How to uninstall MajorChannelSearch adware?

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

How to remove MajorChannelSearch from Mac?

What is MajorChannelSearch?

MajorChannelSearch is one of the potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) that are part of AdLoad adware family. Like most adware-type applications, MajorChannelSearch is designed to display various intrusive advertisements. Additionally, this application promotes some fake search engine as well. It is known that MajorChannelSearch is distributed/gets installed through a fake Adobe Flash Player installers. As a rule, people do not download and/or install such apps knowingly, willingly.

MajorChannelSearch adware

Typically, adware-type software is designed to feed users with advertisements that are being displayed in forms of banners, pop-ups, coupons, surveys, and so on. People who click those ads end up on various untrustworthy, potentially malicious pages or they allow them to execute scripts that cause download and/or installation of some PUA. Furthermore, MajorChannelSearch is designed to promote some fake search engine. In other words, it not only serves ads but also operates as a browser hijacker. Typically, apps of this type promote fake search engines by setting them as an address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. In most cases those settings cannot be undone of modified in any other way unless users uninstall the app that altered them. It is worthwhile to mention that fake search engines either provide users with misleading results or they provide results generated by other, legitimate search engines. That is the main reason why they are called fake. It is very likely that MajorChannelSearch is designed to collect various information related to user's browsing habits as well. Usually apps of this type target details like geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, IP addresses, etc. However, they may be designed to record personal, sensitive information too. In one way or another, their developers tend to generate revenue by selling gathered data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it in other ways. People who have MajorChannelSearch installed on a browser and/or operating system risk to become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary loss, experience problems related to browsing safety, privacy, and so on. Therefore, this or any other app should never be downloaded and installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by MajorChannelSearch
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-M [Trj]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.Adload.4), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), 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.
Removal

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A couple of examples of other adware-type applications are ExploreSearchResults, SmartWebSearch and MainSignalSearch. What most apps of this type have in common is that they are designed to serve various advertisements. However, quite often they operate as information tracking tools (gather various data) as well. Either way, most adware-type apps are useless, they do not deliver any features and cause only problems. Typically, they are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue.

How did MajorChannelSearch install on my computer?

Research shows that MajorChannelSearch is being distributed through a fake Adobe Flash Player installers. In other words, it gets installed when users expect to update and/or install Adobe Flash Player. Also, most PUAs get downloaded and/or installed through download and/or installation setups of other, regular programs. To be more precise, when they are included in their setups as additional offers. This distribution method is known as "bundling", it is being used to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs through setups of some other, intentionally downloaded and/or installed programs. In most cases information about additional downloads and/or installations can be found in settings of setups like "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar sections. Unfortunately, not all people check and change them and that is exactly how they allow for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with wanted software. In some cases PUAs can be downloaded and/or installed by clicking deceptive advertisements that are designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not recommended to use unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, installers and other sources of this kind to download or install any software. It should be done by using only official websites and direct links. Also, it is always a good idea to check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options of any download and/or installation setup. Those settings often mention offers to download and/or install unwanted software that can be declined before completing downloads and installations. Intrusive advertisements that are shown on shady web pages often lead various untrustworthy websites or cause downloads and/pr installations of unwanted apps. Therefore, such ads should not be trusted (clicked). If there are any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons and/or plug-ins installed on a web browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system/computer, then they should be uninstalled right away. If your computer is already infected with MajorChannelSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to the MajorChannelSearch adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.MajorChannelSearch/MajorChannelSearch
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.MajorChannelSearchDaemon/MajorChannelSearch
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.MajorChannelSearch.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.MajorChannelSearchDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the MajorChannelSearch adware are designed to create a new device profile. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:
1) Click the "Preferences" icon in the menu bar and select "Profiles"

MajorChannelSearch preferences step 1

2) Select the "MajorChannelSearch" profile and delete it.

MajorChannelSearch preferences step 2

3) Perform a full system scan with Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite.

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this browser hijacker.

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Quick menu:

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

MajorChannelSearch adware removal:

Remove MajorChannelSearch-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 majorchannelsearch 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 MajorChannelSearch removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by majorchannelsearch 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 majorchannelsearch 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 majorchannelsearch 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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