Uninstall TechnologyCustom adware from your computer

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

How to remove TechnologyCustom from Mac computers

What is TechnologyCustom?

TechnologyCustom is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), which is designed to display various online advertisements. It also promotes the Safe Finder web page by opening it via akamaihd.net. TechnologyCustom is categorized as a PUA, since most users do not download or install this adware intentionally. Note that apps such as TechnologyCustom not only serve ads but also collect data relating to users' browsing habits.

TechnologyCustom adware

After installation, apps such as TechnologyCustom begin to regularly feed users with various advertisements. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and others. When clicked, these tend to open untrusted web pages or cause download/installation of unwanted, potentially malicious apps. Furthermore, adware-type apps often gather browsing data such as IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, and other details of this kind. Some PUAs are capable of accessing private, sensitive information. Developers could misuse the recorded data to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), who then misuse it in other ways. Research shows that TechnologyCustom is capable of accessing data such as passwords, credit card details and other sensitive information. These details could be used to steal identities, make fraudulent purchases and transactions, and steal accounts. In summary, software such as TechnologyCustom can cause problems such as identity theft, issues relating to browsing safety, privacy, monetary loss, and other serious issues. Therefore, remove any installed adware from the browser and/or operating system immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by TechnologyCustom
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Endgame (Malicious (high Confidence)), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.C), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.h), ZoneAlarm by Check Point (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.h), 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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TechnologyCustom is very similar to ExtraDevice, ConsoleLog, SystemHelper, and many other adware-type applications. In most cases, they serve intrusive, often deceptive advertisements and track information. Rather than operating as advertised (as legitimate, useful apps), programs such as TechnologyCustom feed users with ads and simply cause problems.

How did TechnologyCustom install on my computer?

Most users do not download or install PUAs intentionally - it happens when people click deceptive ads that execute certain scripts or when PUAs are distributed by inclusion into the download/installation set-ups of other, often legitimate, software. This distribution method is called "bundling". Generally, information about these additional apps is provided in "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings, however, many users leave these unchecked and unchanged, thereby allowing PUAs to infiltrate.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download all programs from official websites and via direct links. You are strongly advised to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial pages or other channels/sources to download or install software and files - they can be used to distribute PUAs and malware. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of the download/installation setup and decline offers to download or install additionally-included, unwanted applications. Do not click intrusive advertisements that appear on various dubious pages, since they might open untrusted websites or cause download/installation of unwanted applications. Remove any unknown, unwanted or suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser, and programs of this kind installed on the computer/operating system. If your computer is already infected with TechnologyCustom, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once TechnologyCystom installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once TechnologyCystom installation is done

TechnologyCystom redirecting to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net:

TechnologyCystom redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

TechnologyCustom installation folder:

technologycustom adware contents folder

TechnologyCustom installed on Safari:

technologycustom-adware-installed-on-safari

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove TechnologyCustom adware using Combo Cleaner:

TechnologyCustom adware removal:

Remove TechnologyCustom-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 technologycustom 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 TechnologyCustom removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by technologycustom 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 technologycustom 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 technologycustom 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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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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