How to remove DeluxeFocus from your computer

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

How to remove DeluxeFocus from Mac computers

What is DeluxeFocus?

DeluxeFocus is one of many applications that supposedly improves the browsing experience and delivers various other features. In fact, it is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that feeds users with advertisements and gathers information. These applications are classified as adware. Typically, people do not download or install adware intentionally. Note that this app is designed to promote the Safe Finder website by opening it through akamaihd.net.

DeluxeFocus adware

Adware-type applications serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other advertisements. When clicked, they tend to open various dubious, potentially malicious websites. Some might execute scripts to download or install unwanted software. PUAs also collect user-system information including, for example, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of opened/visited sites, geolocations, and other browsing data. They can also target personal, sensitive information. Research shows that DeluxeFocus can access details such as passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details and other personal information. The data can be misused to make fraudulent purchases and transactions, steal various accounts, identities, etc. DeluxeFocus's developers might sell the information to third parties, potentially cyber criminals. In summary, DeluxeFocus's users risk becoming victims of identity theft, suffering monetary loss, experiencing issues relating to online privacy, browsing safety, and other problems. PUAs can never be trusted. If DeluxeFocus is installed on the browser and operating system, remove it immediately. The same applies to other apps of this type.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by DeluxeFocus
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.g), Sophos AV (Adloadr (PUA)), ZoneAlarm by Check Point (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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Examples of other adware programs include ValueKnow, UpgradeAssist and GeneralLaunch. Generally, software of this type does not deliver any value and causes serious problems. Adware developers advertise their rogue apps as legitimate and useful. To avoid potential problems, you are advised against downloading or installing adware-type programs, or any other potentially unwanted applications.

How did DeluxeFocus install on my computer?

Adware and other PUAs are usually downloaded and installed through the download/installation set-ups of other programs. I.e., when they are included into the set-ups as "additional offers". Developers use this distribution method to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs together with other, regular software. This method is called "bundling". Generally, offers to download or install unwanted apps are listed in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options, however, many users fail to check and change these settings. This allows PUAs to receive permission to be downloaded and installed together with other, regular programs. Sometimes apps of this type infiltrate through deceptive advertisements that cause unwanted downloads and installations by running certain scripts (but only when people click the ads).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Unofficial web pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, installers, and other similar channels are often monetized by using them to distribute unwanted, malicious software. Therefore, these channels should never be trusted or used. The only safe way to download software and files is via official websites and direct links. Furthermore, download and installation set-ups often contain settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and "Manual" - these mention offers to download or install additional, unwanted software. It is important to check these settings and decline offers to download or install unwanted applications before completing the process. Do not trust or click intrusive ads that appear on dubious, unofficial pages, since these can open other sites of this kind or cause unwanted downloads and installations. Remove any unwanted extensions, plug-ins and add-ons that are already installed on the browser, and programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with DeluxeFocus, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once DeluxeFocus installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once DeluxeFocus installation is done

DeluxeFocus redirecting users to the Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net:

DeluxeFocus redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

Rogue installer ('cracking' tool) which is designed to install DeluxeFocus:

rogue activation tool designed to install deluxefocus adware

DeluxeFocus installed on Safari:

deluxefocus adware safari extension

DeluxeFocus installation folder:

deluxefocus adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove DeluxeFocus adware using Combo Cleaner:

DeluxeFocus adware removal:

Remove DeluxeFocus-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 deluxefocus 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 DeluxeFocus removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by deluxefocus 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 deluxefocus 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 deluxefocus 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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