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How to uninstall DesktopCoordinator adware from operating systems

Also Known As: Ads by DesktopCoordinator
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is DesktopCoordinator?

DesktopCoordinator is dubious software categorized as adware. It also has browser hijacker traits. Following successful installation, DesktopCoordinator delivers intrusive advertisement campaigns, modifies browsers and promotes fake search engines.

This app promotes 0yrvtrh.com on Safari browsers and search.adjustablesample.com on Google Chrome. Most adware-type apps and browser hijackers also monitor users' browsing habits. Due to the dubious methods used to proliferate DesktopCoordinator, it is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

DesktopCoordinator adware

Adware delivers banners, pop-ups, coupons, surveys, full-page and other intrusive ads. The delivered ads significantly diminish the browsing experience, since they overlay web page content and limit browsing speed. Once clicked, intrusive advertisements redirect to various untrusted/malicious sites and some can even stealthily download/install rogue software (e.g. PUAs).

Due to this, adware is classified as a threat to device/user safety. Browser hijackers assign the addresses of fake search tools as the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs.

Therefore, with this software installed, each new browser tab/window opened and web search made via the URL bar redirects to the address of the promoted search engine. DesktopCoordinator promotes 0yrvtrh.com on Safari browsers and search.adjustablesample.com on Google Chrome browsers.

Bogus search engines are seldom able to generate search results, so they tend to redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine sites. Browser hijackers can also undo any changes users attempt to make to their browsers, if they permit access to the settings in the first place.

Furthermore, most PUAs have data tracking capabilities. They monitor browsing activity (visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, etc.) and collect sensitive and even personally identifiable information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details).

The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, the presence of unwanted apps on devices can result in system infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and identity theft. Therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by DesktopCoordinator
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), Elastic (Malicious (high Confidence)), 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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AssistiveDisplaySearchSkillFrequency and OnlineToolSearch are some examples of other adware-type applications. They may seem legitimate, and often entice users into download/installation with a broad range of "useful" functionality, however, these features rarely work as advertised and, in most cases, do not work at all.

This is typical of most PUAs. The sole purpose of this unwanted software is to generate profit for the developers. PUAs run intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects and collect private data.

How did DesktopCoordinator install on my computer?

PUAs are proliferated through the download/installation set-ups of other products. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing technique of packing normal software with unwanted or malicious additions.

Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. skipped steps, using "Quick/Express" settings, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive advertisements can infiltrate PUAs into systems as well. When clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install these apps without users' consent.

Certain PUAs have "official" promotional web pages, from which they can be downloaded.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

You are advised to research all products prior to download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and trustworthy sources, since dubious download channels including unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders commonly offer deceptive and/or bundled content.

When downloading/installing, it is important to read the terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive ads typically seem legitimate, however, they can redirect to dubious sites (e.g. pornography, gambling, adult-dating, and so on).

If you encounter these ads or redirects, check all devices and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with DesktopCoordinator, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

Pop-up displayed once DesktopCoordinator installation is done

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

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

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

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

DesktopCoordinator adware installed onto the Safari browser:

DesktopCoordinator adware installed onto Safari

DesktopCoordinator adware installation folder:

DesktopCoordinator adware install folder

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DesktopCoordinator adware removal:

Remove DesktopCoordinator-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 adware-related files and folders

Mac Go To Folder step

Click the Finder icon, from the menu bar. Choose Go, and click Go to Folder...

Mac removing related files and folders - step 1Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: /Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 2Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/Application Support/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/Application Support/

Mac go to /Library/Application Support - 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.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 3Check for adware generated files in the ~/Library/LaunchAgents/ folder:

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - step 1

In the Go to Folder... bar, type: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Mac go to ~/Library/LaunchAgents - 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 exact same string.

Mac removing related files and folders - step 4Check for adware generated files in the /Library/LaunchDaemons/ folder:

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - step 1

In the "Go to Folder..." bar, type: /Library/LaunchDaemons/

Mac go to /Library/LaunchDaemons - 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.

Mac removing malware related files and folders - step 5Scan your Mac with Combo Cleaner:

If you have followed all the steps correctly, your Mac should be clean of infections. To ensure 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 the 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 its virus definition database and click the "Start Combo Scan" button.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 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.

Mac remove malware with Combo Cleaner - step 2

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

Remove malicious extensions from Internet browsers

Safari iconRemove malicious Safari extensions:

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 1

Open the Safari browser, from the menu bar, select "Safari" and click "Preferences...".

Removal of malicious extensions in Safari - step 2

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 regular browser operation.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Google Chrome - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) and select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".

Removal of malicious extensions in Mozilla Firefox - step 2

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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