How to remove the DynamicWindow unwanted app

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

How to remove DynamicWindow from Mac computers

What is DynamicWindow?

DynamicWindow adware serves advertisements, collects various information and promotes the Safe Finder web page by opening it through akamaihd.net. Apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), since users often download and install them unintentionally by clicking deceptive advertisements or downloading and installing software with PUAs included in the set-ups.

DynamicWindow adware

Apps such as DynamicWindow usually feed people with banners, surveys, pop-ups, coupons and other ad types. These might open untrusted or even malicious websites. In some cases, they cause unwanted downloads and installations by executing certain scripts. DynamicWindow is capable of accessing private, sensitive information such as credit card details, telephone numbers, passwords, and other details. Developers can misuse this data by selling to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or in other ways. The information could be misused to make fraudulent transactions and purchases, steal accounts, identities, etc. Therefore, DynamicWindow's users might become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary loss, experience problems relating to online privacy, and other serious issues. Additionally, this app might record browsing data such as IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, etc. Therefore, remove DynamicWindow from your browser and computer immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by DynamicWindow
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.D), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.g), 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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PlusSpecial, InteractiveSpeed and EngineOrder are the names of apps that are classified as adware too. Unfortunately, there are many other apps of this type. Generally, they generate revenue for the developers by serving various advertisements. Commonly, adware-type apps do that by serving ads by also by gathering various user-system information. , most apps of this type are useless (do not deliver any value) and can cause users various problems. Therefore, adware should not be downloaded and installed.

How did DynamicWindow install on my computer?

Typically, users cause download/installation of unwanted applications when they click deceptive advertisements or download or install software without checking the settings that are available in the setups. Developers often distribute PUAs by including them into the download/installation setups of other programs. Information about these additional apps can be found in settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", and so on. This distribution method of adware and other potentially unwanted software is called "bundling" and works when people download and install their software without checking and changing any of the aforementioned settings. Some ads cause unwanted downloads and installations when they are clicked - they then run certain dangerous scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

It is important to download programs from official websites and via direct links. Various third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, and other similar channels can be used to distribute unwanted, even malicious apps. Check all download and installation settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced". Decline offers to download or install additional (unwanted) software. Do not click ads that are displayed on dubious web pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and others. These might open other potentially malicious pages or cause download/installation of unwanted software. Finally, remove all unwanted, suspicious add-ons, plug-ins and extensions that are installed on the browser, or programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with DynamicWindow, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once DynamicWindow installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once DynamicWindow installation is done

DynamicWindow redirecting users to the Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net:

DynamicWindow redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

DynamicWindow's Contents folder:

dynamicwindow adware contents folder

DynamicWindow installed on Safari:

dynamicwindow adware safari extension

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove DynamicWindow adware using Combo Cleaner:

DynamicWindow adware removal:

Remove DynamicWindow-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 dynamicwindow 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 DynamicWindow removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by dynamicwindow 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 dynamicwindow 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 dynamicwindow 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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