How to uninstall UtilityParse adware

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

How to remove UtilityParse from Mac computers

What is UtilityParse?

UtilityParse (also known as UtilityParze) is part of the Pirrit adware family. Adware-type applications feed users with various intrusive, often deceptive advertisements and collect details relating to users' browsing habits. Applications such as UtilityParse are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), since people tend to download and install them unintentionally.

UtilityParse adware

Research shows that UtilityParse is distributed through a fake Adobe Flash Player installer, which is downloaded from a deceptive website. These installers are often designed to install other PUAs including browser hijackers. In some cases, they install Trojans, ransomware, or other malicious software. After installation, UtilityParse starts to regularly display various intrusive advertisements that conceal underlying content of most/all visited websites. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and others. When clicked, these open untrusted websites or execute scripts that download or install more unwanted software. Furthermore, software such as UtilityParse is usually designed to gather browsing-related details (IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, and other browsing data). In some cases, adware can access and record sensitive information. Adware developers commonly generate revenue by selling the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it in various ways. Users of most adware-type apps risk becoming victims of identity theft, experiencing problems relating to privacy, browsing safety, causing unwanted downloads, installations, etc. Therefore, remove all installed adware (including UtilityParse) from the browser and/or operating system immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by UtilityParse
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names (UtilityParse)
Avast (MacOS:Pirrit-BK [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.Pirrit.1), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Pirrit.AL), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Pirrit.v), Full List (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (UtilityParze)
Avast (MacOS:Pirrit-BK [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.Pirrit.1), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Pirrit.AL), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Pirrit.v), 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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Other examples of adware include SystemSpot, CentralRush and SystemNotes. These apps supposedly deliver useful features, improve the browsing experience, and so on, however, most are designed only to serve ads or gather information. They deliver no real value and simply cause problems. Therefore, no adware should be downloaded or installed under any circumstances.

How did UtilityParse install on my computer?

UtilityParseotes is distributed through a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. This distribution method is called "bundling". Developers include unwanted apps into the download/installation set-ups of regular software and hide related information in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the set-ups. In this particular case, UtilityParseotes installer is disguised as an Adobe Flash Player installer. Therefore, people who expect to install Adobe Flash Player actually install UtilityParseotes instead. In other cases, they download or install unwanted apps through set-ups when they leave the aforementioned settings unchecked and unchanged. In this way, then they agree by default with offers to download/install any additionally-included software. Unwanted downloads/installation can also be caused by clicking deceptive ads that execute certain scripts, however, this only happens if the ads are clicked.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Software should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites (and via direct links). It is not safe to download or install via third party downloaders, installers, Peer to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), dubious websites or other similar sources/tools. Check all download/installation settings such as "Advanced" and "Custom" and decline offers to download/install unwanted, additionally-included applications. Do not click advertisements that are displayed on untrusted websites, since they can redirect people to other web pages of this kind or download and install unwanted software. Remove all unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons from the browser. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with UtilityParse, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

"UtilityParze wants access to control Google Chrome.app" pop-up window:

UtilityParze pop-up window

Deceptive website designed to download a fake Adobe Flash Player installer, which installs UtilityParse adware:

deceptive page promoting fake adobe flash player installer

Fake Adobe Flash Player installer:

fake adobe flash player installer

Pop-up that appears when UtilityParse installation is complete:

pop-up that appears after installation of utilityparse adware

UtilityParse installation folder and files:

utilityparse adware installation folder

UtilityParse running in Activity Monitor:

utilityparse adware running in activity monitor

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Quick menu:

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

UtilityParse adware removal:

Remove UtilityParse-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 utilityparse 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 UtilityParse removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by utilityparse 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 utilityparse 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 utilityparse 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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