How to remove apps like TotalConsoleSearch?

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

How to remove TotalConsoleSearch from Mac?

What is TotalConsoleSearch?

In most cases users download and install apps like TotalConsoleSearch unknowingly, therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is known that this particular app is distributed via fake installer for Adobe Flash Player. When installed, it serves advertisements and promotes some fake search engine (its address). In other words, TotalConsoleSearch functions as adware and a browser hijacker. It is possible that it collects various information as well.

TotalConsoleSearch adware

As a rule, adware-type apps like TotalConsoleSearch serve banners, coupons, surveys, pop-up ads, and/or other types of ads. Quite often their ads are designed to open questionable websites, sometimes they execute scripts designed to cause download and/or installation of some PUA. Also, TotalConsoleSearch is designed to modify certain browser settings (to hijack browsers). Typically, browser hijackers change browser settings such as address of a homepage, default search engine and/or new tab to an address of a fake search engine. They are designed to open a certain address when users open a browser, new tab and/or enter search queries into URL bar. In most cases changes that were made by a browser hijacker can be undone only after uninstallation of that app. Additionally, TotalConsoleSearch may be designed to collect various data. More often than not such apps are designed to gather browsing data (e.g., IP addresses, addresses of visited web pages, entered search queries, geolocations). However, sometimes they are capable of accessing personal, sensitive information as well. Quite often gathered data is misused to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or in some other ways.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by TotalConsoleSearch
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:Adload-AD [Trj]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Adware.MAC.Rload.5), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of OSX/TrojanDownloader.Adload.AE), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Cimpli.l), 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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Apps like TotalConsoleSearch can cause problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft. Therefore, it advised not to trust (download and install) apps of this type. Some more examples of other apps like TotalConsoleSearch are WebQuestSearch, StandartConsoleSearch and SearchNetCharacter. As mentioned in the introduction, most of the times users download and/or install adware, browser hijackers unknowingly.

How did TotalConsoleSearch install on my computer?

Research shows that TotalConsoleSearch can be installed through a deceptive, fake installer that supposed to install Adobe Flash Player. Also, it is common that users download and/or install potentially unwanted apps alongside with other programs - when those apps are included in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. This distribution method is called "bundling". Typically, those offers can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings of setups. When users leave the aforementioned settings unchanged when then download and/or install programs, they allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too. In some cases users cause such downloads and/or installations through deceptive ads - by clicking ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. It is worthwhile to mention that fake, third party installers can be used as tools to distribute malicious software like ransomware, some Trojan-type malware, etc.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to download files, programs from official websites and via direct links, and not with third party downloaders, through Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), from unofficial sites and other sources of this kind. Various third party installers should not be used as well. Also, it is advised not to finish downloads or installations without checking setups for "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings and declining offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. One more way to avoid unwanted downloads and/or installations is not to click advertisements that appear on untrustworthy websites. Those ads tend to be designed to open other shady pages or even cause downloads or installations of unwanted apps. If some unwanted, suspicious plug-in, extension or add-on is installed on a web browser or program of this kind is installed on the operating system, then it should be removed/uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with TotalConsoleSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

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

  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.TotalConsoleSearch/TotalConsoleSearch
  • ~/Library/Application Support/com.TotalConsoleSearchDaemon/TotalConsoleSearch
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.TotalConsoleSearch.plist
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.TotalConsoleSearchDaemon.plist

IMPORTANT NOTE! Rogue setups/apps that promote the TotalConsoleSearch 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 TotalConsoleSearch (Step 1)

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

Remove rogue profiles designed to promote TotalConsoleSearch (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:

TotalConsoleSearch adware removal:

Remove TotalConsoleSearch-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 totalconsolesearch 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 TotalConsoleSearch removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by totalconsolesearch 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 totalconsolesearch 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 totalconsolesearch 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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