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?

What is ExpertProjectSearch?

ExpertProjectSearch is an adware-type application. Aside from delivering various intrusive advertisements, this app also has abilities common for browser hijackers. These include browser modification and promotion of fake search engines. Practically all adware-types and browser hijackers can monitor users' browsing habits. Due to ExpertProjectSearch questionable proliferation methods, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) as well. ExpertProjectSearch has been proliferated using illegitimate Adobe Flash Player updaters/installers. These fake update/installation setups are often used to proliferate PUAs and even trojans, ransomware and other malware.

ExpertProjectSearch adware proliferated using fake Flash Player updater/installer

ExpertProjectSearch adware delivers a variety of pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and other advertisements. These intrusive ads limit browsing speed and website visibility. Additionally, when clicked on, the adverts redirect to untrustworthy and malicious pages; some can even execute scripts to stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers operate by assigning the addresses of fake search engines as browsers' default search engine, homepage and new tab/window URLs. Hence, every single search query typed into the URL bar and new browser tab/window opened - redirect to the address of the illegitimate web searcher. Rarely do these fake web searching tools can generate search results, so they usually redirect to (or cause redirection chain ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing or other legitimate search engines. What is more, any changes users make to their browsers can be reset, if access to the browsers' settings is allowed at all. Therefore, it is necessary to remove the browser hijacker to recover the hijacked browser. As mentioned in the introduction, adware and browser hijackers typically possess data tracking abilities. They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collect personal information inferred from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is likely to be shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for profit. To summarize, presence of PUAs such as ExpertProjectSearch can result in various system infiltrations and infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety - all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed 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 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 a couple examples of other software, classified as adware. Apps of this type usually appears legitimate and useful. Users are enticed into download/installation with offers of "handy" functions. However, these features are seldom operational. This is true of all PUAs. Untrustworthy applications have but one purpose - to generate revenue at user expense. PUAs are designed to run intrusive advert campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects and collect private data.

How did ExpertProjectSearch install on my computer?

Fake software updaters is but one method of PUA proliferation. They can also be 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. by skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) - users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content onto their devices. Some PUAs have "official" download webpages. Once clicked on, intrusive ads can execute scripts to download/install PUAs, without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to always research products, before download/installation. Furthermore, only official and verified download sources should be used. It is ill-advised to use Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting websites and other third party downloaders - as they are deemed to be untrustworthy and can offer bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions and so on. Intrusive advertisements tend to appear ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to unreliable and dubious sites (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and others). In case of encounters with ads/redirects of this kind, they should inspect the system and immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. 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 the 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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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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