How to remove ExtraList adware from your Mac computer

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

How to remove ExtraList from Mac computers

What is ExtraList?

ExtraList is an adware-type app that supposedly improves the browsing experience by providing accurate search results, fast searches, and similar. In fact, it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns, delivering unwanted and even harmful ads. Adware often has data tracking capabilities, which are employed to monitor users' browsing activity. Due to ExtraList's highly dubious proliferation methods, it is classed as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

ExtraList adware

Adware displays a wide variety of advertisements including, for example, banners, pop-ups, surveys, coupons, etc. Intrusive ads significantly diminish the browsing experience - they limit browsing speed and website visibility by overlaying web page content. They are far more than just a nuisance. These ads generate redirects to sale-oriented, untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive/scam and even malicious sites. Some can also execute scripts, designed to download/install unwanted and/or malicious content, without users' consent. Therefore, a potential system infiltration or infection can be just a click away. PUAs (which can be stealthily installed by intrusive ads) cause redirects to likewise dangerous websites. As well as running advertisement campaigns, unwanted applications can hijack browsers and promote fake search engines. As mentioned, it is not uncommon for adware-types to have data tracking capabilities, and this extends to all PUAs. They record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data can be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) intent on misusing it for financial gain. To summarize, PUAs present on devices can cause various browser and system infiltration/infections, and lead to financial loss, serious privacy issues, and even culminate in identity theft. To protect devices and users from these risks, remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ExtraList
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.SearchExt.gen), ZoneAlarm by Check Point (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.SearchExt.gen), 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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Adware-type applications are released by the hundred and most share common qualities. OutputDataMetroPremium, and ForwardOpen are a few examples of apps similar to ExtraList. In fact, all PUAs have certain similarities. They often seem legitimate and visually bear little to no difference from genuine products. These applications tempt users into downloading/installing by offering a wide array of "useful" and "beneficial" features. These functions can range from browsing enhancing tools to content providers (e.g. weather, traffic, news, etc.), however, the features rarely work as advertised and, in most cases, are nonoperational. The only purpose of PUAs is to generate revenue for the developers. They are not created with users in mind and have no real value to them. Rather than delivering any real value, unwanted apps run intrusive ad campaigns, force-open dubious and malicious websites, hijack browsers, and track private data.

How did ExtraList install on my computer?

The most common method of proliferating PUAs is via the download/install set-ups of other software. This deceptive marketing technique of packing normal products with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. skimming or ignoring terms, using pre-set options, skipping steps and sections, etc.), many users risk unintentionally allowing bundled software onto their devices. Some of these applications also have promotional web pages from which they can typically be downloaded "free". When clicked, intrusive advertisements can also be triggered to download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Research your content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing. Use only official and verified download channels. Avoid Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders, and similar sources, as they are untrusted. These download channels are more likely to offer deceptive and/or bundled software. Download/Installation processes should be treated with caution. Read the terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" options to decline supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads usually seem legitimate and harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious web pages (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and others). If you encounter these advertisement/redirects, check the system and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions without delay. If your computer is already infected with ExtraList, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ExtraList installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once ExtraList installation is done

Installer folder of ExtraList adware:

extralist folder

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Quick menu:

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

ExtraList adware removal:

Remove ExtraList-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 extralist 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 ExtraList removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by extralist 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 extralist 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 extralist 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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Tomas Meskauskas

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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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