Remove SwiftEngine adware

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

How to remove SwiftEngine from Mac computers

What is SwiftEngine?

The SwiftEngine app supposedly helps users to browse the web, however, it serves advertisements and gathers various data. Apps of this type are classified as adware. Furthermore, since most people do not download applications such as SwiftEngine intentionally, they are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

SwiftEngine adware

If installed, adware-type applications display coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads, and/or other intrusive content on most or all opened websites. Adware commonly serves ads that redirect people who click them to dubious or even malicious websites. In some cases, they cause download/installation of PUAs by executing certain scripts. In any case, it is not safe to click these advertisements. Research shows that this particular app can access sensitive information such as passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details and so on. Furthermore, it records browsing data (such as IP addresses, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, etc.). SwiftEngine's developers can misuse personal information to generate revenue, and thus users might become victims of identity theft, experience monetary loss, problems with privacy, browsing safety, and so on. The people responsible for this app might share the information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SwiftEngine
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.SearchExt.gen), ZoneAlarm by Check Point (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.SearchExt.gen), 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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SwiftEngine is very similar to other adware-type apps such as BeginnerData, ManagementMark, and FilterIdea. Generally, apps of this type serve unwanted ads, record various details, and do not deliver any real value. Most do not operate as advertised. To avoid possible problems due to installed adware, remove it from browsers and systems immediately.

How did SwiftEngine install on my computer?

Frequently, unwanted apps are downloaded and/or installed through intrusive advertisements that people click, or during download/installation of various software. Developers often include unwanted apps into the set-ups of other programs, but do not disclose information about it properly. I.e., they hide offers to download or install additional apps in settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced" of the download/installation set-ups. This distribution method is called "bundling". Developers use to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted apps through the set-ups of regular software. It often works, since many people fail to check or change the settings, thereby granting unwanted apps permission to be downloaded or installed by default.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

All software should be downloaded from official websites, especially if the software is free. Third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), and other sources should not be used to download or install files or programs. If download or installation setup contains any settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", then they should not remain unchecked. The settings often include offers to download or install unwanted software, and should be dismissed before finishing download/installation. Do not click ads that are displayed on dubious web pages. For example, on those relating to adult dating, gambling, pornography, and so on. These ads often lead to dubious web pages or cause unwanted downloads and installations. If there are any suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on the browser, remove them immediately. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the computer. If your computer is already infected with SwiftEngine, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once SwiftEngine installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once SwiftEngine installation is done

SwiftEngine adware installed on Safari browser:

SwiftEngine extension installed on Safari

Installation folder of the SwiftEngine app:

SwiftEngine folder and its contents

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SwiftEngine adware removal:

Remove SwiftEngine-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 swiftengine 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 SwiftEngine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by swiftengine 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 swiftengine 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 swiftengine 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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