How to remove advertisements delivered by UltraLocator adware

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

How to remove UltraLocator from Mac computers

What is UltraLocator?

UltraLocator is an adware-type application that delivers various intrusive ads. This app also shares characteristics with browser hijackers - it modifies browsers and promotes bogus search engines. UltraLocator promotes akamaihd.net, which redirects to Safe Finder. Since most users download/install UltraLocator unintentionally, it is also categorized as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). Additionally, PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) usually have data tracking capabilities.

UltraLocator adware

Adware enables the placement of third party graphical content (i.e., advertisements) on any visited website. Software within this classification delivers pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and other intrusive ads. These diminish the browsing experience, since they overlay web page content and limit browsing speed. Furthermore, once clicked, intrusive ads can redirect to untrusted/malicious sites and execute scripts designed to download/install rogue software (e.g. PUAs) without users' permission. Browser hijackers assign the addresses of fake search engines as the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs. These bogus search engines typically cannot provide unique results, and so they tend to redirect to genuine sites. With UltraLocator infiltrated, each new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar redirects to akamaihd.net, and then to Safe Finder, followed by search.yahoo.com (a legitimate search engine). Furthermore, any changes users attempt to make to their browsers are automatically reset, if access to the settings is permitted at all. Therefore, it is necessary to remove the browser hijacker to recover the affected browser. As mentioned, most PUAs such as UltraLocator can monitor users' browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and gather personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). These sensitive data is usually shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) intent on misusing it for profit. To summarize, installed PUAs can lead to system infiltration and infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, you are strongly advised to remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by UltraLocator
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AB [Trj]), Sophos AV (Adloadr (PUA)), 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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MainReadyQuickLookSearches and PrimaryFunction are some examples of other adware-type apps. They often seem legitimate and tempt users into download/installation with offers of "useful" functions. These features rarely work as promised and, in most cases, do not work at all. This applies to most PUAs - their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. These unwanted applications operate by running intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijacking browsers, causing unwanted redirects and collecting vulnerable data.

How did UltraLocator install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other software. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing tactic of packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions. When downloading/installing, ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc. endangers devices with infiltration of untrusted or malicious content. Some PUAs have "official" download websites. When clicked, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all products to verify their legitimacy, prior to download/installation. Use only official and verified download channels. Untrustworthy sources such as P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting sites and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive or bundled content. Download/Installation processes should be treated with caution. Read the terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive ads often seem legitimate normal and harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). If you experience these ads/redirects, check the system and immediately eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with UltraLocator, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once UltraLocator installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once UltraLocator installation is done

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

UltraLocator redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

UltraLocator adware installation folder:

UltraLocator adware install folder

UltraLocator adware installed on the Safari browser:

UltraLocator adware installed on Safari

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove UltraLocator adware using Combo Cleaner:

UltraLocator adware removal:

Remove UltraLocator-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 ultralocator 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 UltraLocator removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by ultralocator 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 ultralocator 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 ultralocator 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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