How to uninstall PromoteMethod adware?

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

How to remove PromoteMethod adware from Mac?

What is PromoteMethod adware?

PromoteMethod is a piece of dubious software, categorized as adware and it also possesses browser hijacker traits. It operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns, making modifications to browser settings and promoting fake search engines. PromoteMethod promotes Safe Finder through akamaihd.net. Additionally, most adwares and browser hijackers gather browsing-related information. Due to the dubious methods used to proliferate PromoteMethod, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

PromoteMethod adware

Adware delivers pop-ups, banners, coupons, full-page and other intrusive adverts. They seriously affect the browsing experience, since they overlay page content and limit the browsing speed. When clicked on, intrusive ads redirect to various unreliable/malicious websites and some can even 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 tab/window opened - redirect to the promoted address. PromoteMethod promotes (via akamaihd.net) Safe Finder in this manner. Illegitimate search engines are usually unable to provide search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Yahoo, Google, Bing and other genuine ones. Furthermore, browser hijackers can restrict/deny access to the browser's settings and/or undo any permitted changes made. As mentioned in the introduction, most PUAs 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). In summary, presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by PromoteMethod
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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WebAdvancedSearchExtendedTaskPlusAbout - are a couple examples of other adware-type apps. They appear legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation with offers of various "handy" features. However, the promised functionalities are seldom operational. In fact, this applies to practically all PUAs. The sole goal of unwanted applications is to generate profit for the developers; to users - they have no real value and can instead cause severe problems. PUAs are designed to deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns, modify browser settings, force-open untrustworthy/malicious sites and collect private data.

How did PromoteMethod install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other products. "Bundling" is the term used to define this false marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. By rushing through download/install processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options, etc.) - users risk unintentionally allowing dubious and/or bundled content into the system. Select PUAs have "official" download pages. Upon being clicked on, intrusive ads can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research software prior to download/installation. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy sources, like: unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate, however they redirect to various highly questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography, etc.). In case of encounters with ads/redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins removed immediately from it. If your computer is already infected with PromoteMethod, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once PromoteMethod installation is over:

pop-up displayed once PromoteMethod installation is done

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

PromoteMethod redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

PromoteMethod adware's installation folder:

PromoteMethod adware install folder

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Quick menu:

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

PromoteMethod adware removal:

Remove PromoteMethod-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 promotemethod 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 PromoteMethod removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by promotemethod 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 promotemethod 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 promotemethod 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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