How to uninstall OdysseusLookup adware from the operating system?

Also Known As: Ads by OdysseusLookup
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove OdysseusLookup adware from Mac?

What is OdysseusLookup?

OdysseusLookup is a rogue application, classified as adware and it possesses browser hijacker qualities. Following successful installation, OdysseusLookup delivers intrusive advert campaigns, makes alterations to browser settings and promotes fake search engines. Most adware-types and browser hijackers collect browsing-relating information; hence, it is likely that OdysseusLookup does so as well. Due to the dubious techniques used to proliferate this app, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). One of the methods used to distribute OdysseusLookup is via fake Adobe Flash Player updates. Users should note that illegitimate software updaters/installers are also used to spread trojans, ransomware and other malware.

OdysseusLookup adware distributed via fake Flash Player updater/installer

Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, coupons, surveys, banners and other intrusive advertisements - typically, on any visited website. The delivered adverts seriously diminish the browsing experience, since they limit website visibility and browsing speed. Once clicked on, intrusive ads redirect to unreliable/malicious sites and can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers assign the addresses of fake web searchers as browsers' default search engine, homepage and new tab/window URLs. With such a piece of software installed, every new browser tab/window opened and web search done via the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address. Illegitimate search engines are seldom capable of generating search results, so they tend to redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Yahoo, Google, Bing and other genuine ones. Furthermore, any changes users attempt to make to their browsers can be automatically reset, if access to the browser's settings is permitted at all. Therefore, the only way of recovering an affected browser is by removing the browser hijacker. As mentioned in the introduction, most PUAs (adwares and browser hijackers included) have data tracking abilities. They can record users' browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information inferred from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data can be particularly sensitive and PUA developers often monetize it by sharing/selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). To summarize, presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, financial losses, serious privacy issues and identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, it is strongly recommended to eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by OdysseusLookup
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.Rload.5), 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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DataSearchLauncherVirtualDeskSearch and LookWebResults are a few examples of other adware-type apps. They appear legitimate and useful, tempting users into download/installation with offers of various functionalities. However, despite how good these features may sound - they are rarely operational. In fact, this is common for all PUAs. The only purpose of unwanted applications is to generate revenue for the developers; to users - they have no real value and can instead cause severe problems. PUAs are designed to run intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects and collect private data.

How did OdysseusLookup install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed via download/installation setups of other software. "Bundling" is the term used to define this false marketing tactic of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Some PUAs have "official" download sites. Intrusive ads proliferate these applications as well. When clicked on, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to research software before download/installation. Only official and verified download channels should be used. Untrustworthy sources, e.g. unofficial and free-file hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and third party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. Download and installation processes must be treated with caution. Therefore, it is important to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive adverts look ordinary, however they redirect to various questionable pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). In case of encounters with such advertisements/redirects, users must inspect the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with OdysseusLookup, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.OdysseusLookup/OdysseusLookup
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.OdysseusLookupDaemon/OdysseusLookup
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.OdysseusLookup.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.OdysseusLookupDaemon.plist

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

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

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote OdysseusLookup (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:

OdysseusLookup adware removal:

Remove OdysseusLookup-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 odysseuslookup 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 OdysseusLookup removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by odysseuslookup 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 odysseuslookup 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 odysseuslookup 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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