How to uninstall ConnectionIndexer adware from the operating system?

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

How to remove ConnectionIndexer adware from Mac?

What is ConnectionIndexer adware?

ConnectionIndexer is an adware-type application with browser hijacker traits. Following successful infiltration, it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns, makes modifications to browser settings and promotes fake search engines. ConnectionIndexer promotes (through akamaihd.net) Safe Finder, 0yrvtrh.com or search.dominantmethod.com (the latter on Google Chrome browsers). Additionally, most adware and browser hijackers collect information relating to browsing activity. Due to the questionable methods used to distribute ConnectionIndexer, it is categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). One of the techniques employed to proliferate it is via fake Adobe Flash Player updater/installer. Users should note that illegitimate software updaters/installers often distribute not only PUAs but trojans, ransomware and other malware as well.

ConnectionIndexer adware

Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons and other intrusive adverts - typically, on any visited website. Hence, the ads do not originate from the sites themselves but they are delivered by adware. These ads seriously diminish the browsing experience, since they overlay page content and slow down the browsing speed. Upon being clicked, intrusive advertisements redirect to various unreliable/malicious webpages and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers (with which ConnectionIndexer shares abilities) reassign browsers' homepage default search engine and new browser tab/window URLs. With such a piece of software installed, every single search query typed into the URL bar and new browser tab/window opened - redirect to the promoted address. ConnectionIndexer promotes (via akamaihd.net) Safe Finder0yrvtrh.com or search.dominantmethod.com (on Chrome) - in this manner. Fake search engines are usually unable to provide search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Bing, Google and other legitimate ones. Browser hijackers can also 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 monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive information is often shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Therefore, presence of data-tracking software on devices can lead to financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ConnectionIndexer
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), Endgame (Malicious (high Confidence)), 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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CentralLotDocallisec and SectionBrowser are a few examples of other adware-type apps. They appear legitimate and useful; however, their advertised functionalities are rarely operational. In fact, this is true of practically all PUAs. The sole purpose of unwanted software is to generate revenue at user expense. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs run intrusive ad campaigns, cause redirects, hijack browsers and gather private data.

How did ConnectionIndexer install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing tactic of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) - users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices. Select PUAs have "official" download sites. Intrusive advertisements proliferate these applications as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is strongly advised to research software before download/installation. Only official and trustworthy download channels must be used. Dubious sources, like: unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - commonly offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements typically appear legitimate, however they redirect to various questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and others). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins - removed without delay. If your computer is already infected with ConnectionIndexer, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Delusive application installer promoting ConnectionIndexer adware (step 1):

Delusive installer used to promote ConnectionIndexer adware step 1

Delusive application installer promoting ConnectionIndexer adware (step 2):

Delusive installer used to promote ConnectionIndexer adware step 2

Pop-up window displayed once ConnectionIndexer installation is over:

pop-up displayed once ConnectionIndexer installation is done

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

ConnectionIndexer redirecting users to Safe Finder website via akamaihd.net

ConnectionIndexer adware's installation folder:

ConnectionIndexer adware install folder

ConnectionIndexer adware installed onto the Safari browser:

ConnectionIndexer adware installed onto Safari

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Quick menu:

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

ConnectionIndexer adware removal:

Remove ConnectionIndexer-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 connectionindexer 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 ConnectionIndexer removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by connectionindexer 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 connectionindexer 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 connectionindexer 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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