How to uninstall AnalyzerSource adware?

Also Known As: Ads by AnalyzerSource
Type: Other
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove AnalyzerSource from Mac?

What is AnalyzerSource?

AnalyzerSource functions not only as adware, but also as a browser hijacker. To be more precise, it serves advertisements and changes certain browser settings (promotes a fake search engine). It is common that apps like AnalyzerSource are designed to collect browsing-related and/or other data as well. Typically, users download and install them unknowingly, for this reason they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

AnalyzerSource adware

Some examples of types of ads that applications like AnalyzerSource are designed to serve are coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads. If clicked, those ads can open questionable websites. In some cases they can execute scripts designed to start a download or even installation of some unwanted application. As mentioned in the introduction, AnalyzerSource functions not only as adware, but also as a browser hijacker. As a rule, apps of this type are designed to promote address of some fake search engine by making it as the address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. Therefore, when users have an app like AnalyzerSource installed on a browser and/or the operating system, they are forced to visit a certain address when they open that browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. It is worthwhile to mention that address of a fake search engine can be removed from browser settings only when the app that is designed to promote it is no longer installed. Additionally, AnalyzerSource may be designed to gather browisng data. For example, IP addresses, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations. Nevertheless, quite often such apps are designed to collect sensitive data as well. What is worse, collected information could be misused to generate revenue. For example, it may be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). This could lead to problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, some users may even have their identities stolen. Therefore, neither AnalyzerSource or any other app of this type should be installed on a browser and/or the operating system.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by AnalyzerSource
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
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.
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A couple of examples of other apps like AnalyzerSource are RecordEnumerator, LeadingOperation and PracticalSystem. Typically, apps of this do not include any features, improve browsing experience, etc. They are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by displaying advertisements, promoting some fake search engine and/or collecting various information. As mentioned in the introduction, more often than not users download and install apps like AnalyzerSource unknowingly.

How did AnalyzerSource install on my computer?

Quite often users download and/or install potentially unwanted applications together with other programs - when PUAs are included in their download and/or installation setups as additional offers. Usually offers to download and/or install them can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of setups. If users leave those settings unchanged, they allow for included apps to be downloaded and/or installed as well. This distribution of unwanted apps is called "bundling". Also, in some cases PUAs can be unknowingly downloaded and/or installed through deceptive ads by clicking them, although, it applies only to ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Downloads and installations should not be finished without checking setups for offers to download and/or install unwanted apps. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the aforementioned offers can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings of setups. Also, files, programs should not be downloaded from unofficial websites, via Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, etc., or installed via third party installers. They should be downloaded from official pages and via direct links. Additionally, it is advised not to click ads that appear on questionable websites. Those ads can be designed to open untrustworthy pages, in some cases they can be designed to start download and/or installation of some unwanted software by running certain scripts. Any suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins or add-ons) that are installed on a browser should be removed. Programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with AnalyzerSource, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

Pop-up window displayed once AnalyzerSource installation is over:

analyzersource adware pop-up displayed once installation is done

AnalyzerSource's installation folder:

analyzersource adware contents folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove AnalyzerSource adware using Combo Cleaner:

AnalyzerSource adware removal:

Remove AnalyzerSource-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 analyzersource 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.

scan-with-combo-cleaner-2

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

Ads by AnalyzerSource removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by analyzersource 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 analyzersource 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 analyzersource 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.

About the author:

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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