How to remove OutputData from a browser and operating system?

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

How to remove OutputData from Mac?

What is OutputData?

OutputData is one of the adware-type apps that supposed to help users to browse the web more efficiently. Unfortunately, most of these apps are useless and designed to serve various advertisements. Additionally, OutputData operates as an information tracking tool, it collects various details about its users. Since most people download and install apps of this type inadvertently (unintentionally), they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

OutputData adware

Typically, adware serves pop-up ads, banners, displays various coupons, surveys, etc. Either way, it is not recommended to click any of those ads, in most cases they redirect people to untrustworthy websites. Quite often those websites are used to advertise questionable software. Also, when clicked, those ads might run scripts that are designed to download and/or install some unwanted software. Furthermore, installed adware could be designed to collect various data. For example, browsing-related data such as IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, etc. However, there is always a possibility that an app of this type might be used to record sensitive, personal details as well. Very often people behind those apps (their developers) share gathered information with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. It is possible that third parties might include cyber criminals. These are the main reasons why OutputData and any other adware should not be used. If there is adware installed on the operating system and/or browser, it should be uninstalled as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by OutputData
Threat Type Adware, 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.
Removal

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Other apps that are very similar to OutputData are MetroPremium, IdeaShared and DynamicPanel, however, these are just a couple of examples, there are more of them. As a rule, these apps do not operate as their developers advertise them. Most of them only help their developers to generate revenue by gathering various data and displaying ads and do not provide any value for their users.

How did OutputData install on my computer?

Sometimes potentially unwanted apps can be downloaded from their websites. Nevertheless, most of them are distributed through setups of other programs. It is being done with a purpose to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps together with software that they actually want to download and/or install. Typically, information about additionally included apps is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of its setups. This distribution method is known as "bundling". It works when people download and install programs without checking and changing settings that are available in their setups. Additionally, downloads and installations of various PUAs can be caused through intrusive ads: if clicked, some of those ads run scripts that download and/install unwanted software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not recommended to download any software via third party downloaders, using torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), untrustworthy/unofficial websites, and so on. The only safe way to download it is by using official websites for that. Also, third party installers should not be used too. Furthermore, we advise not to leave "Custom", "Advanced" or other similar settings of any download or installation setup unchecked. Any offers to install (or download) additional apps should be dismissed before completing downloads or installations. As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, there are ads that, if clicked, may cause unwanted downloads or installations. They often redirect people to untrustworthy websites too. Therefore, various intrusive ads, especially if displayed on questionable pages, should not be trusted. And finally, if there are any suspicious and/or unwanted, unknown apps (plug-ins, add-ons or extensions) installed on a web browser or programs on a computer, we recommend to uninstall them as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with OutputData, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once OutputData installation is over:

pop-up displayed once OutputData installation is done

Installation folder of OutputData adware:

OutputData installation folder and its contents

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

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

OutputData adware removal:

Remove OutputData-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 outputdata 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 OutputData removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by outputdata 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 outputdata 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 outputdata 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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