How to remove InteractiveSpeed adware

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

How to remove InteractiveSpeed from Mac computers

What is InteractiveSpeed?

InteractiveSpeed serves advertisements, collects various information (including sensitive data) and promotes Safe Finder via akamaihd.net. This app is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and adware. Typically, people download and install apps of this type inadvertently.

InteractiveSpeed adware

Adware-type applications such as InteractiveSpeed feed people with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other advertisements. If clicked, these open untrusted websites and can sometimes execute scripts designed to download and install unwanted, potentially malicious software. Furthermore, PUAs often track information. Typically, they target browsing data (e.g., addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations), however, they can might also collect private, sensitive information. Research shows that InteractiveSpeed can access passwords, credit card details, telephone numbers and other information. These details could be sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), misused to steal various accounts, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, steal identities, etc. Therefore, InteractiveSpeed's users might become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary loss, experience issues relating to online privacy, browsing safety, and other problems. If you have this or other, similar apps installed on the browser or operating system, remove them immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by InteractiveSpeed
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AB [Trj]), 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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InteractiveSpeed is virtually identical to MultiUpgrade, DisplayProgram, DeluxeFocus and many other adware-type applications. These apps supposedly improve the browsing experience and deliver various useful features, however, most do not deliver any value and simply cause problems. Therefore, never download or install these rogue apps.

How did InteractiveSpeed install on my computer?

In most cases apps such as InteractiveSpeed are downloaded and installed through the set-ups of other, mostly free, programs. I.e., when they are included into set-ups as 'additional offers'. This distribution method ("bundling") is used to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps together with regular software. Information about additional downloads and installations can usually be found in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar sections, however, many users fail to check and change them, thereby granting PUAs permission to be downloaded and installed together with regular programs by default. In some cases, PUAs are downloaded and installed by clicking deceptive advertisements that execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Tools, sources such as third party installers and downloaders, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial pages, free file hosting sites, etc., should not be used to download or install software. You are advised to use only official pages and direct download links. Check all download/installation settings and decline offers to download or install PUAs. Typically, these offers are mentioned in settings such as "Advanced" or "Custom". Do not click intrusive, dubious ads, especially if they are displayed on unofficial web pages. These ads can open untrusted, potentially malicious websites. Some can cause unwanted downloads and installations. Remove all suspicious, unwanted, unknown extensions, add-ons and plug-ins that are installed on the browser immediately. The same applies to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with InteractiveSpeed, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Rogue installer (unofficial activation/'cracking' tool) used to distribute InteractiveSpeed:

interactivespeed adware rogue installer

Pop-up window displayed once InteractiveSpeed installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once InteractiveSpeed installation is done

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

InteractiveSpeed redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

InteractiveSpeed installation folder:

interactivespeed adware contents folder

InteractiveSpeed installed on Safari:

interactivespeed adware safari extension 

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove InteractiveSpeed adware using Combo Cleaner:

InteractiveSpeed adware removal:

Remove InteractiveSpeed-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 interactivespeed 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 InteractiveSpeed removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by interactivespeed 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 interactivespeed 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 interactivespeed 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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