How to remove DeluxeFocus from a computer?

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

How to remove DeluxeFocus from Mac?

What is DeluxeFocus?

DeluxeFocus is one of the many applications that supposed to improve web browsing experience deliver some other features. Although, it is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) which is designed to feed users with advertisements and gather various information. Such applications are classified as adware. Typically, users do not download and install adware on purpose. It is worthwhile to mention that this app is designed to promote Safe Finder website by opening it through akamaihd.net.

DeluxeFocus adware

Adware-type applications serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other types of advertisements. When clicked, they tend to open various questionable, potentially malicious websites. Although, it is possible that some of them may be designed to execute scripts that would download or even install some unwanted software. Quite often apps of this type are designed to collect various information, for example, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of opened/visited sites, geolocations, and other browsing data. However, they may be targeting personal, sensitive information as well. Research shows that DeluxeFocus can access details such as passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details and other personal information. Such data can be misused to make fraudulent purchases, transactions, steal various accounts, identities, etc. Also, DeluxeFocus's developers may sell gathered information to third parties who may be cyber criminals. To sum up, DeluxeFocus's users risk to become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary loss, experience issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, and other problems. That is why neither this or any other similar app can be trusted. If DeluxeFocus is installed on a browser and operating system, then it should be uninstalled from them as soon as possible. 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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Some names of other adware are ValueKnow, UpgradeAssist and GeneralLaunch. More often than not software of this type does not deliver any value and can cause serious problems. Although, adware developers tend to advertise their apps as legitimate, useful. In order to avoid any potential problems it is recommended not to download and install adware-type and other potentially unwanted applications.

How did DeluxeFocus install on my computer?

Usually adware and other PUAs get downloaded and/or installed through download and/or installation setups of other programs. To be more precise, when they are included in their setups as additional offers. Developers use this distribution method to trick users into downloading and/or installing PUAs together with some other, regular software. This method is called "bundling". As a rule, offers to download and/or install unwanted apps are being mentioned in setup's "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options. However, not all users check and change them and that is how included PUAs get permissions to be downloaded and installed alongside with some other, desired programs. Sometimes apps of this type get downloaded and/or installed through deceptive advertisements that are designed to cause unwanted downloads and/or installations by running certain scripts. Nevertheless, it happens only when users click such ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, installers, and other similar channels often are monetized by using them as tools to distribute unwanted, sometimes even malicious software. Therefore, such channels should not be trusted/used. The only safe and to download software (and files) is by using official websites and via direct links for that. Furthermore, download and installation setups often contain settings like "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" that mention offers to download and/or install additional, unwanted software. It is important to check those settings and decline offers to download and/or install unwanted applications before completing downloads, installations. Intrusive ads that appear on questionable, unofficial pages can be designed to open other sites of this kind or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Therefore, is not recommended to trust (click) such advertisements. If some unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons are already installed on a browser, or programs of this kind are installed on the operating system, then they should be removed immediately. 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 over:

pop-up displayed once DeluxeFocus installation is done

DeluxeFocus redirecting users to 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 adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

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.

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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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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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