How to uninstall ImagineReview adware

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

How to remove ImagineReview from Mac computers

What is ImagineReview?

ImagineReview is designed to feed users with various advertisements and promote a fake search engine by modifying browser settings. Therefore, this app functions both as adware and a browser hijacker. Additionally, it promotes the Safe Finder site via akamaihd.net and can read sensitive information. In most cases, people download and install adware-type apps and browser hijackers inadvertently. Therefore, ImagineReview and other apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

ImagineReview adware

Apps such as ImagineReview serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other advertisements. When clicked, these open dubious websites. In some cases, they execute scripts to download or install unwanted apps. Research shows that ImagineReview can read sensitive information such as passwords, credit card details, telephone numbers and other data. This information can be misused to steal accounts and identities, make fraudulent purchases and transactions, and for other malicious purposes. Therefore, ImagineReview users might become victims of identity theft, lose access to personal accounts, suffer monetary loss, experience problems relating to online privacy, browsing safety and other serious issues. Apps such as ImagineReview often collect browsing-related information (e.g., IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited pages). As mentioned, ImagineReview promotes a fake search engine. Generally, search engines of this kind are promoted by changing browser settings such as address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab, so that users are forced to visit a specific address (of a fake search engine) when they open a browser, new tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar. These search engines are classified as fake, since they do not generate unique results - they simply display those generated by other (usually legitimate) search engines. Some fake search engines display misleading results.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ImagineReview
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), 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 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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ImagineReview is virtually identical to ProgressMatch, StockCommon, TechnologyCustom and many other apps of this type. Generally, their main purpose is to generate revenue for the developers by serving ads, gathering data and promoting fake search engines. Having these apps installed on browsers and/or computers can cause serious problems. Therefore, never download or install any PUAs.

How did ImagineReview install on my computer?

In most cases, PUAs are distributed by including them into the download/installation set-ups of other programs as 'additional offers'. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Developers use this method to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs together with their required software. Offers to download or install additionally-included apps can be declined through settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and "Manual", however, many people leave the settings unchanged when they download or install their programs. In this way, they agree by default with offers to download and install additional PUAs. These unwanted apps are also downloaded and installed through clicking certain advertisements, which then execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Software should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites and via direct links. Other channels are often used to distribute potentially unwanted apps. Some examples of such channels are third party downloaders, Peer to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), dubious websites. Third party installers are often used to distribute PUAs. Check all download and installation settings such as "Advanced" and "Custom" and decline any offers to download or install unwanted, additionally-included applications before completing the process. Do not click advertisements that are displayed on untrusted websites, since these can open other pages of this kind or even download/install unwanted software. Do not trust these ads. Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser, and programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with ImagineReview, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ImagineReview installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once ImagineReview installation is done

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

ImagineReview redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

ImagineReview installed on Safari:

imaginereview adware installed on safari

ImagineReview installation folder:

imaginereview adware contents folder

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ImagineReview adware removal:

Remove ImagineReview-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 imaginereview 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 ImagineReview removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by imaginereview 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 imaginereview 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 imaginereview 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

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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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