How to remove FunctionRecord adware from the operating system?

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

How to remove FunctionRecord adware from Mac?

What is FunctionRecord adware?

FunctionRecord is a piece of dubious software, classified as adware and it also has qualities typical of browser hijackers. Following successful installation, it runs intrusive advert campaigns, modifies browser settings and promotes fake search engines. FunctionRecord promotes Safe Finder through akamaihd.net. Additionally, most adwares and browser hijackers track browsing-related information. Since most users download/install FunctionRecord unintentionally, this app is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

FunctionRecord adware

Adware delivers pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, full-page and other intrusive advertisements. They severely diminish the browsing quality, since they limit browsing speed and site visibility (by overlaying webpage content). When clicked on, these ads redirect to various sale-based/promotional, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious websites. Furthermore, clicking can trigger some of these adverts to execute scripts, designed to download/install software (e.g. PUAs) without user permission. Browser hijackers operate by assigning the addresses of illegitimate web searchers as browsers' default search engine, homepage and new tab/window URLs. Hence, every single new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to the address of the promoted search engine. FunctionRecord promotes (via akamaihd.net) Safe Finder. Fake web searchers are typically unable to provide search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Yahoo, Google, Bing and other legitimate search engines. Furthermore, browser hijackers can deny access to the browser's settings and/or undo any permitted changes made. As mentioned in the introduction, most adware-types and browser hijackers have data tracking abilities - and it is very likely that FunctionRecord has such features as well. These PUAs can record users' browsing habits (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This vulnerable data is often shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), likewise seeking to misuse the information for profit. 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, it is crucial to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by FunctionRecord
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), Fortinet (Adware/Synataeb!OSX), 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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EssentialCommandPromoteMethod and WebAdvancedSearch are some examples of other adware-type apps. They usually appear legitimate and harmless. Users are enticed into download/installation with a wide variety of "handy" and "advantageous" functionalities. However, the advertised features are seldom operational. This applies to practically all PUAs. Unwanted applications have but one goal - to generate revenue for the developers; to users - they have no real value and can instead cause various problems. PUAs are designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, force-open untrustworthy and malicious sites, modify browsers and collect private data.

How did FunctionRecord install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed through download/installation setups of other products. "Bundling" is the name of this deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing ordinary software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed downloads/installations (e.g. ignored terms, used presets, skipped steps, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive adverts proliferate PUAs as well; once clicked on, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install these apps. Some PUAs have "official" promotional webpages, from which they can be downloaded.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to always research products prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy download sources, like: unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features and other additions. Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate, however they redirect to highly questionable pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). Should users experience ads/redirects of this type, they must inspect the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins from it. If your computer is already infected with FunctionRecord, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once FunctionRecord installation is over:

pop-up displayed once FunctionRecord installation is done

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

FunctionRecord redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

FunctionRecord adware's installation folder:

FunctionRecord adware install folder

FunctionRecord adware installed onto the Safari browser:

FunctionRecord adware installed onto Safari

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Quick menu:

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

FunctionRecord adware removal:

Remove FunctionRecord-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 functionrecord 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 FunctionRecord removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by functionrecord 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 functionrecord 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 functionrecord 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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