Remove ProductEvent adware from a browser and operating system

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

How to remove ProductEvent from Mac?

What is ProductEvent?

ProductEvent supposed to help its users to get accurate web search results and enhance browsing experience in other ways. However, this app is categorized as adware, a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Most adware-type apps are designed to serve various advertisements, however, sometimes they are designed to gather various details about users as well. In most cases people download and install adware (and other PUAs) inadvertently.

ProductEvent adware

When installed, ProductEvent displays intrusive ads that, if clicked, redirect users to untrustworthy, often deceptive websites. In some cases such ads are designed to cause downloads or installations of unwanted, potentially malicious applications. Examples of ads that adware-type apps usually display are pop-up ads, banners, various surveys, coupons, and so on. As we mentioned in the introduction, adware can be designed to collect various data, for example, user's IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and so on. Typically, they record mostly browsing-related information, however, sometimes PUAs are designed to gather sensitive details too. Either way, their developers usually send collected information to other people (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. People who use adware/have it installed risk to experience problems with privacy, browsing safety, have their identities stolen, and so on.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ProductEvent
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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There are many other adware-type apps that are similar to ProductEvent, some examples are ManagerPages, ForBrowser and CoverOpen. Typically, software of this type generates revenue for its developer by displaying various ads but does not provide any real value for a user. In order to avoid any of the aforementioned problems we recommend to uninstall any installed adware as soon as possible.

How did ProductEvent install on my computer?

Typically, people download and install apps like adware and other potentially unwanted software unwillingly (unintentionally). Quite often apps of this type are distributed through setups of other software. To be more precise, developers include unwanted apps and hope that users will not dismiss offers to download or install them. In most cases these offers are hidden in setup's options like "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. People who leave such settings unchanged usually allow additional apps to be downloaded or/and installed together with software that they were downloading or installing willingly. Sometimes unwanted downloads or installations can be caused through deceptive ads that, if clicked, run scripts that start downloads or installations of unwanted applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We advise to download software only from official pages and using direct links. It is not recommended to use third party, downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, etc.), and other similar sources as tools to download or install software, or files. Also, if a setup included settings/options like "Custom", "Advanced", then they should not be left unchecked and unchanged, they often contain offers to download or install unwanted applications. Additionally, it we recommend to avoid clicking intrusive ads, clicking them can cause redirects to various untrustworthy websites or unwanted downloads, installations. Quite often deceptive ads appear on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on. In order to stop a browser from opening unreliable pages or/and displaying intrusive ads it is required to uninstall all unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are installed on a browser. However, it could be necessary to uninstall programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system too. If your computer is already infected with ProductEvent, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ProductEvent installation is over:

pop-up displayed once ProductEvent installation is done

Installation folder of ProductEvent adware:

contents of ProductEvent installation folder

Instant automatic removal of Ads by ProductEvent: 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 ProductEvent. 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:

ProductEvent adware removal:

Remove ProductEvent-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 productevent 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 ProductEvent removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by productevent 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 productevent 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 productevent 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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