How to uninstall ConsoleLog from a computer?

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

How to remove ConsoleLog from Mac?

What is ConsoleLog?

ConsoleLog adware is designed to promote the Safe Finder website (by opening it through akamaihd.net), serve various advertisements and collect sensitive information. It is not common for users to download and install adware knowingly, intentionally. Therefore, ConsoleLog and other apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

ConsoleLog adware

Usually, adware-type applications like ConsoleLog serve banners, coupons, surveys, pop-ups and/or other types of advertisements. Those ads not only conceal contents of visited pages but also lead users who click them to untrustworthy pages and/or even cause downloads, installations of unwanted apps by executing certain scripts. It is quite common that they is designed to gather various information related to user's browsing habits as well. For example, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, IP addresses, geolocations, and other browsing data. It is known that ConsoleLog can read sensitive information from websites such as passwords, phone numbers, credit card details and some other personal data. Its developers could sell gathered information to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who would misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. Data that this app can access could be misused to steal accounts, identities, make fraudulent transactions, purchases. It means that ConsoleLog's users may suffer financial loss, become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to web browsing safety, online privacy, lose access to various accounts, etc. Therefore, ConsoleLog or any other similar application) should never be downloaded and installed. If it already is, then it should be uninstalled as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ConsoleLog
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.C), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.h), 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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SystemHelper, TaskProduct and ServiceBuilder are the names of other apps that are very similar to ConsoleLog, and there are many others. It is common that apps of this type are advertised as legitimate, useful. They supposed to improve browsing experience, include some features and/or be useful in some other way. Although, more often than not they are useless and designed only to help their developers to generate revenue. Moreover, their users are exposed at risk of various problems.

How did ConsoleLog install on my computer?

Users often download and/or install PUAs like ConsoleLog through deceptive advertisements or download and/or installation setups of other programs. There are ads that, when clicked, cause downloads and/or installations of unwanted apps by executing certain scripts. Although, more often PUAs are distributed by including them in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. This distribution method is known as "bundling". In most cases offers to download and/or install potentially unwanted apps are mentioned in setup's "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" settings of setups. Users allow for included apps to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with wanted software when they download and/or install it without changing those settings.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Files and programs should not be downloaded through questionable channels. For example, Peer-to-Peer networks (like eMule, torrent clients), unofficial websites, third party downloaders, and so on. Third party installers should not be used as tools to install software too. It is common that such channels are used to distribute unwanted, or even malicious software. All files, programs should be downloaded only from official websites and through direct links. Moreover, it is recommended to always check download and installation setups for offers to download and/or install additionally included potentially unwanted apps. Typically, those offers can be found in their settings like "Custom", "Advanced". Advertisements that are displayed on shady, questionable pages should not be clicked. More often than not they open untrustworthy pages, sometimes they can cause downloads, installations of PUAs. And finally, it is strongly recommended no to have any unknown, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser and software of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with ConsoleLog, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ConsoleLog's installation is over:

pop-up displayed once ConsoleLog installation is done

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

ConsoleLog redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

ConsoleLog installed on Safari:

consolelog adware safari extension

ConsoleLog's installation folder:

consolelog adware folder 

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ConsoleLog adware using Combo Cleaner:

ConsoleLog adware removal:

Remove ConsoleLog-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 consolelog 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 ConsoleLog removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by consolelog 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 consolelog 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 consolelog 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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