How to uninstall DynamicImprovment adware?

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

How to remove DynamicImprovment from Mac?

What is DynamicImprovment?

Like many other adware-type apps, DynamicImprovment serves various advertisements. Additionally, it gathers sensitive information and promotes address of some fake search engine. Therefore, this app functions both as adware and a browser hijacker. Apps like DynamicImprovment are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), it is because users often download and install them unknowingly, unintentionally.

DynamicImprovment adware

It is common that adware-type software like DynamicImprovment serves advertisements that if clicked, open questionable websites or even cause downloads, installations of some other PUAs by executing certain scripts. Examples of advertisements that adware can be designed to serve are coupons, pop-ups, surveys, banners. Furthermore, DynamicImprovment can read information such as passwords, credit card details, telephone numbers and some other, sensitive data. Such information could be misused to make fraudulent purchases, transactions, access personal accounts, steal identities, etc. Moreover, it could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). Additionally, DynamicImprovment is designed to promote address of a fake search engine by modifying browser settings. Typically, it is being done by assigning its address as a homepage, default search engine and new tab URL so that users would visit it when they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. It is common that those browser settings cannot be modified until users have a browser hijacker installed on a browser and/or operating system. These are the main reasons why apps like DynamicImprovment should never be downloaded and installed.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by DynamicImprovment
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), Sophos AV (AdLoad (PUA)), 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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More examples of software that is categorized as adware are ElementaryMethod, WebFunctionSearch and DefaultProgress. Usually it is advertised as useful software that supposed to improve browsing experience, include some features, etc. However, most of them are designed only to generate revenue for their developers - they are useless to their users and can be the culprit of various issues. If such app is already installed, then it should be uninstalled right away.

How did DynamicImprovment install on my computer?

There are advertisements that can cause downloads and/or installations of unwanted applications by executing certain scripts. However, in order to be able to cause it they have to be clicked. More often users download and/or install PUAs together with some other software - when they are included in download and/or installation setups as additional offers. Offers to download and/or install them usually can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings of setups. Nevertheless, not all users check and change those settings when they download and install programs. By leaving default settings unchanged users give PUAs a permission to be downloaded and/or installed too. This distribution method of PUAs is called "bundling".

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites (and via direct links). It is not recommended to download or install it via various third party downloaders, installers, Peer to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), questionable websites, etc. Download and installation setups that have settings (like "Advanced", "Custom") should be always checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted, additionally included applications. Advertisements that appear on untrustworthy websites should not be clicked as well, they often open other pages of this kind, or even cause downloads, installations of unwanted apps. Any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on a browse should be removed. The same applies to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with DynamicImprovment, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

dynamicimprovmen adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

DynamicImprovment installed on Safari:

dynamicimprovment adware safari extension

DynamicImprovment's installation folder:

dynamicimprovment adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove DynamicImprovment adware using Combo Cleaner:

DynamicImprovment adware removal:

Remove DynamicImprovment-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 dynamicimprovment 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.

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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 DynamicImprovment removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by dynamicimprovment 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 dynamicimprovment 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 dynamicimprovment 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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Tomas Meskauskas

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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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