How to uninstall ProcessLocator adware from the operating system

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

How to remove ProcessLocator from Mac computers

What is the ProcessLocator adware?

ProcessLocator is a rogue application categorized as adware and a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). It is promoted as supposedly improving the browsing experience by providing accurate search results, fast searches and so on. In fact, this app diminishes the browsing experience. ProcessLocator operates by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns. It is classified as a PUA, since most users download and install it unintentionally. Furthermore, software within the adware and PUA categories usually has data tracking capabilities, which are employed to monitor users' browsing activity.

ProcessLocator adware

ProcessLocator adware enables placement of various unwanted and even harmful ads (e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.) on any visited website. These ads significantly diminish the browsing experience, as they reduce browsing speed and overlay web page content. Additionally, when clicked, they redirect to sale-based, untrusted, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious sites. Some intrusive ads can even execute scripts (when clicked) to download/install software without users' permission. PUAs are an example of content that can be infiltrated into systems in this manner. These unwanted applications have varied capabilities. They can force-open similarly dangerous web pages similar to those opened by intrusive advertisements. Other types can hijack browsers, modifying and restricting/denying access to settings - this is to promote fake search engines. Most PUAs can track data. They can record users' browsing habits (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other sensitive details). The gathered data is often shared with third parties seeking to misuse it for financial gain - potentially, by putting it to criminal use. In summary, the presence of PUAs on devices can lead to system infiltration and infections, serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. Therefore, to ensure device integrity and user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ProcessLocator
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), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.g), 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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SoloProcessBrowserProductWebAidSearch and LeadingSignSearch are some examples of other adware-type apps. They typically seem legitimate and useful, however, users are enticed into downloading/installing them with offers of "useful" capabilities. These features rarely work as promised and, in most cases, they do not work at all. This applies to practically all PUAs. The only purpose of these unwanted applications is to generate profit for the developers. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs run intrusive ad campaigns, cause redirects to untrusted and malicious sites, hijack browsers and collect vulnerable data.

How did ProcessLocator install on my computer?

PUAs proliferate via download/installation set-ups of other software. This deceptive marketing tactic of packing normal products with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. skimming or ignoring terms, using pre-set options, skipping steps and sections, etc.), many users endanger their systems with potential infiltration and infections originating from bundled content. Some PUAs have "official" promotional pages from which they can be downloaded. Once clicked, intrusive ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all products prior to download/installation or purchase. All downloads should be performed only from official and trustworthy sources. Unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive or bundled content. When downloading/installing, read the terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features and other additions. Intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate and innocuous, however, they can redirect to various dubious web pages (e.g. adult-dating, pornography, gambling and so on). If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the system and immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser extensions-plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with ProcessLocator, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed when ProcessLocator installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once ProcessLocator installation is done

Screenshot of ProcessLocator adware installation folder:

ProcessLocator adware installation folder

ProcessLocator adware installed on the Safari browser:

ProcessLocator adware installed on Safari

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ProcessLocator adware using Combo Cleaner:

ProcessLocator adware removal:

Remove ProcessLocator-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 processlocator 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 ProcessLocator removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by processlocator 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 processlocator 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 processlocator 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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