Remove FilterIdea adware

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

How to remove FilterIdea from Mac computers

What is FilterIdea?

The FilterIdea app supposedly helps users to search online. For example, by providing fast searches, more accurate results, and so on. In fact, FilterIdea is adware-type software, and thus serves various ads. Additionally, it records browsing data and other, sensitive details. In most cases, people download and install adware inadvertently. For this reason, adware-type apps are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

FilterIdea adware

Generally, installed adware displays intrusive ads that conceal underlying content of most/all visited websites. These applications often display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and other content of this kind. When clicked, the ads can lead to various untrustworthy websites and sometimes execute scripts that cause download/installation of other unwanted software. Furthermore, many PUAs of this type 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, telephone numbers and other sensitive information. Developers misuse the recorded data to generate revenue. Therefore, people who have FilterIdea installed on browsers or operating systems might become victims of identity theft, experience financial loss, problems with browsing safety, privacy, and so on. For these reasons, uninstall this adware immediately.

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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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In most cases, adware-type apps do not function as promised. They are designed only to help developers to generate revenue by displaying ads and gathering information. Do not trust this software. Other examples of apps that are classified as adware include AgileHelp, TopLookup, and UltraModel.

How did FilterIdea install on my computer?

Most people download and/or install adware such as FilterIdea and other PUAs inadvertently. In most cases, they are tricked by developers who use a deceptive marketing method known as "bundling" - they include PUAs in the set-ups of other (usually free) software and hide related information in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" and other similar settings of the set-ups. In summary, unwanted apps are downloaded/installed when people leave settings of the download and installation set-ups unchanged. Additionally, PUAs can be downloaded or installed through clicked intrusive ads, which then run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Check settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced" of the download or installation setup. Dismiss any offers to download or install additional applications. Download software or files from official, trustworthy websites and using direct download links. Other sources/channels such as third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule"), unofficial pages, etc., should not be trusted. Intrusive advertisements often lead people who click them to untrustworthy websites. In some cases, they might cause unwanted downloads and installations. Do not click such ads, especially if they are shown on dubious pages. For example, those relating to gambling, adult dating, and so on. If the browser displays ads or automatically causes redirects to dubious web pages, it is very likely that a PUA is installed. Therefore, remove all unwanted, unknown extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins from the 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 complete:

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

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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.

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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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