How to get rid of FilterIdea adware?

Also Known As: Ads by FilterIdea
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove FilterIdea from Mac?

What is FilterIdea?

FilterIdea supposed to be an app that helps users to search the web, for example, provide fast searches, accurate results, and so on. However, it is known that FilterIdea is an adware-type software. It means that it is designed to serve various ads. Additionally, it gathers browsing data and other, sensitive details. In most cases people download and install adware unknowingly, for this reason adware-type apps are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

FilterIdea adware

As a rule, installed adware displays intrusive ads that conceal contents of most or even all visited websites. Quite often applications of this type display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads and other content of this kind. When clicked, those ads usually lead to various untrustworthy websites, sometimes they are designed to execute scripts that cause downloads and/or installations of other unwanted software. Furthermore, many PUAs of this type are designed to gather browsing data, for example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, and other details. FilterIdea can read sensitive information from websites, such as passwords, credit card details, phone numbers and other sensitive information as well. It is very likely that its developers misuse recorded data to generate revenue, which means people who have FilterIdea on a browser and/or operating system installed may become victims of identity theft, experience financial loss, problems with browsing safety, privacy, and so on. For these reasons this adware should be uninstalled as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by FilterIdea
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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In most cases adware-type apps do not function as they supposed to. Typically, they are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue by displaying various ads and gathering information. Software of this type should never be trusted. More examples of apps that are classified as adware are: AgileHelp, TopLookup and UltraModel.

How did FilterIdea install on my computer?

Most people download and/or install adware like FilterIdea and other PUAs unknowingly, unintentionally. In most cases they get tricked into it. To trick them into unwanted downloads or installations developers often use a deceptive marketing method known as "bundling". It means that they include such apps in setups of other, usually free software and hide information about it in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and other similar settings of their setups. To sum up, unwanted apps get downloaded and/or installed when people leave settings of download and installation setups unchanged. Additionally, PUAs can be downloaded or installed through clicked intrusive ads, when they run certain scripts designed to cause that.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend to check settings like "Custom", "Advanced" of any download or installation setup. If those settings mention offers to download or install additional applications, then such offers should be dismissed. Also, it is important to download software or files from official, trustworthy websites and using direct download links. Other sources/channels like third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule"), unofficial pages, etc., should not be trusted. Furthermore, intrusive advertisements often to lead people who click them to untrustworthy websites. In some cases they can cause unwanted downloads, installations. We advise not to click such ads, especially if they are shown on shady pages, for example, pages related to gambling, adult dating, and so on. If a browser displays ads or/and causes redirects to questionable pages by itself, then it is very likely that there is some PUA installed on it. In such case it is required to uninstall all unwanted, unknown extensions, add-ons or plug-ins from a browser and software of this kind from the operating system. If your computer is already infected with FilterIdea, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once FilterIdea installation is over:

pop-up displayed once FilterIdea installation is done

FilterIdea installed on Safari:

Filteridea extension installed on Safari

Installation folder of FilterIdea adware:

Filter Idea installation folder and its contents

Instant automatic removal of Ads by FilterIdea: 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 Ads by FilterIdea. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove FilterIdea adware using Combo Cleaner:

FilterIdea adware removal:

Remove FilterIdea-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 filteridea 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 FilterIdea removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by filteridea 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 filteridea 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 filteridea 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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