How to remove PracticalProcesser unwanted app?

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

How to remove PracticalProcesser from Mac?

What is PracticalProcesser?

PracticalProcesser is both a browser hijacker and aware-type app: it changes certain browser settings to 0yrvtrh.com or adjustablesample.com, and serves advertisements. Also, PracticalProcesser can access sensitive information. In most cases users download and install adware, browser hijackers unknowingly. Therefore, apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

PracticalProcesser adware

Typically, adware-type applications like PracticalProcesser are designed to serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and/or other types of advertisements. It is common that they are designed to open untrustworthy websites. Also, sometimes they can cause downloads and/or installations of PUAs by executing certain scripts. Therefore, it is not safe to click ads displayed by PracticalProcesser and other apps of this type. As mentioned in the introduction, PracticalProcesser functions not only as adware but also as a browser hijacker. It is designed to promote 0yrvtrh.com and adjustablesample.com (addresses of fake search engines) by changing browser settings. PracticalProcesser changes browser settings to 0yrvtrh.com on Safari and adjustablesample.com on Chrome. Both of them redirectsusers to search.yahoo.com - they displays results generated by Yahoo. Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing browser settings such as address of a homepage, default search engine and new tab. Users cannot remove address of a fake search engine from the aforementioned settings without having to uninstall the app that changed them first. Research shows that PracticalProcesser can access passwords, credit card details, telephone numbers and other information. Such details could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals), misused to steal personal accounts, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, steal identities, etc., and/or misused for other malicious purposes. Therefore, users who have this app installed on a browser and computer may become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary loss, experience issues related to online privacy, browsing safety, lose access to various accounts, etc. For these reasons PracticalProcesser should never be downloaded and installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by PracticalProcesser
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), 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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A couple of examples of PUAs like PracticalProcesser are ExpandedProgram, OperativeFraction and RunningOptimizer. It is common that such apps are advertised as legitimate, useful, etc. However, most of them are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by serving ads, collecting various data and/or promoting fake search engines. If some adware (and/or) browser hijacker is installed on a browser and/or operating system, then it should be uninstalled.

How did PracticalProcesser install on my computer?

It is common that users download and/or install browser hijackers, adware-type apps or other PUAs together with other programs - when they are included in setups of those programs as additional offers. In most cases such offers can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom" or in their other settings. Although, not all users change those settings when they download and/or install programs. By leaving default settings unchanged they allow for included apps to be downloaded and/or installed too. This distribution method of unwanted apps is known as "bundling". In some cases PUAs can be unintentionally downloaded and/or installed by clicking deceptive ads. Although, it applies only to ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Programs (and files) should be downloaded only from official websites and through direct links. It is not safe to use any other sources, for example, third party downloaders, unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, etc. Third party installers should not be used as well. Download and/or installation setups that have settings like "Custom", "Advanced" should be always checked for offers to download and/or install additional software. Intrusive ads that are displayed on questionable websites should not be clicked as well. They can be designed to open untrustworthy pages or download, install unwanted, potentially malicious software. If there are any suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins and/or add-ons installed on a browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system, then they should be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with PracticalProcesser, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once PracticalProcesser installation is over:

pop-up displayed once PracticalProcesser installation is done

0yrvtrh.com redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):

0yrvtrh.com redirects to yahoo

PracticalProcesser installed on Safari:

practicalprocesser adware installed on safari

PracticalProcesser installation folder:

practicalprocesser adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove PracticalProcesser adware using Combo Cleaner:

PracticalProcesser adware removal:

Remove PracticalProcesser-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 practicalprocesser 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 PracticalProcesser removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by practicalprocesser 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 practicalprocesser 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 practicalprocesser 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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