How to uninstall ExtraBrowser adware?

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

How to remove ExtraBrowser from Mac?

What is ExtraBrowser?

ExtraBrowser supposed to operate as a tool that helps users to search the web more easily and effectively. Nevertheless, this app is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that is classified as adware. Adware is a type of software that serves various advertisements. Typically, people do not download and install applications of this type on purpose. Also, it is very likely that ExtraBrowser is designed to collect information about user's browsing habits. We recommend to uninstall this app (or any other installed adware) as soon as possible.

ExtraBrowser adware

People who have adware on their computers or/and browsers installed usually are being served with a variety of unwanted, intrusive advertisements. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and so on. As a rule, when they click these ads, they get redirected to various untrustworthy, deceptive and potentially malicious websites. In some cases these ads (if clicked) lead to downloads or even installations of potentially unwanted applications (like adware, browser hijackers, etc.). Another problem with adware-type apps like ExtraBrowser is that they often are designed to gather details related to user's browsing activities. I.e., addresses of opened/visited websites, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, and so on. Unfortunately, some of these apps might be used to record personal details as well. Quite often adware developers share collected data with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. It is possible that installed adware might cause its users problems with browsing safety, privacy and so on. Also, shared details might be used to steal identities.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ExtraBrowser
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 apps that are similar to ExtraBrowser, some examples are CoordinatorLinks, ProductEvent and ManagerPages. What most apps of this type have in common is that they are designed to help developers to generate revenue by displaying various advertisements. However, in some cases they might be used as information tracking tools. Either way, we advise to remove any installed adware immediately.

How did ExtraBrowser install on my computer?

Typically, unwanted apps like adware get installed either through clicked deceptive, intrusive advertisements or when software developers use a "bundling" method. it is a method that developers use to trick users into downloading and installing unwanted apps together with other software that people usually download (or install) intentionally. They often achieve it by simply hiding information about included unwanted apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options of various download or installation setups. Users who do not check and change any of the settings that are available in setups often download and install various PUAs by themselves.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Always download software from legitimate (official) websites and using direct download links. It is not recommended to use various Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule and other similar tools), third party downloaders/installers, unofficial websites and other download channels of this kind. Furthermore, we advise not finish any download or installation without checking settings like "Custom", "Advanced" that are included in a setup. If there are any additionally included apps, then they should be deselected/dismissed. It is worth mentioning that intrusive advertisements often cause redirects to untrustworthy pages. Quite often ads of this kind are displayed on pages related to gambling, adult dating and other questionable sites. To stop unwanted redirects and ads from occurring we recommend to remove all unwanted (unknown or suspicious) extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on a browser immediately. If there are any programs of this kind installed on the operating system, then they should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with ExtraBrowser, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ExtraBrowser installation is over:

pop-up displayed once ExtraBrowser installation is done

ExtraBrowser adware installed on Safari:

ExtraBrowser safari extension

Contents of ExtraBrowser installation folder:

ExtraBrowser installation folder 

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Quick menu:

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

ExtraBrowser adware removal:

Remove ExtraBrowser-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 extrabrowser 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 ExtraBrowser removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by extrabrowser 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 extrabrowser 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 extrabrowser 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.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact 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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