How to remove CentralRush adware from a computer?

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

How to remove CentralRush from Mac?

What is CentralRush?

CentralRush is one of the apps that supposed to improve web browsing experience. It is also one of the many apps that are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), adware. Typically, people download and install software of this type unintentionally. Adware-type apps are designed to display various intrusive advertisements. Quite often they operate as information tracking tools as well, they gather information related to user's browsing habits.

CentralRush adware

Applications like CentralRush serve ads in forms of coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. Typically, those ads cover contents of most (or all) websites that users visit. Also, users who click those ads usually get redirected to various shady, untrustworthy websites or cause downloads, installations of unwanted apps (it happens when advertisements are designed to execute certain scripts). Moreover, adware can be designed to collect various information. Usually they collect browsing data such as addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations, and other details of this kind. However, some adware-type apps target (gather) sensitive, personal information as well. What is worse, it is common that adware developers sell collected information to third parties who misuse it to generate in other ways. There is always a possibility that collected data may be shared with/sold do cyber criminals. To sum up, users of adware like CentralRush are exposed to risk of problems related to browsing safety, privacy, identity theft, and other issues. Therefore, CentralRush or any other adware-type apps should never be trusted (downloaded and installed).

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by CentralRush
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
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.
Removal

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Examples of other adware are SystemNotes, BenefitSites and ExpertModuleSearch. Adware developers advertise their apps as legitimate, useful. These PUAs supposed to provide various features, improve browsing experience or deliver some other value. However, most of them are completely useless and can cause various problems. If some adware-type app is already installed on the operating system and/or browser, then it should be removed as soon as possible.

How did CentralRush install on my computer?

Most people download and/or install PUAs through clicked deceptive advertisements and during downloads and/or installations of other software. To trick people into unwanted downloads and installations through other software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". It means that they include unwanted apps in various download and/or installation setups. As a rule, information about additionally included apps is hidden in their "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. PUAs get downloaded and/or installed when people download and install programs without checking and changing those settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Files and programs should not be downloaded via questionable sources, channels like Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), unofficial, questionable websites, third party downloaders, and so on. They should not be installed through third party installers as well. It is recommended to download everything from official websites and via direct links. Furthermore, if download or installation setup contains any settings, they should be checked and offers to download and/or install unwanted apps declined. Intrusive ads that appear on shady, questionable pages should not be clicked. They usually open untrustworthy pages or cause downloads, installations of PUAs. If there are any suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser, then they should be removed. The same should be done with software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with CentralRush, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once CentralRush installation is over:

pop-up window displayed once CentralRush installation is over

CentralRush installation folder:

centralrush adware folder and its contents

Instant automatic removal of Ads by CentralRush: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Ads by CentralRush. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

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

CentralRush adware removal:

Remove CentralRush-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 centralrush 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 CentralRush removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by centralrush 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 centralrush 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 centralrush 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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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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