Remove ManagerBoost adware

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

How to remove ManagerBoost from Mac?

What is ManagerBoost?

This application is classified as adware and a browser hijacker: it serves advertisements and promotes some fake search engine. Research shows that it promotes Safe Finder by opening it through akamaihd.net. It is very likely that ManagerBoost collect some data as well. Typically, users do not download and install apps like ManagerBoost (adware, browser hijacker) knowingly. Therefore, such apps are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

ManagerBoost adware

Adware is a type of software that feeds users with advertisements, for example, banners, coupons, pop-up ads, surveys. It is common that such ads are designed to promote (open) questionable websites. In some cases they cause unwanted downloads and/or installation of unwanted applications. It is advised not to trust/click ads that are served by installed adware (in this case ManagerBoost). As mentioned in the first paragraph, ManagerBoost is designed to hijack browsers. Typically, apps that operate a browser hijackers change browser's settings such as address of a homepage, default search engine and new tab to an address of a certain fake search engine. Such search engines are called fake because they do not generate unique, independent results - they display results generated by some other search engine (e.g., Yahoo, Google, Bing). Although, they can be designed to generate results that would include links to unreliable websites. Usually a fake search engine/its address can be removed from browser's settings only when a browser hijacker is no longer installed. Additionally, apps like ManagerBoost often are designed to collect various information. Quite often they target details like IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages. However, there are PUAs that are capable of accessing/gathering sensitive information as well. It is possible that developers of installed PUA may misuse collected data to generate revenue, for example, they might sell it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). By doing so they could put users at risk identity theft, problems related browsing safety, online privacy, or other issues.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ManagerBoost
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.Rload.4), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/Adware.Synataeb.C), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.i), 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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A couple examples of other applications that are similar to ManagerBoost are RequestTop, OperativeField and BasicDesktop. Adware, browser hijackers tend to be advertised as useful, they supposed to include some features, improve browsing experience, etc. Although, most of them do not operate as they were advertised and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by feeding users with advertisements, promoting questionable addresses and/or collecting various data. Therefore, if an app of this type is already installed on a browser and/or operating system, then it is recommended to uninstall it as soon as possible.

How did ManagerBoost install on my computer?

Very often PUAs are distributed by including them in download and/or installation setups of other programs. This distribution method is called "bundling". As a rule, developers include PUAs as additional offers, they can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings of setups before completing downloads and/or installations. However, not all users check and change those settings when they download and/or install programs and that is how they allow PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too. In some cases such downloads and/or installations can be caused by clicking ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software and files should be downloaded only from official websites (and via direct links). Third party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), etc., can be used to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious applications. Therefore, they should not be trusted/used. Intrusive ads that are shown on shady pages can cause unwanted downloads and/or installations too. Therefore, they should not be clicked as well. Furthermore, unwanted downloads and installations can be prevented by declining offers to download and/or install unwanted apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of setups. If there are any suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins and/or add-ons installed on a browser, then they should be uninstalled. This applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system too. If your computer is already infected with ManagerBoost, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ManagerBoost installation is over:

pop-up displayed once ManagerBoost installation is done

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

ManagerBoost redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

ManagerBoost's Contents folder:

managerboost adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

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

ManagerBoost adware removal:

Remove ManagerBoost-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 managerboost 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 ManagerBoost removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by managerboost 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 managerboost 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 managerboost 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

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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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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