How to uninstall EngineOrder adware?

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

How to remove EngineOrder from Mac?

What is EngineOrder?

EngineOrder is a rogue app, categorized as adware. It delivers various intrusive advertisements, which diminish browsing quality and have harmful abilities. Additionally, this application shares common traits with software within the browser hijacker category, such as browser setting modification and fake search engine promotion. EngineOrder promotes Safe Finder via akamaihd.net. Most adware-types and browser hijackers also spy on users' browsing activity. Due to EngineOrder dubious proliferation methods, it is deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) as well.

EngineOrder adware

EngineOrder enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons and other adverts on any visited website. These intrusive ads limit browsing speed and webpage visibility. Furthermore, once clicked on, the advertisements redirect to sale-oriented, untrustworthy/rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious sites. Some intrusive adverts can be triggered (by being clicked) to execute scripts, designed to download/install software (e.g. PUAs) without user permission. As EngineOrder shares browser hijacker traits, it reassigns browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs - to the addresses of fake web searchers. Hence, every new browser tab/window opened and web search done through the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address. Few fake search engines can actually generate search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) legitimate ones. In case of EngineOrder, it redirects to akamaihd.net, then to Safe Finder and finally to search.yahoo.com - the latter being a genuine search engine. Any changes users attempt to make to their browsers can be automatically reset, if access to the settings is permitted at all. Therefore, it is necessary to remove the piece of software, responsible for the hijacking - to recover the affected browser. What is more, most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) can track data. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collect personal information inferred from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data is likely to be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for profit. To summarize, PUAs can cause system infiltrations and infections, lead to financial losses, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, it is strongly advised to remove all dubious and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by EngineOrder
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
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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ArchiveIdeaMainBoardSearchActivelySearch and DisplayProgram are a few examples of other adware-type apps. They tend to appear legitimate and tempt users into download/installation with offers of "useful" and "advantageous" features. However, these functions rarely operate as promised and in most cases - they do not work at all. This applies to all PUAs. The sole purpose of unwanted applications is to generate revenue at user expense. PUAs are designed to deliver intrusive ad campaigns, modify browsers, cause redirects and gather vulnerable data.

How did EngineOrder install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing tactic of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed download and installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps, used presets, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content onto the system. Some PUAs have "official" download webpages. Once clicked on, intrusive adverts can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should be researched prior to download/installation and/or purchase. It is recommended to only use official and verified download channels. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - are considered to be untrustworthy and can offer likewise suspect content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive ads often look ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to highly unreliable and questionable pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). Should users encounter advertisements/redirects of this kind, it is advised to check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with EngineOrder, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once EngineOrder installation is over:

pop-up displayed once EngineOrder installation is done

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

EngineOrder redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

Installation folder of EngineOrder adware:

EngineOrder adware installation folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

EngineOrder adware removal:

Remove EngineOrder-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 engineorder 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 EngineOrder removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by engineorder 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 engineorder 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 engineorder 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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