How to uninstall ManageSearchView adware

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

How to remove ManageSearchView adware from Mac computers

What is ManageSearchView?

Part of the AdLoad adware family, ManageSearchView is a rogue application. This app has capabilities, which classify it as adware and a browser hijacker. It operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns (i.e., delivering various unwanted and harmful ads) and modifying browsers to promote a fake search engine. Furthermore, most adware-type apps and browser hijackers can track browsing-related data. ManageSearchView has been observed being distributed using fake Adobe Flash Player updaters/installers. Rogue software updaters/installers are often used to proliferate adware, browser hijackers, and even Trojans, ransomware and other malware. Due to the dubious methods used to proliferate ManageSearchView, it is also classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).

ManageSearchView adware proliferated using a fake Adobe Flash Player updater/installer

Adware enables the placement of various ads (e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.) on any visited website. These significantly diminish the browsing experience, as the ads limit browsing speed and overlay web page content. Furthermore, when clicked, intrusive advertisements redirect to sale-oriented, rogue/untrusted, deceptive/scam, compromised and malicious web pages. Some can even be triggered (when clicked) to execute scripts designed to download/install software (e.g. PUAs) without users' consent. Browser hijackers, with which ManageSearchView shares common traits, reassign the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs to the addresses of their fake search engines. Therefore, each browser tab/window opened and each search query typed into the URL bar redirects to the address of the bogus search engine. Few fake search engines can provide unique results, and so they usually redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing, or other legitimate search engines. Recovering the affected browser without removal of the browser hijacker is impossible, since, access to the browser settings is restricted or denied, and any permitted changes made, automatically reset. Most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) can track data. They monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is often shared with third parties seeking to misuse it for profit, potentially by putting it to criminal use. To summarize, PUAs can cause system infiltration and infections, lead to financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. Therefore, to protect device/user safety, remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ManageSearchView
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), DrWeb (Adware.Mac.Loader.17), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adlo), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.k), 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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UpgradeAssistGeneralLaunchEssentialPanel and LookupConsole are some examples of other adware-type apps. They typically seem legitimate and tempt users into download/installation with offers of "useful" capabilities. These features are rarely operational and, even if they do work, it not as advertised. In fact, this applies to all PUAs. These unwanted applications have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. PUAs run intrusive ad campaigns, force-open untrusted/malicious sites, hijack browsers and gather vulnerable data.

How did ManageSearchView install on my computer?

PUAs proliferate via the download/installation set-ups of other software. This deceptive marketing method of packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling". Rushing download and installation processes (e.g. skipping steps and sections, using presets, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertent installation of bundled content. Some PUAs have "official" promotional pages, from which they can be downloaded. Once clicked, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

All products should be researched prior to download/installation or purchase. Use only official and verified download sources. P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), free file-hosting websites and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive and 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 ads may seem normal and innocuous, however, they can redirect to highly dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the system and immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with ManageSearchView, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to ManageSearchView adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.ManageSearchView/ManageSearchView
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.ManageSearchViewDaemon/ManageSearchView
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.ManageSearchView.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ManageSearchViewDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the ManageSearchView 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 ManageSearchView (Step 1)

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

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote ManageSearchView (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:

ManageSearchView adware removal:

Remove ManageSearchView-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 managesearchview 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 ManageSearchView removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by managesearchview 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 managesearchview 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 managesearchview 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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