Uninstall ProdigySearch from the operating system

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

How to remove ProdigySearch from Mac computers

What is ProdigySearch?

ProdigySearch is advertised as an application that helps users to search more and efficiently, however, it is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and adware. Typically, people do not download or install apps of this type intentionally. If installed, they feed users with various advertisements and collect information relating to browsing activity. For these reasons, we advise that you uninstall ProdigySearch and other adware from browsers and operating systems immediately.

ProdigySearch adware

Typically, adware displays ads on most web pages visited. Some examples of ads that adware-type apps deliver are coupons, pop-ups, surveys, and banners. When clicked, these open dubious pages in new browser windows or tabs, or execute scripts that download and install PUAs. Note that any downloaded/installed apps could be malicious. The same applies to websites opened through clicked ads displayed by adware. Research shows that ProdigySearch can read sensitive information from websites, including passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details, and so on. Furthermore, apps of this type usually gather browsing-related information such as IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, entered search queries, etc. It is likely that ProdigySearch developers will misuse the data to generate revenue and/or share it with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who will also misuse it. In any case, having these apps installed can lead to financial loss, problems with browsing safety, privacy, or even identity theft. Therefore, uninstall ProdigySearch immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ProdigySearch
Threat Type Adware, 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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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ProdigySearch shares similarities with other apps that are classified as adware including, for example, ExtraList, OutputData, and MetroPremium. Generally, people behind adware (the developers) promote it as useful, legitimate software, which supposedly provide various features, however, these apps are generally useless and designed only to help developers to generate revenue by serving ads and collecting information.

How did ProdigySearch install on my computer?

Unwanted apps (including adware) are commonly available for download on their websites, however, most people download and install them unintentionally. Typically, PUAs are downloaded and/or installed via intrusive advertisements or together with other software (usually freeware). To trick people into unwanted downloads/installations, developers employ a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Information about the inclusion of PUAs in set-ups is hidden in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", etc. This method is usually effective against people who download and install software without checking settings that are available in set-ups, and leave them unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Software should be downloaded using reputable, official websites and direct download links. Avoid using torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party installers, downloaders, unofficial websites, or other sources or tools to download/install software. Check settings such as "Advanced" and "Custom" that are included in any download or installation setup, and opt-out of offers to install/download unwanted programs. Do not click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites. These often redirect people to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads/installations. Unwanted redirects and ads are often caused by unwanted apps. If unwanted, suspicious and/or unknown extensions, plug-ins or add-ons are installed on the browser, or programs of this type on the computer, remove them immediately. If your computer is already infected with ProdigySearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ProdigySearch installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once ProdigySearch installation is done

ProdigySearch adware installed on Safari:

ProdigySearch Safari extension

ProdigySearch installation folder and associated files:

ProdigySearch folder

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Video showing how to remove ProdigySearch adware using Combo Cleaner:

ProdigySearch adware removal:

Remove ProdigySearch-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 prodigysearch 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 ProdigySearch removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by prodigysearch 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 prodigysearch 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 prodigysearch 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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