How to uninstall ExpertProjectSearch adware

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

How to remove ExpertProjectSearch from Mac computers

What is ExpertProjectSearch?

ExpertProjectSearch is an adware-type application. As well as delivering various intrusive advertisements, this app also has capabilities common to browser hijackers. These include browser modification and promotion of fake search engines. Practically all adware-type programs and browser hijackers can monitor users' browsing habits. Due to ExpertProjectSearch's dubious proliferation methods, it is also classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). ExpertProjectSearch is proliferated using bogus Adobe Flash Player updaters/installers. These fake update/installation set-ups are often used to proliferate PUAs or even Trojans, ransomware and other malware.

ExpertProjectSearch adware proliferated using fake Flash Player updater/installer

ExpertProjectSearch adware delivers various pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and other advertisements. These intrusive ads limit browsing speed and website visibility. Additionally, when clicked, they can redirect to untrusted and malicious pages, and some can even execute scripts to stealthily download/install rogue software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers operate by assigning the addresses of fake search engines as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab/window URLs. Therefore, each search query typed into the URL bar and new browser tab/window opened redirects to the address of the bogus website. These fake searching tools rarely generate unique results, and so they usually redirect to (or cause redirection chain ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing or other legitimate search engines. Furthermore, any changes users make to their browsers are reset, if access to the browser settings is allowed at all. Therefore, it is necessary to remove the browser hijacker to recover the hijacked browser. As mentioned, adware and browser hijackers typically possess data tracking capabilities. They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collect personal information derived from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is often shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) intent on misusing it for profit. To summarize, the presence of PUAs such as ExpertProjectSearch can result in various system infiltration and infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ExpertProjectSearch
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.AdLoad.1), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.k), 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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UltraLocatorMainReadyPrimaryFunction are some examples of other programs classified as adware. Apps of this type usually appear legitimate and useful. People are enticed into download/installation with offers of "useful" functions, however, these features are seldom operational. This is true of most PUAs. These untrustworthy applications have just one purpose: to generate revenue at users' expense. PUAs run intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects and collect private data.

How did ExpertProjectSearch install on my computer?

The use of fake software updaters is just one method of PUA proliferation. They are often downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling". By rushing through downloads/installations (e.g. skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.), many users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content onto their devices. Some PUAs have "official" download web pages. Once clicked, intrusive ads can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all products, before download/installation. Use only official and verified download sources. Avoid Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting websites and other third party downloaders, as they are untrusted and can offer bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, functions and so on. Intrusive advertisements tend to seem normal and harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious sites (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and others). If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the system and immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with ExpertProjectSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to ExpertProjectSearch adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.ExpertProjectSearch/ExpertProjectSearch
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.ExpertProjectSearchDaemon/ExpertProjectSearch
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.ExpertProjectSearch.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ExpertProjectSearchDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote ExpertProjectSearch adware are designed to create a new device profile. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:

1) Click the "Preferences" icon in the menu bar and select "Profiles".

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote ExpertProjectSearch (Step 1)

2) Select the "ExpertProjectSearch" profile and delete it.

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote ExpertProjectSearch (Step 2)

3) Perform a full system scan with Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite.

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this adware.

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Quick menu:

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

ExpertProjectSearch adware removal:

Remove ExpertProjectSearch-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 expertprojectsearch 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 ExpertProjectSearch removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by expertprojectsearch 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 expertprojectsearch 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 expertprojectsearch 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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