How to remove DefaultProducts from the Mac Operating System

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

How to remove DefaultProducts from Mac computers

What is DefaultProducts?

Promoted as a tool for enhancing the browsing experience, DefaultProducts is an adware-type application supposedly capable of providing fast searches, improved search results, etc. In fact, this app delivers intrusive advertisement campaigns - it displays unwanted and even harmful ads. Note that adware usually possesses data tracking capabilities. Since most users install DefaultProducts unintentionally, it is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).

DefaultProducts adware

Pop-ups, banners, surveys, and coupons are just some examples of intrusive advertisements that aware displays. These ads severely diminish the browsing experience. They limit browsing speed and site visibility (by overlaying web page content). They are more than just an annoyance - they also carry certain risks. Once clicked, they can redirect to dubious, untrustworthy and even malicious websites. Some can even be triggered (by clicking them) to execute scripts designed to download/install PUAs without users' consent. These applications are also capable of generating redirects to similarly dangerous web pages. Other PUA capabilities include browser hijacking and data tracking. The latter is a significant privacy risk. By monitoring browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search engine history, etc.) they collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This vulnerable data is then passed on to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) seeking to misuse it to generate revenue. Adware present on devices can cause browser and system infiltration/infections, and lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss, and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/pug-ins.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by DefaultProducts
Threat Type Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Full List (VirusTotal)
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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Adware is a common type of PUA, however, most share certain traits. For example, ResourcesSourcePremiumForwardSystemJump, and many others are similar to DefaultProducts. In general, PUAs tend to be very similar, and those applications released by the same developers are often identical. Unwanted apps may seem legitimate and lure users to install by offering a wide variety of "useful" and "beneficial" functions/features. The only purpose of all unwanted software is to generate revenue for the designers. All advertised features are usually nonfunctional. PUAs operate by running intrusive ad campaigns, causing redirects, hijacking browsers, and gathering private data.

How did DefaultProducts install on my computer?

PUAs are proliferated via the download/install set-ups of other programs. The deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing normal software with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". This method is widely used by PUA developers and is often successful in proliferating their malicious products. By rushing the download/installation processes (ignoring or skimming terms, using pre-set options, skipping steps and sections, etc.), users endanger their devices with potential system infiltration and infections. Certain PUAs have "official" download web pages where they are typically endorsed as "free" and "helpful" software. As mentioned, intrusive advertisements also proliferate these unwanted applications. When clicked, they can execute scripts to make rogue downloads/installs of PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Research wanted content (programs, apps, tools, features, files, etc.) to verify its legitimacy before downloading/installing. Only trustworthy and verified download channels should be used. Sources such as P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders and similar are classed as untrustworthy and dubious and, thus, should not be used. These channels are more likely to offer deceptive or bundled software. Treat download and installation processes with caution. Read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and decline download/installation of supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Commonly hosted by dubious sites, intrusive advertisements may seem legitimate and harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). If you experience ads/redirects of this type, inspect the system and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with DefaultProducts, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once DefaultProducts installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once DefaultProducts installation is done

DefaultProducts adware extension in Safari web browser:

DefaultProducts Safari extension

Screenshot of DefaultProducts installation folder and desktop shortcut:

DefaultProducts install folder and desktop shortcut

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

Video showing how to remove DefaultProducts adware using Combo Cleaner:

DefaultProducts adware removal:

Remove DefaultProducts-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 defaultproducts 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 DefaultProducts removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by defaultproducts 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 defaultproducts 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 defaultproducts 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 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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