How to uninstall SoloProcess

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

How to remove SoloProcess from Mac computers

What is SoloProcess?

SoloProcess is advertised as a tool designed to improve the browsing experience, however, it is actually a potentially unwanted application (PUA) classified as adware. Software of this type displays various advertisements. Adware-type apps also operate as information tracking tools - they gather information relating to systems and users. Note that, in most cases, people download and install adware unintentionally.

SoloProcess adware

Adware-type applications usually display ads in the form of coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners, and so on. These conceal underlying content of visited websites and, if clicked, open untrusted web pages or execute scripts designed to download and install unwanted software. Furthermore, adware can collect details such as IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, and other browsing data. Some of these apps record personal, sensitive details as well. Research shows that SoloProcess can read information such as passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details, and other confidential data. Developers might misuse the data to generate revenue and/or sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Users who have SoloProcess installed on the browser or operating system risk becoming victims of identity theft, suffering monetary loss, experiencing problems with privacy, browsing safety and other issues. Therefore, do not install SoloProcess or other, similar apps.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SoloProcess
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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Some examples of applications similar to SoloProcess are BrowserProduct, InnovativeShare and WebAidSearch. They are commonly advertised as useful, legitimate and supposedly deliver some value, however, they are useless and simply cause problems. Therefore, remove any installed adware and other PUAs immediately.

How did SoloProcess install on my computer?

PUAs are often downloaded and installed together with other (usually free) programs when they are included into the download/installation set-ups. This PUA distribution method is known as "bundling". Unwanted downloads and installations are caused when users download and install programs without checking and changing settings included in the set-ups. Offers to download/install additional apps should be declined. These offers can usually be found in "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar settings. These unwanted downloads and installations can also be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements that run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

In most cases, PUAs are distributed through Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial, dubious pages, third party downloaders, installers and other channels of this kind. Therefore, it is not safe to use them to download or install software. Download only from official pages and via direct links. Furthermore, download and installation set-ups often contain settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" that mention offers download and/or install various PUAs. Dismiss these offers before completing the process. Do not click advertisements that appear on dubious web pages, since they can open other websites of this kind or cause unwanted downloads/installations. Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed on the browser immediately. Also remove programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with SoloProcess, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once SoloProcess installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once SoloProcess installation is done

SoloProcess installed on Safari:

soloprocess adware installed on safari

SoloProcess installation folder:

soloprocess adware folder

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SoloProcess adware removal:

Remove SoloProcess-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 soloprocess 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 SoloProcess removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by soloprocess 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 soloprocess 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 soloprocess 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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