How to remove software causing redirects to 6v5f3l.com?

Also Known As: 6v5f3l.com browser hijacker
Type: Mac Virus
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

How to remove 6v5f3l.com browser hijacker from Mac?

What is 6v5f3l.com?

6v5f3l.com is the addresses of an illegitimate search engine. Such web searchers are usually promoted by rogue software classified as browser hijackers. They promote fake search engines by making modifications to browser settings. Additionally, most browser hackers and the search engines they promote collect browsing-related information. The 6v5f3l.com web searcher has been observed being promoted by adware-type applications that have browser hijacker abilities (e.g. ProductiveRotator). Due to the questionable methods used to distribute adware and browser hijackers, they are also considered to be PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications). One of the techniques used in PUA distribution is proliferation via fake Adobe Flash Player updates. It is worth mentioning that illegitimate software updaters/installers are used to spread trojans, ransomware and other malware as well.

6v5f3l.com fake search engine redirecting to Yahoo (GIF)

Browser hijackers primarily target Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox and other popular browsers with large user bases. This software operates by assigning the addresses of fake web searchers as browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs. To elaborate on how this affects browsing, for example with ProductiveRotator installed: every new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to 6v5f3l.com. However, ProductiveRotator PUA also promotes search.locatorunit.com on Google Chrome browsers. Illegitimate search engines are rarely able to provide search results, so they tend to redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine ones. The 6v5f3l.com web searcher is not an exception to this, it redirects to the Yahoo (search.yahoo.com) search engine. Browser hijackers can reset any changes users attempt to make to their browsers and/or restrict/deny access to the browser's settings outright. Therefore, recovering a hijacked browser is impossible without removing the software affecting it. Furthermore, since ProductiveRotator is an adware-type app, it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, it can deliver pop-ups, banners, coupons and other ads. The delivered advertisements are more than just a nuisance, they are deemed to be dangerous. When clicked on, intrusive adverts redirect to various untrustworthy/malicious sites and some can even stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). As mentioned in the introduction, most unwanted apps (adware and browser hijackers included) have data tracking abilities. They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is then shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name 6v5f3l.com browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser hijacker, Mac malware, Mac virus
Serving IP Address 13.226.18.7
Symptoms Your Mac became slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you get redirected to shady websites.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites, loss of private information.
Malware Removal (Mac)

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Search.dominantmethod.com, 0yrvtrh.com, search.locatorunit.com and searchgoose.com are some examples of other fake search engines. ProductiveRotator that promotes 6v5f3l.com, shares many similarities with ExpandedCommand, LogicalUpdate, ChangeParameter and countless other adware-type apps. Adware, browsers hijackers and other PUAs usually appear legitimate and harmless. They offer a wide variety of "useful" and "advantageous" functionalities, which are typically nonoperational. The sole purpose of unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers; to users - it is worthless and can cause serious problems. PUAs are designed to run intrusive advert campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects and collect private data.

How did 6v5f3l.com install on my computer?

PUAs are distributed via download/installation setups of other products. This deceptive marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is termed "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system. Select PUAs also have "official" download sites. Intrusive advertisements proliferate these applications as well. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without user consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is recommended to research software before download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Since untrustworthy download channels, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - often offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, and so on. Intrusive adverts appear ordinary, however they redirect to highly unreliable and questionable webpages (e.g, gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate them.

Rogue software, promoting 6v5f3l.com, distributed via fake Adobe Flash Player updater/installer:

Delusive installer used to promote 6v5f3l.com browser hijacker

ProductiveRotator adware, promoting 6v5f3l.com, installed onto the Safari browser:

6v5f3l.com promoted on Safari by ProductiveRotator

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove adware and browser hijackers from a Mac computer:

6v5f3l.com redirect removal:

Remove 6v5f3l.com 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 6v5f3l.com browser hijacker 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.

6v5f3l.com browser hijacker homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove 6v5f3l.com browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing homepage in safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "General" tab. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage field. You can also click the “Set to Current Page” button if you wish to set your homepage to the website you are currently visiting.

Change your default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Safari browser

In the "Preferences" window, select the "Search" tab. Here you will find a drop-down menu labelled "Search engine:" Simply select your preferred search engine from the drop-down list.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Safari.

firefox browser iconRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove 6v5f3l.com browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing mozilla firefox homepage

To change your homepage, click the "Open Menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Preferences" from the drop-down menu. To set your homepage, type the preferred website URL (for example: www.google.com) in the Homepage Page.

Change default search engine:

mozilla firefox about config

In the URL address bar, type "about:config" and click the "I'll be careful, I promise!" button.

changing mozilla firefox default Internet search engine

In the "Search:" field, type the name of the browser hijacker. Right click on each of the found preferences and click "Reset" from the drop-down menu.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Mozilla Firefox.

chrome-browser-iconRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove 6v5f3l.com browser hijacker 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.

Change your homepage:

changing Google Chrome homepage

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "On Startup" section, click the "Set pages" link near to the "Open a specific page or set of pages" option. Remove the URL of the browser hijacker (for example trovi.com) and enter your preferred URL (for example, google.com).

Change default search engine:

changing the default Internet search engine in Google Chrome

Click the "Chrome menu" (three horizontal lines) button and choose "Settings". In the "Search" section, click the "Manage search engines..." button. In the opened window, remove the unwanted Internet search engine by clicking the "X" button next to it. Select your preferred Internet search engine from the list and click the "Make default" button next to it.

  • If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.

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