How to remove AdjustableValue adware from the operating system?

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

How to remove AdjustableValue adware from Mac?

What is AdjustableValue adware?

AdjustableValue is an adware-type application, categorized as adware and it also has browser hijacker traits. It operates by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns, making alterations to browser settings in order to promote fake search engines. AdjustableValue promotes Safe Finder via akamaihd.net. Due to the dubious techniques used to proliferate this adware, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). Most PUAs have data tracking abilities, which are employed to spy on users' browsing activity and it is very likely that AdjustableValue has such functionalities as well.

AdjustableValue adware

Adware delivers pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons and other intrusive adverts. These ads overlay page content and slow the browsing speed, thereby diminishing the browsing experience. Upon being clicked, intrusive ads redirect to untrustworthy/rogue, sale-oriented, deceptive/scam, compromised and malicious websites. Some of these ads can even be triggered (by being clicked) to execute scripts to stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers make modifications to browsers settings - they reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs to the addresses of illegitimate web searchers. Hence, every new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address. AdjustableValue promotes Safe Finder through akamaihd.net. Fake web searchers are seldom able to generate search results, so they redirect to legitimate search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Bing and others). Browser hijackers can reset any changes users attempt to make to their browsers and/or restrict/deny access to the browser's settings entirely. Furthermore, most unwanted apps have data tracking abilities. They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is typically shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Therefore, presence of such software on devices can lead to system infections, financial losses, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, it is strongly advised to eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AdjustableValue
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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PlusAboutFrequencySignal and SoftwareHandler are a couple examples of other adware-type apps. They tend to appear ordinary and useful. Users are enticed into downloading/installing this software with offers of various functionalities. However, the promised features are rarely operational and this is typical of all PUAs. Unwanted applications have but one goal - to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs run intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects and collect personally identifiable information.

How did AdjustableValue install on my computer?

Select PUAs have "official" download webpages. However, these apps are more commonly downloaded/installed together with other software. "Bundling" is the term used to define this false marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) - users risk inadvertently installing dubious and/or bundled content. Intrusive adverts proliferate such applications as well. Once clicked on, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research software before download/installation. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy channels, like: unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - often offer bundled content. Download and installation processes must be approached with caution. Therefore, it is important to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline downloading/installing supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate, however they redirect to various dubious webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). In case of encounters with ads/redirects of this kind, 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 AdjustableValue, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once AdjustableValue installation is over:

pop-up displayed once AdjustableValue installation is done

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

AdjustableValue redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

AdjustableValue adware's installation folder:

AdjustableValue adware install folder

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Quick menu:

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

AdjustableValue adware removal:

Remove AdjustableValue-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 adjustablevalue 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 AdjustableValue removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by adjustablevalue 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 adjustablevalue 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 adjustablevalue 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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