How to remove ExpandedCommand adware from the operating system?

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

How to remove ExpandedCommand adware from Mac?

What is ExpandedCommand?

ExpandedCommand is a piece of rogue software. It is classified as adware and it also possesses browser hijacker traits. This application operates by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns and by making changes to browser settings - in order to promote fake search engines. ExpandedCommand promotes the 0yrvtrh.com web searcher on Safari browsers and search.locatorunit.com on Google Chrome. Furthermore, adware and browser hijackers usually have data tracking abilities, which are used to spy on users' browsing activity. Due to the dubious methods used to distribute ExpandedCommand, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). One of the techniques employed to spread ExpandedCommand is distribution via fake Adobe Flash Player updates. It is noteworthy that illegitimate software updaters/installers commonly proliferate not only PUAs but ransomware, trojans and other malware as well.

ExpandedCommand adware

Adware enables the pop-ups, banners, surveys, full-page and other intrusive adverts - typically, on any visited site. The delivered ads seriously diminish the browsing experience, since they overlay webpage content and slow down the browsing speed. Additionally, once clicked on, intrusive advertisements redirect to various unreliable/malicious websites and some can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers reassign browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs - to the addresses of illegitimate web searchers. Therefore, with such a piece of software installed: new browser tabs/windows opened and web searches done via the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address. ExpandedCommand also promotes its fake search engines in this manner; on Safari it redirects to 0yrvtrh.com and on Google Chrome - search.locatorunit.com. Fake web searchers are usually unable to provide search results, so they redirect (or cause redirection chains leading) to Yahoo, Bing, Google and other legitimate search engines. Browser hijackers can reset any changes users attempt to make to their browsers and/or restrict/deny access to the browser's settings outright. As mentioned in the introduction, most PUAs have data tracking abilities. They monitor users' browsing habits (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). To summarize, presence of unwanted apps on devices can lead to system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft. To protect device integrity and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ExpandedCommand
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), SentinelOne (Static ML) (DFI - Suspicious Archive), 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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Adware-type applications appear legitimate and harmless; ChangeParameterLogicalUpdate and RecordEnumerator are but a few examples of software within this classification. These apps offer a wide variety of "handy" features. However, the promised functionalities are rarely operational. In fact, this applies to practically all PUAs. Functionality and user safety are irrelevant, since the only purpose of unwanted software is to generate profit for the developers. PUAs are designed to run intrusive advert campaigns, modify browsers, cause redirects and collect sensitive data.

How did ExpandedCommand install on my computer?

PUAs can be downloaded/installed together with other software. This false marketing technique of pre-packing ordinary programs with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling". Rushed downloads/installations (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps, etc.) increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Upon being clicked, intrusive ads can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user consent. Select PUAs have "official" download webpages as well.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is highly recommended to research software products before download/installation and/or purchase. Only official and trustworthy download sources must be used. Since dubious sources, like: unofficial and free file-hosting (freeware) websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders - often offer harmful and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, features, and other additions. Intrusive adverts appear legitimate and innocuous, however they redirect to questionable sites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography, and so on). In case of encounters with such advertisements and/or redirects, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins - removed without delay. If your computer is already infected with ExpandedCommand, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

ExpandedCommand adware proliferated via fake Adobe Flash Player updater/installer:

Delusive installer used to promote ExpandedCommand adware

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

Pop-up displayed once ExpandedCommand installation is complete

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

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

Appearance of ExpandedCommand adware promoting search.locatorunit.com (GIF):

ExpandedCommand adware promoting search.locatorunit.com (GIF)

ExpandedCommand adware installed onto the Safari browser:

ExpandedCommand adware installed onto Safari

ExpandedCommand adware's installation folder:

ExpandedCommand adware install folder

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ExpandedCommand adware removal:

Remove ExpandedCommand-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 expandedcommand 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 ExpandedCommand removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by expandedcommand 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 expandedcommand 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 expandedcommand 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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