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How to uninstall OriginalTechSearch adware from the operating system

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

How to remove OriginalTechSearch from Mac computers

What is OriginalTechSearch?

OriginalTechSearch is a rogue application classified as adware. The app delivers intrusive ad campaigns and also has browser hijacker characteristics. I.e., browser modification and fake search engine promotion. Adware-type apps and browser hijackers typically monitor users' browsing activity. Additionally, since most users install OriginalTechSearch unintentionally, it is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). This application is proliferated using fake Adobe Flash Player updates. Note that bogus software updaters/installers are also used to proliferate various PUAs and even malware (e.g. ransomware, Trojans, etc.).

OriginalTechSearch adware distributed using a fake Adobe Flash Player updater/installer

OriginalTechSearch adware enables the placement of third party graphical content onto any visited website. Therefore, the pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and other ads do not originate from the opened site. These intrusive advertisements reduce browsing speed and limit web page visibility (by overlaying them). Furthermore, once clicked, the ads redirect to sale-oriented, untrusted, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. Some can be triggered (when clicked) to execute scripts designed to download/install rogue software (e.g. PUAs) without users' permission. Browser hijackers (with which OriginalTechSearch shares common characteristics) operate by assigning the addresses of fake search engines as the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs. Therefore, each new browser tab/window opened and each search made via the URL bar redirects to the address of the bogus search engine. Most of these fake search tools cannot provide unique results, and so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing and other legitimate sites. Furthermore, any changes users attempt to make to their browsers are automatically reset, if access to the settings is permitted at all. To recover the affected browser, it is necessary to remove the browser hijacker. As mentioned, PUAs can usually track data. They record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect users' personal activity (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data is often shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it for profit. To summarize, rogue apps such as OriginalTechSearch can lead to system infiltration and infections, serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by OriginalTechSearch
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 the 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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DynamicExtraBasicVirtualArtemisSearch and TotalLetterSearch are some examples of other adware-type apps. They may seem normal and useful, with a wide variety of functions, which are typically nonoperational. In fact, this applies to most PUAs. The only purpose of these unwanted applications is to generate revenue for the developers. PUAs run intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijack browsers, cause unwanted redirects and track private data.

How did OriginalTechSearch install on my computer?

PUAs spread through the download/installation set-ups of other products. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertent installation of bundled content. Certain PUAs have "official" download web pages. Once clicked, intrusive ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all software, before download/installation or purchase. Use only official and verified download channels. Untrustworthy sources such as free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive or bundled content. Treat download/Installation processes with caution. It is important to read the terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads may seem legitimate and innocuous, however, they can redirect to dubious websites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). If you encounter advertisements/redirects of this kind, you are strongly advised to check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with OriginalTechSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to OriginalTechSearch adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.OriginalTechSearch/OriginalTechSearch
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.OriginalTechSearchDaemon/OriginalTechSearch
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.OriginalTechSearch.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.OriginalTechSearchDaemon.plist

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

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

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote OriginalTechSearch (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:

OriginalTechSearch adware removal:

Remove OriginalTechSearch-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 originaltechsearch 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 OriginalTechSearch removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by originaltechsearch 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 originaltechsearch 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 originaltechsearch 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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