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How to uninstall ProductiveRotator adware from the operating system

Also Known As: Ads by ProductiveRotator
Type: Mac Virus
Damage level: Medium

What is ProductiveRotator?

ProductiveRotator is rogue software classified as adware. It also has browser hijacker characteristics. It operates by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns and by making changes to browser settings to promote fake search engines. ProductiveRotator promotes 6v5f3l.com on Safari browsers and search.locatorunit.com on Google Chrome browsers.

Additionally, adware-type apps and browser hijackers have data tracking capabilities, which are employed to monitor users' browsing activity. Since most users download/install ProductiveRotator inadvertently, it is also classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).

One of the dubious methods used to proliferate ProductiveRotator is via fake Adobe Flash Player updates. Bogus software updaters/installers proliferate PUAs, ransomware, Trojans and other malware.

ProductiveRotator adware

Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys and other intrusive advertisements, typically on any visited website. The delivered ads significantly diminish the browsing experience, as they overlay web page content and limit browsing speed.

Intrusive ads are more than just a nuisance, they are also dangerous. When clicked, they can redirect to sale-oriented/promotional, rogue, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious sites. Furthermore, some intrusive ads can be triggered (when clicked) to execute scripts designed to download/install software (e.g. PUAs) without users' consent.

Browser hijackers reassign the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs to the addresses of fake search engines. Therefore, with this software installed, each new browser tab/window opened and search query typed into the URL bar redirects to the promoted address.

ProductiveRotator promotes bogus search engines in this manner as well. On Safari, it promotes 6v5f3l.com, and search.locatorunit.com on Google Chrome. Fake search engines are rarely able to generate unique results, and so they tend to redirect to Yahoo, Bing, Google and other legitimate sites.

Browser hijackers can restrict/deny access to the browser settings and/or undo any permitted changes made. Furthermore, most PUAs (adware and browser hijackers included) can track data.

They can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, web pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals).

In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device and user safety, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by ProductiveRotator
Threat Type Adware, Mac malware, Mac virus.
Detection Names Avast (MacOS:AdAgent-L [Adw]), Sophos AV (AdLoad (PUA)), ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.OSX.Adload.h), Full List (VirusTotal).
Additional Information This application belongs to the 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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ExpandedCommandProgressBufferAnalyzerSource and ChangeParameter are some examples of other adware-type apps. They may seem legitimate and offer a wide variety of "useful" functionality, however, the advertised features are seldom operational.

In fact, this applies to most PUAs. The only purpose of this unwanted software is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijack browsers, cause redirects and collect sensitive data.

How did ProductiveRotator install on my computer?

PUAs are often downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling".

By rushing through download/installation of software (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using "Quick/Express" settings, etc.) many users risk unintentionally allowing bundled content into their devices. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well.

When clicked, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without users' permission. Some PUAs have "official" download web pages from which they can be downloaded.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download software and files from official websites and via direct links. It is not safe to use torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, unofficial websites or other sources of this kind. Avoid third party installers. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings, and decline offers to download or install unwanted software.

Do not click ads that are displayed on dubious websites, since they can open other untrusted websites or even cause unwanted downloads and installations. Remove any unwanted, suspicious applications (extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins) that are installed on the browser.

The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with ProductiveRotator, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for macOS to automatically eliminate this adware.

ProductiveRotator adware distributed though fake Adobe Flash Player updater/installer:

Delusive installer used to promote ProductiveRotator adware

Pop-up window displayed once ProductiveRotator adware installation is complete:

Pop-up displayed once ProductiveRotator installation is complete

Appearance of ProductiveRotator adware promoting 6v5f3l.com (GIF):

ProductiveRotator adware promoting 6v5f3l.com (GIF)

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

ProductiveRotator adware promoting search.locatorunit.com (GIF)

ProductiveRotator adware installed on the Safari browser:

ProductiveRotator adware installed onto Safari

ProductiveRotator adware installation folder:

ProductiveRotator adware install folder

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Quick menu:

Video showing how to remove ProductiveRotator adware using Combo Cleaner:

ProductiveRotator adware removal:

Remove ProductiveRotator-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 productiverotator 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 ProductiveRotator removal from Internet browsers:

safari browser iconRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Remove ads by productiverotator 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 productiverotator 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 productiverotator 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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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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