How to uninstall HermesLookup adware from the operating system?

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

How to remove HermesLookup adware from Mac?

What is HermesLookup?

HermesLookup is a rogue application, categorized as adware and it also possesses browser hijacker qualities. Following successful infiltration, this app runs intrusive advertisement campaigns (i.e. delivers undesirable and harmful ads), modifies browsers and promotes fake search engines. Additionally, HermesLookup likely has data tracking abilities, which are employed to spy on users' browsing activity. Due to the dubious methods used to distribute HermesLookup, it is also classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). One of these questionable techniques used to proliferate this application is via fake Adobe Flash Player updates. Users should note that illegitimate updaters/installers commonly distribute trojans, ransomware and other malware.

HermesLookup adware distributed via fake Flash Player updater/installer

Adware-type apps enable the placement of pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and other intrusive adverts - typically, on any visited website. These ads seriously diminish the browsing experience, as they overlay page content and restrict browsing speed (i.e. slow it down). Upon being clicked, intrusive advertisements redirect to sale-oriented, untrustworthy/rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious sites. Clicking can also trigger them to execute scripts, designed to stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijacker operate by reassigning browsers' homepage, default search engine and new browser tab/window URLs - to the addresses of illegitimate web searchers. Hence, every single search query typed into the URL bar and every new browser tab/window opened - redirect to the promoted address. Fake search engines are usually unable to provide search results, so they tend to redirect (or cause redirection chains leading) to Yahoo, Google, Bing and other legitimate ones. Furthermore, browser hijackers can limit/deny access to the browser's settings and/or reset any permitted changes made. Therefore, if the browser hijacker is not removed - recovering the affected browser is impossible. What is more, most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) track data. Unwanted apps can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is often monetized by being shared with or sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it for profit. To summarize, presence of PUAs on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by HermesLookup
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), DrWeb (Adware.Mac.Loader.17), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adloa), 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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CapitalCharacterSearchPanelNotes and SimpleGuideSearch are a few examples of other adwares. These apps appear legitimate and useful. However, the advertised features are rarely operational. In fact, this is typical of all software classified as PUAs. Unwanted applications have but one goal - to generate revenue for the developers; to users they have no genuine value and can instead cause various problems. PUAs are designed to deliver intrusive ad campaigns, force-open untrustworthy and malicious webpages, hijack browsers and track private information.

How did HermesLookup install on my computer?

PUAs proliferate via download/installation setups of other products. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular software together with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Some PUAs have "official" download pages. Once clicked on, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research products before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels should be used. Unofficial and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders - are deemed to be untrustworthy and are advised against use. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions and other additions. Intrusive ads appear legitimate and ordinary, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable websites (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and others). In case of encounters with adverts/redirects of this time, users should check the system and immediately eliminate all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with HermesLookup, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to the HermesLookup adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.HermesLookup/HermesLookup
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.HermesLookupDaemon/HermesLookup
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.HermesLookup.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.HermesLookupDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the HermesLookup 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 HermesLookup (Step 1)

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

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote HermesLookup (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:

HermesLookup adware removal:

Remove HermesLookup-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 hermeslookup 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 HermesLookup removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by hermeslookup 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 hermeslookup 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 hermeslookup 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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