How to uninstall FormList adware

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

How to remove FormList from Mac computers

What is FormList?

FormList is advertised as an application that helps users to search by providing fast, accurate results and enhancing the browsing experience in other ways. In fact, this app is categorized as adware, since it feeds users with advertisements. Furthermore, FormList gathers various information. Adware-type apps are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), as people often download and/or install them inadvertently.

FormList adware

Typically, when an app such as FormList is installed on the browser and/or operating system, it displays advertisements on all, or most, visited websites. In many cases, adware-type software serves ads that are displayed in the form of coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. People who click them are redirected to untrustworthy websites. Sometimes the ads execute scripts that download and/or install unwanted software. In any case, it is never a good idea to click them. Furthermore, many PUAs gather data relating to browsing activities. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened pages, entered search queries, and other details. FormList can read sensitive information from websites, including passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details, and so on. No adware should be allowed to access these details, since they might be misused to generate revenue in ways that can cause users financial loss, problems with privacy, browsing safety, etc. We strongly recommend against downloading or installing FormList, or any other adware. If it is already installed on your system, remove it immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by FormList
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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There are many adware-type apps online - most help developers to generate revenue by serving ads and gathering data. Typically, they do not operate as developers advertise - they are generally useless and only cause problems. Some examples of other adware includes PhaseSearch, SwiftEngine and SystemDistrict.

How did FormList install on my computer?

Typically, people download/install unwanted apps through clicked intrusive ads, or when they download/install regular software. PUAs are commonly distributed by including them into the set-ups of other (usually free) software, however, related information is not properly disclosed. Developers hide it in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the download or installation set-ups. Leaving settings unchanged grants PUAs permission to be downloaded and installed with regular programs by default.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download software from official websites. Avoid other sources and tools such as third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), and so on. If set-ups include offers to download or install unwanted applications, check them carefully before finishing the download or installation process. Intrusive ads that are displayed on dubious web pages should not be clicked - they can open potentially malicious websites or execute scripts that download and/or install unwanted apps. In most cases, browsers open dubious pages or display ads when PUAs are installed. To prevent this, uninstall all unwanted apps (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons) from the browser and programs of this type installed on the computer. If your computer is already infected with FormList, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once FormList installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once FormList installation is done

Installation folder of FormList adware:

FormList folder and its contents

FormList installed on Safari:

FormList Safari extension

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FormList adware removal:

Remove FormList-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 formlist 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.

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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 FormList removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by formlist 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 formlist 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 formlist 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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