How to uninstall TaskProduct from a computer?

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

How to remove TaskProduct from Mac?

What is TaskProduct?

TaskProduct is the name of adware that displays various unwanted advertisements, collects sensitive information and promotes Safe Finder page by opening it through akamaihd.net. Apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), it is because users often download and install them unintentionally (inadvertently).

TaskProduct adware

TaskProduct is an app which can read sensitive information from websites such as passwords, credit card details, telephone numbers and other sensitive information. Its developers could misuse such information to steal identities, accounts, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, sell it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). It means that TaskProduct's may become victims of identity theft, lose access to various accounts, suffer monetary loss, experience problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, and/or other issues. It is common that apps like TaskProduct gather browsing data too. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages. Since TaskProduct is classified as adware, it feeds users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads and/or other types of ads. When clicked, those ads tend to open various untrustworthy pages or cause downloads, installations of unwanted, potentially malicious applications. These are the main reasons why TaskProduct should never be downloaded and installed. If it already is, then it is recommended that users would uninstall it from a browser and computer immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by TaskProduct
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.C), 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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TaskProduct is similar to a number of other apps of this type, for example, TopicFirst, InteractivePremium and ServiceBuilder. In most cases adware is designed to generate revenue for developers by serving ads and/or gathering various data. It is common that such software is advertised legitimate, useful. Nevertheless, more often than not it does not operate as it supposed to and can cause various problems.

How did TaskProduct install on my computer?

In most cases adware and other types of PUAs get installed either through clicked deceptive advertisements or when software developers distribute them by using a "bundling" method. This method is being used to trick users into unknowingly downloading and/or installing unwanted apps alongside with other software that they download (or install) intentionally. To achieve it, developers include PUAs in download and/or installation setups of other programs, in their "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. Users who download and install programs without checking and changing those settings often allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Files, programs should be downloaded from official websites, through direct links. Third party downloaders (and installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, and other similar channels, tools are often used to distribute unwanted, sometimes even malicious applications. For this reason they should not be used as tools to download or install any programs. Download and/or installation setups that include settings like "Custom", "Advanced" should be analyzed. If they contain offers to download and/or install unwanted software, then those offers should be declined before completing download and/or installation. Additionally it is not safe to click intrusive advertisements that appear on questionable, untrustworthy websites. Those ads often open untrustworthy, or even malicious pages, or cause unwanted downloads, installations. And finally, it is important not to have any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins installed on a web browser and/or software of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with TaskProduct, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once TaskProduct installation is over:

pop-up displayed once TaskProduct installation is done

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

TaskProduct redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

TaskProduct's installation folder:

taskproduct adware contents folder

TaskProduct installed on Safari:

taskproduct adwarr safari extension 

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove TaskProduct adware using Combo Cleaner:

TaskProduct adware removal:

Remove TaskProduct-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 taskproduct 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-1

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 TaskProduct removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by taskproduct 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 taskproduct 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 taskproduct 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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