How to uninstall AdvancedProcesser adware from your operating system?

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

How to remove AdvancedProcesser adware from Mac?

What is AdvancedProcesser adware?

AdvancedProcesser is a piece of software, categorized as adware. It also has browser hijacker traits. Following successful installation, this application runs intrusive advertisement campaigns, modifies browser settings in order to promote fake search engines. AdvancedProcesser promotes Safe Finder through akamaihd.net. Additionally, most adwares and browser hijackers spy on users' browsing activity and it is unlikely that AdvancedProcesser does so as well. Since most users download/install AdvancedProcesser inadvertently, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

AdvancedProcesser adware

Software within the adware category enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons and other intrusive advertisements. They limit the browsing speed and webpage visibility - this seriously diminishes the browsing activity. When being clicked on, intrusive ads redirect to sale-oriented, untrustworthy/rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. Furthermore, some of these adverts can be triggered (by being clicked on) to execute scripts, designed to download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs - to the addresses of illegitimate web searchers. AdvancedProcesser makes these alterations to browsers as well, in order to promote (via akamaihd.net) Safe Finder. Hence, with AdvancedProcesser installed, users experience undesirable redirects - every time they open a new browser tab/window and web search done through the URL bar. Fake search engines are usually unable to provide search results, so they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other legitimate ones. It is impossible to recover a hijacked browser without removing the software affecting it. Since, browser hijackers can deny access to the browser's settings and/or redo any permitted changes made. As mentioned in the introduction, most PUAs have data tracking abilities which are employed to spy on browsing activity. Information of interest includes: URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses, geolocations and other details. This sensitive information is typically shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Therefore, presence of unwanted apps on devices can result in system infections, financial losses, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, it is crucial to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AdvancedProcesser
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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AdjustableValuePlusAboutFrequencySignalSoftwareHandler - are some examples of other adware-type applications. They appear legitimate and useful. Users are enticed into download/installation with offers of a wide variety of functionalities. However, the promised features are seldom operational. This is true of practically all PUAs. Functionality and user safety are irrelevant, since the sole purpose of unwanted apps is to generate profit to the developers. PUAs are designed to deliver intrusive advert campaigns, modify browsers, cause redirects and collect private data.

How did AdvancedProcesser install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed via download/installation setups of other software. "Bundling" is the term used to define this false marketing method of packing ordinary products with unwanted or malicious additions. By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, using pre-set options, etc.) - users risk inadvertently allowing bundled content into their devices. PUAs can also have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive advertisements proliferate these apps as well. Upon being clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is strongly advised to research products before download/installation. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy channels, like: unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - commonly offer dubious 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, features, etc. Intrusive adverts usually appear legitimate and harmless, however they redirect to various questionable websites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). In case of encounters with ads/redirects of this kind, users must check the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with AdvancedProcesser, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once AdvancedProcesser installation is over:

pop-up displayed once AdvancedProcesser installation is done

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

AdvancedProcesser redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

AdvancedProcesser adware's installation folder:

AdvancedProcesser adware install folder

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Quick menu:

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

AdvancedProcesser adware removal:

Remove AdvancedProcesser-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 advancedprocesser 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 AdvancedProcesser removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by advancedprocesser 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 advancedprocesser 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 advancedprocesser 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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Tomas Meskauskas

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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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