How to remove BrowserProduct adware from Mac operating systems

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

How to remove BrowserProduct adware from Mac computers

What is the BrowserProduct adware?

BrowserProduct is supposedly designed to improve the browsing experience. In fact, this application delivers intrusive advertisements and is, therefore, classified as adware. Additionally, most apps of this type have data tracking capabilities. Due to the dubious proliferation methods used to promote this rogue software, BrowserProduct is also classed as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).

BrowserProduct adware

Adware can deliver unwanted and even harmful ads such as pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons and so on. These affect the browsing experience by reducing browsing speed and overlaying web page content. Furthermore, when clicked, intrusive ads redirect to sale-oriented, untrusted, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. Furthermore, the ads can be triggered (when clicked) to execute scripts designed to stealthily download/install unwanted content. PUAs are examples of software infiltrated into systems in this manner. Unwanted apps can force-open hazardous sites, similar to those promoted by intrusive ads. These applications can also run ad campaigns. Other PUAs can hijack browsers by modifying browsers, limiting/denying settings and promoting fake search engines. Many PUAs have data tracking capabilities. They monitor users' browsing habits (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This data is likely to contain personally identifiable information. Typically, the gathered data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) intent on misusing it for profit. To summarize, the presence of PUAs on systems can result in various infiltration and infections, serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. Therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by BrowserProduct
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), Emsisoft (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.Adload.5 (B)), 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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InnovativeShareWebAidSearch and TotalSearch are some examples of other adware-type apps. They may seem legitimate and offer "useful" functions, which are usually nonoperational. In fact, these traits are typical of all PUAs, not just adware. Unwanted applications have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Regular users receive no value and can experience serious issues. PUAs deliver intrusive ad campaigns, force-open untrusted and malicious websites, modify browsers and track private data.

How did BrowserProduct install on my computer?

PUAs are often downloaded and installed with other products. "Bundling" is the term used to describe this deceptive marketing method of pre-packing normal software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushing download and installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) increases the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled onto the system, thereby endangering it with potential infiltration and infections. Some PUAs have "official" promotional web pages, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive ads proliferate these apps as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all products to verify their legitimacy, before download/installation or purchase. Use only official and verified download channels. Sources such as unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders are untrusted and can offer deceptive or bundled content. Treat download and installation processes with caution. Read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline download/installation of supplementary apps, tools, features and other additions. Intrusive advertisements often seem legitimate and harmless, however, when clicked, they can redirect to dubious pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and so on). If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the system and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with BrowserProduct, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once BrowserProduct installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once BrowserProduct installation is done

Screenshot of BrowserProduct adware installation folder:

BrowserProduct adware install folder

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Video showing how to remove BrowserProduct adware using Combo Cleaner:

BrowserProduct adware removal:

Remove BrowserProduct-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 browserproduct 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 BrowserProduct removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by browserproduct 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 browserproduct 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 browserproduct 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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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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