How to uninstall ProductTask adware from Mac?

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

How to remove ProductTask from Mac?

What is ProductTask?

ProductTask is disguised as an app that supposed to help its users to search the web (provide accurate search results and other similar features). However, this app is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) which is classified as adware. Typically, people do not download and/or install adware willingly (intentionally). When installed, apps of this type display unwanted, intrusive advertisements and record data related to user's browsing habits.

ProductTask adware

In most cases adware serves ads such as banners, pop-up ads, coupons, surveys, and so on. People who click those ads usually get redirected to various questionable websites. However, sometimes they are designed to execute scripts that download (or even install) questionable, potentially malicious software. Either way, it is not safe to click ads that appear because of installed adware. Moreover, software of this type is often used to gather various data. For example, IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, and other details. It is known that some PUAs are being used to record sensitive information as well. People who create these apps usually share gathered details with third parties (potentially cyber criminals). Typically, both parties misuse that information to generate revenue, such actions can lead to problems with browsing safety, privacy, etc. Some people might even become victims of identity theft. That is why it is strongly recommended to uninstall adware as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ProdcutTask
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.
Removal

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ProductService is very similar to other apps that are classified as adware too, for example, MightyBrowser, ProdigySearch and CustomStrategic. People who download and install adware intentionally usually do that because developers of adware (and other PUAs) advertise it as legitimate, useful software. However, most apps of this type are useless and cause only problems. In other words, they are designed only to help developers to generate revenue and do not function as advertised.

How did ProductTask install on my computer?

The two most common ways to download and install unwanted apps unintentionally are by clicking intrusive ads that are capable of executing certain or during download or installation processes of other, usually free software. It is very common for PUAs to be included in setups of other software as additional offers. However, those offers are usually hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of download and/or installation setups. If those settings are left unchecked and unchanged, then PUAs are allowed to be downloaded and/or installed together with software that people actually want to download and/or install.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to download software (and files) from trustworthy, official websites only. People who download (and install) it using third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, and so on), unofficial pages, etc., often download and/or install various PUAs too. Quite often setups include settings like "Advanced", "Custom", it is recommended not to leave them unchanged. In other words, we advise to opt-out all offers to download and install PUAs, and only then finish downloading and/or installing software. Furthermore, various intrusive ads should not be clicked, they usually lead to questionable websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. If there is a reason to believe that there is some PUA already installed on a browser and/or computer, then we recommend to check your browser for any unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons, and to remove them immediately. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the computer (operating system). If your computer is already infected with ProductTask, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ProductTask installation is over:

pop-up displayed once ProductTask installation is done

ProductTask installation folder:

installation folder of ProductTask and its contents

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ProductTask adware using Combo Cleaner:

ProductTask adware removal:

Remove ProductTask-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 prodcuttask 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 ProdcutTask removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by prodcuttask 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 prodcuttask 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 prodcuttask 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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