How to remove CoordinatorLinks adware?

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

How to remove CoordinatorLinks from Mac?

What is CoordinatorLinks?

CoordinatorLinks is an app that supposed to enhance browsing experience. To be more precise, it is advertised as a tool that helps users to search the web, provides accurate search results, and so on. Nevertheless, CoordinatorLinks is an adware-type app which is designed to serve various advertisements. Apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), it is because people usually download and install them unintentionally. Additionally, quite often PUAs like CoordinatorLinks are designed to record information about their users too.

CoordinatorLinks adware

Adware is a type of software that generates its developers revenue by displaying various ads. They display ads in forms of pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, and so on. People who click these ads usually get redirected to various questionable websites. Quite often these pages are used to promote unwanted applications (other adware, browser hijackers, and so on). However, these ads might cause unwanted downloads, installations as well. When clicked, they might run scripts that are designed to download or even install some PUAs. Furthermore, installed adware might be used as tool to collect IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites and other information related to user's browsing activities. Some PUAs might be targeting personal details as well. In one way or another, most adware developers share gathered information with other parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. To sum up, these apps can cause various problems, for example, problems with privacy, browsing safety, lead to unwanted downloads, installations, and so on. Besides, shared sensitive information might be used to steal user's identity.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by CoordinatorLinks
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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CoordinatorLinks is similar to other adware, such as ProductEvent, ManagerPages, ForBrowser, and so on. As a rule, these apps do not provide any useful features and are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue. To avoid any of the problems that might be caused by installed adware we recommend to uninstall apps of this type as soon as possible.

How did CoordinatorLinks install on my computer?

Most of the times people download and install adware and other PUAs unwillingly. Unwanted downloads or/and installations usually happen when they click intrusive (deceptive) ads that are displayed on questionable websites or download, install programs that have PUAs included in their setups. The second distribution method of unwanted apps is called "bundling". Developers use it to trick people into installing/downloading PUAs together with other software that they download from the Internet on purpose. Any information related to PUAs being included in a setup is usually hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. However, unwanted downloads and installations happen only when people leave those settings unchanged. In other words, when they do not dismiss offers to download or install additional software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

In order to avoid unwanted downloads and installations, we advise to download software only from official websites. Other sources or tools like third party downloaders (or installers), unofficial (and questionable) pages, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule are often used to distribute unwanted applications. Furthermore, if a setup contains settings like "Advanced", "Custom", they should not be left unchecked. Quite often they include offers to download or install additional applications. These offers should be dismissed. Also, it is not safe to click intrusive advertisements. Typically, deceptive ads are displayed on pages related to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. Either way, most of them are displayed on questionable, potentially malicious websites. If a browser opens shady pages by itself or most visited websites contain ads, then we recommend to check the list of apps that are installed on a browser. All unwanted, suspicious entries (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) should be removed. This applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system too. If your computer is already infected with CoordinatorLinks, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once CoordinatorLinks installation is over:

pop-up displayed once CoordinatorLinks installation is done

Installation folder of CoordinatorLinks:

CoordinatorLinks installation folder and its contents

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Quick menu:

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

CoordinatorLinks adware removal:

Remove CoordinatorLinks-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 coordinatorlinks 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 CoordinatorLinks removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by coordinatorlinks 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 coordinatorlinks 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 coordinatorlinks 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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