How to uninstall ArchiveIdea adware?

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

How to remove ArchiveIdea from Mac?

What is ArchiveIdea?

ArchiveIdea is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) which is classified as adware. It means that this app is designed to generate revenue for its developers by feeding users with various advertisements. Research shows that ArchiveIdea is capable of accessing (collecting) sensitive information and is designed to promote Safe Finder web searching tool by opening it through akamaihd.net as well. It is worthwhile to mention that not many users download and/or install adware and other PUAs knowingly, intentionally.

ArchiveIdea adware

Wen installed, adware-type applications like ArchiveIdea serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other types of advertisements. It is common that those ads lead users to various untrustworthy pages or cause downloads, installations of unwanted, potentially malicious programs. Therefore, such ads should not be trusted (clicked). Furthermore, ArchiveIdea can access data such passwords, credit card details, telephone numbers and other sensitive information. It is common that apps of this type target browsing data like IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of opened pages, geolocations, etc., as too. It is possible that their developers tend to misuse recorded data to generate revenue by selling it ArchiveIdea's developers may misuse collected information to make hijack various accounts, fraudulent purchases, transactions, steal identities, spread spam campaigns, sell that data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) and/or misuse it in other ways. Either way, users who have this adware installed on their browsers and computers may become victims of identity theft, suffer financial loss, experience problems related to browsing safety, privacy, and other issues. Therefore, if ArchiveIdea or any other adware is already installed, then it should be eliminated right away.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ArchiveIdea
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/2eee3eb1c0d70e56ee61bf866a6ec5b1af66c0c07c2f0944c7633d5ddc0c80f4/detection), AVG (MacOS:Adload-AB [Trj]), 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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A couple of examples of other adware-type applications similar to ArchiveIdea are DynamicExtra, ArtemisSearch and TotalLetterSearch. Unfortunately, there are many more apps of this type. As a rule, they are designed to serve various advertisements and can operate as information tracking tools. Either way, most adware-type applications do not operate as their developers advertise them: they do not deliver any features and can cause a variety of problems.

How did ArchiveIdea install on my computer?

Most of the times users download and install adware and other PUAs unknowingly accidentally. Usually such applications get downloaded and/or installed through deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts or alongside with some other software that users download willingly. It is common that unwanted downloads and/or installations happen when PUAs are included in download and/or installation setups of various programs as additional offers. Those offers usually can be found in setup's settings like "Custom", "Advanced, "Manual". However, users often download and install software without checking those settings and that is how they allow PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too. This distribution method of potentially unwanted apps is called "bundling".

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to download programs from official websites and through direct links. Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages are examples of channels that should not be used as tools to download or install any software. It is because they can be used to trick users into downloading, installing unwanted, or even malicious programs. Furthermore, download and installation setups often contain settings like "Custom", "Advanced" and so on. It is important to check them for offers to download and/or install unwanted apps and decline those offers. Advertisements that appear on untrustworthy websites can be designed to open potentially malicious pages or cause downloads, installations of unwanted apps. These are them main reasons why such ads cannot be trusted. Unwanted, unknown and/or suspicious extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are installed on a browser should be uninstalled. The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with ArchiveIdea, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Screenshot of a rogue installer (unofficial activation/'cracking' tool) which installs ArchiveIdea:

archiveidea adware rogue installer

Pop-up window displayed once ArchiveIdea installation is over:

pop-up displayed once ArchiveIdea installation is done

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

ArchiveIdea redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

ArchiveIdea adware installed on Safari:

archiveidea extension installed on safari

ArchiveIdea installation folder:

archiveidea adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

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ArchiveIdea adware removal:

Remove ArchiveIdea-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 archiveidea 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 ArchiveIdea removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by archiveidea 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 archiveidea 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 archiveidea 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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