How to uninstall EssentialPanel adware?

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

How to remove EssentialPanel adware from Mac?

What is EssentialPanel?

EssentialPanel is a piece of software, classified as adware. This app runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. Additionally, it shares certain browser hijacker traits, such as modification of browser settings and promotion of fake search engines. Due to EssentialPanel's questionable proliferation methods it is also deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Furthermore, most adware-types, browser hijackers and other PUAs have data tracking abilities, which are employed to gather browsing-related information.

EssentialPanel adware

EssentialPanel adware delivers a wide variety of intrusive ads, e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and so on. These adverts are undesirable and even harmful. They seriously diminish browsing quality, by limiting browsing speed and website visibility. Once intrusive advertisements are clicked they redirect to sale-based, untrustworthy, rogue, deceptive/scam, compromised and malicious webpages. Some of these ads can be triggered (by being clicked) to execute scripts, designed to download/install software (e.g. PUAs) without user consent. EssentialPanel has browser hijacking abilities. Browser hijackers operate by reassigning browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window addresses; hence, every single web search done via the URL bar and every new tab/window opened - redirect to a fake search engine. Few of these illegitimate web searchers can actually provide search results, so they tend to redirect (or cause redirection chains leading) to genuine ones. With EssentialPanel installed, users are redirected to akamaihd.net, afterwards to Safe Finder that redirects to search.yahoo.com - a legitimate search engine. The only way to recover the affected browser is to remove the software responsible for the hijacking. Since any changes users try to make to their browsers can be reset, if access to the settings is permitted at all. As mentioned in the introduction, most PUAs can track data. They can record browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and gather personal information inferred from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is highly likely to be shared with third parties, intent on misusing it for profit - potentially, by putting it to criminal use. In summary, PUAs can cause various system infiltrations and infections, lead to financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. Therefore, it is recommended to immediately eliminate all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by EssentialPanel
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AB [Trj]), Sophos AV (Adloadr (PUA)), 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.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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SearchLibraryLookupConsole, CommonBrand are a few examples of other adware-type apps. They appear legitimate and entice users into download/installation with offers of "useful" and "advantageous" functions. However, the promised features are usually nonoperational. In fact, this applies to practically all PUAs. The only goal of unwanted applications is to generate revenue for the developers; to users they have no real value and can lead to a variety of serious problems. PUAs are designed to run intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects to untrustworthy/malicious sites and track vulnerable data.

How did EssentialPanel install on my computer?

The most common proliferation method of PUAs is through download/install setups of other software. "Bundling" is the term used to define this false marketing technique of packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions. When downloading/installing: ignoring terms, using presets, skipping steps and sections - increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content onto the device. Some PUAs have "official" download pages. Intrusive adverts also spread these apps. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

All software should be researched before download/installation. It is recommended to only use official and verified download sources. Untrustworthy ones, like: free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Download/Installation processes should be treated with caution. Therefore, it is advised to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline to or opt-out from downloading/installing additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements typically look ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to various dubious sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). Should users experience ads/redirects of this kind, they are to check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with EssentialPanel, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Delusive application installer promoting EssentialPanel adware:

Delusive installer used to promote EssentialPanel adware

Pop-up window displayed once EssentialPanel installation is over:

pop-up displayed once EssentialPanel installation is done

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

EssentialPanel redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

EssentialPanel's installation folder:

EssentialPanel adware install folder

EssentialPanel installed on the Safari browser:

EssentialPanel adware installed on Safari

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EssentialPanel adware removal:

Remove EssentialPanel-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 essentialpanel 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 EssentialPanel removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by essentialpanel 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 essentialpanel 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 essentialpanel 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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