How to uninstall CommonBrand adware?

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

How to remove CommonBrand from Mac?

What is CommonBrand?

Like many other adware-type apps, CommonBrand supposed to improve browsing experience and/or deliver some features. However, it serves intrusive advertisements and gathers various information. Also, it is designed to promote Safe Finder website by opening it through akamaihd.net. Apps like CommonBrand are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) because users usually download and install adware unknowingly, unintentionally.

CommonBrand adware

When installed, applications like CommonBrand display intrusive advertisements. Usually they serve ads that are displayed in forms of coupons, banners, pop-ups, surveys, and so on. It is common that these ads are designed to open untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or download, install unwanted, potentially malicious software by executing certain scripts. Moreover, programs like CommonBrand tend to be designed to collect browsing data. For instance, details like IP addresses, addresses of visited web pages, entered search queries, geolocations, and other browsing-related information. Research shows that CommonBrand can read sensitive information such as credit card details, telephone numbers, passwords and other confidential data as well. Its developers may sell collected data to third parties who could misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. It is possible that recorded information may fall into hands of cyber criminals. In one way or another, information gathered by CommonBrand may be misused to make fraudulent transactions, purchases, steal identities, etc. Its users risk to suffer monetary loss become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, and other serious issues. Therefore, if CommonBrand is installed on a browser and/or the operating system, then it should be uninstalled from it as soon as possible. The same applies to other adware-type applications too.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by CommonBrand
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AB [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AB [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.C), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.g), Full List (VirusTotal)
Additional Information This application belongs to Adload malware family.
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.
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Some more examples of adware like CommonBrand are ProcessSign, TaskBrowser and MoreResults. What most apps of this type have in common is that they are designed to fee their users with various advertisements. Quite often they operate as information tracking tools (gather various data) as well. In one way or another, most adware-type applications are useless (do not deliver any features) and can cause various problems. Therefore, adware and other PUAs should not be installed.

How did CommonBrand install on my computer?

Usually various PUAs get downloaded and/or installed through download and/or installation setups of other, mainly free programs. To be more precise, when they are included in their setups as additional offers. This distribution method is called "bundling". In most cases additional downloads and/or installations are mentioned in settings of setups like "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar sections. However, not all users check and change them when they download and/or install programs. That is how they allow for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with wanted software. Sometimes PUAs can be downloaded and/or installed by clicking deceptive advertisements that cause it by running certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Programs (and files) should be downloaded from official websites and through direct links. Channels like third party downloaders (and installers), unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, and so on, should not be used as tools to download and/or install any software. They can be used to distribute various unwanted applications. It is possible that cyber criminals could use them to distribute malware too. Download and/or installation setups that contain settings like "Custom", "Advanced" should be always checked for offers to download and/or install additional software. Typically, unwanted offers can be declined before finishing download and installation processes. Intrusive ads that appear on various questionable websites should not be clicked. They can be designed to untrustworthy pages or download, install unwanted, potentially malicious software. If some suspicious, unwanted extension, plug-in and/or add-on is already installed on a browser and/or program of this kind installed on the operating system, then it should be uninstalled as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with CommonBrand, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once CommonBrand installation is over:

pop-up displayed once CommonBrand installation is done

CommonBrand redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net:

CommonBrand redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

CommonBrand installed on Safari:

commonbrand adware installed on safari

CommonBrand installation folder and its files:

commonbrand adware installation folder and its contents

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Quick menu:

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CommonBrand adware removal:

Remove CommonBrand-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 commonbrand 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 CommonBrand removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by commonbrand 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 commonbrand 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 commonbrand 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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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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