed to gather information about users' browsing activities. ForBrowser supposedly enhances the browsing experience, for example, to deliver accurate search results. Typically, adware developers advertise these apps as useful, legitimate, and so on, however, they are generally useless and simply cause problems.

ForBrowser adware

Examples of ads that adware-type apps display include pop-up ads, coupons, surveys, banners, and so on. In most cases, they conceal content of visited websites and, if clicked, redirect users to untrustworthy, deceptive or even malicious websites. Additionally, they might run scripts that cause unwanted downloads and installations. Apps such as ForBrowser commonly record user details including, for example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and other details relating to browsing habits. Developers share the information with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. In some cases, developers share the data with cyber criminals. Thus, having adware installed might cause problems with browsing safety, privacy, and lead to download/installation of other potentially unwanted applications or even malicious software. For these reasons, do not download or install apps such as ForBrowser. If adware is already installed on your system, it should be removed immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ForBrowser
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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ForBrowser is very similar to many other apps of this type. Some examples are CoverOpen, WindowGroup, and CoordinatorPlus. Typically, these apps do not function as advertised. They are designed only to deploy advertisements and collect data. In summary, they are useless and simply cause problems.

How did ForBrowser install on my computer?

PUAs such as adware are usually downloaded and installed through clicked intrusive advertisements or other software. In the latter case, these apps are included into the set-ups of other programs, however, information about these possible additional downloads or installations is not properly disclosed. Typically, the details are hidden in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. People who leave these settings unchanged give permission for unwanted apps to be download and installed with regular software by default. This deceptive distribution method is called "bundling".

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Check all settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and "Manual" that are available in the set-ups and deselect offers to download/install unwanted applications. Avoid downloading or installing software through untrustworthy, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, third party downloaders, installers, etc. The safest way is to use official websites and direct download links. Additionally, intrusive ads should not be trusted or clicked, especially if they are displayed on untrustworthy, unofficial websites. These ads usually cause redirects to untrustworthy websites or download/installation of unwanted applications. In most cases, unwanted redirects and ads can be stopped by removing all unwanted apps (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons) installed on the browser and operating system. If your computer is already infected with ForBrowser, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed when ForBrowser installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once ForBrowser installation is done

ForBrowser app (extension) installed on Safari browser:

ForBrowser adware installed on Safari

ForBrowser installation folder:

ForBrowser adware files in installation folder

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

Video showing how to remove ForBrowser adware using Combo Cleaner:

ForBrowser adware removal:

Remove ForBrowser-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 forbrowser 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 ForBrowser removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by forbrowser 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 forbrowser 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 forbrowser 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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