Uninstall SearchAdditionally adware

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

How to remove SearchAdditionally from Mac computers

What is SearchAdditionally?

SearchAdditionally is one of many applications that supposedly improves the browsing experience, however, it is categorized as adware (and serves advertisements). People often download and install apps of this type inadvertently/unintentionally and, for this reason, they are classed as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Furthermore, apps such as SearchAdditionally are often designed to gather browsing data and other information.

SearchAdditionally adware

People who have adware such as SearchAdditionally installed on their browsers and/or operating systems are forced to see ads on most/all websites that they visit. Typically, ads displayed by adware-type software conceal underlying content of opened pages and, if clicked, can open other dubious web pages. In some cases, these ads run scripts designed to download and install unwanted software. It is not safe to click these ads. Some examples of ads that adware-type applications serve are coupons, surveys, banners, pop-ups, etc. Furthermore, these apps can record users' browsing data such as IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and so on. Adware can often access (and record) sensitive, personal information. Adware developers sell the information to third parties (possibly, cyber criminals) who would misuse it to generate revenue. In summary, apps of this type cause problems with browsing safety, privacy and even lead to other serious issues such as identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SearchAdditionally
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-J [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-J [Trj]), Endgame (Malicious (high Confidence)), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.k), 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 on the internet. Some examples of similar adware to SearchAdditionally include ElementsCentral, PhaseSearch and SwiftEngine. Developers of adware advertise their apps as useful, legitimate, and so on, however, they deliver no useful features or any other value. Typically, they are designed only to serve ads and gather browsing-related (and other) information. If SearchAdditionally or other adware is installed on the browser and/or operating system, remove it immediately.

How did SearchAdditionally install on my computer?

Most unwanted apps of this type are downloaded/installed when people click deceptive ads or via the installation process of other software. To trick people into downloading and installing PUAs with other software, developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They include unwanted apps into the set-ups of other programs and hide related information in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. Note that PUAs are only downloaded and installed when people fail to check and change the download/install settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Untrusted software download and installation tools/sources such as third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites and other similar channels should not be used. Software should be downloaded only from official websites and via direct links. Offers to download and/or install additional apps (often found in download/installation set-ups) should be dismissed. Check and, if necessary, change settings in set-ups such as "Custom" and "Advanced". Do not click intrusive ads, since they often open dubious websites or cause download/installation of various PUAs. Remove any unknown, suspicious, unwanted apps (plug-ins, add-ons, extensions) installed on the browser installed. The same applies to unwanted programs of this kind that are installed on the computer (operating system). If your computer is already infected with SearchAdditionally, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Installation folder and files of SearchAdditionally adware:

SearchAdditionally files

Pop-up window displayed once SearchAdditionally installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once SearchAdditionally installation is done

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SearchAdditionally adware removal:

Remove SearchAdditionally-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 searchadditionally 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 SearchAdditionally removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by searchadditionally 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 searchadditionally 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 searchadditionally 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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