How to remove GeneralBoardSearch adware?

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

How to remove GeneralBoardSearch from Mac?

What is GeneralBoardSearch?

GeneralBoardSearch is designed to display advertisements and promote address of a fake search engine by modifying certain browser settings. This app is classified as adware and a browser hijacker. In most cases users download and install apps of this type unknowingly, for this reason GeneralBoardSearch is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUAs). It is worthwhile to mention that apps like GeneralBoardSearch can be designed to gather browsing data. Research shows that this app is distributed through a deceptive installer that supposed to install the Adobe Flash Player.

GeneralBoardSearch adware

As a rule, adware displays various advertisements, like coupons, surveys, banners, pop-up ads. Those ads can be designed to promote (open) questionable pages, in some cases they cause unwanted downloads and/or installations by running certain scripts. Browser hijackers promote fake search engines (their addresses) by changing settings such as: address of a homepage, default search engine and/or new tab. They are called fake because they provide users with results generated by some other, often legitimate search engine like Google, Yahoo, Bing. However, fake search engines promoted by browser hijackers can include links to questionable pages in their results as well. It is worthwhile to mention that address of a fake search engine can be changed to a preferred one only after uninstallation of a certain browser hijacker. Furthermore, GeneralBoardSearch can be designed to collect IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, and/or other browsing data. Some of them are designed to access sensitive information as well. As if it were not enough, collected information could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. It means that users who have installed apps like GeneralBoardSearch could become victims of identity theft, experience issues related to online privacy, web browsing safety, or other problems. Therefore, GeneralBoardSearch or any other similar app should never be downloaded and installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by GeneralBoardSearch
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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GeneralBoardSearch is very similar to many other adware-type apps, for example, GlobalEngineSearch, SearchStudio, DiscoverResults. Usually they are advertised as useful, legitimate, they supposed to include some features, improve browsing experience, etc. However, most of them are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by serving ads and gathering information. Besides, such apps can be the culprit behind various issues depending on the information that they are designed to collect.

How did GeneralBoardSearch install on my computer?

This app is distributed by using a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. It is worthwhile to mention that third party, unofficial installers can be used to distribute malware, for example, ransomware, Trojans. There is another popular method to distribute PUAs - to include them in download and/or installation setups of other programs. This distribution method is called "bundling". As a rule, included apps can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings of setups. When users download and/or install programs without changing the those settings, they agree to offers to download and/or install included apps as well. Sometimes unwanted downloads and/or installations can be caused through deceptive advertisements. However, only when users click ads that are designed to run certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to download programs and files from official pages and via direct download links. Other tools, sources (e.g., third party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients) should not be used. Downloads and installations should not be completed without checking "Custom", "Advanced" or other similar settings. To be more precise, without declining offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. Furthermore, it is not safe to click questiobable ads that appear on pages of this kind -  they often are designed to open untrustworthy sites, or even cause unwanted downloads, installations. Additionally, there should be no unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser and software of this kind on a computer. If there are any programs of this kind installed on a browser or operating system, then they should be removed. If your computer is already infected with GeneralBoardSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Files related to the GeneralBoardSearch adware that need to be removed:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.GeneralBoardSearch/GeneralBoardSearch
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.GeneralBoardSearchDaemon/GeneralBoardSearch
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.GeneralBoardSearch.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.GeneralBoardSearchDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the GeneralBoardSearch adware are designed to create a new device profile. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:
1) Click the "Preferences" icon in the menu bar and select "Profiles"

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote pavadinimas (Step 1)

2) Select the "GeneralBoardSearch" profile and delete it.

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote pavadinimas (Step 2)

3) Perform a full system scan with Combo Cleaner anti-virus suite.

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this adware/browser hijacker.

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Quick menu:

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

GeneralBoardSearch adware removal:

Remove GeneralBoardSearch-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 generalboardsearch 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

After removing files and folders generated by the adware, continue to remove rogue extensions from your Internet browsers.

Ads by GeneralBoardSearch removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by generalboardsearch 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 generalboardsearch 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 generalboardsearch 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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