How to uninstall TypicalFraction unwanted app?

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

How to remove TypicalFraction from Mac?

What is TypicalFraction?

TypicalFraction is designed to promote the Safe Finder page via akamaihd.net, address of a fake search engine by changing certain browser's settings and feed users with various advertisements. Simply said, it is an adware-type app which traits of a browser hijacker. Also, research shows that TypicalFraction can read sensitive information. It is worthwhile to mention that in most cases users download and install apps of this type unknowingly, therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

TypicalFraction adware

Typically, programs like TypicalFraction display banners, coupons, surveys, pop-ups and/or other types of ads. When users click them, those ads often open various questionable websites. Also, such ads can be designed to execute certain scripts that would cause download or even installation of some unwanted application. Furthermore, TypicalFraction changes browser's settings such as address of a homepage, default search engine and new tab to an address of a fake search engine. It is common that apps of this type are designed to prevent users from removing a certain address from the aforementioned settings as long as they are installed. Therefore, changes that were made by such apps can be undone only after their installation. It is worthwhile to mention that fake search engines do not generate any unique results, they display results generated by some other, often legitimate search engine. However, some fake search engines can be designed to display misleading results. Another issue with TypicalFraction is that it can read sensitive information such as telephone numbers, credit card details and passwords. Such information could be misused to make fraudulent purchases, transactions, steal accounts, identities. Also, it could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). Additionally, TypicalFraction may be capable of collecting browsing data (e.g., IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages) as well. To sum up, TypicalFraction's users may become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary loss, lose access to various accounts, experience issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, and/or other problems. Therefore, neither TypicalFraction or other similar app can be trusted and should never be downloaded and installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by TypicalFraction
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), Fortinet (Adware/Synataeb!OSX), 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.
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TypicalFraction is very similar to many other apps of this type, for example, ProduceStyle, CompeteService and PrimaryIndexer. All of them serve advertisements, promote questionable addresses and can access sensitive information. It is common that such apps are advertised as legitimate, useful. Although, most of them are not only useless but also can be the reason behind a variety problems. If such app is already installed on a browser and/or operating system, then it should be uninstalled from it as soon as possible.

How did TypicalFraction install on my computer?

Users often download and/or install adware and other PUAs through download and/or installation setups of other programs. It is common that apps of this type are included in setups as additional offers, users can find those offers in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" settings. Although, not all users check and change those settings when they download and install programs. By leaving them unchanged they allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with intentionally downloaded and/or installed software. This distribution method of PUAs is called "bundling". Also, unwanted downloads and installations can be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements. However, by clicking only those ads that are capable of causing it by running certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not safe to use unofficial, shady websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, installers and other channels of this kind to download or install any software (or files). It should be done by using only official websites and direct links. Also, it is recommended to always check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options of any download and/or installation setup. Quite often they contain offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Intrusive advertisements that are displayed on questionable pages often tend to open other untrustworthy websites or cause downloads and/pr installations of unwanted apps. Therefore, such ads should never be clicked. Any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons and plug-ins that are installed on browser should be uninstalled. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with TypicalFraction, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once TypicalFraction installation is over:

pop-up displayed once TypicalFraction installation is done

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

TypicalFraction redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

TypicalFraction adware installed on Safari:

typicalfraction adware extension installed on safari

TypicalFraction's Contents folder:

typicalfraction installation folder

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Quick menu:

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

TypicalFraction adware removal:

Remove TypicalFraction-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 typicalfraction 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 TypicalFraction removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by typicalfraction 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 typicalfraction 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 typicalfraction 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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