How to uninstall OperativeFraction adware from the operating system

Also Known As: Ads by OperativeFraction
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove OperativeFraction adware from Mac computers

What is OperativeFraction?

OperativeFraction is a dubious application classified as adware and also possessing browser hijacker traits. Following infiltration, this app delivers intrusive advertisement campaigns, makes modifications to browser settings, and promotes a fake search engine (0yrvtrh.com). Additionally, most adware-type apps and browser hijackers have data tracking capabilities, which are used to monitor users' browsing activity. Due to the dubious methods used to proliferate OperativeFraction, it is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).

OperativeFraction adware

Adware delivers pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, full-page and other intrusive advertisements. These significantly diminish the browsing experience, as they overlay web page content and reduce browsing speed. When clicked, intrusive ads redirect to dubious/malicious sites and some can even stealthily download/install rogue software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers reassign the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs to the addresses of fake search engines. With a browser hijacker installed, each new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar redirects to the address of the promoted search engine. OperativeFraction promotes 0yrvtrh.com in this manner. Fake search engines are rarely capable of providing unique results, and so they redirect (or cause redirection chains leading) to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine sites. Most browser hijackers can undo any changes users attempt to make to their browsers and/or deny access to the settings outright. As mentioned, PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) can usually track data. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is typically shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), likewise seeking to misuse it for profit. To summarize, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. Therefore, you are strongly advised to immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by OperativeFraction
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), SentinelOne (Static ML) (DFI - Suspicious Archive), 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 the 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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Adware often seems legitimate and harmless. AdjustableSkill, NetProgress and UpdateFilter are some examples of software within this classification. Users are enticed into download/installation with offers of "useful" features, however, the promised functionality seldom works. This applies to most PUAs. The sole purpose of these unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers. Regular users receive no real value and can instead experience serious issues. PUAs run intrusive ad campaigns, modify browsers, cause redirects and collect sensitive data.

How did OperativeFraction install on my computer?

PUAs are often downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is termed "bundling". Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive ads proliferate these applications as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs without users' permission. Certain PUAs have "official" download web pages.

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 channels including unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders commonly offer bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive ads may seem normal and innocuous, however, they can redirect to dubious sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and many others). If you encounter ads/redirects of this type, inspect the system and remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately. If your computer is already infected with OperativeFraction, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

pop-up displayed once OperativeFraction installation is done

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

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

OperativeFraction adware installation folder:

OperativeFraction adware install folder

OperativeFraction adware installed onto Safari:

OperativeFraction adware installed onto Safari

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove OperativeFraction adware using Combo Cleaner:

OperativeFraction adware removal:

Remove OperativeFraction-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 operativefraction 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 OperativeFraction removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by operativefraction 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 operativefraction 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 operativefraction 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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