How to uninstall Students Learn Together from Mac?

Also Known As: Students Learn Together browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to avoid redirects to studentslearnintogether.club on Mac?

What is studentslearnintogether.club?

Studentslearnintogether.club is an address of a fake search engine, it is promoted through a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker called Students Learn Together. As a rule, browser hijackers promote such search engines by changing browser's settings. Also, apps of this type usually are designed to gather information related to user's browsing activities. Typically, people download and install browser hijackers unintentionally, that is why they are classified as PUAs.

studentslearnintogether.club browser hijacker on a Mac computer

Students Learn Together promotes studentslearnintogether.club by changing settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. It means that people who have this app installed on their browsers are forced to visit studentslearnintogether.club hwen they open a new browser window, tab or enter search queries into URL bar. When a search query into URL bar is entered, Students Learn Together causes redirects to searchbaron[.]com, studentslearnintogether.club (api2.studentslearnintogether[.]club) and then searchnewworld[.]com. The last opened address provides search results generated by bing.com, a legitimate search engine designed by Bing. It means that studentslearnintogether.club does not provide any unique results which makes it completely useless. In order to undo settings appointed by Students Learn Together it is required to uninstall it, otherwise this browser hijacker will reassign its settings after every attempt to undo, change them. Furthermore, most browser hijackers are designed to gather data such as user's IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, etc. Additionally, some of these apps might be designed to record sensitive details as well. In one way or another, their developers often share gathered data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. It is possible that some of those parties might include cyber criminals. To sum up, people who willingly or unwillingly use apps that are classified as browser hijackers might become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to privacy, browsing safety, etc. Apps of this type should be uninstalled as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Students Learn Together browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus
Browser Extension Students Learn Together New Tab (Chrome)
Serving IP Address (studentslearnintogether.club) 35.166.234.171
Additional Information studentslearnintogether.club forces users to visit other shady pages such as searchbaron[.]com and searchnewworld[.]com.
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Removal

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Patriot PDF Converter, File Converter Master and News Flash are just a couple of examples of other apps that are categorized as browser hijackers (promote fake search engines). As a rule, these apps and fake search engines are useless, even when their developers advertise them as useful, legitimate, etc. Besides, most people download and install such PUAs unintentionally. When installed, these apps do not provide users with any useful features, most of them are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue.

How did Students Learn Together install on my computer?

Research shows that Students Learn Together is distributed through a fake Flash Player installer. Simply said, people install this browser hijacker when they expect to update or install Flash Player. It is not the only case where various PUAs get downloaded and/or installed through setups of various software. Typically, developers include unwanted apps in various download and/or installation setups and present them as additional offers. However, these offers usually are hidden in settings of setups such as "Custom", "Advancd", and so on. This method to distribute PUAs is called "bundling". Simply said, it is used to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps together with some desired, usually free software. This method works on people who leave aforementioned (and other similar) settings unchanged, by leaving them unchanged they agree with offer to download and/or install additional, often unwanted software. In some cases unwanted downloads and/or installations happen when people click deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts that cause download or installation of some unwanted application.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend not to download software from untrustworthy, unofficial websites, through third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrents, eMule or other similar sources, channels. The same applies to installations through third party installers. Software (and files) should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links. Also, we advise not to finish any download or installation without checking settings (like "Custom", "Advanced") that are available in a setup and dismissing offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Furthermore, it is not safe to click intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on questionable websites. These ads ten to redirect users ti potentially malicious pages or cause downloads, installations of various PUAs. If there are any suspicious, unwanted, unknown apps (extensions, add-ons and plug-ins) installed on a browser or programs on a computer, then they should be removed as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Fake Adobe Flash Player installer promoting Students Learn Together and studentslearnintogether.club:

Delusive installer used to promote studentslearnintogether.club

Students Learn Together browser hijacker asks for a permission to be added to a browser:

Students Learn Together asks for a permission to be installed on Chrome

Students Learn Together (Students Learn Together New Tab) installed on Chrome:

Students Learn Together Chrome extension

Studentslearnintogether.club causes redirects to searchbaron[.]com, studentslearnintogether.club and searchnewworld[.]com (GIF):

studentslearnintogether.cub appearance in gif

Instant automatic removal of Students Learn Together browser hijacker: 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 Students Learn Together browser hijacker. 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:

studentslearnintogether.club redirect removal:

Remove studentslearnintogether.club 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 students learn together browser hijacker 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.

Students Learn Together browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove students learn together browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove students learn together browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove students learn together browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • 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.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

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