How to uninstall CentralLocator adware

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

How to remove CentralLocator from Mac computers

What is CentralLocator?

CentralLocator is the name of a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that is categorized as adware. This program supposedly enhances the browsing experience, however, it serves intrusive advertisements and gathers various information. Adware-type apps are termed 'PUAs', since people usually do not download or install them intentionally.

CentralLocator adware

Generally, apps such as CentralLocator (adware) serve advertisements that lead to untrustworthy websites. Some of these ads execute scripts that cause download/installation of other unwanted programs. Examples ads displayed by adware-type applications include pop-ups, coupons, banners and surveys. These should not be trusted or clicked. Furthermore, PUAs often collect browsing-related information. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and so on. This particular app can access sensitive information as well: it can read data from websites such as passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details, etc. Adware developers sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. People who have CentralLocator installed on their browsers and operating systems might experience problems relating to privacy, browsing safety. They could also become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary loss, and experience other serious issues. For these reasons, do not download or install CentralLocator. If this PUA is already installed, remove it immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by CentralLocator
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AA [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AA [Trj]), 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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CentralLocator is virtually identical to many other adware-type apps including, for example, AreaProduct, CentralHere and SimpleSearchApp. In most cases, these apps are advertised as legitimate, supposedly delivering various features. In fact, adware does not operate as promoted and simply causes problems. Most adware-type apps are designed to perform actions to help the developers to generate revenue.

How did CentralLocator install on my computer?

Typically, people download/install adware and other unwanted software (PUAs) through intrusive ads that they have clicked, or together with other (usually free) software. Developers distribute PUAs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They use this technique to trick people into causing unwanted downloads and installations. They succeed simply by hiding PUAs in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of download/installation set-ups. People often download and install PUAs inadvertently when they fail to check and change settings that are included in the set-ups.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

To prevent unwanted apps from being downloaded and installed, we recommend that you download software (especially if it is free) only from official websites and using direct download links. Do not use third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks or other such tools to download/install software. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings included in the set-ups, and decline offers to download and/or install any unwanted programs. Furthermore, to avoid unintentional downloads and installations, do not to click ads displayed on dubious web pages. Once clicked, they usually redirect to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. If the browser is already causing redirects to dubious sites or displaying unwanted ads, it can be stopped by removing all unwanted, unknown/suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug-ins. Also remove programs of this type from the operating system. If your computer is already infected with CentralLocator, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once CentralLocator installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once CentralLocator installation is done

Installation folder of CentralLocator adware:

CentralLocator adware installation folder and files

CentralLocator installed on Safari:

CentralLocator adware Safari Extension

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Quick menu:

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

CentralLocator adware removal:

Remove CentralLocator-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 centrallocator 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 CentralLocator removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by centrallocator 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 centrallocator 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 centrallocator 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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