How to get rid of SearchLibrary adware?

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

How to remove SearchLibrary from Mac?

What is SearchLibrary?

SearchLibrary is an application which supposed to be useful in some way. However, it is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) which is classified as adware. It belongs to the AdLoad adware family. Applications of this type are designed to generate revenue for their developers by displaying various advertisements. This particular app promotes address of some fake search engine by changing browser's settings as well, it means that SearchLibrary has capabilities of a browser hijacker. It is worthwhile to mention that apps of this type often are designed to collect various information. Not many users download and install PUAs intentionally. Research shows that SearchLibrary is distributed/gets installed through a fake Adobe Flash Player installer.

SearchLibrary adware

Adware is a type of software that displays intrusive advertisements. It is common that apps of this type serve ads in forms of banners, coupons, pop-ups, surveys, etc. When clicked, those advertisements can open various untrustworthy, potentially malicious pages or download and/or install unwanted applications by running certain scripts. Therefore, ads displayed by SearchLibrary cannot be trusted. Furthermore, this app promotes address of some fake search engine. Typically, apps that promote some fake search engine by hijacking browsers do that by setting it address as an address of a homepage, new tab and default search engine and do not allow to modify, undo those settings as long as they are installed. Also, fake search engines often generate misleading results or provide users with results generated by other search engines. Furthermore, it is very likely that SearchLibrary targets information like addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses, and other browsing data. It could be capable of accessing (collecting) confidential information as well. What is worse, its developers could sell gathered information to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who would misuse that data to generate revenue in some other way.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by SearchLibrary
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.k), 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.
Removal

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Adware like SearchLibrary should not be downloaded and installed. Apps of this type can expose users at risk of problems related to privacy, browsing safety. There is always a possibility that their users may become victims of identity theft as well. Unofficial installers should not be used as well. It is common that fake Adobe Flash Player installers are used to distribute not only apps like SearchLibrary but also malicious software like ransomware, Trojan-type programs and other malware.

How did SearchLibrary install on my computer?

One of the ways to unknowingly install SearchLibrary is by using a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. However, it could be downloaded and/or installed through setups of various programs as well. In other words, alongside with some other, wanted programs. Such downloads, installations occur when unwanted apps are included in setups as additional offers and users do not decline them. Typically, offers to download and/or install PUAs can be found in setup's settings like "Manual", "Custom", "Advanced". Users who download and install programs without checking and changing them often agree with all offers that are mentioned in setups. In some cases unwanted downloads, installations can be triggered by clicking ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Unofficial websites, third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), and other channels of this kind should not be used as tools to download or install any programs or files. They should be downloaded from official websites and via direct links. Download and/or installation setups that contain settings like "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", etc., should be checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted apops. Such offers can be and should be declined before finishing download and/or installation processes. Furthermore, intrusive advertisements that appear on questionable websites should not be trusted (clicked). It is because they often either open untrustworthy websites or cause downloads, installations of some unwanted, potentially malicious apps. If there are any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins already installed on a web browser, then such entries should be removed right away. The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with SearchLibrary, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to the SearchLibrary adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.SearchLibrary/
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.SearchLibrary/SearchLibrary
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.SearchLibraryDaemon/
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.SearchLibraryDaemon/SearchLibrary
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.SearchLibrary.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.SearchLibraryDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the SearchLibrary adware are designed to create a new device profile. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:
1) Click the "Preferences" icon in the menu bar and select "Profiles"

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote SearchLibrary (Step 1)

2) Select the "SearchLibrary" profile and delete it.

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote SearchLibrary (Step 2)

3) Perform a full system scan with Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite.

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this adware.

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

SearchLibrary adware removal:

Remove SearchLibrary-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 searchlibrary 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by SearchLibrary removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by searchlibrary 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 searchlibrary 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 searchlibrary 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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