How to uninstall SystemDistrict adware

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

How to remove SystemDistrict from Mac computers

What is SystemDistrict?

The SystemDistrict application should not be trusted, since it is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Apps of this type feed users with unwanted ads and often gather private information. Typically, people do not download or install this software intentionally. In any case, we strongly recommend that you uninstall SystemDistrict and other PUAs immediately.

SystemDistrict adware

Some examples of ads that adware-type apps serve are various coupons, banners, surveys and pop-ups. These ads are usually annoying, since they conceal underlying content of visited websites. Furthermore, when clicked, they often redirect people to dubious websites. In some cases, they run scripts that download and/or install unwanted apps. PUAs often record user-system information such as users' IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, etc. They sometimes also record sensitive details. People behind these apps (developers) misuse the data to generate revenue and/or share it with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who do the same. These actions can lead to problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and some users might even become victims of identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SystemDistrict
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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Examples of other adware-type apps include BeginnerData, ManagementMark, and FilterIdea. Typically, these are advertised as useful and legitimate apps, however, most do not function as promised or deliver any features. In most cases, they are designed only to help developers to generate revenue. Furthermore, people who use adware or have it installed on their browser and/or operating system risk experiencing various problems. You are advised to uninstall adware immediately and avoid it in future.

How did SystemDistrict install on my computer?

Most people download and/or install adware such as SystemDistrict and other PUAs unintentionally. This usually happens when developers distribute these apps using a deceptive marketing method known as "bundling". They include PUAs into the set-ups of other, usually free software and hide related information in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", and so on. PUAs are downloaded or installed when people leave the settings unchanged and fail to dismiss offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Additionally, PUAs can be downloaded or installed through intrusive, deceptive ads that run scripts, which then cause the infiltration.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Do download and/or install software using third party downloaders or installers, tools such as Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, and so on. Use only official, trustworthy websites and direct download links. Check settings available in download and/or installation set-ups and dismiss offers to download or install any additional, unwanted software. Do not click intrusive ads, especially those displayed on dubious websites, since they often lead to untrustworthy web pages or cause unwanted downloads/installations. Ensure that there are no unwanted apps installed on the browser. Remove all unwanted, unknown or suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons from the browser immediately. If there are any programs of this kind installed on the operating system, they should also be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with SystemDistrict, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once SystemdDistrict installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once SystemdDistrict installation is done

Screenshot of the installation folder of SystemDistrict adware:

SystemdDistrict adware installation folder and contents

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Quick menu:

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

SystemDistrict adware removal:

Remove SystemDistrict-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 systemdistrict 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 SystemDistrict removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by systemdistrict 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 systemdistrict 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 systemdistrict 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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Tomas Meskauskas

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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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