How to uninstall ElementaryDataSearch adware from your system?

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

How to remove ElementaryDataSearch adware from Mac?

What is ElementaryDataSearch?

ElementaryDataSearch is a rogue application, classified as adware and possessing browser hijacker qualities. Following successful infiltration, this app delivers intrusive advert campaigns, modifies browser settings and promotes an illegitimate search engine. Adware-types and browser hijackers typically spy on users' browsing activity. Due to the questionable techniques used to proliferate ElementaryDataSearch, it is deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). One of said methods is via fake Adobe Flash Player updates. It is noteworthy that illegitimate software updaters/installers are used to distribute not only PUAs but trojans, ransomware and other malware as well.

ElementaryDataSearch adware distributed via fake Flash Player updater/installer

Software within the adware classification operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns. It enables the placement of various intrusive ads (e.g. pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.), typically on any visited site. These adverts limit browsing speed and webpage visibility. Additionally, once clicked on, intrusive advertisements redirect to untrustworthy/malicious websites and some can even download/install software (e.g. PUAs) without user permission. Browser hijackers reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs to the addresses of fake web searchers. Hence, every single search query typed into the URL bar and new browser tabs/windows opened - redirect to the promoted address. Illegitimate search engines are rarely capable of providing search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing and other legitimate ones. Furthermore, recovering an affected browser is impossible without removing the browser hijacker. Since any user changes made can be automatically undone, if access to the browser's settings is permitted at all. What is more, most PUAs can track data. They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This vulnerable data is often monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Therefore, presence of data-tracking content on systems can lead to financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be eliminated without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ElementaryDataSearch
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), BitDefender (Trojan.MAC.Generic.6590), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.d), 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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RecognitionAssistResultsToolbox and MajorPanelSearch are a few examples of other adware-type apps. They appear legitimate and useful, luring users into download/installation with various functionalities. However, the features seldom work as advertised and in most cases - they do not work at all. This is true of practically all PUAs. The sole purpose of unwanted applications is to generate profit for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant. PUAs are designed to deliver intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers, cause undesirable redirects and gather private data.

How did ElementaryDataSearch install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing tactic of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing dubious and/or bundled content into the device. Select PUAs have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive adverts can infiltrate these applications into systems as well. Upon being clicked, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

All products should be researched before download/installation. It is recommended to only use official and verified download channels. Untrustworthy sources, like: unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - can offer deceptive and/or bundled content; therefore, they are advised against use. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads appear ordinary, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable pages (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and others). Should users experience such advertisements, they must inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with ElementaryDataSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.ElementaryDataSearch/ElementaryDataSearch
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.ElementaryDataSearchDaemon/ElementaryDataSearch
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.ElementaryDataSearch.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ElementaryDataSearchDaemon.plist

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

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

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote ElementaryDataSearch (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:

ElementaryDataSearch adware removal:

Remove ElementaryDataSearch-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 elementarydatasearch 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 ElementaryDataSearch removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by elementarydatasearch 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 elementarydatasearch 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 elementarydatasearch 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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