How to remove CentralRush adware from your computer

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

How to remove CentralRush from Mac computers

What is CentralRush?

CentralRush is one of many apps that supposedly improve the browsing experience, but is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), adware. Typically, people download and install software of this type unintentionally. Adware-type apps display various intrusive advertisements. They also operate as information tracking tools, gathering information relating to users' browsing habits.

CentralRush adware

Applications such as CentralRush serve ads in the form of coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. Typically, these conceal underlying content of visited websites. People who click these ads are usually redirected to dubious, untrusted websites or cause download/installation of unwanted apps (this happens when the advertisements execute certain scripts). Furthermore, adware can record user-system information - browsing data such as addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations, and other details. Some adware-type apps target sensitive, personal information as well. Furthermore, adware developers sell the information to third parties who misuse it to generate in other ways. There is a strong possibility that collected data will be shared with/sold to cyber criminals. In summary, users of adware such as CentralRush are exposed to risk of problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, identity theft, and other issues. Therefore, never trust or download/install CentralRush or other adware-type apps.

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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Examples of other adware programs include SystemNotes, BenefitSites and ExpertModuleSearch. Adware developers advertise their apps as legitimate and useful. These PUAs supposedly provide various features, improve the browsing experience or deliver some other value, however, most are useless and simply cause problems. If adware-type apps are already installed on the operating system or browser, remove them immediately.

How did CentralRush install on my computer?

Most people download and install PUAs through clicked deceptive advertisements and during download/installation of other software. To trick people into unwanted downloads/installations through other software, developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - they include unwanted apps into the software set-ups. Generally, information about these additionally-included apps is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. PUAs are downloaded/installed when people download and install programs without checking and changing the settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Files and programs should not be downloaded via dubious sources, channels such as Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), unofficial, dubious websites, third party downloaders, and so on. Also avoid third party installers. You are advised to download everything from official websites and via direct links. Check all download/installation settings and decline offers to download or install unwanted apps. Intrusive ads that appear on dubious web pages should not be clicked - they can open other untrusted web pages or cause download/installation of PUAs. Remove all suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser. The same should be applied to 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 complete:

pop-up window displayed once CentralRush installation is over

CentralRush installation folder:

centralrush adware folder and its contents

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Video showing how to remove CentralRush adware using Combo Cleaner:

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.

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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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