How to uninstall InnovativeShare adware

Also Known As: Ads by InnovativeShare
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove InnovativeShare from Mac computers

What is InnovativeShare?

The InnovativeShare application is supposedly designed to improve the browsing experience, however, it is categorized as adware and displays intrusive advertisements. These apps often gather information. Generally, users download and install adware unintentionally. Therefore, InnovativeShare and other, similar apps are classified as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

InnovativeShare adware

Adware-type applications usually serve advertisements in the form of banners, coupons, surveys, pop-ups, etc. These often conceal content of visited pages and, if clicked, open untrusted pages or cause download/installations of unwanted apps by executing certain scripts. Adware often gathers information relating to users' browsing habits. For example, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations, and other browsing data. This particular app can read sensitive information from websites such as passwords, telephone numbers, and credit card details. It is possible that InnovativeShare's developers will sell the information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, users of InnovativeShare might suffer financial loss, become victims of identity theft, and experience problems relating to browsing safety and online privacy. Therefore, never download or install this, or other, PUAs.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by InnovativeShare
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AB [Trj]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.Adload.5), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Didnarbois.A), FireEye (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.Adload.5), 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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More examples of adware are TotalSearch, WebScheduler and CrowdExclusive. In most cases, these applications feed users with advertisements and track information. Adware-type apps deliver no real features, or other value, and can be the reason behind serious problems. Therefore, remove InnovativeShare and other adware from the browser and operating system immediately.

How did InnovativeShare install on my computer?

Developers often include adware and other PUAs into the download/installation set-ups of other software. Offers to download/install potentially unwanted apps are listed in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings. Many users fail to check and and change these settings - leaving the default settings unchanged then allows various PUAs to be downloaded and installed together with other, regular software. This PUA distribution method is known as "bundling". Additionally, PUAs are often downloaded and installed through deceptive ads that run certain scripts, however, this happens only by clicking the ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Software and files should be downloaded from official websites, and via direct links. Tools and sources such as third party downloaders/installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), dubious, unofficial websites, etc., are used to distribute PUAs and, in some cases, even malicious programs. Therefore, it is not safe to download or install software through them. Note that download/installation set-ups often contain settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" settings that mention offers to download and install potentially unwanted applications. Check these settings and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted software. Do not click advertisements that appear on dubious websites (e.g., on those relating to pornography, adult dating, gambling) - they can open various untrusted, potentially malicious websites or download and install unwanted apps. Remove any unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) that are 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 InnovativeShare, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once InnovativeShare installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once InnovativeShare installation is done

InnovativeShare installed on Safari:

innovativeshare adware installed on safari

InnovativeShare installation folder and files:

innovativeshare adware folder 

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove InnovativeShare adware using Combo Cleaner:

InnovativeShare adware removal:

Remove InnovativeShare-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 innovativeshare 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.

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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 InnovativeShare removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by innovativeshare 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 innovativeshare 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 innovativeshare 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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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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