How to uninstall the VentureSprint unwanted app

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

How to remove VentureSprint from Mac computers

What is VentureSprint?

VentureSprint is designed not only to display various advertisements but also to promote the address of a fake search engine (by changing browser settings) and the Safe Finder web page (by opening it through akamaihd.net). In this way, VentureSprint operates both as adware and a browser hijacker. It is likely that this app will also collect data. Few users download or install apps such as VentureSprint intentionally and, therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

VentureSprint adware

When installed apps such as VentureSprint display advertisements such as, for example, banners, surveys, pop-ups, coupons, and others. These open dubious web pages and sometimes can execute scripts that cause download/installation of PUAs. It is not safe to click ads that are displayed by installed adware, in this case, VentureSprint. This app also changes browser settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab, to the address of a fake search engine. It forces users to visit the address of the fake search engine when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar. Usually, people cannot remove the address from the aforementioned settings unless they uninstall the app (e.g., VentureSprint) that changed it. As mentioned, VentureSprint might be designed to collect data. Typically, apps of this type target details such as IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, geolocations, and other browsing data, however, there is a possibility that installed adware and/or browser hijackers will access private, sensitive information as well. Furthermore, the data could be misused to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or in other ways. In summary, VentureSprint can cause problems such as unwanted downloads and installations, problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy, identity theft and other issues. For these reasons this app should never be downloaded or installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by VentureSprint
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
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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More examples of software that is classified as adware include UpdaterChannel, OperationArchive and RotatorAssist. Apps of this type feed users with advertisements and can track information. Adware developers advertise them as legitimate software that supposedly improve the browsing experience, include features, and are useful in other ways. In fact, these apps do not operate as promised and are designed only to help the developers to generate revenue - they can also cause serious problems.

How did VentureSprint install on my computer?

One of the most common ways to distribute potentially unwanted applications is to include them into the download/installation set-ups of other programs. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Developers include PUAs into set-ups as 'additional offers' and hope that users will not decline them. In most cases, the offers can be found in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings, however, many people download and install their software without checking and changing them, thereby agreeing by default with offers to download and install PUAs. Sometimes unintentional downloads/installations are caused by clicking deceptive advertisements that run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Programs and files should NOT be downloaded through unofficial websites, third party downloaders/installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), etc. These channels are often used to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious programs. Software should be downloaded only from official pages and via direct links. Check all download/installation settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced" and decline any offers to download or install additional software before completing the process. Do not click intrusive ads that appear on dubious websites, since they can lead to other rogue pages, and can sometimes cause unwanted download and installations. Remove any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons and plug-ins that are installed on the browser immediately. The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with VentureSprint, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once VentureSprint installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once VentureSprint installation is done

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

VentureSprint redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

VentureSprint installation folder:

VentureSprint installation folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

VentureSprint adware removal:

Remove VentureSprint-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 venturesprint 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 VentureSprint removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by venturesprint 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 venturesprint 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 venturesprint 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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