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 computers

What is CoordinatorLinks?

The CoordinatorLinks app supposedly enhances the browsing experience by helping users to search, providing accurate search results, and so on. In fact, this is an adware-type app that deploys various advertisements. Apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), since people usually download and install them unintentionally. PUAs such as CoordinatorLinks often record information relating to users.

CoordinatorLinks adware

Adware generates revenue for the developers by displaying ads in the form of pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, and so on. People who click these ads are usually redirected to dubious websites used to promote other unwanted applications (adware, browser hijackers, and so on). The ads might also cause unwanted downloads and installations. When clicked, they could run scripts that download or install PUAs. Furthermore, installed adware might collect IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and other information relating to users' browsing activity. Some PUAs also target personal details. Adware developers share the information with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. In summary, these apps can cause a number of serious problems including, for example, issues with privacy, browsing safety, unwanted downloads/installations, and so on. Furthermore, shared sensitive information might be used to steal users' identities.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by CoordinatorLinks
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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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CoordinatorLinks is similar to other adware such as ProductEvent, ManagerPages, ForBrowser, and so on. Generally, these apps provide no 'useful features' and are designed only to enable developers to generate revenue. To avoid problems that might be caused by installed adware, remove all apps of this type immediately.

How did CoordinatorLinks install on my computer?

Frequently people download and install adware and other PUAs inadvertently. Unwanted downloads and installations usually occur when they click intrusive (deceptive) ads that are displayed on dubious websites, or they download and install programs that have PUAs included into their set-ups. The latter distribution method is called "bundling". Developers use it to trick people into installing/downloading PUAs together with other software that they wish download from the internet. Any information relating to the inclusion of PUAs in the setup is usually hidden in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings. Note, however, that unwanted downloads and installations happen only when people leave those settings unchanged (they fail to dismiss offers to download/install additional software).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

To avoid unwanted downloads and installations, download software only from official websites. Other sources or tools such as third party downloaders or installers, unofficial/dubious web pages, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, and eMule are often used to distribute unwanted applications. If a setup contains settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", ensure that they are checked carefully, since they often include offers to download or install additional applications. These offers should be dismissed. It is not safe to click intrusive advertisements. Typically, deceptive ads are displayed on web pages relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on. In any case, most are displayed on dubious, potentially malicious websites. If a browser opens dubious sites automatically or most of the visited websites contain ads, check the list of apps installed on the browser and remove all unwanted, suspicious entries (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins). This also applies to programs of this kind installed on the operating system. 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 when CoordinatorLinks installation is complete:

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.

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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

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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