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How to remove IdeaShared from operating systems

Also Known As: Ads by IdeaShared
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

How to remove IdeaShared from Mac computers

What is IdeaShared?

IdeaShared is an untrustworthy application that supposedly enhances the browsing experience. In fact, it is an adware-type app that feeds users with advertisements and gathers various user information. Typically, people download and install adware unintentionally and, therefore, IdeaShared is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

IdeaShared adware

When installed, IdeaShared displays various advertisements. For example, pop-up ads, banners, surveys, coupons, etc. People who click ads that originate from adware are redirected to untrustworthy or even malicious websites. These ads sometimes run scripts that lead to download or installation of PUAs or potentially malicious applications. Furthermore, PUAs are often designed to record details relating to users' browsing activities. For example, IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, and so on. Developers misuse private data to generate revenue and also share it with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) for this purpose. In summary, having adware installed can lead to problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy, and even more serious issues such as identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by IdeaShared
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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There are many adware-type applications online. Some examples of apps similar to IdeaShared include LookupShare, DynamicPanel, and ForwardOpen. They are supposedly useful and legitimate, however, in most cases, these apps display unwanted ads, gather data, and provide no real value. They simply cause various problems.

How did IdeaShared install on my computer?

Unexpected, unwanted downloads and installations often happen during the download or installation processes of other software - when PUAs are included into the set-ups. This distribution method of PUAs is called "bundling". Typically, developers do not disclose information about the inclusion of PUAs and hide it in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Furthermore, many people fail to check the settings when they download or install various programs. By leaving them unchanged, they inadvertently agree with offers to download and/or install additional, unwanted software by default. Unwanted downloads and installations can sometimes be caused by clicking intrusive ads - some ads run scripts that cause download/installation of PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download software from official websites and via direct links. Do not trust other download/installation sources (channels) such as Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, third party downloaders, installers etc. - they are often used to distribute unwanted software. Download and installation set-ups often contain settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual", etc. We advise you to check these and ensure that offers to download or install additional software are dismissed. Advertisements that are displayed on dubious web pages should not be clicked, since they often redirect to other untrustworthy websites, or they cause unwanted downloads/installations. Note that deceptive ads might also appear on legitimate sites. Check for unwanted, unknown or suspicious apps (add-ons, plug-ins, extensions) installed on the browser and remove them immediately. The same applies to programs of this kind installed on the operating system/computer. If your computer is already infected with IdeaShared, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once IdeaShared installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once IdeaShared installation is done

IdeaShared installation folder:

IdeaShared folder and its files

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove IdeaShared adware using Combo Cleaner:

IdeaShared adware removal:

Remove IdeaShared-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 ideashared 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 IdeaShared removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by ideashared 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 ideashared 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 ideashared 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.

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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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