How to remove UltraModel adware

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

How to remove UltraModel from Mac?

What is UltraModel?

UltraModel is an app (browser extension) that apparently helps users to search more efficiently. In fact, it operates as adware, software that serves various advertisements. Furthermore, UltraModel collects user-system information. Adware-type apps are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), since people generally download and install them unintentionally when they are tricked into these actions.

UltraModel adware

The intrusive ads that most adware-type apps display are served in the form of pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys, etc. They conceal underlying content of visited websites and, if clicked, open other untrustworthy, potentially malicious sites. In some cases, these ads can execute scripts that download or even install unwanted software. Furthermore, UltraModel can read sensitive information from websites such as passwords, credit card details, telephone numbers, and so on. Most apps of this type also record browsing-related data. For example, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses and geolocations. UltraModel's developers misuse these details to generate revenue. The people behind these apps share the details with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse private data also to generate revenue. Users of adware (people who have this software installed on their browsers and/or systems) risk having their identities stolen, experiencing problems with privacy, browsing safety, and other issues. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you uninstall UltraModel immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by UltraModel
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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UltraModel is very similar to other adware including, for example, DiscoveryEngine, LogicalSearch, and NeedWebSearch. Some people download and install this software intentionally when developers advertise it as legitimate, useful, etc. Once installed, however, the adware does not operate as promised. These apps simply help developers to generate revenue by serving ads and collecting data - they deliver no real value for regular users.

How did UltraModel install on my computer?

People often download and install adware and other PUAs unintentionally/accidentally by clicking intrusive, deceptive advertisements that should not be trusted, or when software developers include these apps into download and installation set-ups. The latter distribution method is known as "bundling" and is used to trick people into downloading/installing unwanted apps through the set-ups of regular software. In most cases, information about the inclusion of PUAs in set-ups can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. When people download and install programs without checking or changing these settings, they give PUAs permission to be downloaded and/or installed by default.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Avoid using third party software downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, and so on), and other similar sources to download or install software. Download only from official websites and via direct links. Check all settings of any download or installation setup and dismiss/opt-out of offers to download/install additionally-included, unwanted apps. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially those shown on dubious websites. These ads usually cause redirects to potentially malicious pages or trigger download/installation of unwanted applications. Check for any unwanted, unknown, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on the browser, or programs of this type installed on the computer. Remove (uninstall) any unwanted entried immediately. If your computer is already infected with UltraModel, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once UltraModel installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once UltraModel installation is done

UltraModel adware installed on Safari:

UltraModel extension installed on Safari

UltraModel installation folder and contents:

UltraModel adware installation folder and files

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Quick menu:

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

UltraModel adware removal:

Remove UltraModel-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 ultramodel 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 UltraModel removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by ultramodel 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 ultramodel 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 ultramodel 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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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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