How to uninstall PlusAbout adware from your operating system?

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

How to remove PlusAbout adware from Mac?

What is PlusAbout adware?

PlusAbout is a rogue application, classified as adware. It operates by running intrusive ad campaigns, i.e. it delivers various undesirable and even harmful advertisements. This app also has browser hijacker qualities, such as browser setting modification and promotion of illegitimate search engines. PlusAbout promotes Safe Finder - through akamaihd.net. Since most users download/install PlusAbout unintentionally, it is also considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Most PUAs have data tracking abilities, which are employed to record/collect browsing-related information - and it is highly likely that PlusAbout has this type of functionalities as well.

PlusAbout adware

Adware delivers pop-ups, surveys, coupons, banners and other intrusive advertisements. They overlay webpage content and slow down the browsing speed. Upon being clicked on, they redirect to dubious/malicious websites and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs - to the addresses of fake web searchers. Therefore, every single search query typed into the URL bar and every new browser tab/window opened - redirect to the promoted address. PlusAbout promotes Safe Finder via akamaihd.net. Illegitimate search engines are rarely capable of providing search results, so they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine ones. Furthermore, browser hijackers can restrict/deny access to the browser's settings and/or undo any permitted changes made. Hence, the only way of recovering the hijacked browser by removing the software affecting it. As mentioned in the introduction, most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) can track data. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is typically shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for profit as well. Presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, it is strongly recommended to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by PlusAbout
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
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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FrequencySignalSoftwareHandler and ProductiveOperation are a few examples of other adware-type applications. They usually appear legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation with a wide variety of "useful" features. However, the promised functionalities seldom work and even if they do - then, not as promised. In fact, this is true of practically all PUAs. The sole purpose of all unwanted applications is to generate revenue at user expense. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs run intrusive advert campaigns, hijack browsers, force-open untrustworthy/malicious webpages and track sensitive information.

How did PlusAbout install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed with other software. This false marketing method of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device. Select PUAs have "official" download sites. Intrusive ads can also infiltrate these applications into systems. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should be researched before download/installation. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy channels, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, functions, and so on. It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing. Intrusive adverts appear ordinary and innocuous, however they redirect to various dubious pages (e.g. adult-dating, pornography, gambling, etc.). In case of encounters with advertisements/redirects of this kind, users must check the system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with PlusAbout, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once PlusAbout installation is over:

pop-up displayed once PlusAbout installation is done

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

PlusAbout redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

PlusAbout adware's installation folder:

PlusAbout adware install folder

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Quick menu:

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

PlusAbout adware removal:

Remove PlusAbout-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 plusabout 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 PlusAbout removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by plusabout 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 plusabout 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 plusabout 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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