How to remove UpdateFilter adware from the operating system

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

How to remove UpdateFilter adware from Mac computers

What is UpdateFilter?

UpdateFilter is a dubious application categorized as adware. It also has browser hijacker traits. Following successful infiltration, UpdateFilter delivers intrusive advertisements and makes modifications to browser settings to promote fake search engines. This application promotes 0yrvtrh.com in this way. Most adware-type apps and browser hijackers monitor users' browsing activity, and this is likely to be the case with UpdateFilter. Due to the dubious techniques used to proliferate this app, it is also classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).

UpdateFilter adware

Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page and other intrusive ads, typically, on any visited website. These ads significantly diminish the browsing experience, since they overlay web page content and reduce browsing speed. Once clicked, intrusive ads redirect to dubious/malicious websites and some can even execute scripts to stealthily download/install rogue software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers assign the addresses of fake search engines as the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs. UpdateFilter also makes these changes to browsers to promote 0yrvtrh.com. To elaborate on how this affects browsing, each new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar redirects to 0yrvtrh.com. Fake search engines are seldom capable of providing unique results, and so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Yahoo, Bing, Google and other legitimate sites. Furthermore, browser hijackers can undo any changes users attempt to make to browsers and/or deny access to the settings. As mentioned, most PUAs have data tracking capabilities. They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, web pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is typically shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by UpdateFilter
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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PersonalSearchPracticalRemoteSkillInitiator and ConnectedAnalog are some examples of other browser hijackers. They may seem legitimate and harmless, and users are enticed into download/installation with offers of various "useful" functionality, however, the features rarely work as promised and, in most cases, do not work at all. In fact, this applies to most PUAs. The only purpose of these unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers. PUAs run intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects and gather sensitive information.

How did UpdateFilter install on my computer?

Some PUAs have "official" promotional web pages, from which they can be downloaded. These applications can also be downloaded/installed with other products. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) increases the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive ads proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked, they can execute scrips to make stealthy downloads/installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all software before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources, since untrusted download channels such as unofficial and free file hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders commonly offer bundled programs or content that has been otherwise tampered with. When downloading/installing, read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive advertisements may seem normal, however, they can redirect to dubious sites (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling, etc.). If you encounter these ads or redirects, inspect all devices and immediately remove any suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with UpdateFilter, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once UpdateFilter adware installation is complete:

pop-up displayed once UpdateFilter installation is done

Appearance of UpdateFilter promoting 0yrvtrh.com (GIF):

UpdateFilter adware promoting the 0yrvtrh.com fake search engine (GIF)

UpdateFilter adware installation folder:

UpdateFilter adware install folder

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Quick menu:

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

UpdateFilter adware removal:

Remove UpdateFilter-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 updatefilter 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 UpdateFilter removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by updatefilter 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 updatefilter 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 updatefilter 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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