How to uninstall ExploreParameter adware from the operating system?

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

How to remove ExploreParameter adware from Mac?

What is ExploreParameter?

ExploreParameter is an adware-type app with browser hijacker traits. Following successful installation, it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns (i.e. delivers ads), makes modifications to browser settings and promotes fake search engines. ExploreParameter promotes 0yrvtrh.com on Safari browsers, and search.adjustablesample.com - on Google Chrome browsers. Additionally, most adware and browser hijacker types spy on users' browsing habits and collect data of interest. Since users typically download/install ExploreParameter inadvertently, it is also classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

ExploreParameter adware

Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page and other intrusive adverts - usually, on any visited website. The advertisements overlay page content and slow down the browsing speed, thereby severely diminishing the browsing experience. Furthermore, when clicked on, intrusive ads redirect to various untrustworthy/malicious sites and some can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers assign the addresses of fake web searchers as browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs. Hence, 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. In case of ExploreParameter, it redirects either to 0yrvtrh.com (Safari) or to search.adjustablesample.com (Google Chrome). Illegitimate search engines are usually unable to provide search results, so they tend to redirect to Yahoo, Bing, Google and other genuine ones. Browser hijackers can also reset any changes users attempt to make to their browsers, if they allow access to the browser's settings in the first place. As mentioned in the introduction, most PUAs have data tracking abilities. They can record browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other sensitive details). The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Therefore, presence of unwanted software on devices can result in system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, it is highly recommended to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ExploreParameter
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 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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ProgramInitiatorDefaultAnalog and AssistiveModule are a few examples of other adware-type apps. They typically appear ordinary and harmless. Users are lured into download/installation with various "useful" features. However, they are rarely operational and this is true of practically all PUAs. Unwanted software has but one purpose - to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can run intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers, force-open unreliable/malicious websites and/or gather vulnerable information.

How did ExploreParameter install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other products. "Bundling" is the term used to define this false marketing method of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed downloads/installations (e.g. ignored terms, used "Easy/Express" options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Once clicked on, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user consent. Some of these applications also have "official" promotional sites, from which they can be downloaded.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to always research products before download/installation. Only official and verified download channels must be used. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - are deemed to be untrustworthy, as they often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study all available options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads appear legitimate, however they redirect to highly questionable pages (e.g. pornography, gambling, adult-dating, and so on). In case of encounters with such adverts and/or redirects, the system must be inspected and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with ExploreParameter, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once ExploreParameter adware installation is over:

pop-up displayed once ExploreParameter installation is done

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

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

Appearance of ExploreParameter promoting search.adjustablesample.com (GIF):

ExploreParameter adware promoting the search.adjustablesample.com fake search engine (GIF)

ExploreParameter adware installed onto the Safari browser:

ExploreParameter adware installed onto Safari

ExploreParameter adware's installation folder:

ExploreParameter adware install folder

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ExploreParameter adware removal:

Remove ExploreParameter-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 exploreparameter 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 ExploreParameter removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by exploreparameter 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 exploreparameter 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 exploreparameter 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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