How to remove TypicalOperation adware?

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

How to remove TypicalOperation from Mac?

What is TypicalOperation?

This application functions not only as adware but also as a browser hijacker: it serves advertisements and promotes address of some fake search engine. Moreover, TypicalOperation is capable of accessing sensitive information as well. More often than not users download and install apps like TypicalOperation unknowingly, for this reason they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

TypicalOperation adware

Usually, after installation apps like TypicalOperation start to serve advertisements such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and/or other types of ads. The problem with ads displayed by adware is that they can be designed to promote/open unreliable websites, or even cause unwanted downloads and/or installations by running certain scripts. Furthermore, TypicalOperation promotes a fake search engine (its address) by changing certain browser settings. Typically, such apps changes the address of a homepage, default search engine and new tab to an address of a fake search engine so that users would visit it every time they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bard. Most fake search engines either display results generated by some other search engine or generate results that may include links to shady pages. One more issue with apps that are/function like browser hijackers are that users can remove a certain address from the aforementioned settings only when the app that is designed to promote it is no longer installed. Furthermore, TypicalOperation can read passwords, credit card details and some other sensitive information. Such information can be misused to make fraudulent purchases, transactions, steal identities, accounts, and/or for other malicious purposes. These are the main reasons why TypicalOperation or any other similar app should not be trusted/installed. If it already is, then it is strongly recommended to uninstall it from a browser and/or computer as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by TypicalOperation
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), AVG (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.h), 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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TypicalOperation is very similar to OperativeProgram, ProgressBuffer and ControlFraction (and many other apps). These and other apps feed users with ads, collect various data and hijack browsers. Typically, they are advertised as useful and legitimate. However, most of them are designed only to generate revenue for their developers and can cause their users various issues. As mentioned in the introduction, users often download and/or install adware, browser hijackers unintentionally.

How did TypicalOperation install on my computer?

It is common that PUAs are distributed by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". To be more precise, by integrating them in download and/or installation setups of other programs as extra offers. In most cases those offers are mentioned and can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of setups. Nevertheless, not all users check those settings when they download and install programs. It means that they allow for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too. Sometimes unwanted downloads and/or installations can be caused by clicking deceptive ads that can execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download and/or installation setups should be always checked for settings like "Custom", "Advanced" see if they mention offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Those offers should be declined before completing download and/or installation processes. Files, programs should be downloaded only from official sites and through direct links. Third party downloaders (and installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, free file hosting pages and other similar channels are used as tools to distribute potentially unwanted, sometimes even malicious applications. Advertisements that appear on untrustworthy, questionable websites should not be clicked as well, it is common that such ads are designed to open untrustworthy, or even malicious pages, or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are installed on a web browser should be removed. The same should be done with software of this kind that installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with TypicalOperation, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once TypicalOperation installation is over:

typicaloperation adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

TypicalOperation adware installed on Safari:

TypicalOperation installed on Safari browser

TypicalOperation's installation folder:

typicaloperation adware installation folder

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Quick menu:

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TypicalOperation adware removal:

Remove TypicalOperation-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 typicaloperation 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 TypicalOperation removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by typicaloperation 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 typicaloperation 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 typicaloperation 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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