How to get rid of MetroPremium adware?

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

How to remove MetroPremium from Mac?

What is MetroPremium?

MetroPremium is a software that is categorized as adware. It supposed to make everyday web browsing easier, however, it serves various advertisements and gathers information related to user's web browsing activities. In most cases people download and install apps like MetroPremium inadvertently (unintentionally), for this reason they are classified as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

MetroPremium adware

Typically, adware like MetroPremium feeds users with intrusive advertisements, people who click them usually get redirected to untrustworthy websites or allow them to run scripts that download (or even install) unwanted, possibly malicious software. Some examples of ads that are being displayed by adware are pop-up ads, various coupons, banners, surveys, and so on. It is worth mentioning that these ads usually cover contents of pages that users visit. Furthermore, adware-type apps are often used to record various information (typically, information related to user's browsing habits). I.e., IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and so on. However, it is possible that adware might be designed to collect personal, sensitive details too. Either way, adware developers usually share all gathered data with other parties (possibly cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Such actions might cause users problems related to browsing safety, privacy, it is also possible that some users might become victims of identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by MetroPremium
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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MetroPremium is similar to IdeaShared, DynamicPanel, ForwardOpen and a number of other apps. In most cases adware-type apps are advertised as useful, legitimate applications. However, most of them are useless, they do not operate as they supposed to and are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue. In order to avoid any possible problems that could be caused by adware/its developers it is recommended to remove such software from a system and browser as soon as possible.

How did MetroPremium install on my computer?

Quite often apps like MetroPremium get installed together with other software. It happens when developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling", when they include PUAs in setups of other programs. They hide additionally included applications setup's settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on, and hope that people will not check them. By leaving those settings unchanged people usually allow for some PUA to be downloaded and/or installed together with software that has that app included in its setup. As we mentioned above, PUAs can be downloaded and/or installed through deceptive ads as well.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We advise to always check "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and other similar settings that are included in any download or installation setup and dismiss offers to install or download additionally included, unwanted software. Also, it is not recommended to download software from untrustworthy, unofficial websites, using torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, and so on. The same applies to installations through third party installers. We recommend to download files and programs only official websites and via direct links. Intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on unofficial, unreliable websites, should not be clicked. People who click them usually end up on questionable websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. If unwanted, intrusive ads appear regularly and/or redirects to shady pages happen often, then it is very likely that they are caused by some adware-type or other unwanted app that is installed on a browser or computer. In such cases we recommend to remove all unwanted, unknown add-ons, extensions or plug-ins from a web browser and programs of this kind from a computer (operating system). If your computer is already infected with MetroPremium, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once MetroPremium installation is over:

pop-up displayed once MetroPremium installation is done

Screenshot of MetroPremium's extension in Safari web browser:

MetroPremium adware extension in Safari web browser

Installation folder of MetroPremium adware:

MetroPremium installation folder and its contents

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Quick menu:

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

MetroPremium adware removal:

Remove MetroPremium-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 metropremium 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 MetroPremium removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by metropremium 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 metropremium 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 metropremium 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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